Today: 22.04.2018
News
Opinion
Business
Living
Metro
Tech
Sport

Last News

05:55
Today
05:06
Today
01:53
Today
00:39
Today
00:02
Today
23:30
21.04.2018
20:00
21.04.2018
19:38
21.04.2018
18:53
21.04.2018
17:44
21.04.2018
17:08
21.04.2018
16:18
21.04.2018
16:01
21.04.2018
15:38
21.04.2018
14:21
21.04.2018
12:45
21.04.2018
11:42
21.04.2018
08:48
21.04.2018
08:13
21.04.2018
07:46
21.04.2018
07:35
21.04.2018
07:29
21.04.2018
02:44
21.04.2018
02:05
21.04.2018
01:44
21.04.2018
01:11
21.04.2018
00:55
21.04.2018
00:45
21.04.2018
00:17
21.04.2018
23:45
20.04.2018

Dear Mr. Chancellor, please stop the grade-fixing in NYC schools.

Five years ago, teacher WADE R. GORIA exposed a massive grade-fixing scheme at John Dewey HS in Gravesend, Brooklyn, along with his colleague Michael P. Klimetz. Their revelations led to a state audit, released last month, that confirmed the shocking truth: School leaders had committed wholesale fraud — and cheated students out of the education...
Time: 11:32     Date: 14.04.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Dear Mr. Chancellor, please stop the grade-fixing in NYC schools. NY Post 24 - US News

A cancer has metastasized in NYC’s school system. It was deliberately planted by your predecessor, Carmen Fariña, with the sanction of the mayor, the State Education Department and the United Federation of Teachers.

In the face of Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious demands for dramatic increases in graduation rates, Fariña and her superintendents found a reliable means of achieving success: grade-fixing. John Dewey HS students sardonically called it “Easy Pass” amid a nightmarish flurry of corrupt practices that I witnessed as a social-studies teacher during the tenure of Principal Kathleen Elvin from 2012 to 2015. She came to Dewey as part of the mayor’s Renewal program for struggling schools.

Elvin’s creation of “Project Graduation” involved many schemes. Elvin created bogus titles such as “College Explorations” to give students a way to accumulate credits for courses they had failed or lacked. Many sham “credit recovery” courses covered a dozen or more academic subjects — math, science, English, Spanish, you name it — supposedly taught concurrently by a lone teacher who had no certification in most of the subjects. One rookie teacher was listed as having taught a total of 52 classes in all academic disciplines in a single semester. Little or no actual teaching went on. Most students didn’t even attend. Elvin’s assistant principals strong-armed teachers into giving passing grades. If they refused, the assistant principals and guidance counselors entered the data system and passed the kids anyway.

Elvin retaliated against unwilling teachers with endless disciplinary hearings. She and her assistant principals stormed into classrooms to do teacher observations guaranteed to slap them with the lowest rating: “ineffective.” After Michael P. Klimetz, a revered science teacher, refused to grade students in subjects he didn’t teach, he was moved to another room without lab equipment.

Our union failed us. The UFT chapter chair in all NYC public schools is required to review each teacher’s program to ensure compliance with the contract. Had this been done, the rug would have been pulled out from Elvin’s scam. The UFT’s Brooklyn representative was fully aware of the violations but failed to address our pleas for protection.

[Editor’s note: The UFT said Friday it gave “full support” to teachers who exposed the “principal’s destructive practices.”]

Michael and I reported Elvin’s massive fraud to Brooklyn Superintendent Michael Prayor, the Department of Education’s Office of Special Investigations, the Special Commissioner of Investigation and members of the state Board of Regents. We naïvely assumed the system would intervene and halt these unconscionable practices.

More than 1¹/₂ years later, on June 30, 2015, the OSI finally issued a scathing report. But it detailed just some of the fraud and named only Elvin and two assistant principals, though most of the assistant principals and guidance counselors took part. A week later, Elvin was removed from Dewey amid intense media coverage. Yet, as we would learn a year later, it was all a charade. We believe Fariña never intended to hold Elvin accountable.

It took the state Education Department five years from the time they were first alerted about this outrageous scandal to issue an audit on March 25, finding that thousands of improper credits were awarded to Dewey students. But the audit gave no explanation of how the scam was carried out. It was like confirming a murder without describing how the victim was killed or who committed the crime.

The Board of Regents has yet to hold any guilty parties accountable by revoking their licenses or certifications, or by levying fines. This stands in stark contrast to the handling of a major cheating scandal in Atlanta 10 years ago, when prison sentences were meted out to corrupt educators. More recently, the Washington, DC, school system issued a swift and far more thorough report following media reports that Ballou HS had fixed grades and graduated students whose low attendance failed to meet requirements.

A once vaunted and proud institution, Dewey now boasts an 80 percent graduation rate, but last year 48 percent of the grads didn’t have test scores high enough to enroll in CUNY without remediation. Several assistant principals and other staffers who conspired with Elvin still work at the school. Elvin was awarded a post at the DOE’s Tweed headquarters and now collects $170,000 a year in the Office of Safety and Youth Development.

