Rosemarie Jahoda has been accused of ruining kids’ chances of attending college by withholding transcripts, ignoring Muslim student leaders and refusing to help disabled students.
At this point, the only reason the NYC DOE is keeping her is because they HATE to be told what to do and to be shown to be wrong.
Put her in a rubber room, give her charges, and have her try to defend herself at a 3020-a arbitration hearing. ASAP.
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EXCLUSIVE: NYC pols want Queens principal fired for ruining kids' chances of college, ignoring Muslim discrimination
|Rosemarie Jahoda, The Sage Colleges|
The four Queens elected officials — state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Rep. Grace Meng, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and City Councilman Rory Lancman — ripped Townsend Harris High School’s embattled interim-acting principal, Rosemarie Jahoda, in a Feb. 16 letter to Fariña.
Officials accused Jahoda of ruining kids’ chances of attending college by withholding their transcripts, refusing to help students with disabilities and ignoring Muslim student leaders when they reported discrimination.
Rep. Grace Meng was among the four Queens elected officials who slammed the interim-acting principal.
The letter accuses Jahoda of delaying sending senior transcripts to colleges and universities — adversely affecting students’ acceptance status.
“It is our belief that the Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda lacks leadership and the ability to take action,” the two-page letter states. “Ms. Jahoda has clearly demonstrated that she is not the right fit for Townsend Harris.”
Jahoda, 55, a 16-year city educator, denied the accusations in the letter and said she’s working to help Townsend Harris students.
She was appointed acting principal of Townsend Harris in September, a move that many school staffers believed made her a shoo-in for a permanent job as principal there.
The controversial educator had come from Bronx Science High School, where 20 of the 22 math teachers she oversaw as an assistant principal filed complaints against her in 2010.
Jahoda, who earns a salary of $146,813, immediately clashed with educators and Townsend Harris students, leading parents, faculty and alumni to create a petition calling for her ouster. The document so far has 3,691 signatures.
The school’s parent-teacher association has also passed a resolution calling for Jahoda’s removal and students have held multiple protests to have her yanked from the job.
For its part, the city won’t rule out making Jahoda the permanent leader of the school.
Education Department spokesman Will Mantell said the city has received 38 applications for the position and a selection will be made by early May. He said he couldn’t give any other details about the candidates.
“Confidentiality rules prevent us from disclosing any individual candidates for a principal position,” Mantell said. “We continue to listen to feedback from this school community.”
Another letter to Fariña, this one sent Tuesday by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, accused the city of withholding information about the ongoing search for a permanent school principal.
Katz maintained the city has not said how it will quell the unrest at the school.
“Parents and students deserve to know more,” she wrote to Fariña. “Accusations and troubling accounts are occurring on a daily basis ... I am deeply troubled.”
Townsend Harris students plan to take the steps of City Hall on Friday morning in a fresh protest of Jahoda’s leadership.
|NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina|
DOE to restart Townsend Harris principal search
An assistant principal created an atmosphere of "intimidation and harassment" in the math department at the storied Bronx Science High School, a fact-finding ruling has found.
The independent report sided with a complaint signed by 20 of the department's 22 teachers.
Assistant Principal Rosemary Jahoda referred to one teacher as "disgusting," addressed others in a "demeaning" manner like "children" and reduced seven teachers to tears on 12 occasions, the nonbinding decision says.
"The education community at Bronx Science needs to see substantial change," wrote fact-finder Carol Wittenberg.
She recommended the transfer of an assistant principal and the teachers union chapter leader, as well as the retraction of all disciplinary measures taken against math teachers during the last two years.
The Education Department rejected almost all of Wittenberg's findings as "not fairly based upon all the evidence."
Jahoda said she was the one being harassed and that the arbitrator's opinion is "not based in fact."
"There was no harassment, and to some degree the teachers were trying to intimidate and bully me as a new [assistant principal]," said Jahoda, who was hired in the fall of 2007.
Principal Valerie Reidy said she was disappointed by the ruling.
"It's about a supervisor doing her job," said Reidy. "You may not like what I said or the results, but that doesn't mean I'm harassing you."
Teachers at the school, though, disagreed.
"It really exposes the DOE's rhetoric about their supervisory process just being about getting rid of bad teachers," said Peter Lamphere, the union chapter leader. "In this situation, you had good teachers who fell victim to an abusive supervisor."