Friday, June 12, 2015
The DOE Double Standard Continues Under Chancellor Carmen Farina.
Over the last eight years I have written various articles on the DOE "double standard" when disciplining teachers and administrators. Our union leadership said this would stop with a new Mayor and Chancellor. However, under the disappointing Chancellor Carmen Farina, the DOE "double standard" continues. Today in the New York Post, there was an article that the City settled two sexual harassment suits against embattled Principal Howard Kwait for $275,000! That's right! The City paid off the two female assistant principals who allegedly suffered from unwanted sexual advances from the John Bowne High School Principal rather than fight the charges.
This was not the first time the City settled a harassment case against Principal Howard Kwait. Back in 2012, a pregnant Assistant Principal was forced to leave the school and filed a lawsuit against Howard Kwait and the City, after reviewing the evidence, decided to settle that case as well. He also cost the City $225,000 for falsely arresting a student of cyber bullying, Finally, he was fined $4,500 by the Conflicts Of Interest Board for taking a vacation with a female subordinate.
Astonishingly, the DOE, who claims to have "zero tolerance" for any sexual misconduct has allowed Howard Kwait to remain as Principal, despite the three separate lawsuits that the City had to pay the victims to settle their cases. Yes, this is the same DOE that put another Principal who was found guilty in a jury trial of harassing a female subordinate, in charge of Flushing High School. If that is not enough? How about the DOE's failure to remove Principal Carlos Borrero as he made sexual overtures to staff members and is subject to a federal lawsuit? The ICEUFT blog has a more personal observation of the Principal. Finally, who can forget the DOE's amnesia when it comes to Principal Namita Dwarka of Bryant High School?
Its obvious the DOE "double standard" continues when disciplining staff and administrators.