Our Administrators in Need of Improvement (ANOI) List has grown to over 100 questionable administrators. However there is one we can now take off the list. A big kudos to the staff and community involved in exposing the corruption. Also to the media who pursued this case.
Maybe not fired yet, but on the right track.
The city Department of Education confirmed Wednesday that massive grade-fixing allowed many students to graduate Dewey HS in Brooklyn —allegations first reported by The Post in March.
As a result of the findings, the school’s principal is being removed, officials said.
The DOE’s Office of Special Investigation said the school operated a sham “credit recovery” program to boost its graduation rate.
Students even had a snappy name for it: Easy Pass.
The Post first disclosed on March 23 that students were getting awarded credit for doing little or no work, evidence of academic fraud.
The bombshell 22-page report issued Wednesday confirmed that principal Kathleen Elvin was the mastermind behind the scam.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina quickly announced that she’s giving Elvin the boot.
Connie Hamilton, the current principal of Kingsborough Early College School will be Dewey’s new principal.
“The allegation that Ms. Elvin implemented a credit recovery program that did not meet the standards set by DOE is . . . substantiated,” the investigate report said.
The report said many students did nothing to get credits for graduation.
“This investigation determined that no instruction was provided during these courses, and that no instruction was possible because of the vast variety of subject areas covered by PM School and Project Graduation [the two credit recovery programs].”
Students who owed credit in subject areas — ranging from math to science to English — were lumped into one class.
Farina said there will be a new training for superintendents and principals on credit recovery protocol to ensure such scams are not repeated.
“The results of the investigation are disturbing and show there was a failure to follow the DOE’s protocol during the 2013-2014 school year,” Farina said.
“We have begun the process to have Ms. Elvin’s employment terminated, and she will be removed from payroll shortly.”
The chancellor added, “Ensuring every New York City student is meeting the high-quality standards necessary to graduate is an imperative and we are retraining principals across the City to ensure these standards are upheld.”