After month of public protests and complaints from students and parents, the Department of Education finally moved by not appointing Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda to the permanent principal position at Townsend Harris HS in Queens.
The story originally broke yesterday in The Classic, the student newspaper at Townsend Harris that has done fantastic reporting on the situation at the school. The new principal will be Brian Condon, who will be moving from his principal position at the School of Hospitality and Tourism in the Bronx to take over Townsend Harris.
We will try to gauge reaction from other schools fighting abusive principals such as Central Park East 1, Humanities and the Arts High School, John Bowne High School, Bryant High School and many others where the battles go on.
At the April Delegate Assembly, the UFT refused to support a resolution raised by the elected Delegate from CPE 1calling in part for the Union to work to remove Principal Garg from that school. The Union believes that back channel communication with the DOE is the best way to go. UFT Secretary Howie Schoor in speaking against the CPE 1 resolution said that once we pass a resolution calling for the principal to be removed, it stops all communication with the Board of Ed. That strategy is questionable after both the Delegate and Chapter Leader from CPE 1 have been removed from the school. Directly going after school union representatives is not acceptable.
There was no direct attack to remove the Union leaders at Townsend Harris that I know of. The students and parents led the charge against Jahoda. The UFT will claim their behind the scenes strategy worked here. Let's hope this is not just an exception. It took an enormous effort just not to have one disastrous interim acting principal appointed permanently.