Like something out of a twisted version of a John Grisham novel, John Dewey High School Principal Kathleen Elvin has been exonerated. The DOE supported her, fired her and while prosecuting her, found evidence supporting her again.
Try and follow along.
The DOE supported Elvin in her rein of terror. Superintendent Aimee Horowitz, who UFT Solidarity rallied against last summer, was supposedly aware of the grade fixing.
The DOE supported contract violations and workplace bullying.
The DOE was about to whitewash the investigations against Elvin, but a media frenzy pushed by school staff forced their hand.
The DOE removes Elvin.
She fights back and defends herself in a 3020-a hearing where the same DOE that supported her is now prosecuting her.
THEN, the new administration at John Dewey HS, and DOE that is prosecuting Elvin, engages in an audit that finds “everything is OK and on the up and up.”
A hearing officer finally says “Hey DOE, you can’t have it both ways. Put Elvin back and pay her back wages.”
NY Times reports:
“An arbitrator ruled that Kathleen Elvin, the former principal of John Dewey High School, should be reinstated after she was accused of improperly giving students credit for courses in which they received no instruction. The arbitrator said that an audit later conducted by the Education Department, which found that the courses met the department’s guidelines, effectively exonerated her.”
I suspect we will be heading to John Dewey soon. The current staff there should brush up on this toolbox uftsolidarity.org/toolbox and come to our corruption conference on May 14th.