The matter: City that pays principal debtor fired on grade fixing and fraud of nearly $2 million over the next seven years.
Unfortunately, the Maspeth HS cheating scandal is not an isolated case (“City thrives on con director,” April 17).
Grades are manipulated and cheated at most of the city’s high schools. Almost everyone has some version of credit recovery where failing students can come in for an hour or two of busy work in a day, say 10 Hail Marys, and have their failing grades changed to passing grades.
It’s practically impossible to be honest. If principals flunked every student who lawfully failed courses or failed to read at the secondary school level, 50% of our children would never graduate. What principal or vice-principal could keep his job if he or she judges with integrity?
Ditto for teachers. Unemployed workers would be fired if they failed too many children. Teachers are under constant pressure from principals and deputy principals to increase their passing rates.
If new schools, Chancellor David Banks, is serious about “being more aggressive and expeditious in removing from our schools and payrolls those people” who commit “egregious acts,” then here’s what he should do: offenders such as Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir, Former Principal of Maspeth HS the reserve for absent teachers (ATR). These are the people who make up the system’s pool of rotating substitute teachers.
Let Abdul-Mutakabbir’s phone ring at five or six in the morning to spend a day working as a teacher in some of our city’s neediest schools and you’ll see: he won’t stay long.
He probably got into administration primarily to get away from the classroom. As an ATR, he would relive his worst nightmare.
Sunday’s headline and story was all you needed to know about how utterly broken the city’s public school system is.
It is incomprehensible that the DOE would pay this man another nickel – let alone nearly $2 million over the next seven years. He betrayed every principle of good education that our young people deserve.
If Mayors Adams and Banks allow this travesty, the system will never change and they will have no credibility with parents and students in the city.
It’s a complete disgrace and an insult to every teacher and administrator who works hard to do what’s right for the kids.
Whenever I read another hugely disturbing story like the Post’s excellent disclosure of the Maspeth school scandal, I am inevitably faced with the same nagging, disturbing question.
When will supposedly literate New Yorkers realize the embedded incompetence, unprofessionalism, and self-interested corruption that have shaped the city’s Department of Education and its leadership for so long?
Regardless of the details of the current Abdul-Mutakabbir scandal (facilitated by the usual suspects), the DOE’s “leadership”, in league with the self-aggrandizing teachers’ union, bears ultimate responsibility for this lack of proper oversight.
All of these outrageous displays of embedded DOE corruption ultimately amount to a serial abuse of students and their taxpaying parents, who have every right to expect professionalism and competence.
It seems like the only cure is a thorough housecleaning of the DOE.
The taxpayers are funding this moron with nearly $2 million. Fake courses, fake grades: is it any wonder we’re seeing a decline in academia?
Even more pathetic is that this is not uncommon. So-called rubber rooms have been holding down teachers for eons, with salaries no less high, and the dumbing down continues ad nauseam.
Kevin Richter, Naples
Shows you how inept and corrupt the public school system is.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/letters-to-the-editor-april-19-2022/ Letters to the Editor – April 19, 2022