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Abusive, Incompetent Administrators – What can we do?

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the October 2014 Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: October 2014 Leaflet

There are plenty of good principals in our system. But under Bloomberg the number of inexperienced and poorly trained principals soared. Abuse of members was encouraged; it became a systemic attitude, an epidemic. Carmen Fariña, counts over 300 incompetent principals. However, in 10 months as chancellor, Fariña has not made a priority of removing incompetent and abusive administrators.

The UFT is not using the Principals In Need of Improvement program. And when we had PINI, Unity Caucus did not use it where members were afraid to fight. This needs to change. We need to organize in schools with administrators who terrorize our members, and who destroy their schools. The union might provide assistance to an individual member, which is good. But we also need campaigns against the abusers, including pickets in front of some schools. We need to stand together. Two examples:

PS 3 on Staten Island…is a school that has had many problems with their principal. Both tenured and probationary teachers have been harassed. Senior teachers have been forced to retire. A probationary teacher who received all S ratings her first year suddenly receives all U’s the second. She is discontinued and cannot work. How does this happen? Who was rehired to replace her?

The District Representative put letters in mailboxes to survey the staff – but the letters disappeared. The principal denied any knowledge, but what else could it have been? This principal has not been disciplined. Our union has not protested in support of the members in PS 3. They need our support.

The Baychester Middle School…has an outrageously high staff turnover rate. Just this past June, on the last day of school, 20 minutes before dismissal, with no prior warning, the principal discontinued four probationary teachers. Their careers were ended, without even a chance to say goodbye to many of their colleagues. In a school with just two dozen staff members, nine did not return this September. And in each of Baychester MS’s first three years, about a third of the staff have left.

The principal, with only five years teaching experience, has picked up some pretty shady habits. There are allegations he phoneyed up mentoring logs, and provided new teachers with little or no support. For two years he had no School Leadership Team, raising the question: who exactly signed the CEP?

Principal Shawn Mangar boasted “I’ve been investigated a lot of times. Nothing has ever come of it.”

What else can the UFT do? Bring the problems to the Chancellor: The UFT leadership should be bringing each case of an abusive administrator directly to the Chancellor. Many should not be running schools. The Chancellor can act.

What can you do: Contact your District Rep. Contact New Action.

Send us your story –let others know what is going on, and that we are not alone.

Bronx HS Teachers: Is your principal competent?

The Learning Environment Surveys create another source of questionable data. However, many teachers do respond to direct questions about their principals. What follows are the results from almost every Bronx high school.

Question: “The Principal is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly”
Answers: “Strongly Agree” (10 pts), “Agree” (6.7 pts) “Disagree” (3.3 pts) or “Strongly Disagree” (0 pts).
Score: based on average response.
Percent: based on percent of answers “to a great extent” or “to some extent.”

The best: Score of 9 or higher, or 95% or higher, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
Bronx Academy HS Gary Eisinger Transfer 100% 10.0
Renaissance HS for Musical Theater and Tech Maria Herrera @ Lehman 100% 9.6
Crotona Academy HS Anthony Harris Transfer 100% 9.6
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom HS Nancy Mann 100% 9.5
The Cinema School Rex Bobbish Monroe Campus, growing 100% 9.3
HS for Teaching and the Professions Gary Prince Walton Campus 97% 9.2
Bronx HS for Medical Science William Quintana Taft Campus 96% 9.0
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science Estelle Hans Columbus Campus 96% 9.0
Bronx Regional HS Colin Thomas Transfer 100% 8.8
HS of American Studies Alessandro Weiss specialized 100% 8.8
East Bronx Academy of the Future Sarah Scrogin 6-12 96% 8.7
Bronx Academy of Health Careers Marvia Lindsay 97% 8.6
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Edward Tom 100% 8.3
Validus Preparatory Academy Brady Smith 100% 8.3
Bronx Expeditionary Learning HS D White Taft Campus 97% 8.3
Bronx Health Sciences HS Miriam Rivas @ Truman 95% 8.2
Mott Hall Bronx HS David Tinagero 95% 7.0

