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Monday, December 30, 2019

David A. Hay, NYC DOE Deputy Chief of Staff is Arrested

David A. Hay

I guess the reason I am posting this ugly article about the arrest of another lech at the NYC Department of Education is to point out that everything the DOE does is random and arbitrary: hiring, firing, disciplinary charges, suspensions, discontinuances, etc. Even curricula and after school programming works on a 'flavor-of-the-month' strategy where whoever presents the money first, gets the program. The "Senior officials" get hired because of someone's whim, relationship, favor, or political gain. "Who you know" and not "What you know" is rampant everywhere as the standard of employment, both obtaining a job as well as keeping it. Trying to figure out why someone is charged with something is useful, but you must be a super-snoop and know the tricks to find out the answer. (We do that in every case we work on, anyway)

Expensive lawyers are not the answer, for sure, because the puzzles don't have facts, just whims, guesses, dislike, revenge and sheer maliciousness or, as some call it, unjustified prosecution.

New York City seems to have a problem with Probable Cause: no one cares when someone is charged without it. This is, we believe, incomprehensible and abhorrent.

Our taxes are paying for the reckless behavior of senior "officials" and Department Attorneys who immunize all involved and hold no one accountable.

It is obvious that the Department has not set in place an adequate vetting process for Senior officials. The Big Guns are hired because an important Someone wants them. For everyone else, you have your background checked and re-checked, and if you have a Problem Code in your personnel file, you will never be hired for any job, ever. This is outrageous. Does a backlog of 6,000 names to be vetted for employment at the DOE leave you warm and fuzzy, comfortable that your child will be safe in the Department of Education public schools? If so, you are alone. Parents are extremely worried and upset about the way the Department ignores their complaints, and the cries of their children.

End mayoral control, get politics out of education, and have true choice and educational opportunity given to every family. That's what New York City needs.

See the NY POST, 1/1/2020:

Top DOE official busted on child sex charge was not fully vetted by agency

, NY POST, December 31, 2019
"The city never got around to doing a full background check on a former senior Department of Education official who was busted Sunday for allegedly trying to arrange sex with a minor boy, officials said.

The Department of Investigation said Tuesday that fired DOE Deputy Chief of Staff David Hay was part of a massive backlog of background check cases that has plagued the office for years.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s Deputy Chief of Staff was arrested at a Milwaukee airport Sunday morning for allegedly using a computer to arrange for sex with a child.

“Mr. Hay was part of the inherited set of approximately 6,000 backlogged background files,” said DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett in a statement.

It is not clear whether a full background investigation would have tripped any alarms, Garnett said.

The DOE conducted two standard background checks of Hay in 2016 and 2018 that included fingerprinting and criminal database probes. Those checks did not turn up any adverse information, spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said.

But Garnett stressed that senior city officials are ostensibly subject to more thorough background checks that vet “issues like tax compliance, previous arrests, and the truthfulness of a candidate’s claimed work history and educational background.”

She noted that she has reorganized the DOI’s background check unit to address the backlog.

Garnett said “the risks presented by this example are exactly why I took immediate steps to assess and then reorganize the Background Investigation Unit.”

Hay, who earned $168,000 annually, was sacked after Sunday’s arrest.

He was hired by the DOE in 2016 under the then-Chancellor Carmen Farina before being promoted to Carranza’s inner circle in October 2018.

The Wisconsin native and current Brooklyn resident served as a principal in his home state before receiving his doctorate from Harvard in 2017 and joining the DOE.

According to his LinkedIn page, Hay was a key player at DOE headquarters, tasked with helping Carranza advance the DOE’s Equity and Excellence agenda."

Here are more articles about David Hay:

We at Advocatz urge everyone to speak out, object to the cloudy transfer of information and resources to parents, such as Suspension Online Hearing Occurrence or SOHO reports (anecdotals and suspension records of students, much of which may not be true), and stand up for what you want, which is a safe environment for your child.
Mr. Hay, your stupidity is now going to be part of your life record forever, like the Problem Code (and see my post below, Down The Rabbit Hole: The NYC Department of Education's "Problem Code" ) is for educators who are charged without reason. Was it worth it?

