The New York City Department of Education has launched a probe into a black principal who’s been accused of anti-white bias and attempting to drive white teachers from her school.
The investigation into Paula Lev, the High School for Law and Public Service principal, began after faculty members filed complaints accusing her of discriminating against white staff and attempting to get a white colleague fired from a job.
Those faculty members filed a complaint recently with the NYC Education Department and expressed that they had “no confidence” in her ability to lead the school, according to the New York Post which obtained a copy of the complaint.
The complaint also alleges that Lev “flagrantly but unsuccessfully attempted to divide our school by race’ and told an employee that she ‘was going to get rid of all these white teachers that aren’t doing anything for the kids of our community,” adding: “She definitely has something against white people.”
Lev, 39, who is from the Dominican Republic, also allegedly asked a faculty member to “conspire with her” to get a white female colleague fired, the complaint — filed with the Education Department’s Office of Equal Opportunity — noted.
“Ms. Lev has asked me to conspire with her on a couple of occasions in getting rid of my colleague,” wrote the faculty member, who added that the principal wanted him to obtain a state education certificate so he would be more qualified than the white female, thus allowing the principal to dismiss her as “excess” staff.
“She also stated to me in Spanish that she was ‘going to get rid of all these white teachers that aren’t doing anything for the kids of our community,” the faculty member continued.
“I believe Ms. Lev is not suited for the position of principal because of the comments she has made to me about white people and the malicious ways in which she thinks and speaks. She is not fit to be a leader of a school,” the staffer continued.
“As a school staff, we have lost confidence, creditability, trust, and most importantly we have lost hope in Ms. Lev as a principal at the High School for Law & Public Service,” said the faculty member.
It’s not clear if Lev knew who the confidential faculty member was but on the last day of school she laid him off, telling him he was no longer needed and that he should seek employment within the NYC Education Department.
“He blew the whistle on her and a week later he was (let go),” an unnamed source familiar with the situation told The Post.
Staffers first began experiencing tensions with Lev in February after she publicly accused local union chapter leader Nick Bacon, who is white, of being a racist following his filing of a routine grievance regarding a scheduling issue that affected members of the school faculty.
She went to confront Bacon in front of several other colleagues, saying, “I wasn’t sure what your problem with me was, maybe it’s because I am a woman of color and you’re a white man?”
Lev later apologized to Bacon after he filed a grievance with Manny Ramirez, the superintendent of District 6, and the issue was resolved in Bacon’s favor. But she told The Post she stood by her comment because she said that’s how she felt at the time.
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