The worst: Score of 5 or lower, or 50% or lower, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology Richard Bost Roosevelt Campus 33% 2.5
Jane Addams HS for Academic Careers Sharron Smalls CTE 20% 2.6
John F Kennedy HS Lisa Luft JFK Campus 30% 2.7
Celia Cruz Bronx HS of Music Willie Rodriguez Walton Campus 25% 3.1
Eximius College Preparatory Academy Tammy Smith was 6-12, phasing out MS 30% 3.3
Samuel Gompers CTE HS Joyce Mills Kittrell CTE 33% 3.5
Performance Conservatory HS Eulynis Matthias Fridie 35% 3.5
Gateway School for Environmental Research and Technology Clifford Siegel Stevenson Campus 36% 3.6
Schomburg Satellite Academy Marsha Vernon Transfer 23% 3.8
Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCO) Lynn Passarella 6-12 28% 3.8
Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching and Learning John Barnes 6-12 39% 3.8
Bronx HS of Science Valerie Reidy specialized 40% 3.8
Academy for Scholarship and Entrepeneurship Zenobia White 6-12 45% 3.9
Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy Lori O’Mara 6-12 45% 4.1
Bronx Aerospace Barbara Kirkweg Evander Campus 45% 4.2
Monroe Academy for Business/Law (MABL) Charles Ogundimu Monroe Campus 50% 4.2
The Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions Rodney Fisher 30% 4.3
Leadership Institute Marta Colon 41% 4.3
Explorations Academy Susana Hernandez 38% 4.4
Bronx HS of Business Enrique Lizardi Taft Campus 48% 4.4
School for Community Research and Learning (SCRL) John Tornifolio Stevenson Campus 53% 4.5
Alfred E Smith Rene Casanova CTE 50% 4.6
Health Opportunities HS Carron Staple 49% 4.7
Peace and Diversity Academy Andrew Turay 42% 4.8
Pan American International HS Bridgit Claire Bye Monroe Campus, growing 44% 4.8
Academy for Language and Teaching Arisleyda Urena 46% 4.8
Bronx Guild Sam Decker Stevenson Campus 50% 4.8
Frederick Douglass Academy III Secondary School Rahesha Amon 6-12 55% 4.8
Herbert H Lehman HS Janet Saraceno 51% 4.9
Bronx Academy of Letters Anna Hall 6-12 60% 5.0

