Here we go again and the newspapers and blogs are full of principals who are acting badly. Be it having their own personal shower and refusing to supply a key to it to others, a Principal who's decision cost the DOE over $100,000 to settle a case against her, and least we forget the four principals at a campus who tried to bully and jeopardize the safety of their staff into using the same door as the students while allowing themselves use of a separate door to their cars in the parking lot. Yes, this was a bad week for principals and what has our disappointing Chancellor did about it? Nothing. Nothing whatsoever!
First, there was the Principal of DeWitt Clinton High School Santiago Traveras who embarrassed the DOE when the New York Post exposed his personal bathroom with a shower in it. You can read the entire sorry Santiago Traveras story Here. Now it seems the DOE, clearly embarrassed by the shower, went into the school and dismantled the shower. According to the New York Post, the key to the locked door that contained the shower could not be found and the workmen had to use a drill to get it open! Yet Chancellor Carmen Farina has allowed Principal Santiago Traveras to remain as Principal. Go figure?
Second, was the Principal of William Cullen Bryant High School, Namita Dwarka who has somehow remained in charge of her school despite the many allegations and investigations lodged against her and her administration. You can find all the sordid details Here. Now it seems one teacher won a major settlement against her and the DOE, rather than defend her, decided to pay off the teacher, remove the bogus 3020-charges she filed against him, and sent him to the ATR pool in the Bronx The Daily News article can be found Here. This is just another reason that Namita Dwarka should have been removed from her position but has Chancellor Carmen Farina done so? Of course not!
Finally, the four principals at Springfield Gardens Campus acted badly when they decided to force the campus staff to use the same door to enter and leave the budding with the students, while exempting school administrators from the requirement.. In fact, one Principal was ready to hold a disciplinary hearing against a teacher who accidentally used a different door to exit the school on the first day of the new rules. The entire punitive and vindictive story can be found in my blog Here. Will any of these principals be disciplined for their poor decision making that the DOE was forced to rescind when a grievance was filed?. Yeah right, if you believe in the tooth fairy.
The UFT and DOE talk about collaboration and a new tone but these cases highlight the double standard the DOE practices when it comes to principals acting badly, a hallmark of the previous Bloomberg Administration and continues under Bill de Blasio..