This Is Entirely the Teachers Union’s Fault

Not really. Welcome to PS 106 in Far Rockaway, New York City (boldface mine):

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 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.

But the principal and superintendent aren’t standing for this, right? Well:

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…

A Department of Education spokesman said Sills was required to report her absences and tardiness to District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey but would not say whether Sills did so last week.

Lloyd-Bey did not return a call. Sills hung up on a reporter.

Meanwhile the teachers are completely overwhelmed:

Teachers muddle through by printing out worksheets they find online, buying their own copy paper….

Staffers won’t speak up or even file a grievance with their union because Sills will retaliate, a source said.

This is a complete failure of the NY Public Schools administration. This is not an issue of charters versus regular schools or ‘no excuses’ but simple administrative malfeasance. Given that DeBlasio just took office, this has to laid squarely at the feet of former Mayor Bloomberg and his education reformers.

Shameful, just shameful.

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