Saturday, June 11, 2016
Why Is Juan Mendez Still A Superintendent?
Back in the Bloomberg years it was common practice to put unqualified educators in as a Superintendent, simply because of who they knew rather than their ability. One of these Superintendents was Juan Mendez who took over for one of the very best, Judith Chin, as Queens High School Superintendent. From the moment that Juan Mendez took over it was very obvious that his prime responsibility was to select and protect "bad principals" in the Queens High Schools.
When you look back at Juan Mendez's career as Principal at EBT you can only shake your head and wonder how he was promoted to be a Superintendent? He was accused of changing grades to artificially increase the graduation rate, sexually harassing a male colleague, and placing uncertified teachers in his classrooms. Read the comments about Juan Mendez Here. Moreover, Superintendent Mendez bypassed the C-30 committee and appointed the infamous Judy Henry as Principal of Queens Gateway to Health Sciences, despite her coming in fourth out of five candidates at the committee interview process. It seemed Judy Henry used Juan Mendez as a professional reference in what appears to be a conflict of interest. You can read the article Here. Finally, Superintendent Mendez is now subject to a federal lawsuit by the US Attorney for his failure to take action against a Principal, Minerva Zanca of Pan American International High School, based upon a racial discrimination complaint. You can read the various aspects of this case in the following blogs and media outlets. NYC Public School Parents, Ed Note Online, Perdidio Street School, and the NY Times. For more information on Principal Minera Zanca, you can read my blog Here.
Under Superintendent Juan Mendez he has some of the worst principals in Queens working for him and how he protected them, no matter what the allegations. Here is the list. One can only question how Chancellor Carmen Farina kept Juan Mendez in charge. The answer is simple of course since Chancellor Carmen Farina is part of the problem and not the solution when it comes to running the New York City Public Schools. Why is Juan Mendez still a Superintendent? Maybe the question is why was he ever given a Superintendent's position in the first place?