Sunday, March 26, 2017
Anoither Case Of The DOE Double Standard When Disciplining Administrators - Santiago Taveras.
In today's News York Post, embattled Principal Santiago Taveras of Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx has officially lost his position as Principal due to academic misconduct but will still earn $149,826 as an academic support specialist at the DOE's Bronx field office. If Mr. Taveras was a staff member, he would have been charged under 3020-a and the DOE would ask for termination. Another case of the DOE's "Double Standard"when disciplining administrators for misconduct.
Santiago Taveras has been accused by a school source in his SCI report of changing grades of up to 900 students, from failing to passing, without the approval of his teachers. Apparently, SCI only reviewed four cases from the accusation and dumped the rest back into the DOE's lap who did not confirm or deny the accusation. However, they did remove Mr. Taveras as Principal so there apparently is some credence to the accusation. The SCI report did substantiate the four cases of grade fixing and recommended the following:
“very serious.” He recommended that “appropriate and significant disciplinary action be taken against Mr. Taveras, and that he be advised that similar administrative failures on his part, in the future, may lead to suspension or termination of employment with the D.O.E.”
Mr Taveras has been involved in other unseemly actions. He was the point person in closing many of the large comprehensive high schools as Deputy Chancellor under Michael Bloomberg, Next, as Principal of DeWitt Clinton High School he built a personal shower that the DOE first found to be appropriate than under media scrutiny, quietly had the shower dismantled and removed.
Finally, Mr, Taveras targeted teachers, especially veteran teachers,. during his time as Principal at DeWitt Clinton. He was known to harass teachers and gave 8% of his teacher "ineffective". Compared to the 1% ineffective grade citywide.