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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; 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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To: lowbridge

“FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!”


21 posted on 01/12/2014 8:12:23 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: lowbridge

The critics are just all racists. The principal is obviously a victim of the current war on women. If the taxpayers would provide an additional $100,000 per kid, this problem could be solved. But things are looking up. It will all be fixed now that Bill de Blasio is mayor.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 8:12:38 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: lowbridge

To be renamed to “Red” Bill de Blasio Elementary School.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 8:13:26 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: lowbridge
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.

Any "parent" who knows about these conditions and still voluntarily sends their baby off to "skool" is no parent.

24 posted on 01/12/2014 8:14:02 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: lowbridge

Vote Democrat!


25 posted on 01/12/2014 8:18:10 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: livius
I laughed out loud when I read “rigorous standards” of Common Core...

I'm currently on a business trip in CA. I was sitting in a restaurant the other day people watching as I waited for my lunch. A family was seated near me -- 2 grandparents, a mom, and a little boy -- about 8 or 9. They were pouring over a text book called "California Math" and a work sheet. I could only hear snatches of the conversation, but the title of the book told me volumes (pun intended.)

The women and the child were clueless. Grandpa was trying to figure out the problem, and he was objecting to the way it was stated. I could tell that granpa was no dummy, but somebody had turned simple math into an epic struggle. At one point he vented his frustration and raised his voice so that I heard, "But 'rounding up' 420 does NOT give you 450! This is not right!" And "Estimate? Why are they estimating? This is stated all wrong!"

I watched them struggle for nearly an hour and thought to myself that the whole problem is in the book. "California Math", indeed!

26 posted on 01/12/2014 8:20:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: canuck_conservative

I knew before I looked.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 8:21:27 AM PST by sheana
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To: lowbridge
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.

Thanks, Randy Weingarten, for your inspiring leadership! The unions DON'T CARE ABOUT STUDENTS, as long as they get theirs.

28 posted on 01/12/2014 8:21:45 AM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: sheana
I knew before I looked.

We all did.

29 posted on 01/12/2014 8:35:03 AM PST by Drew68
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To: lowbridge
A classroom that includes learning-disabled kids doesn’t have the required special-ed co-teacher.

Gee, based on the school 2014 budget they get $259,020 this year for "Special Education Services"

Here

30 posted on 01/12/2014 8:35:09 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: canuck_conservative

Nice coat.
At least she’s not a PETA whacko, LOL


31 posted on 01/12/2014 8:37:41 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: lowbridge

This school is operating exactly as intended. The politically connected staff have well paying jobs for which no real work is required. They pump up their enrollment in order to get federal Title I subsidies and the money can go into some political slush fund somewhere. For most of the “parents”, their children are out of the house and out of mind for most of the day allowing them to go to work, entertain boyfriends, sell drugs, or whatever their hearts desire. And best of all, someone else is paying for it.

With the new mayor of NYC, this school will become the model for all of the others to emulate. It’s all part of the Leftist nirvana. What’s not to like?


32 posted on 01/12/2014 8:42:50 AM PST by centurion316
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To: canuck_conservative

That picture explains everything that is wrong with that school.


33 posted on 01/12/2014 8:43:34 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: canuck_conservative


Entitled Marcella Sills, the Principal

34 posted on 01/12/2014 8:45:47 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: canuck_conservative

With that face, she must be preparing to be FLOTUS.


35 posted on 01/12/2014 8:55:57 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: savedbygrace

“Entitled Marcella Sills, the Principal”

Sister of Marcellas Wallace no doubt, all she needs is rubber ball in her mouth. ( Pulp Fiction)


36 posted on 01/12/2014 9:10:18 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: lowbridge
May I offer what I believe is a simple solution? I may? thank you.

Ms. Sills (lovely coat by the way!) may I suggest this:

Contact a Mr. Peter Lanza. Now he won't be easy to find or reach but you may be able to contact him through a Mr. Robbie Parker. You can find him listed in the Actors Guild.

Ask Mr. Lanza if his 'son' Ryan is available to come to your school and pretend to assassinate oh say 30 students or more.

Now, now I know what you're thinking. Your bros, your homies, Barry and Holder won't like this, but I assure you you are wrong. They'll love it. So you get the NY State Police to set up a fake shooting and then you make sure to get some really good amateur actors and then invite Wolf Blitzer, Katie, and Anderson Cooper (tell him to remember to bring all of his nose this time) and I believe that within just a few short months you'll be receiving a check from Gov. Cuomo for about $50,000,000 to build a new school.

$50 mil!! You'll even be able to afford a real mink!!! So good luck and good shooting. Remember though!! NO SURVIVORS!!!!!!! They're just loose ends you can't afford!

37 posted on 01/12/2014 9:10:41 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: canuck_conservative

How many thousand $/student is the average in NYC.

Multiply that number by the number of students in this school.

Subtract $100,000 for each teacher and $10,000 to heat/cool and maintain each class room.

The result will probably be like any public school in our nation. Hundreds of thousands of $’s for each classroom that magically disappears before it gets to each classroom.


38 posted on 01/12/2014 9:13:31 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda will fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Mygirlsmom

I don’t live in NY, but I homeschool and am in homeschooling groups with people who homeschool in NY. Apparently it’s really difficult to homeschool in NY. I think the low income low education low information parents here would never be able to get through the homeschooling requirements. But yeah, I can’t imagine what goes through a mother’s mind when she knows about those conditions and then sends her child to that. Except, my guess is that the conditions are not all that much better at home. I think this is all by design. These people are dependent on the government.


39 posted on 01/12/2014 9:18:44 AM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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To: lowbridge

Don’t worry. Mayor DeWilhelm will take care of it.


40 posted on 01/12/2014 9:30:43 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: savedbygrace

Portrait of a typical member of our new racial nomenklatura.


41 posted on 01/12/2014 9:31:35 AM PST by Argus
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To: savedbygrace

Another Michelle Obama disciple.


42 posted on 01/12/2014 9:32:13 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: lowbridge

Liberals don’t care about the children. They are a prop to be used or aborted.


43 posted on 01/12/2014 9:37:08 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: lowbridge

If Obama had a school...


44 posted on 01/12/2014 9:41:56 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Doc Savage

“$50,000,000 to build a new school.”

Why not go for the gold? Where I live the taxpayers were charged $197 million for a high school.

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45 posted on 01/12/2014 9:46:11 AM PST by Mears
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To: lowbridge
Common Core isn't about education, it's about indoctrination...just like modern day "entertainment".


46 posted on 01/12/2014 9:46:42 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Uncle Chip

“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”

And voting to ruin Florida just like they did when they lived in New York and stole their pay from the children!

BTW the “District Superintendent” in this story (Michelle Lloyd-Bey) is also Amish and was promoted from being “principal” of PS 106 to her current “position.”


47 posted on 01/12/2014 9:47:21 AM PST by vette6387
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To: lowbridge

This was some story! I can’t believe the woman just doesn’t go to work, and she still gets paid!


48 posted on 01/12/2014 9:55:12 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Uncle Chip

Teachers’ unions say they are underpaid and the schools need more money! They care about the kids, right?


49 posted on 01/12/2014 10:05:40 AM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: lowbridge

more insanity from the public schools


50 posted on 01/12/2014 10:30:58 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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