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

David A. Hay

 Education Official in N.Y. Is Accused of Facilitating Child Sex Abuse

By Eliza Shapiro and , NY Times, December 30, 2019

David Hay, deputy chief of staff to schools chancellor Richard Carranza, was fired after his arrest, officials said.

A high-ranking official in New York City’s Department of Education was arrested on Sunday in Wisconsin and accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, according to police officials there.

David A. Hay, the deputy chief of staff to schools chancellor Richard A. Carranza, was taken into custody at an airport in Milwaukee following an ongoing undercover investigation, said Officer Stuart Zuehls, a spokesman for the Neenah, Wis., police department.

Authorities in Wisconsin notified New York City officials hours after the arrest.

The Department of Education said it fired Mr. Hay after the arrest.

“These allegations are incredibly disturbing and absolutely unacceptable,” Miranda Barbot, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a statement. “We took immediate action removing Mr. Hay from payroll and are terminating him. We referred this to the Special Commissioner of Investigation and we will fully comply with any investigation.”

Mr. Hay, 39, did not regularly interact with students as part of his job, which was based at department headquarters in downtown Manhattan. Before moving to New York, however, Mr. Hay was a school principal in two Wisconsin school districts.

Officer Zuehls declined to offer more information about the charges or why Mr. Hay was arrested at an airport.

Under Wisconsin state law, someone who is accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime is defined as a person who “uses a computerized communication system to communicate with an individual who the actor believes or has reason to believe has not attained the age of 16 years with intent to have sexual contact or sexual intercourse with the individual.”

It is not yet clear when the investigation into Mr. Hay was launched, or whether Mr. Hay has obtained a lawyer.

The investigation was conducted by the Neenah police department, with help from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, though it is not yet clear what precise role the Milwaukee police played.

The investigation is ongoing, and there is no information yet about when Mr. Hay will be arraigned.

Mr. Hay grew up in the small town of Antigo, Wis., about three hours from Milwaukee, according to a 2017 interview.

Mr. Hay has served under both of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s schools chancellors: Mr. Carranza, who was appointed in the spring of 2018, and former chancellor Carmen Fariña.

He rose quickly in the Department of Education after joining in May 2016, first serving as a special assistant to Ms. Fariña while he was still a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, then helping oversee major programs — including the Renewal School initiative to help struggling schools — before being promoted to a deputy chief of staff last October, according to his page on LinkedIn.

He maintains an active Twitter account where he promotes Department of Education events and positive news stories about the department.

He spoke about his work at the Department of Education in a 2017 news item for the Harvard Graduate School of Education School’s website.

“To jump to the largest school system on the planet is incredible,” he said. “It’s humbling, challenging, and really promising.”

NYC Schools Deputy Chief of Staff arrested, accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime
Top DOE official arrested for trying to set up sex with underage boy
By Larry Celona and Selim Algar, NY POST, December 30, 2019

David Hay, the education department’s deputy chief of staff, pushed back against criticism that the assessments will take away from student learning time.

"This isn’t a test — this is actually instruction,” Hay said. “This is just understanding, ‘What do our kids know already?’ so we can know what to plan next with instruction.”

Hay emphasized that 1,200 of the city’s roughly 1,700 district schools already offer periodic assessments to gauge student learning during the year — and at least 400 already offer the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth Assessments, the specific exam the city plans to use.

The initial set of 76 schools that will be required to use that assessment are all considered struggling by the state, measured mostly by state standardized test scores, though other factors are considered as well. Officials said about one-third of the 76 schools had already planned to use the NWEA MAP assessment this fall.Hay said the department focused on those state-designated struggling schools because officials are already diving deeply into their data and would benefit from an even clearer sense of student performance.


Principal says departure from Kettle Moraine amicable

 Aug. 1, 2011

Aug 1, 2011,La Crosse Tribune: David Hay is the new principal at Tomah High School. He replaces Marlon Mee, who will become an elementary school principal in the Tomah district.