Sunday, March 04, 2007

Principals From Hell

In addition to John Angelet from Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (who's nomination for this distinction comes from norm at ednotesblogspot there is this lady (nameless for the time being) who talks the talk (barely understandable) yet goes on to torment teachers.

the transcript of this bs
The issues that come with inheriting a school is inheriting the systems that were in place. And the existing culture. And if that doesn't align with your own vision and values, there comes the challenge of changing that culture and changing that system. Especially into a system that works for you as a leader of the building. And that works for the rest of the community. So though, as a challenge of inheriting we do want to start with where we are at and build on what's already working. So that's important when inheriting a system. Building on what works and starting from there. Finding people's expertise. And really leveraging knowledge to help me and to learn from them. Because that's what is going to help all of us at the end, it's working together. Because they have the experience of being here already knowing the community, knowing the systems that work. And kind of providing opportunities to have conversations where what is working. So to build on those things and strategize to improve on those systems that didn't work.

what she did- (evidently this teacher's culture didn't align with her vision) Taken from an anonymous source for now:
"A little over a week ago I got a chilling phone call. It was from a former colleague That day (Thurs, Feb. 15) she was arrested and taken from her school in handcuffs based on a bogus charge made by a parent. She was not told the reason or told her rights. Most egregious was the actions of the school administrators. The AP came up to her room and told her she was wanted in the office. Not one other word that there were 5 cops waiting for her to arrest her. 5 cops! I guess there are no other crimes to solve in this city. But I do not blame the police for this.
The former Leadership Academy principal, who is close to the parent, was smiling ear-to-ear. She had finally found a way to remove a teacher who was a thorn in her side (the teacher ran for chapter leader last year and lost by a slim margin.) It was certainly within her power to convince the police that this case did not warrant an arrest.
What kind of monsters do we have running our schools?
How do we know the charge was bogus? While the teacher sat in the police station until 7pm, the police investigated at the school and the child was taken to the hospital by the police and found to not have a mark on her. When they returned to the station, the cop said it was all “nonsense” and they rescinded the arrest. They had looked at her 22-year record and found not one mark against her. “People we spoke to had good things to say about you,” they said. Someone from child support services told the teacher that the parent, who was at the station, said that if the teacher offered an apology, “this would all go away.” “Hell no,” the teacher said. For escorting a child to her seat after she had run out of the room twice? “Hell no!”
The teacher will now spend months or longer in the rubber room. We are efforting to help her find a lawyer to sue everyone involved. Maybe one day she will own the school building where she was so humiliated. And hopefully, the principal’s house."

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