New York City Councilman Robert Holden (pictured above) is exposing the massive grading fraud in New York City's public schools. The NY POST reported on Jan. 26, 2020 that Holden believes there is “an apparent pattern of conspiracy to cover up grade-fixing, cheating and other wrongdoing [which might] warrant an investigation under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which covers criminal enterprises."
We the general public certainly know from reading many websites, blogs and newspapers for at least the past decade that our public school kids in NYC are being robbed of a free and appropriate education. It's about time that our political leaders not only took notice of this fraud, but did something about it.
See my post on my website Parentadvocates.org published in 2004:
Silencing Opposition: Education Policy Implementation Becomes a Matter of National Security
Teachers who speak up are fired at 3020-a, discontinued from probationary service, and/or taunted and harmed in many other ways, all because the NYC Department of Education believes in retaliation, mobbing, extortion, and bullying. It's all about the VIPs of the Department, in all agencies - Schools' District Superintendents, Office of Special Investigations, (OSI) Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), Office of Personnel Investigations (OPI), Administrative Trials Unit (ATU) and Teacher Performance Unit (TPU) - see here as well - 3020-a panels' Directors, General Counsel to the Chancellor, Office of Parent Engagement, and all the sub-agencies on the NYC DOE payroll - who must agree with the following secret policies:
1. If the school wrong-doing is jeopardized by anyone who may blow the whistle, charge the whistleblower with anything you want and you will be backed up with "proof", provided by staff at the Office of Legal Affairs;
2. Never admit that the Department did anything wrong;
3. Pin any scandal on your school's weakest link - i.e. a staff member who does not speak English well or at all, a staff member or educator who has done something in his/her past which could look bad for him/her if exposed, a staff member or educator who has a medical condition or sick spouse/relative who must take time off, etc.;
4. Make up what you need if you have no facts, then arrange with administrators how you will be given immunization, witnesses to support your lies, documents which need to be back-dated.
I know the facts behind the list above because I have worked on cases which are based upon one or all of the above. My suggestion is that you NEVER go to any of the agencies or personnel cited above, except OPI which is the "problem Code" office. See this post:
The New York City Department of Education's "Problem Code" is an Unlawful Flag on an Employee's Fingerprints
If you file a complaint with OEO, OSI or SCI, you will be the one they investigate.
David Suker is a fearless and outspoken teacher who was charged with 3020-a for allegedly lying about his home address in order to get his daughter into a school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He was terminated at his 3020-a, which I did not work on (he had a NYSUT Attorney), but he asked me to help him with an Appeal, and I did. I knew that the Department had only 30 days to investigate his address - which, by the way, was not a lie) but they waited 10 years to charge him with a "crime" (see numbers 1 and 4 on the list above).. After winning the Appeal the City filed an Appeal with the First Department, and David ultimately won a settlement of $250,000. The Department's lack of proof lost the day for them, but boy, did they try.
Here is another couple of cases of retaliation:
At the 3020-a hearing offices, Arbitrator Philip Maier was appointed to hear the case of Alan Herz wherein Alan was charged with misconduct. Mr. Maier is an exceptional arbitrator, but the investigators did not submit a report substantiating the charges within the required time, and therefore could not use any of the report to support the charge. Mr. Maier dismissed the 3020-a charges at the pre-hearing. Then, all hell broke loose. The NYC Department of Education, represented by taxpayer funded the Corporation Counsel, sued both Philip Maier and Alan Herz for dismissing the charges. Both Mr. Maier and Mr. Herz discussed with me their disgust for the Department's absurd retaliation. The NYC DOE lost their case. Mr. Maier was fired from the 3020-a panels in New York City.
A Guidance Counselor was charged with 3020-a for changing grades of graduating seniors at DeWitt Clinton High School, following a meeting with Principal Santiago Taveras who told her to look at a student's grades and "fix them", but she refused. I assisted the GC at her 3020-a, and we won the case. Mr. Taveras was moved to a new position at the NYC DOE, higher up in the ladder of importance than he was previously:
Santiago ("Santi") Taveras is Demoted/Removed as Principal at DeWitt Clinton High School For Misconduct, But Gets a Higher Salary. Payoff?
Another example is the many people who have cited the NYC DOE for retaliation at PERB, won the case, and then receive a Notice which the DOE is supposed to post in his or her school and all other schools for 30 days. The DOE hides these Notices so that no one sees them. See Maguerite Bagarozzi's Notice here (received after she had a 3020-a, and paid a fine of $2000.00):
And then we also have the massive grading fraud in Maspeth High School:
Maspeth High School dean who allegedly helped kids cheat is removed
By Susan Edelman, NY POST, January 25, 2020
I suggest a good read for anyone interested in the corruption of the Department, formerly the Board of Education: the groundbreaking study of the NYC Board of Education by James Gill, titled "The Gill Commission Report" and his subsequent document "Investigating the Investigators"., both published in 1990. In 2009 I could not find them anywhere online, so I went to the Municipal Library at 31 Chambers Street, where the librarian, Paul, agreed to copy both reports for me for free on his private Xerox machine. Thanks to him, these reports are available on my website Parentadvocates.org and blogs.
The NYC Department of Education is a cesspool of people out for revenge. Be vigilant.
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The feds have started looking into allegations of widespread academic fraud in New York City schools, a Queens lawmaker says.