Here is an excerpt:
New details have emerged about the interim acting principal at Staten Island's Port Richmond High School.
Oneatha Swinton was appointed to PRHS as interim acting principal last July. Now the city Education Department is considering making her temporary appointment permanent, despite multiple complaints made by parents and teachers.
Swinton previously was principal at John Jay high school in Brooklyn.
When she left the Education Department's Office of Special Investigation had been looking into complaints by parents, alleging on cronyism and transparency.
That inquiry continues and others have since launched, including one looking at allegations she drives a car registered to a Pennsylvania address also used by an Education Department contractor.
Other complaints allege spending more than $400,000 on unnecessary positions for her friends and inflating grades to boost graduation rates.
Parents and teachers say they also have filed complaints with the governor's office which referred them to the state Education Department. That agency declined to comment as did Swinton.
What does the Department of Education just rotate these people and hope nobody will notice?
We will surely follow up here.
It kind of concerns me in the Port Richmond story that the teacher who talked on camera had to have his face hidden and his voice disguised. I'm glad he spoke up but it is going to be difficult to win these battles if we don't come out openly even though I know the risk of retaliation in the schools is enormous. It's much less of a risk if people are together.
We can take this fight on in public as there are several schools that have contacted us about actions. It's kind of odd that they might not have confidence in their Union but they will will go to Norm or me.
Here is part of what Norm says over at Ed Notes.
I'm also working with James Eterno on a plan to gather people from various high schools together to come up with joint strategies and maybe joint actions, including how to get people in their own schools on board. This summer we will hold some behind the scenes meetings. At the June 22 ICE meeting we will talk about the feasibility.
June 22 is the next ICEUFT meeting. We will surely be discussing the abusive principal issue.