When Lord Acton spoke his famous quote “absolute power corrupts absolutely” liitle did he realize that this quote would become the moniker for the majority of principals in the New York City Department of Education.
When Mayor Bloomberg gave these individuals (principals) total autonomy he opened a Pandora’s box of corruption. To protect these Principals Bloomberg expanded the legal department within the department of education. Today, lawyers run the Department of Education and their primary targets are tenure teachers.(Just a note tenure is not a guarantee to a life time job it is simply Due Process. the same type of Due Process that is guaranteed to us as citizens of the United States by the United States Constitution.)
This post is geared towards the corruption that occurs at the administration level within a school. In the articles below from various news sources are examples of corruption that the school’s chancellor and the mayor want to sweep under the rug, but the dirt is starting to show as more and more principals are being caught in scandals.
As you read the above article Manhattan Village Academy has a stellar graduation rate, but how many of those diplomas were actually earned especially since Principal Gearger has no qualms about giving away a high school diploma.
Question: Do these surveys give a true evaluation of a school and its progress if the numbers can be manipulated by an administrator?