Chancellor Carranza, at the outset of your tenure, you are faced with a choice: You can stop the spread of the grade-fixing contagion by finally applying consequences for criminal fraud, or you can let the DOE further descend into self-serving degeneracy.

Wade R. Goria taught social studies for 20 years at John Dewey HS, retiring in 2015 after Principal Kathleen Elvin’s ouster. He also taught international relations at NYU for 18 years. He earned a master’s degree at Oxford University and authored the book“Sovereignty and Leadership in Lebanon, 1943-1976.”

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls.
It’s not just Hillary Clinton who can’t quit Russia. The whole Democratic Party keeps going back to 2016. In a move that...
Last US News - Opinion: Facebook is actually stalking everyone. NY Post 24 - US News
Facebook is actually stalking everyone.
Facebook is stalking you, even if you’re not signed up — and it really, really doesn’t want to stop. The latest proof,...
Last US News - Opinion: Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination. NY Post 24 - US News
Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination.
Count Gov. Cuomo among the many gullible people who apparently believe everything they read on the Internet. And also among...
Last US News - Opinion: Medical research has a woman problem. NY Post 24 - US News
Medical research has a woman problem.
Before approving “female Viagra” in 2015, the FDA asked for a study to see if it was safe when taken with alcohol. The...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls.
It’s not just Hillary Clinton who can’t quit Russia. The whole Democratic Party keeps going back to 2016. In a move that...
Last US News - Opinion: Facebook is actually stalking everyone. NY Post 24 - US News
Facebook is actually stalking everyone.
Facebook is stalking you, even if you’re not signed up — and it really, really doesn’t want to stop. The latest proof,...
Last US News - Opinion: Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination. NY Post 24 - US News
Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination.
Count Gov. Cuomo among the many gullible people who apparently believe everything they read on the Internet. And also among...
Last US News - Opinion: Medical research has a woman problem. NY Post 24 - US News
Medical research has a woman problem.
Before approving “female Viagra” in 2015, the FDA asked for a study to see if it was safe when taken with alcohol. The...
Last US News - Opinion: Obama bureaucracy left our private data more vulnerable than ever. NY Post 24 - US News
Obama bureaucracy left our private data more vulnerable than ever.
Without your knowledge or permission, the Obama administration collected and warehoused your most private bank records and...

Living

US Living News: These ladies share the secret to living for a century. NY Post 24 - US News
These ladies share the secret to living for a century.
Her secret to living to 100 is simple: Stay single. Lucille Watson, who becomes a centenarian Sunday, believes living fancy-free...
US Living News: My 30-year-old husband had a stroke on our babymoon. NY Post 24 - US News
My 30-year-old husband had a stroke on our babymoon.
Dave Levy turned to his wife midflight, en route to their Hawaiian babymoon — one last getaway before the birth of...
US Living News: Medical research has a woman problem. NY Post 24 - US News
Medical research has a woman problem.
Before approving “female Viagra” in 2015, the FDA asked for a study to see if it was safe when taken with alcohol. The...
US Living News: From Akron to Youngstown, this is life in the Rust Belt. NY Post 24 - US News
From Akron to Youngstown, this is life in the Rust Belt.
The Rust Belt has no specific borders and is less a geographic region than a term used to describe the country’s once-proud...
US Living News: This week’s must-read books. NY Post 24 - US News
This week’s must-read books.
You Think It, I’ll Say It Curtis Sittenfeld (Fiction, Random House) The clever author of “Prep” and “American Wife”...
US Living News: This is the sexiest man not alive. NY Post 24 - US News
This is the sexiest man not alive.
He was “the handsomest man in America,” a magnetic charmer and one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors of his...
US Living News: After 29,168 killings in a year, Mexico is more murder zone than tourist mecca. NY Post 24 - US News
After 29,168 killings in a year, Mexico is more murder zone than tourist mecca.
Mexico has hit the headlines time and time again this year, for all the wrong reasons. Last Sunday tourists watched as a...
US Living News: Prince Harry, not Meghan, is the one who’s marrying up. NY Post 24 - US News
Prince Harry, not Meghan, is the one who’s marrying up.
There’s only four more weeks until Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry, and royal-watching has hit bizarre levels. Apple...

