Dr. Mars changed the admission criteria to favor academic grades over artistic talent in a school with an historical graduation rate of 98%.......Unfortunately, the 10,828 signatures and 300 pages of supportive comments on our petition fell on deaf ears. We just learned that in spite of failing grades for effective school leadership two years in a row, principal Lisa Mars has been granted TENURE!!! ... LaGuardia HS memoThe DOE outrages of supporting failing principals continues as cronyism reigns supreme while the UFT sits numb. Through the Rockaway Theatre Company I know a bunch of young ladies who are either current or former La Guardia students and they all have heard of the story of how Linda Mars, who came from the currently enrolled school, Townshend HS.
LaG, despite its high grad rate, is in many ways a sort of trade school
Go sign the petition if you haven't. And contact PEP members if you are so inclined.
Update: LaGuardia's Failing Principal Gets Tenure!
As we begin 2017, we wanted to let you know the current status in our efforts to overturn the unfair and illegal admissions policies instituted at LaGuardia High School by principal Dr. Lisa Mars.
The goal of our petition is to convince the Department of Education to return the admission requirements to those consistent with the Hecht-Calandra Law and provide effective leadership for the school.
It seems the DOE is uninterested in the fact that:
· Dr. Mars scored a 1.00 on a scale of 1.00-4.99 on effective school leadership in the 2015-16 School Quality Guide. That's down from a 1.2 the year before!
· Dr. Mars changed the admission criteria to favor academic grades over artistic talent in a school with an historical graduation rate of 98%.
· Dr. Mars' policies effectively discriminate against students who come from socio-economically challenged circumstances or underperforming middle schools.
· Dr. Mars' policies foster an increasingly homogeneous environment in a school that has always been a beacon of diversity.
See for yourself:
How can the Department of Education allow this? Why would they spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars assessing school leadership only to ignore their own findings and grant tenure to a failing principal?
How can WE allow this?
If you are as outraged as we are, let your voice be heard and contact those who can save our school and preserve its legacy for future generations. A list of contacts is below. Here's a template letter that you can use to voice your thoughts: http://bit.ly/2j1RUs3
Chancellor of the NY Regents Board - Regent.Rosa@nysed.gov
Nan Eileen Mead (Regents Board rep) - Regent.Mead@nysed.gov
Gale A. Brewer (Manhattan Borough President) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kamillah Payne-Hanks (Panel for Educational Policy) - KPayneHanks@schools.nyc.gov
Michael Kraft (Panel for Educational Policy) - MKraft2@schools.nyc.gov
Scott M. Stringer (NYC Comptroller) - email@example.com, (212) 669-3916, @scottmstringer
Thank you for your continued support,
The Save Our School Team
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