EDITOR'S NOTE: There is a school board meeting Tuesday night 10/6.
The following report is the result of more than a year of research and observing the school board in action. I hope you will read this presentation and share it with your friends, neighbors and, for those of you with children in South End schools, your fellow parents. I hope you will be as disturbed to read this report as I was in preparing it. I welcome your comments and feedback below.
For more than a year I have been a regular presence at Board of Education meetings, much to the dismay of the members of the administration of the New Rochelle public schools and members of the board of education. Over the past two years the school district and their minions have made various efforts to discourage me from working to bring to light the unethical and often illegal conduct of school officials, district employees and members of the school board. Lawyers working for the school district have contacted the company that hosts this web site in an attempt to have them shut down my web site, private investigators have been used to make inquiries about me, my neighbors have received phone calls asking for "dirt" about me and, of course, some have conducted a whisper campaign to spread false, defamatory comments about me and my family. I have even been accused of blackmail by district officials and their lawyers, told I was not entitled to public records, and "banned" from setting foot on school grounds. School officials have been instructed not to speak to me. One school official even filed a false police report resulting in the New Rochelle police coming to my home with guns strapped to their hips to "investigate" the false claims.
Rest assured, I have no intention of slinking off in the face of their various threats, invasions of privacy and smear campaigns. The simple fact is that the New Rochelle public school system is little more than a criminal enterprise operating under the cover of an educational mission. The rot in the system goes all the way to the top: school members routinely violate New York State law by using the cover of "executive session" to meet in secret to discuss public business. As they all agree to do this, it is, in fact, a conspiracy to engage in unlawful activities. Board members are well educated, many are lawyers, and they all know they are breaking the law. I would suggest to readers that a school district that is willing to break the law in one way is willing to break the law in every other way - as one recent arrest has begun to make clear. Let's just hope there are more on the way.
A great deal of effort is expended by the district to convince the public that there is "equity" in our public school system and especially that there is "parity" between Isaac E. Young Middle School (IEYMS) and Albert Leonard Middle School (ALMS). They do this in two ways: (1) administrators make false and misleading presentations of test score results to the board which then sits on their collective hands and pretends to believe the reports; (2) they try to hide any information that would contradict their false claims of "equity" and "parity" and attack, fire or ostracize those who would attempt to bring it to light.
They have gotten away with this for years through a combination of voter apathy and the ability to use the teachers union (controlled by Marty Daly) and the PTA (also controlled by Marty Daly) to turn out their vote. By doing all they can to keep voter turnout low (less than 10% of New Rochelle's registered voters cast ballots last May) and giving the union all sorts of goodies (including a six-figure income for Marty Daly for teaching a single 50 minute class) the union members living in New Rochelle (and their families) vote for the "approved" candidates. Through a combination of union and PTA turnout efforts, homeowners living in the North End and families of kids in parochial schools who are given free busing to private schools to which they are not entitled, the school district gets their way. As a result there are board members currently serving their fourth, fifth and even sixth 5-year terms (all from the North End).
Last year more than 95% of New Rochelle's registered voters did not vote "yes" vote for the school budget or cast a ballot for either of the two "approved" candidates yet the budget and the candidates won by over 1,000 votes. On election night, without a hint of irony, school officials expressed their "gratitude" that New Rochelle voters so overwhelmingly approved their budget. If there was still any doubt about the sort of outcome people can expect when the school district is managing an election to vote on their own budget and their salaries and their benefits and their pensions just take a look at the composition of the school board. The board members have somehow come to believe they were elected not to represent the people of New Rochelle but to provide cover for the administration and close ranks in the face of any questions or challenge from parents or the general public.
This may never change. The deck is stacked so heavily in their favor that unless some outside force comes into New Rochelle to bring about change the District and the School Board will continue to operate as they have long into the future. I offer this report only in the hope of perhaps waking up just a few people to the reality of the nature of the con being perpetrated by our elected representatives on the school board.
NOTE: The District has been uncooperative in providing public information so this is the best I can do with the information I was able to obtain. As more information comes to light I would intend to update, correct or amend this report to reflect additional data.