Business

Last US Business News: Walmart’s milk production hits farmers hard. NY Post 24 - US News
Walmart’s milk production hits farmers hard.
Being a dairy farmer is an utterly tough slog in the best of times. Now they have plenty more beef. Declining consumption,...
Last US Business News: Why are cars so much harder to repair these days?. NY Post 24 - US News
Why are cars so much harder to repair these days?.
Dear John: I’ve been writing to politicians for decades about car companies that have design engineers who burn the midnight...
Last US Business News: Corporate diversity is latest trend in activist investing. NY Post 24 - US News
Corporate diversity is latest trend in activist investing.
Achieving diversity on corporate boards is quickly becoming the next hot spot in activist investing. At least that was the...
Last US Business News: Hedge funders’ lavish gala raises $1.5M for Lincoln Center. NY Post 24 - US News
Hedge funders’ lavish gala raises $1.5M for Lincoln Center.
For the hedge funders in attendance at Monday’s Alternative Investment Industry Gala, it looked as though Wall Street’s...
Last US Business News: Huge college endowments too rich for my taste. NY Post 24 - US News
Huge college endowments too rich for my taste.
Nothing better demonstrates the utter gall of ultra-liberal socioeconomics these days than the sheer nerviness of large university...
Last US Business News: Americans owe more than $930B in credit debt. NY Post 24 - US News
Americans owe more than $930B in credit debt.
Americans, in good times and bad, love debt — especially the plastic kind, despite its steep price. Those are some of the...
Last US Business News: Can you recover funds from old savings passbook?. NY Post 24 - US News
Can you recover funds from old savings passbook?.
Dear John: I’m a longtime reader of your column and a big fan of your common-sense answers. To solve my problem I believe...
Last US Business News: Celeb wavered on letter to Cuomo urging minimum wage hike for tipped workers. NY Post 24 - US News
Celeb wavered on letter to Cuomo urging minimum wage hike for tipped workers.
At least one small-screen actress had second thoughts about signing a letter to Gov. Cuomo — 16 Hollywood actresses including...

Metro

Metro News: 2-year-old in critical condition after being struck by car. NY Post 24 - US News
2-year-old in critical condition after being struck by car.
A two-year-boy walking with his mother Saturday night scooted away and was hit by a car exiting a parking lot at Staten Island’s...
Metro News: CUNY ‘integrity expert’ is using shady tactics to boost his salary. NY Post 24 - US News
CUNY ‘integrity expert’ is using shady tactics to boost his salary.
A CUNY honcho hired as an integrity expert is collecting both a pension and a taxpayer salary, with his paychecks funneled...
Metro News: Sister, widow of Christmas figurines mogul fight over $54M estate. NY Post 24 - US News
Sister, widow of Christmas figurines mogul fight over $54M estate.
In the end, it wasn’t a wonderful life for a Manhattan Christmas-ceramics mogul whose family is now sparring with his much...
Metro News: De Blasio puts donors in charge of campaign-finance reform. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio puts donors in charge of campaign-finance reform.
Mayor de Blasio has appointed his own donors to examine and reform the city’s campaign-finance laws. Seven of the 15 people...
Metro News: How a church destroyed on 9/11 became mired in controversy. NY Post 24 - US News
How a church destroyed on 9/11 became mired in controversy.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was to be a “beacon of hope” at the World Trade Center site, glowing at night as a...
Metro News: Students attacked, threatened thousands of school employees last year. NY Post 24 - US News
Students attacked, threatened thousands of school employees last year.
City school kids aren’t just hitting the books, they’re smacking their teachers. More than 10,000 city school employees,...
Metro News: Cops save elderly tourist who suffered heart attack in Times Square. NY Post 24 - US News
Cops save elderly tourist who suffered heart attack in Times Square.
These cops are all heart. Five heroic officers came to the rescue of an elderly man who suffered a cardiac arrest as he celebrated...
Metro News: Sex cult moves to Brooklyn — and is ready for ‘war’. NY Post 24 - US News
Sex cult moves to Brooklyn — and is ready for ‘war’.
The Albany-based sex cult Nxivm is in full-out “war” mode — and has moved to Brooklyn, The Post has learned. And it’s...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Miguel Andujar making it hard for Yankees to take him out of lineup. NY Post 24 - US News
Miguel Andujar making it hard for Yankees to take him out of lineup.
For much of the offseason, it seemed like Miguel Andujar was on his way to being the starting third baseman in The Bronx....
Last US Sport News: Montgomery gives ‘bulldog’ effort the Yankees really needed. NY Post 24 - US News
Montgomery gives ‘bulldog’ effort the Yankees really needed.
With the Yankees’ bullpen depleted because of injuries and a high workload, Jordan Montgomery entered Saturday’s game...
Last US Sport News: Frankie Edgar ‘not going anywhere’ after bounce-back win. NY Post 24 - US News
Frankie Edgar ‘not going anywhere’ after bounce-back win.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Jersey boy got back on track in his home state. Seven weeks after he was knocked out for the...
Last US Sport News: Jose Reyes lives up to his Twitter prediction. NY Post 24 - US News
Jose Reyes lives up to his Twitter prediction.
ATLANTA — Jose Reyes took to Twitter before Saturday’s game to post a positive thought. “Reyes will get a hit,” the...
Last US Sport News: Reliving the Jets’ failures in trying to find the next Namath. NY Post 24 - US News
Reliving the Jets’ failures in trying to find the next Namath.
On April 8, 1976, a young fan sat in the balcony of the Roosevelt Hotel on 45th street, clutching a sign with “N.Y. Jets...