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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Principal Darlene Miller is Removed From the Museum School and Told She Cannot Enter The Building

Darlene Miller
Credit:  South Nyack-Grandview Police Department
The picture above was taken at the South Nyack-Grandview Police Department when Ms. Miller was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Dec. 17, 2011. I posted the picture above in an article I wrote about her arrest on December 30, 2011.

Ms. Miller is an old school tough-as-nails principal who has ruled the Museum School in Manhattan as an army camp for many years. She lost students' respect when she told them that  “What you wear is your intent.” The Museum School is a screened school, meaning it is a school that Chancellor Carranza loves to hate.

Yesterday I got several text messages telling me that she was told she was reassigned and told she cannot enter the Museum School building, effective immediately.

Email Sent informing parents that Principal Miller was removed
In 2019 I was hired to help two teachers charged with 3020-a incompetency while they were at the Museum School, and we - the lawyer I chose for the cases - were well-prepared with questions about her history of fighting students and staff. We spent three days with her in case #1 (February 12, 25, and March 7, 2019) while she gave direct testimony and we cross-examined her. To my great (and silent) joy, the first day I met her, she walked in looking exactly like her photo above. We all wondered whether she was sober. On day #2 she had brushed her hair and wore clothes that looked like they had been put on with some pre-thought.

Below is her testimony about her arrest which I copied from the transcript of the first day she gave testimony, on February 12, 2019.  She, Miller = A) was asked about the event by the very slick DOE Attorney David McCune (Q), who knew that we had the information about the arrest (the DOE reads all education blogs every day) and would ask Ms. Miller about it if he didn't:   

1 Q. Okay. I'm directing your attention now,
2 Do you recall an incident that made the
3 news, concerning you, in 2011?

7 A. How could I forget?

8 Q. All right. What was that, that happened
9 in 2011?

10 A. I was arrested.

11 Q. And what were you arrested for?

12 A. For driving while impaired.

13 Q. And what was the result of that arrest?

14 A. I, there was--they're still in the
15 process of that.

16 Q. Okay. And do you know what part of the
17 process you're in?

18 A. Yes.

19 Q. What part of the process?

20 A. Appellant.

Evidently no one knew about the "Appeal". Was she making it up?

Case #2 is still proceeding, and we are wondering what will happen. As the Department's attorney in that case did not call Ms. Miller in to testify about her filing termination charges against my client, we decided to bring her in as a hostile witness with a subpoena, before the coronavirus shut-down. 

I will let you know what happens next.

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