Obviously, Boys and Girls High School has the power and influence to play politics and buy their way into staying open. The school used to have 4,000 students, now has 1200. Principal Bernard Gassaway told me when he was not working for the Department that principals are hired only to destroy a school and get it closed. What did he do when he was given the job as principal? He started suspending students, removing teachers, leaving classrooms without teachers or books, and in general made an already declining level of performance, worse than ever.
New stats say:.Math; 102 students took exam, 19 passed. Global Studies: 322 took exam 25 passed. American History: 165 took exam, 27 passed.
The excuse is that the State changed the format of the exam and did not let schools know. Which is true. The truth is, that these statistics show that they are teaching towards the exam. If there is a deviation, the kids cannot handle it because they are not taught content. This core curriculum is not very good.
At B&G there were no prep classes for these exams because there were no teachers to teach the subject.The truth is, there are many teachers teaching out of license. No ATRs that are licensed in a subject are brought in and kept. It cannot be that all the ATRs are unqualified. Perhaps they just do not want to pay someone a differential.
The school is heading to their 4th "F".
What needs to be done is Gassaway must be removed, he has violated the unspoken agreement to protect, and support, members of the B&G student/teacher/parent community. Replace him with someone who is genuinely concerned with the future and the performance of the students. Doesnt the NYC DOE say "Children First"? Stop, Mr. Walcott, from playing chess with the lives of children.