|AP Jose Vinales (left) and Principal Arisleyda Urena (right)|
Ms. Urena hired two educational consultants to help her with the day-to-day running of the school -- Dr. Rosamaria Leon is an F-status principal and Ms. Elena Papaliberios is the former Bronx Superintendent of High Schools (and Ms. Urena’s former supervisor). Dr. Leon and Ms. Papaliberios were also aware of the unsanctioned raffles. These raffles violated Chancellor’s Regulation A-660, the Regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, New York General Municipal Law§195-a, and New York City Department of Education Standard Operating Procedures.
While working as a teacher at the Academy for Language and Technology (ALT), a former teacher witnessed Ms. Urena and Mr. Vinales selling raffle tickets to students (who had not been banned from purchase for infractions) for fifty cents per ticket. Students who were in good “academic standing,” had not been cutting class, and had not been suspended were eligible to buy tickets for the raffle. Students bought tickets for the purpose of being able to win expensive sporting equipment and Apple electronics in raffles that took place in December 2011 and December 2012.
The occurrence of these raffles had not been shared with parents via letters or other communications from the school.
According to New York General Municipal Law § 195-a:
In this next video at the following URL -- http://vimeo.com/33928152 -- commencing at about 6 minutes, 8 seconds, Ms. Urena is raffling off two very extravagant gift baskets. According to the New York City Department of Education's Standard Operating Procedures §2.7.7:
"Only moderately priced incentives, with a market value of less than $25, may be given to students as part of an officially sanctioned incentive program such as dropout prevention, honor roll, attendance, etc. are permitted."
According to Chancellor's Regulation A-660 III(C)(2)(c):
"Any sale of raffle tickets must be done in compliance with the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law, and applicable regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board."
(See page 33 at the above URL.)