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No space, no books, no clue at NYCís worst elementary school
nypost.com ^ | january 12, 2014 | susan edelman

Posted on 01/12/2014 7:49:23 AM PST by lowbridge

Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.

The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.

“The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said.

The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot.

The library is a mess: “Nothing’s in order,” said a source. “It’s a junk room.”

No substitutes are hired when a teacher is absent — students are divvied up among other classes.

A classroom that includes learning-disabled kids doesn’t have the required special-ed co-teacher.

About 40 kindergartners have no room in the three-story brick building. They sit all day in dilapidated trailers that reek of “animal urine,” a parent said; rats and squirrels noisily scamper in the walls and ceiling.

And the principal — Marcella Sills, who joined PS 106 nine years ago — is a frequent no-show, sources say.

Sills did not come to school last Monday. On Tuesday, she showed up at 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, The Post found her at home in Westbury, LI, all day before emerging at 2:50 p.m. — school dismissal time. Wearing a fur coat, she took her BMW for a spin.

She showed up at school Thursday, but not Friday.

When Sills, 48, does go to work, it’s rarely before 11 a.m. — and often hours later, say sources familiar with her schedule.

“She strolls in whenever she wants,” one said.

The school hasn’t had a payroll secretary in years.

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When she is out, an assistant principal is left in charge. Yet Sills, who gets a $128,207 salary, also pockets overtime pay — $2,900 for 83 hours in 2011, the latest available records show.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: arth; commoncore; failedechools; marcellasills; newyork; nyc; school; schoolbooks; schoolexpose
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1 posted on 01/12/2014 7:49:23 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

This is similar to the way our country is being run. And few complain.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 7:57:49 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: lowbridge

Looking forward to the follow-ups on this story.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 7:58:10 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: lowbridge

but the teachers get paid handsomely and the 45 year old retired teachers are collecting their handsome retirement benefits as they sit sunning on the beaches of Miami.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 7:58:22 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: canuck_conservative

So when does she get appointed Secretary of Education?


6 posted on 01/12/2014 7:58:42 AM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: canuck_conservative

Why am I not at all surprised?


7 posted on 01/12/2014 7:59:17 AM PST by Drew68
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To: lowbridge

The average per student spending in New York City is $19,000 so those 234 students should get $4.4 million. So where did that money go. Even considering the usual “skim” in NYC, there still should be a couple million left.


8 posted on 01/12/2014 7:59:34 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: canuck_conservative

that very well may be a Title 1 Mink Coat!

“As a Title 1 school, it gets extra federal funds, but community members say they’ve never seen a budget tracking the income and spending.”


9 posted on 01/12/2014 7:59:59 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Help fight The Neo Stalinists! Donate to your Free Republic)
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To: lowbridge

It might seem the perfect challenge for an idealistic teacher, but for innovation being all but shut-down by the teachers unions.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 8:00:21 AM PST by onedoug
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To: canuck_conservative

If the principal was a white male, he would be sacked. That not being the case here, expect the situation to continue and “Ms Sills” can glide to her retirement with only perfunctory appearances at her actual job after which she will make her retirement official and receive a generous monthly kiss in the mail for the rest of her life, based on a $200K salary, courtesy of the taxpayers.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 8:02:14 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: lowbridge

$19770

NYC annual per-pupil spending.

Give parents vouchers for 10k, and watch schooling improve.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 8:02:25 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: canuck_conservative

Actually, the specific information isn’t necessary. One can divine what one suspects from just the information, curiously lacking a description.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: canuck_conservative

I bet she gonna go golfin’


14 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:35 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Bingo.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 8:04:28 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: canuck_conservative; lowbridge

Eeek! Is it a drag queen? Judging by the mink, I’d say it’s a pretty well-paid drag queen.

That said, the schools out in Far Rockaway have always been bad. Most people who were sane sent their kids to Catholic school.

I laughed out loud when I read “rigorous standards” of Common Core, which is the usual liberal BS. In other words, the kids aren’t expected to learn facts, they’re supposed to free associate and call it “critical thinking,” and there is, at the request of the teachers’ unions, no longer anybody held accountable for the dismal performance of the students.

Governor Scott here in Florida for some reason (probably money) initially accepted the Common Core standards but he is backtracking and today announced that some of the excellent reforms put in under Gov. Bush will be restored and that the State of Florida wants to take back control.

I’m sure De Blasio is a big Common Core guy, though.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 8:05:15 AM PST by livius
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To: lowbridge
.... they watch movies every day

And probably learn more than if they were in a class hearing lectures about the greatness of B. Hussein.

17 posted on 01/12/2014 8:06:47 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SamAdams76

And considering NYC just elected a hardcore blatant Marxist as Mayor, she will probably get a raise.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 8:08:02 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: ReagansShinyHair

Does this bring back memories?


19 posted on 01/12/2014 8:09:32 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
.... they watch movies every day

Prolly on the BET channel.

20 posted on 01/12/2014 8:11:34 AM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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