|Senator Joseph Addabbo and Daniel Scanlon, Principal of John Adams High School|
Daniel Scanlon, Principal of John Adams High School, is an example of a principal hired to close the school. Interestingly, on his Linkedin page he does not list his JD degree from Fordham University. One of the very first things he did a month after becoming principal was to charge the Dean/math teacher with incompetency and get him into a 3020-a to be terminated.
Here is Scanlon's testimony (3-26-2014) at the 3020-a of the Dean as to why he became principal of JAHS:
"A. It meant that it was on the list of
4 schools that the DOE had identified as not having the
5 students succeed. And as part of the turnaround
6 process, the principal was to be replaced and
7 interviews were to be held with staff members when
8 they reapplied for the positions. The idea was that
9 the old school was going to be done away with and a
10 new school created in its place. The new school was
11 supposed to be called, I believe, Future Leaders High
This Dean/math teacher was considered the best Dean any school could ever have. This made no sense. Except if you know how the "DOE coverup to close schools" works - the process known as "Turnaround Schools" (now also called "Out of Time" schools) is a scam in New York City. The media assists the NYC DOE in publicizing all the efforts by Principals to turn around a school (when indeed the opposite is true, all covered up), and comes up with the school is beyond help, and all the teachers are excessed, but may apply to be re-hired. Dont you see that this is the goal, not improving the school?
A symptom of this cancerous process is to alter testing data, numbers of special education students, and any other hard data about the performance of any person, adult or child, within the walls of the school building. See the article posted below about Assistant Principal Breina Lampert altering Regents tests.
Parents are pawns in this scam. Senator Addabbo outlined in 2011 what was happening and put a stop to the closure of JAHS until this year. Teachers at John Adams were recently told to apply to be re-hired when the school closes.
Meanwhile, Scanlon set in motion a coverup of how he had, and continues to have, no management skills and/or control over the misconduct of students by charging teachers with incompetency or worse.
Patrick Wall, in the article posted here, writes:
"But some teachers argue that principals are declining to give out-of-school suspensions even when the discipline code calls for them because they doubt that department officials will give their approval. Instead, they rely on other consequences or shorter suspensions that typically keep students in school."
I know for a fact that Mr. Wall did not do his research. I assisted in representing students in their Superintendent Suspensions as their representative, for 9 years. At the West 125th Street hearing office I was the only white face there, for at least 7 of those 9 years. No advocacy groups were in attendance to help the parents on the days I was there.
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|John Adams High School|
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
A year after the de Blasio administration revised the discipline code, some schools are still struggling to adapt
|New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman at a 2014 rally calling for reforms to the city’s school discipline policies.|
September 29, 2015 — The New York City Council is set to pass a set of sweeping reforms to the Student Safety Act that will result in increased data reporting on school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. The amendments will require, for the first time, reporting by both the NYPD and the Department of Education on the use of metal detectors, handcuffs and restraints in city schools.
“Amending the Student Safety Act is an important step toward fair, safe and nurturing school environments for all of the city’s schoolchildren,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “Complete data transparency on school discipline and law enforcement practices is essential to evaluate current policies,
end unacceptable racial disparities, support kids with special needs, and ensure
that all children are treated with respect and dignity. No child should end up in the police precinct when what they really need is help from a guidance counselor or social worker.”
For years, schoolchildren in New York City have been subject to overly aggressive practices by police in their schools. There are more police personnel in New York City public schools than there are on the streets of almost every major city in the United States. The NYPD admits its school safety officers, who are not trained as educators, use restraints and handcuffs on kids as young as 5-years-old. Moreover, over 100,000 students in the city are estimated to walk through metal detectors to enter school every day.
The Student Safety Act, passed in 2011, addresses the lack of transparency about many overly aggressive disciplinary tactics. The Act requires quarterly reporting by the Department of Education and NYPD to the City Council on school safety and disciplinary issues, including incidents involving arrests and suspensions of students. It provides the public with raw data to study the impact of disciplinary practices and, since its enactment, has lead directly to the adoption of more effective alternatives.
The amendments passed today will further increase transparency by closing loopholes in the Student Safety Act and improve public disclosure of comprehensive data on school suspensions and law enforcement activity in schools, including:
The use of permanent and roving metal detectors;
The use of handcuffs on students;
Inappropriate use of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for behavior and discipline-related incidents;
Students who are repeatedly suspended in the same school year;
Arrests and summonses issued by all NYPD personnel; and
Schools that suspend zero students.
All changes are set to take effect January 1, 2016.
Since 2007, the NYCLU has published four major investigations of school discipline, documenting the disparate impact of zero tolerance and street policing tactics on children of color and those with special needs. The NYCLU also filed a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of middle and high school students who were physically abused and wrongfully arrested at school by NYPD personnel. Currently, NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman is part of Mayor de Blasio’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, which in July released a report that provided a roadmap to improving school climate while minimizing the use of suspensions, arrests, summonses and other excessively harsh discipline practices.
“Today’s amendments build upon the reforms advocated by the New York Civil Liberties Union for nearly a decade that aim to make schools safer, more supportive learning environments for the city’s most vulnerable children,” said NYCLU Advocacy Director Johanna Miller. “We look forward to continuing our advocacy on behalf of New York’s 1 million school children, and our work with Mayor de Blasio’s Leadership Team. Today the City Council, the Mayor and advocates are working together to end the criminalization of school discipline, and promoting positive alternatives to keep kids in school.”
Testimony Regarding the Student Safety Act
The School to Prison Pipeline: The Student Safety Act
Afterward, a report listing how each student answered the multiple-choice questions showed that almost everyone in the room got No. 17 wrong — but nearly all the other answers right, the witness confirmed.
“It’s a good thing that Mrs. Lampert came to our room to help us,” one student was overheard telling another, the whistleblower wrote.
Then-assistant principal for security Adam Landman reported the apparent breach of protocol to principal Daniel Scanlon, who “chose to ignore” it, the whistleblower said.
Instead, the principal transferred Landman to supervise an annex for ninth-graders several miles away.
John Adams teachers reportedly scored the exams, despite rules forbidding teachers to grade tests from their own schools.
In the second incident last January, students sitting closely in overcrowded English exam rooms shared answers, the whistleblower wrote. This time, outside graders noted “too many similarities” and refused to count the scores. Students had to retake the exam in June.
This month, Lampert took 60 to 70 students — in summer school because of failing grades — on a bus trip into Manhattan to see Tom Cruise’s latest “Mission: Impossible” flick, a staffer said.
DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye would not answer any questions but said the alleged test tampering is under investigation.
Lampert and Scanlon could not be reached for comment.