A group of teachers in New York City are behind a lawsuit which claims that their former principal discriminated against them for being Jewish or Caucasian through ‘systematic’ firing upon him taking up the position.
While those defending the new Dominican principal are claiming that he is a satisfactory school leader, this case is simply another example of how prejudice can exist in many forms and is not solely done one behalf of Caucasians as many on the left like to suggest.
Rather, the recent incident of apparent racism has occurred directly against such a group of people upon the principal firing a shocking number of teachers for seemingly no reason other than their heritage only to be replaced by Hispanic educators.
Since then, he has reportedly fired “several Jewish teachers” and “many Caucasian” teachers whom were said to be replaced with primarily Hispanic teachers.
Ureña was also said to have discriminated against older teachers who were unsurprisingly replaced with younger, less-experienced ones.
As a result, in March, one teacher, Todd Young, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against Ureña claiming that many educators were in fear for their jobs or were being otherwise targeted. It was filed against the New York City Department of Education and Superintendent Marisol Rosales for refusing take action when teachers began getting fired or speaking up about the injustice.
Young; another teacher who was allegedly inappropriately fired, Maya Zabar; and others who lost their jobs; claimed that Ureña “would fabricate performance and disciplinary reports against teachers who were Jewish or [Caucasian] in order to fire them.”
Another former teacher, Peter Cohn, said of Ureña, “I think he hates us,” continuing that the principal has a tendency to “suppress complaints,” making teachers fear for their employment.
Cohn added of the working conditions of the school, “Morale is just incredibly low there. You walked around with a target on your back.”
While some on Ureña’s side may claim that the terminated educators are simply bitter at losing their jobs, this seems less likely considering that this is only one of such discrimination lawsuits against him.
In November 2017, union chapter leader Gregory Agosto also filed a suit against Ureña on the basis that he was “routinely disregarding teachers’ rights and giving poor ratings to teachers without cause.”
Despite the horrendous evidence against Ureña, officials on behalf of the school had indicated that he is deserving of his title as principal and that “the lawsuits were simply the product of disgruntled employees.”
Ureña was also said to be ‘an effective leader’ and ‘a popular principal.’
Unfortunately, this blatant disregard to address the matter has seemingly resulted in more teachers unfairly losing their professions.
Yet Ureña nor the United Federation of Teachers union have publically commented on the allegations.
Thankfully, however, the NYC Department of Education is said to be considering this a serious matter to which it is investigating, according to spokesman Douglas Cohen.
Nick Paolucci on behalf of the City Law Department is said to be ‘actively litigating’ the allegations.
While the school board appears satisfied with Principal Ureña’s performance, others either currently or formerly on behalf of the school have weighed in on Ureña as a leader, and the responses are unsurprisingly mixed on a teacher review site, ‘Don’t Tread On Educators.’
His supporters seemingly insist that Ureña is one the best gifts the school has ever received while many others, since 2016, have likened him to a selfish dictator.
Of course, those could simply represent Ureña’s opponents’ opinions. However, other figures reflected on behalf of the school are admittedly telling.
In the 2016-2017 school year, Art and Design High School had approximately 56% of its students representing the Hispanic population which, to Ureña, could have called for more Hispanic teachers.
However, his rating among parents is also troubling.
The ‘trust’ factor which is supposed to encompass the rest of the school’s values in its ‘school quality snapshot’ is admittedly low. While 77 percent of teachers indicated trust in one another, 89 percent of students responded that teachers were respectful, and 90 percent of parents noted that they had ‘trusting relationships’ with staff, the level “of teachers say[ing] that they trust the principal” was only 65 percent.
That figure is reported to be “15 percent lower than the Citywide average.”
Considering not only these statistics but also the personal complaints that teachers have filed, it appears time that Principal Ureña is investigated for his possible discrimination in determining if his reasons for firing certain teachers were legitimate.
Given that it is a sensitive time in society for racial and religious discrimination, this situation is of utmost importance now more than ever. Not only are the teachers who were improperly fired demanding answers for their termination and believe that Ureña should be held responsible, but if shown to be true, will prove to be a horrendous example that racism exists across all cultures, not just in that which is imagined by the liberal media.