To see the rest click

School Principal Note Yes Score
Bronx Community HS Flora Greenaway Transfer 94% 8.3
Discovery HS Rolando Rivera Walton Campus 91% 8.3
Pelham Preparatory Academy Jane Aronoff Columbus Campus 86% 8.3
Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports Johanny Garcia 93% 8.1
Monroe Academy for Visual Arts and Design (MAVAD) Richard Massel Monroe Campus 92% 8.1
Grace Dodge CTE HS Robert Hernandez CTE 85% 8.1
New Day Academy Mara Ganeles 6-12 86% 7.9
Millenium Art Academy Maxine Nodel Stevenson Campus 90% 7.8
The Metropolitan HS Carla Theodorou 88% 7.7
Bronx Latin Leticia Pineiro 6-12 87% 7.7
New Explorers HS Jacob Hobson 91% 7.6
Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies Leba Collins Augone 78% 7.6
HS for Contemporary Arts Francisco Sanchez Evander Campus 77% 7.6
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies Charles Osewalt Morris Campus 86% 7.5
University Heights Secondary School Hazel Joseph Roseboro South Bronx Campus 85% 7.5
HS of World Cultures Ramon Namnun Monroe Campus 82% 7.5
Marble Hill HS for International Studies Kirsten Larson JFK Campus 90% 7.4
Community School for Social Justice Sue-Ann Rosch 87% 7.4
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science Kenneth Baum 6-12 86% 7.4
Bronx Leadership Academy HS Kenneth Gaskins 83% 7.3
Bronx Haven HS Lucinda Mendez @ Smith, Transfer 70% 7.3
Bronx HS for Law and Community Service Michael Barakat Roosevelt Campus 66% 7.3
Jonathan Levin HS for Media and Communication Nasib Hoxha Taft Campus 85% 7.2
HS of Computers and Technology Bruce Abramowitz Evander Campus 84% 7.2
Harry S Truman HS Sana Nasser 82% 7.2
Green Dot NY Charter School Ashish Kapadia Charter 80% 7.2
Pablu Neruda Academy for Architrecture and World Studies Sabrina Cook Stevenson Campus 85% 7.1
International Leadership Charter School Elaine Ruiz Lopez Charter, growing 85% 7.1
Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice Meisha Ross-Porter 6-12 83% 7.1
DeWitt Clinton HS Geraldine Ambrosio 82% 7.1
Belmont Preparatory HS Stephen Gumbs Roosevelt Campus 81% 7.1
International School for Liberal Arts Migdalia Carrillo Walton Campus, 6-12 79% 7.0
Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men Avis Terrell Taft Campus 82% 6.9
School for Excellence Carmen Bardeguez Morris Campus 80% 6.9
Christopher Columbus HS Lisa Fuentes Columbus Campus 76% 6.9
Eagle Academy for Young Men Jonathan Foy 81% 6.8
Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International Panorea Panagiosoulis Roosevelt Campus 77% 6.8
Astor Collegiate Academy Sandra Burgos Columbus Campus 65% 6.8
Bronx Career and College Preparatory HS Kizhaya Roberts growing 85% 6.7
Bronx International HS Joaquin Vega Morris Campus 80% 6.7
HS for Violin and Dance Franklin Sim Morris Campus 79% 6.7
South Bronx Preparatory Ellen Reddon Flanagan 6-12 75% 6.7
Wings Academy Wayne Cox 71% 6.7
Bronx HS for the Visual Arts George York 69% 6.7
Bronx Lab School Christopher Lagares Evander Campus 76% 6.6
Hyde Leadership Charter School Betsy Olney K-12, 6-10 surveyed 74% 6.4
Providing Urban Learners Success in Education (PULSE) HS Carol Wiggins Transfer 72% 6.4
Bronx Theatre HS Deborah Effinger JFK Campus 67% 6.3
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Service Grismaldy Laboy-Wilson 63% 6.3
Bronx Prep Charter School Jacqueline King-Robinson Charter, growing 77% 6.2
Banana Kelly HS Joshua Laub 70% 6.2
The Bronxwood Preparatory Academy Janet Gallardo 70% 6.2
West Bronx Academy for the Future Wilper Morales Roosevelt Campus, 6-12 67% 6.2
In-Tech Academy Yvette Allen 6-12 64% 6.1
Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science Nicholas Paarlberg 6-12 58% 6.0
NYC Charter HS for Architecture and Engineering Eugene Foley Charter, growing 58% 6.0
Bronx HS for Writing and Communication Arts Steven Chernigoff Evander Campus 77% 5.9
Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy Karalyne Sperling JFK Campus 69% 5.9
Mott Haven Village Preparatory Academy Flavia Puello Perdomo South Bronx Campus 69% 5.9
Kingsbridge International HS Ronald Newlon Walton Campus 66% 5.9
Jill Chaifetz Transfer HS Anne Fennelly Transfer 75% 5.8
New World HS Fausto Salazar 69% 5.8
Bronx School of Law and Finance Evan Schwartz JFK Campus 69% 5.8
Women’s Academy of Excellence Arnette Crocker 55% 5.7
International Community HS Berena Cabarcas 54% 5.6
Fordham HS for the Arts Iris Blige Roosevelt Campus 59% 5.5
Holcombe L Rucker School of Community Research Sharif Rucker 59% 5.3
Dreamyard Preparatory School Rod Bowen Taft Campus 65% 5.2

Bx HS teachers: Do you trust your principal?

The Learning Environment Surveys create another source of questionable data. However, many teachers do respond to direct questions about their principals. What follows are the results from almost every Bronx high school.

Question: “I trust the principal at his or her word”
Answers: “Strongly Agree” (10 pts), “Agree” (6.7 pts) “Disagree” (3.3 pts) or “Strongly Disagree” (0 pts).
Score: based on average response.
Percent: based on percent of answers “to a great extent” or “to some extent.”

The best: Score of 9 or higher, or 95% or higher, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
Bronx Academy HS Gary Eisinger Transfer 100% 9.8
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom HS Nancy Mann 100% 9.6
Bronx Community HS Flora Greenaway Transfer 100% 9.4
East Bronx Academy of the Future Sarah Scrogin 6-12 100% 9.3
The Cinema School Rex Bobbish Monroe Campus, growing 100% 9.3
HS of American Studies Alessandro Weiss specialized 96% 9.3
Renaissance HS for Musical Theater and Tech Maria Herrera @ Lehman 94% 9.3
Crotona Academy HS Anthony Harris Transfer 89% 9.3
Validus Preparatory Academy Brady Smith 100% 9.2
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science Estelle Hans Columbus Campus 100% 9.1
Bronx Regional HS Colin Thomas Transfer 95% 8.9
Bronx Expeditionary Learning HS D White Taft Campus 97% 8.7
Bronx Career and College Preparatory HS Kizhaya Roberts growing 100% 8.6
Bronx Academy of Health Careers Marvia Lindsay 97% 8.5
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Edward Tom 95% 8.3
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies Charles Osewalt Morris Campus 97% 7.8

