|PS 329 Principal Salema Marbury in front of her favorite mural|
The Winner of the "Just 'Cause I Don't Like You Award" for 2018 is Salema Dawson Marbury, Principal of PS 329, the Surfside School at 2929 West 30th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11224.
|Salema Dawson Marbury|
This post deals with the strange procedure known as "3020-a arbitration" in New York City and not New York State. New York City 3020-a arbitration denies many rights to employees charged with either incompetency or misconduct, or both. In New York City the United Federation of Teachers and the NYC Department of Education set up a process for judging members that goes outside of the law governing these teacher trials. In NYC, both the UFT and the DOE waived all UFT members' rights to an Executive Session and a vote on probable cause before being charged (Education Law 3020-a(2)(a)). This right to an Executive Session of the NYC School Board, the Panel For Educational Policy (PEP) was waived without any approval of the charged Respondent. Secretly.
Salema Marbury is the total package: long fingernails, false eyelashes that just never seem to be glued correctly, expensive-looking earrings, fur coats, lipstick totally within the lines, complaints that she uses her power as a principal to target people she doesn't like or for no reason that can be validated, and so on.
I had the good luck to sit with her across the 3020-a arbitration table several years ago. I wrote about this case:
Lawrence Scott III, Agent of the NYC DOE Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Sexually Assaults Teacher Natalya Sokolson-Gordon at Her School, PS. 329 in Coney Island, BrooklynJanuary 2, 2014
"why did the principal target the tenured employee?";
"who else, other than the charged employee, received the same or similar treatment?";
"What, if any, actions did you, the targeted employee see the principal do which looked to you like misconduct, if anything?"
"What did other people tell you about the principal?"
I often write about how we do 3020-a cases differently than all other people, whether they are NYSUT or private, because we believe that there must be an important reason for the teacher/Assistant Principal to be charged, other than the targeted employee's own actions. Usually we are right.
I spoke with a child who told me that Ms. Marbury and Ms. Lafontant took her/him and many of her/his classmates out of class and made them write lies about their teacher. Many of them were frightened by Principal Marbury and AP Lafontant who threatened them and told them they had to write what they were told. The children said that they told the investigator what Ms. Marbury and Ms.Lafontant were doing.
Salema herself started having relations (in the school) with Parent Coordinator Don Marbury while he was still married (to someone else), and police were called by the wife. Don eventually got divorced and married Salema, so he had to transfer from the school, but his famous basketball player brother gave T-shirts to Salema anyway, to sell in the school (no accountability for the money coming in).
Most alarming was the information I received from countless sources telling me that the minute Salema thought you were no longer her friend, your career and safety were over.
Recently, the online letter from a teacher posted below is just the latest example of Salema Marbury's vengeance. Chancellor Carranza, are you listening?