Now I see what is going on at Tweed. Someone mentioned to the higher ups that the so-called "investigators" at SCI, OSI, and OEO are incompetent and are making the NYC Department of Education look bad.
I have watched these agents come into 3020-a hearings for 9 years, and as an investigative reporter, I have to say that these people scare me. Not because they worked for the New York City Police Department for 20 years, then retired, but because these people (most of them) worked for the NYPD for 20 years and never learned a thing about how to investigate anything!!!
Then there are the newly hired folk who dont know what they are doing. Take OEO (Office of Equal Opportunity) "investigator" Nancy Pak, for example. She is the new breed of agent: young, inexperienced, pretty, and learning how to create a false claim against someone. Her first case was to "investigate" a boy's basketball coach who allegedly said something nasty to the coach at another school when his team lost the game.
The accused coach was, by all accounts, a terrific coach and the best math teacher the school ever had. He was given his charges by the AP at the school one day after the school received notice from the EEOC that he had made a complaint against the AP for physically abusing kids in the school.
Nancy Pak was assigned to "investigate". She went to the other school, had the three accusing students come into the principal's office, asked them if the statements that she handed them with their names signed at the bottom were their signatures, and left. She substantiated the charge, and testified to this at the subsequent 3020-a hearing against the accused coach, defending the charge against him based on her 5-minute conversation with the students, all of whom were asked to write their statements by their coach. The DOE brought in one student as proof that the charge was valid. The Arbitrator ruled that the Respondent, my client, was completely innocent of the allegations and must be returned to his position at the school within 15 days. A huge win (thank you, Arbitrator Robert Grey).
Anyone can substantiate anything in today's New York City world of "false claims can be proven true if you want them to be and you work for Mayor Bloomberg". REMEMBER: outside of any agency funded by Mayor Bloomberg and the New York State, New York City Board/Departments of Education, or any major media, a person is presumed innocent unless they have been convicted and found guilty in a court of law.
Please keep this in mind when you read stories in the newspapers about teachers, staff of schools, parents!
See below for hiring information. If this is you, then read the article about how Condon needs more of the people I just described following the job announcement, and I'll be writing about you:
- Reviews investigative reports, both substantiated and unsubstantiated, to ensure that all allegations have been addressed, all necessary witnesses have been interviewed, and that the investigation was thoroughly conducted.
- Reviews investigative files to ensure that all necessary documentation has been filed in accordance with Office of Special Investigations (OSI) investigative policies and procedures.
- Provides guidance to investigative staff regarding report quality and content.
- Conducts comprehensive searches of the OSI database.
- Confers with Department of Education (DOE) subject matter specialists, technical experts, and administrative trial attorneys.
- Conducts research and prepares legal briefs and memoranda on education law issues.
- Reviews complex, important, or highly technical laws, rules or regulations.
- Acts as liaison with executives within the DOE and with other City agencies.
- Overall knowledge of the NYC school system and ability to advise and render legal opinions on educational policies and practices.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication capabilities and interpersonal skills.
- Highly organized.
'Explosion' in New York City teacher probes may lead to hiring of more investigators
Special Investigation Commissioner Richard Condon says it's his 'busiest three months in 10 years'Comments
BY BEN CHAPMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 4:00 AM
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