Hispanic school principal accused of targetting white, Jewish teachers in shocking faculty clear-out
One of the teachers, Todd Young, who filed a federal suit claims that Manuel Ureña started a mass faculty replacement at the school targeting white and Jewish teachers
A Hispanic principal at the High School of Art and Design is allegedly kicking out white, Jewish and old teachers from the school, according to lawsuits filed against him by former and current staffers of the institution.
A former teacher at the HS of Art and Design, Peter Cohn, while talking to the New York Post, said: "I think he hates us," refering to the principal of the Midtown high school, Manuel Ureña, who is of Dominican heritage.
One of the teachers of the school, Todd Young, who filed a federal suit in Manhattan claims that Ureña started a mass faculty replacement at the school after he was appointed as the principal in 2016, the news outlet reported.
“I think he hates us,’’ one former teacher said https://t.co/O72d9EPGgl— New York Post (@nypost) September 10, 2018
The lawsuit accuses Ureña of fabricating performance and disciplinary complaints against certain teachers targeted by him in an effort to remove them from the school.
The suit, which names Young and another teacher, Maya Zabar, as targets, states: "Since Principal Ureña has arrived at the school, he has targeted several Jewish teachers." He also "targeted many Caucasian teachers at the school and overwhelmingly hired Hispanic teachers to replace Caucasian teachers.”
Zabar, who has filed a separate federal suit against Ureña, alleged that the principal did not provide Jewish teachers at the institution time off for Yom Kippur — the holiest day of the year in Judaism — and gave them poor ratings without any justification.
The former teacher, Cohn, who is now retired said that the principle has created an atmposphere of fear ever since he arrived at the institution. He added that the complaints filed by teachers to the teachers union were not acted on and that the general morale at the school in "incredibly low."
“You walked around with a target on your back," Cohn added.
However, the Post cited a school source as saying that the staffers are happy with Ureña and added that he is an effective leader at the school. According to a PTA source, the school dismissed the suits against him as meritless claims by disgruntled staffers and said that he is a popular principal.
The spokesperson of Department of Education, Douglas Cohen, however, said that all the allegations against Ureña are being taken seriously by the agency.