Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meet The Queen Of No: 
The Principal Of NYC's 
Worst Public School

A devastating New York Post story reveals the horrible conditions at a elementary school in New York City. PS 109 has a $2.9 million yearly budget, a principal that makes $128,000+ a year, and yet the students have no books, no gym classes, no new curricula, and spend many days just watching movies inside of rat infested trailers.

The conditions and practices the reporters found at PS 109 are truly horrible. But what thus far has garnered the most attention since this story broke on Monday is how PS 109's principal goes about her job.

When she bothers to show up for it.

As related in the Post's story, PS 109 Principal Marcella Sills is a frequent no-show at the school. When she does bother to come in, she shows up driving her BMW and wearing fur coats, rarely showing up before 11 am. Last week she only bothered to show up for work once.

In a followup story that appeared today, the Post reports that Sills showed up today at 7:30 am, and a source told Post reporters this is the earliest Sills has shown up for work "in six or seven years." It behooved Sills to be on time for once since the Post's revelations of conditions at PS 109 on the previous day had at last moved NYC's school officials to finally investigate numerous complaints.

After seeing the Post report, new Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina assigned a deputy to visit PS 106 Monday morning.
“What was reported … is unacceptable, and if true will be immediately addressed,” Farina said in a statement.
I can't think of a starker case that demonstrates why public employees should not be allowed to unionize. It's a well known fact it's virtually impossible to fire a bad or dangerous teacher in the NYC public education system. Hundreds of teachers and administrators that can't be fired still draw their paychecks for doing nothing.

It's not surprising at all that in a corrupt system like this, someone like Marcella Sills was able to spend over 9 years turning a public school into a virtual hellhole. Let's hope the NY Post's shining a light on the situation gets some results for those poor kids trapped in a failing system.

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