Teachers who try to stop black kids from cheating are discriminating against them and should “back off”.
That’s what the leadership is telling teachers at the Urban Action Academy in Brooklyn – a school so rife with cheating that students with the mental capacity of kindergartners pass high school history exams and other students who never show up for class get a passing grade.
This school is so bad that only five percent of graduates are prepared for college (compared to an also-dismal 35 percent for the entire NYC school system).
But they keep graduating kids – because they’re letting them cheat.
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And if the teachers try to stop them, they’re told to “back off,” the New York Post is reporting.
The 293-student school boasted a 61 percent graduation rate last year – but it’s all fake.
In one case, a boy “has not physically attended class this semester,” a social studies teacher noted, but got a passing 65 grade and full credit. He also was passed in English even though he “does not come to class.”
When the Regents Global History exam was given at the school on June 14, students stashed review materials in toilet stalls so they could sneak information during bathroom breaks.
During Regents week, Assistant Principal Jordan Barnett summoned staff to a meeting and ordered them not to check restrooms during the exams.
“We cannot treat students like criminals,” she said, adding that teachers unwilling to “work with this demographic” should leave the school. The student body is 81 percent black and 11 percent Hispanic.
Alert teachers tried to thwart the cheating. But Barnett slammed their “discriminatory” treatment of students and ordered them to back off, teachers say.
Barnett suggested the teachers themselves would not have gotten anywhere if they didn’t cheat in school.
“You did that when you were young. We need to stop sabotaging our students and sabotaging our school,” one quoted Barnett as saying. Others confirmed the remarks.
Principal Steve Dorcely, who has no teaching experience except as a substitute, pressures faculty and aides to “do whatever you can” to pass students, staffers said.
“This is educational malpractice at its worst — and a parallel to what happened in Atlanta,” a veteran educator said, citing the Georgia scandal that spurred criminal charges against cheating principals and teachers.
Dorcely did not return calls seeking comment. He and Barnett were absent on Friday.
The DOE said the allegations were sent to the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools.
“There is zero tolerance for violations of academic integrity,” said spokeswoman Devora Kaye.
H/T: The College Fix