The Department of Education is handling the principal at Maspeth High School differently than their usual use of their large broom to sweep incidents involving administrators under the carpet. Instead of just reassigning the principal to a district or central office after the Office of Special Investigations substantiated numerous academic misconduct allegations, the DOE is actually trying to fire Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir. He has been principal since 2011 so he is no rookie.
From Selim Algar in the NY Post:
The DOE said it will seek to terminate deposed Maspeth High School principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir after investigators substantiated a raft of academic misconduct charges against him.
A group of teachers told The Post in August 2019 that administrators pressured them to pass failing students and that staffers gave out Regents exam answers during the test.
The whistleblowers also reported that kids who did little to no work were graduated via phantom classes and credits.
“Following DOE’s investigation into Principal Abdul-Mutakabbir’s unacceptable behavior, DOE served him with disciplinary charges and removed him from payroll while we seek to terminate his employment pursuant to state law,” said DOE spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon in an email to the Chronicle on Thursday. “Our schools must have the highest standards of academic integrity, and we are working quickly to bring in new, qualified leadership to Maspeth High School.”
Some specifics from the Chronicle article:
The substantiated allegations claimed by the OSI include:
• that “incomplete” grades were improperly changed to passing grades;
• that students were improperly awarded one English/Language Arts credit, and one economics credit for a humanities course that did not meet requirements for the credits;
• that students were improperly awarded one credit per semester for a Spanish course that did not exist, and that the students were improperly discharged with advanced Regents Diplomas, without earning six Language Other Than English credits in a single language;
• the awarding of student credit for writing courses that did not meet requirements; and
• testing misconduct where staff members assisted students on Regents exams.
It took two years but the system is actually working here. All of you who contstantly say you are experiencing similar situations have to step forward if you want to restore integrity to the school system. Anonymous comments and allegations won't cut it.
You have to identify the school and be specific. If anything happens where you are disciplined after blowing the whistle on fraud, scream retaliation.