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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Shadia Alvarez, Former Principal of Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx, Found Guilty of Financial Mismanagement

Shadia Alvarez

Here we go again!

By that I mean, we posted the bizarre situation involving Reginald Richardson resigning from his job while under investigation to take a job in the new York City Department of Education, which was then rescinded, and he re-applied for his job, and the New Rochelle School District said "No way".

Now, New Rochelle has hired Shadia Alvarez, the nicknamed "Prom Killer" who told the students at her school that if they did not all graduate, there would be no  prom.

That a new one I've never heard before.

But Alvarez was also found guilty of financial fraud and services theft by the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Special Investigations in 2014. See the article below. She also was terminated and has a "problem code" on her fingerprints. Still, New Rochelle has no one else to hire. No one?


OSI Investigation Report on Shadia Alvarez
I can help but see a pattern and practice of the NYC Department of Education hiring and immunizing people who have been involved in some kind of wrong-doing during their work history.
Anyone who follows this blog knows about the scandals involving former NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina. Even before she was climbing the ladder at the DOE I reported her for violating the Education law on School Leadership Teams (2000) and posted Parent Engagement Director Jamal Young's reprimand.
Now we have Richard Carranza as Chancellor, hired by Mayor Bill De Blasio from Houston Texas at the same time that a sexual harassment lawsuit against Carranza was settled in San Francesco California:
Richard Carranza
Now-settled lawsuit claimed Carranza derailed San Francisco educator's career

Outgoing Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza was accused of derailing an educator’s career while leading the San Francisco school system after she confronted him about "inappropriate flirtatious conduct” at a work conference, according to a now-settled lawsuit.

Victoria Chavez, a former assistant superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, accused Carranza in 2015 of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Lawyers representing the San Francisco Unified School District, working on behalf of Carranza, denied the allegations.

The lawsuit first was reported Thursday by the New York Daily News. Carranza accepted the job of New York City schools chancellor this week after 18 months leading Houston ISD.

The Houston Chronicle has reached out to Carranza for comment. Houston ISD Board of Trustees President Rhonda Skillern-Jones declined to comment when asked if the board was aware of the lawsuit before Thursday, adding, "It's not relevant to us."

Carranza says opportunity, not Houston angst, led to NYC job

Chavez filed the lawsuit in May 2015. Litigation was ongoing in July 2016, when Carranza was named the lone finalist for the HISD superintendent position. A notice of settlement was filed in the case on Aug. 1, 2016. HISD trustees officially hired Carranza on Aug. 18, 2016.

Chavez's lawyer, Moira McQuaid, told the New York Daily News that she was "surprised to see that Carranza had gone to New York." Olivia Lapeyrolerie, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, told the newspaper that the allegations were "completely false."

In her lawsuit, Chavez said she spotted Carranza flirting with a female employee who worked for another school district at a February 2013 education conference in Los Angeles. Carranza was married at the time.
San Francisco Lawsuit by Houston Chronicle on Scribd

Chavez said she told Carranza about what she saw. The lawsuit does not offer any additional details about the nature of the conversation Chavez said she saw.

“Even though Chavez did not report to anyone in the upper echelons of SFUSD other than Carranza what she had seen, on information and belief, Carranza retaliated against and subjected Chavez to a hostile work environment following Chavez’s observations of his flirtatious conduct towards a female colleague,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit also claims that Carranza placed Chavez under higher scrutiny for work-related travel and passed her over for a promotion after the conference.

Chavez said she interviewed for a new job, during which Carranza warned her to have a "Plan B" in case she did not get the position. Chavez said she got in a car accident days before the interview and had a concussion at the time, hurting her interview performance.

READ ALSO: HISD holding off on naming interim superintendent

When she did not get the position, Chavez lost her job as assistant superintendent. Chavez took a job at the district as a general education teacher at a much lower salary after Carranza and others at the district did not help her find alternatives on the administrative level, the complaint states.

The lawsuit was filed against the San Francisco school district, and Carranza was not named as a defendant. Available court documents provide little documentation to substantiate or refute the allegations against Carranza.

Obviously, New York City and the rest of the world has no one who could be Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education other than Mr. Carranza.

Sorry, I'm not buying into this rubbish.

Betsy Combier
Editor, NYC Rubber Room Reporter
Editor, New York Court Corruption
Editor, National Public Voice
Editor, Inside 3020-a Teacher Trials

New Rochelle HS administrator accused of financial fraud at Bronx school

An administrator at New Rochelle High School is under investigation after allegations of financial fraud related to her previous job.
The special commissioner of investigation for the New York City School District says an investigation began in 2014 and showed that that Shadia Alvarez mismanaged finances at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx when she was a principal, and left the school with a budget deficit of $114,000.
The SCI says Alvarez is no longer allowed to return to the New York City Public School system. She now holds a role that is similar to an assistant principal in New Rochelle.
Other reports allege Alvarez falsified time sheets to generate payments for time she did not work.
A spokesperson for New Rochelle School District says he can't comment because it's a personnel matter.
It is now in the hands of the state Department of Education.
News 12 reached out to the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx, but has not heard back.