The city hired James Brown, a former middle school principal, to act as interim principal at Flushing High School, with the possibility that Brown could be hired permanently.
The only problem?
Brown has a nasty past:
As The Post reported last Sunday, Brown seems to have racked up a dubious record while serving as principal of Long Island’s Baldwin Middle School. A lawsuit there accused him of sexual harassment, intimidation and making lewd and racist comments. The district had to agree to pay $1.6 million to settle the case.
The DOE claims none of this stuff came up on their background check.
They also blamed Baldwin officials for not alerting them to Brown's past misdeeds.
Teachers at Flushing High School were able to find out about Brown's past by googling in "James Brown" and "Baldwin Middle School" however.
Apparently the google isn't a tool in the Tweed asrenal just yet.
In any case, even the Post gets why the DOE might have hired a guy like Brown:
And Flushing, by the way, already has enough problems: It’s one of 24 schools the city tried to close and reopen with new staff last year but was blocked by a suit filed by the teachers and principals unions.
Maybe hiring Brown was City Hall’s revenge for that. Maybe it was meant to buttress the city’s case for closing the place, should he prove a disaster. Or maybe it was just sloppiness. Whatever the explanation, it’s inexcusable.
As Michael Fiorillo often says, it's hard to know where the malevolence ends and the incompetence begins with the DOE.
But you can be sure they didn't work all that hard to get a good acting principal for Flushing High School.
You can bet one of Bloomberg's pet small schools wouldn't have gotten this kind of interim principal.
In the end, the Posties actually get this one right:
Brown’s record clearly makes him unfit for the job in Flushing. In an era when any 14-year-old with an Internet connection could have discovered that record in 10 minutes, why can’t our Education Department do the same?
And the answer is, because they didn't care.