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Staffers flee Coney Island school where 'toxic' principal nixed a patriotic song
nypost.com ^ | August. 19, 2012 | SUSAN EDELMAN

Posted on 08/19/2012 5:47:24 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Staff at a Coney Island school where the principal barred kids from belting out “God Bless the USA” are singing a new tune: “Take This Job and Shove It.”

In a mass exodus, 25 employees — or 40 percent of the staff, including 11 of 28 classroom teachers, aides, secretaries and custodians — have fled PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, over the year, insiders tallied.

Most found jobs in other schools; some retired. Others are trying to escape a “toxic building,” they said.

Principal Greta Hawkins caused an uproar in June when she axed the rousing Lee Greenwood anthem from the kindergarten moving-up ceremony. First she insisted it “would offend other cultures,” then she claimed it was “too mature.” After a Post report, she also yanked a flirty ditty by Justin Bieber.

That flap was just a glimpse into the turmoil, mistrust and racial tensions under Hawkins’ three-year reign, say those leaving.

“I couldn’t take it anymore,” said a veteran teacher who found a new job in Queens. “Some people were being picked on, and some were waiting to be picked on.”

DOE officials said nine teachers and three other staffers transferred over the summer.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: flee; homeschool; principal; schools; teacher; teachers

1 posted on 08/19/2012 5:47:35 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

bttt


2 posted on 08/19/2012 5:50:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Affirmative Action - it is an ugly thing.


3 posted on 08/19/2012 5:54:10 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One thing lower than an HOA president is a school principle


4 posted on 08/19/2012 5:54:23 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Want to read what it's like inside PS90? Look at the reviews of Principal Edna Hawkins. Other than a couple of reviews by relatives or major butt-kissers, she must be the most poorly rated principal in the history of public education.
5 posted on 08/19/2012 5:55:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Free ThinkerNY

FLAG DRAG: Teachers — half of whom seen here reportedly are no longer at the Edna Cohen School — dress in red, white and blue at PS 90 during the June uproar when principal Greta Hawkins (above) forbade the singing of “God Bless the USA.”

6 posted on 08/19/2012 5:56:46 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

7 posted on 08/19/2012 5:57:47 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Could be a microcosm of an Obama second term.
8 posted on 08/19/2012 6:00:57 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The hostility goes back to a June 2010 staff meeting, where Hawkins reportedly announced: “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

More of Obama's "people" (Leftists) feeling empowered by his presence. Wonder how they will feel after November?

9 posted on 08/19/2012 6:06:07 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I had the same exact thing happen. We had a assistant principal come in to an absolutely poverty-stricken school with a lot of good educators and completely destroy the atmosphere there. It really only takes one person with authority to ruin everything.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 6:11:34 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; All
"This is a racist building,” Hawkins said at the meeting, according to teachers who took notes.

“You’re all used to white, Jewish principals who only hired whites. The school culture is going to change.”

Hawkins then vowed to hire more black teachers, according to teachers who were at the meeting.
“Many more [black teachers] are coming, but I will hire one white person,” Hawkins said, according to the teachers.

“People’s mouths dropped open,” said one teacher. “Everyone looked shocked at what they just heard.”

Staffers said racial tensions at the school are minimal, and Hawkins never mentioned the issue of race in any previous meetings.

“Race doesn’t matter here,” said another teacher who wouldn’t give her name. “That’s the baffling thing about it.”

A dozen teachers and two paraprofessionals who were at the meeting filed complaints with the Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunity in June.

11 posted on 08/19/2012 6:13:44 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bitch should be scrubbing toilets in Manhattan.


12 posted on 08/19/2012 6:30:59 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: BerryDingle

Black.
Female.
Leftist.

Is anyone here surprised?


13 posted on 08/19/2012 6:31:12 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, as long as they are not drinking sugary soft drinks larger than 20 oz. things should turn out alright.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 6:36:04 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: RightOnline

That job would be way above her pay grade.


15 posted on 08/19/2012 6:59:18 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wooda been quicker and cheaper to transfer the “principal” someplace where she couldn’t cause trouble. A dead end job.


16 posted on 08/19/2012 7:07:02 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: GladesGuru

The anti-white black racist doctrines that justify reverse discrimination (Affirmative Action) are ugly. Hate and envy is no way to be.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 7:30:55 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a drag for the kids held hostage to this leftest lunacy.


18 posted on 08/19/2012 7:39:19 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
19 posted on 08/19/2012 7:44:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: al baby

Always remember, the principal is our pal. :)


20 posted on 08/19/2012 9:34:12 PM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Nothing will happen to this scumbag Principal Greta Hawkins.


21 posted on 08/19/2012 9:39:01 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: expat1000; ProtectOurFreedom; All
“You’re all used to white, Jewish principals who only hired whites.
The school culture is going to change.”
Hawkins then vowed to hire more black teachers,
according to teachers who were at the meeting.
“Many more [black teachers] are coming,
but I will hire one white person,
” Hawkins said, according to the teachers.
OH! ..the joys of Affirmative Actions hiring...
i'm sure it was all a mis-understanding

22 posted on 08/19/2012 10:08:32 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder how familiar this Principal is with Black Liberation Theology?


23 posted on 08/20/2012 6:55:47 AM PDT by servo1969
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