The worst: Score of 5 or lower, or 50% or lower, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
John F Kennedy HS Lisa Luft JFK Campus 27% 2.6
Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching and Learning John Barnes 6-12 25% 2.8
Jane Addams HS for Academic Careers Sharron Smalls CTE 28% 2.8
Celia Cruz Bronx HS of Music Willie Rodriguez Walton Campus 30% 3.1
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology Richard Bost Roosevelt Campus 29% 3.3
School for Community Research and Learning (SCRL) John Tornifolio Stevenson Campus 24% 3.5
Eximius College Preparatory Academy Tammy Smith was 6-12, phasing out MS 43% 3.6
Samuel Gompers CTE HS Joyce Mills Kittrell CTE 37% 3.8
Bronx HS of Science Valerie Reidy specialized 38% 3.8
Performance Conservatory HS Eulynis Matthias Fridie 38% 3.9
Gateway School for Environmental Research and Technology Clifford Siegel Stevenson Campus 50% 4.0
Health Opportunities HS Carron Staple 41% 4.1
Explorations Academy Susana Hernandez 32% 4.2
Monroe Academy for Business/Law (MABL) Charles Ogundimu Monroe Campus 50% 4.2
Pan American International HS Bridgit Claire Bye Monroe Campus, growing 45% 4.4
Academy for Language and Teaching Arisleyda Urena 46% 4.5
Fordham HS for the Arts Iris Blige Roosevelt Campus 42% 4.7
Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCO) Lynn Passarella 6-12 47% 4.7
Bronx Aerospace Barbara Kirkweg Evander Campus 55% 4.7
Holcombe L Rucker School of Community Research Sharif Rucker 62% 4.8
Frederick Douglass Academy III Secondary School Rahesha Amon 6-12 57% 4.9
Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy Lori O’Mara 6-12 57% 4.9
Bronx Guild Sam Decker Stevenson Campus 50% 5.0
Academy for Scholarship and Entrepeneurship Zenobia White 6-12 56% 5.0

To see the rest click Continue reading ‘Bx HS teachers: Do you trust your principal?’

Bronx HS Teachers: Does your principal collaborate with you?

The Learning Environment Surveys create another source of questionable data. However, many teachers do respond to direct questions about their principals. What follows are the results from almost every Bronx high school.

Question: “School leaders invite teachers to play a meaningful role in setting goals and making important decisions for the school”
Answers: “Strongly Agree” (10 pts), “Agree” (6.7 pts) “Disagree” (3.3 pts) or “Strongly Disagree” (0 pts).
Score: based on average response.
Percent: based on percent of answers “to a great extent” or “to some extent.”

The best: Score of 9 or higher, or 95% or higher, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
The Cinema School Rex Bobbish Monroe Campus, growing 100% 9.7
Community School for Social Justice Sue-Ann Rosch 96% 9.7
Bronx Academy HS Gary Eisinger Transfer 100% 9.6
Validus Preparatory Academy Brady Smith 100% 9.4
Crotona Academy HS Anthony Harris Transfer 100% 9.3
East Bronx Academy of the Future Sarah Scrogin 6-12 100% 9.3
Bronx HS for Medical Science William Quintana Taft Campus 96% 9.2
Renaissance HS for Musical Theater and Tech Maria Herrera @ Lehman 95% 9.1
Bronx Expeditionary Learning HS D White Taft Campus 100% 9.0
Schomburg Satellite Academy Marsha Vernon Transfer 100% 9.0
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom HS Nancy Mann 97% 9.0
Bronx Regional HS Colin Thomas Transfer 95% 9.0
HS for Teaching and the Professions Gary Prince Walton Campus 97% 8.7
Eagle Academy for Young Men Jonathan Foy 96% 8.7
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science Estelle Hans Columbus Campus 95% 8.7
South Bronx Preparatory Ellen Reddon Flanagan 6-12 96% 8.5
West Bronx Academy for the Future Wilper Morales Roosevelt Campus, 6-12 96% 8.5
HS for Contemporary Arts Francisco Sanchez Evander Campus 95% 7.8

