"She will remain as interim acting principal at the school while we review the charges," said a spokesman for the Department of Education. "We treat these matters with the utmost seriousness and will ensure it's appropriately addressed." ... Staten Island Advance, June 22, 2018Today is Port Richmond HS interim acting principal Oneatha Swinton day at Ed Notes as we put up a series of reports on the breaking story. Swinton, who was arrested yesterday in Pennsylvania for insurance fraud, came to Port Richmond as a principal who abused teachers and parents at her old school in Brooklyn's John Jay campus at the School of Journalism, didn't change her stripes at Port Richmond.
One of the founders of MORE and GEM, a strong fighter against racism in his political work, was the chapter leader at the Brooklyn school and posted this response:
I had the “pleasure“ of teaching at her school for five years. Can’t cheat karma :)I mention racism because Staten Island politician Debbie Rose has defended Swinton by charging the critics were racist.
A leading parent from Swinton's old school -- the PTA President was Annette Renaud. As a black woman abused and physically assaulted by Swinton and put in the hospital in 2016, Renaud rejects these charges of racism. (We will have more details of this assault which was ignored by OSI - until this past month when the DOE probably learned that something was going on that would take Swinton down and is trying to cover its ass.)
Here is the first video I posted on FB of Annette outside the Delegate Assembly where she handed out a leaflet to raise the issue in the hope the UFT leadership would take strong action.
Later, I will put up another video of Annette in front of the DA and in Brooklyn at the location of the PEP meeting which seemed to have been moved - with more news stories.
Here is a short video I made of a large group of parents and teachers who attended the April PEP meeting:
Video: PEP April 25, 2018 - Port Richmond HS Protest Principalhttps://vimeo.com/267774737
And here is the Staten Island Advance story from yesterday:
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Interim Port Richmond High School Principal Oneatha Swinton was busted Thursday for car insurance fraud in Pennsylvania, authorities said.
Swinton, 39, of Woodstock Avenue in Tompkinsville, was charged with four counts of insurance fraud, a third-degree felony, theft by deception and criminal conspiracy, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Her alleged accomplice, Tanya John, 44, a former employee of the New York Department of Education, is charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy in connection with the scheme.
"These two defendants concocted a plan to fraudulently obtain lower insurance rates," Shapiro said in a press release.
In May 2014, authorities said Swinton fraudulently obtained her Pennsylvania driver's license by using John's local address.
John allowed Swinton to transfer the energy account for her residence into Swinton's name to secure proof of residency, authorities say.
After obtaining the license, the Staten Island resident then allegedly registered her two Lexus vehicles in Pennsylvania to secure cheaper rates.
Swinton filed two car insurance claims after obtaining this policy, and both incidents occurred in New York City, officials said.
In December 2017, the controversial administrator found out about the Pennsylvania investigation, and got a New York driver's license that listed her Staten Island address, according to a release from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
Swinton and John were arraigned Thursday in Monroe County court and released on $5,000 bail.
Their next hearing is Aug. 15.
According to a source, Swinton was at Port Richmond High School Friday.
Attempts to reach her at the school and her home were unsuccessful.
"She will remain as interim acting principal at the school while we review the charges," said a spokesman for the Department of Education. "We treat these matters with the utmost seriousness and will ensure it's appropriately addressed."
Parents have expressed their discontent over changes at the school under the interim principal, according to Advance reports.
Swinton has been under scrutiny since the beginning of the school year, when rumors spread about Port Richmond's honors program being eliminated.
In October, the DOE told the Advance that there were no programs eliminated. Instead, the Honors Academy pooled resources to allow greater financial support for all participating students.
Amazing how after being arrested she is still allowed to work at PRHS, exactly how much school work will she be doing as she prepares for her case !! If they cannot fire her than transfer her the BOE HQ to staple papers !!
Will she still be allowed to enter the school building? The DOE says she will remain IA principal pending investigation. A teacher, under the same charges, would be unable to enter their school building and barred from contact with students. Are the standards different for principals under investigation? And if so, why?