The worst: Score of 5 or lower, or 50% or lower, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
John F Kennedy HS Lisa Luft JFK Campus 24% 2.4
Monroe Academy for Business/Law (MABL) Charles Ogundimu Monroe Campus 23% 2.7
Bronx HS of Science Valerie Reidy specialized 32% 3.5
School for Community Research and Learning (SCRL) John Tornifolio Stevenson Campus 29% 3.9
Jane Addams HS for Academic Careers Sharron Smalls CTE 38% 4.3
Samuel Gompers CTE HS Joyce Mills Kittrell CTE 45% 4.7
Performance Conservatory HS Eulynis Matthias Fridie 46% 4.7
Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching and Learning John Barnes 6-12 45% 4.8
Gateway School for Environmental Research and Technology Clifford Siegel Stevenson Campus 50% 4.9
Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy Lori O’Mara 6-12 58% 5.0
Celia Cruz Bronx HS of Music Willie Rodriguez Walton Campus 59% 5.0
Bronx Haven HS Lucinda Mendez @ Smith, Transfer 60% 5.0
Frederick Douglass Academy III Secondary School Rahesha Amon 6-12 50% 5.2
Pan American International HS Bridgit Claire Bye Monroe Campus, growing 50% 5.4

To see the rest click Continue reading ‘Bronx HS Teachers: Does your principal collaborate with you?’

Bronx HS teachers: Does your principal support you?

The Learning Environment Surveys create another source of questionable data. However, many teachers do respond to direct questions about their principals. What follows are the results from almost every Bronx high school.

Question: “To what extent do you feel supported by your principal?”
Answers: “To a great extent” (10 pts), “to some extent” (6.7 pts) “to a small extent” (3.3 pts) or “to no extent” (0 pts).
Score: based on average response. 
Percent: based on percent of answers “to a great extent” or “to some extent.”

The best:  Score of 9 or higher, or 95% or higher, or both:

School Principal Note Yes Score
The Cinema School Rex Bobbish Monroe Campus, growing 100% 10.0
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science Estelle Hans Columbus Campus 100% 9.9
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom HS Nancy Mann 100% 9.8
Bronx Academy HS Gary Eisinger Transfer 100% 9.6
Crotona Academy HS Anthony Harris Transfer 100% 9.6
Bronx HS for Medical Science William Quintana Taft Campus 100% 9.6
HS of American Studies Alessandro Weiss specialized 96% 9.5
Validus Preparatory Academy Brady Smith 100% 9.4
Renaissance HS for Musical Theater and Tech Maria Herrera @ Lehman 89% 9.3
Bronx Expeditionary Learning HS D White Taft Campus 100% 9.2
East Bronx Academy of the Future Sarah Scrogin 6-12 97% 9.2
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Edward Tom 91% 9.2
Bronx Community HS Flora Greenaway Transfer 94% 9.0
HS for Teaching and the Professions Gary Prince Walton Campus 97% 9.0
Community School for Social Justice Sue-Ann Rosch 100% 9.0
Bronx Regional HS Colin Thomas Transfer 95% 8.8
HS for Contemporary Arts Francisco Sanchez Evander Campus 95% 8.8
Belmont Preparatory HS Stephen Gumbs Roosevelt Campus 96% 8.6
Bronx Career and College Preparatory HS Kizhaya Roberts growing 100% 8.1

The worst:  Score of 5 or lower, or 50% or lower, or both:

School for Community Research and Learning (SCRL) John Tornifolio Stevenson Campus 18% 2.7
John F Kennedy HS Lisa Luft JFK Campus 31% 3.1
Celia Cruz Bronx HS of Music Willie Rodriguez Walton Campus 30% 3.6
Monroe Academy for Business/Law (MABL) Charles Ogundimu Monroe Campus 32% 3.7
Jane Addams HS for Academic Careers Sharron Smalls CTE 36% 3.9
Bronx HS of Science Valerie Reidy specialized 40% 4.1
Gateway School for Environmental Research and Technology Clifford Siegel Stevenson Campus 47% 4.2
Samuel Gompers CTE HS Joyce Mills Kittrell CTE 44% 4.4
Performance Conservatory HS Eulynis Matthias Fridie 42% 4.4
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology Richard Bost Roosevelt Campus 33% 4.6
Eximius College Preparatory Academy Tammy Smith was 6-12, phasing out MS 52% 4.8
Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCO) Lynn Passarella 6-12 47% 4.8
Pan American International HS Bridgit Claire Bye Monroe Campus, growing 55% 5.0
Bronx Aerospace Barbara Kirkweg Evander Campus 45% 5.7

To see the rest click Continue reading ‘Bronx HS teachers: Does your principal support you?’


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