BREAKING NEWS!! Equality LOSES Case to shut down this website in their bid to keep the truth from parents and students.

Equality Charter School’s (ECS) incompetent principal failed in her attempt to shut down this website and keep the truth about this failing, mismanaged and corrupt charter school from parents, students and the public.  ECS not only wasted money hiring the unqualified partners of former principal JoAnn Myers and present principal Caitlin Franco, but hired lawyers to file a case in GENEVA, SWITZERLAND with ICANN and WIPO to shut down this website.

The money spent hiring their unqualified partners, paying lawyers to hide the truth and the canceled junket trip to Hawaii at the last minute totaling over $100,000 should have been spent on academic intervention support services for the students they’re not educating- the majority of which are failing.

Like the failing charter school they run, they FAILED at keeping the truth of this bad charter school from the public.

Below is the signed decision from Geneva, Switzerland DENYING THEIR COMPLAINT and ECS’s original complaint from their lawyers.
 

Signed Decision Against Equality Re Website

Equality Charter School Domain Name Complaint

Equality Receives A FAILING “C” GRADE ON IT’S FIRST DOE PROGRESS REPORT

Every year the DOE releases it annual progress reports grading schools.  New schools like Equality are only graded after two years of operation.  Equality received it’s first grade this September.

Equality received a FAILING “C” GRADE.  The reason they received a “C” and not an “F” is because the parents astonishingly OR unknowingly stated they are very satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Equality.

How can any parent who knows their child and the MAJORITY OF STUDENTS AT EQUALITY FAILED THE STATE ELA AND MATH EXAMS FOR TWO STRAIGHT YEARS, be happy with their children’s education when they’re children are failing?

Did Equality inform the parents the schools been failing for two straight years?  Do the parents know their child is failing along with the MAJORITY of the other students?  Was a parent meeting held informing parents the MAJORITY of students are FAILING?

THE ANSWER IS NO.  The corrupt school leaders did not want parents to know the truth because parents may just demand their children be educated and provided with all the academic support they require INSTEAD OF  spending $100,000+ on newly created jobs for their unqualified, unemployed men.

Equality’s Released State Test Scores Show Equality is the LOWEST PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL IN THE BRONX

The newly released State ELA and Math Exams scores show the MAJORITY of students at Equality Charter School FAILED.  Last year, the MAJORITY failed also, but this it’s an EVEN GREATER MAJORITY of students who failed.  This was reported in the NY Daily News on Thursday, August 11, 2011.

We now have students who have failed their State ELA and Math Exams for TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, who were not given the academic intervention support they needed because the former principal and present principal cried broke while creating jobs for their unqualified unemployed men spending over $100,000 dollars in salary and benefits.

That $100,000+ should have been spent on after-school tutoring and in-school academic intervention services so our children can learn.

Because the school leaders and board members put their men before our children, the MAJORITY OF STUDENTS AT EQUALITY FAILED THEIR STATE ELA AND MATH FOR TWO STRAIGHT YEARS!

That $100,000+ is your tax-paying dollars.

Incompetent Principal, Caitlin Franco’s Fires 3 Staff Members for Not Demanding Board Keep Her Live In Boyfriend (now husband)

When learning of the board chair’s decision to fire her man.  Franco demanded the entire staff demand the board not fire him by forcing all 35 teachers and staff sign a petition and attend a meeting with four board demanding he be retained.

The three staff members who did not speak at the board meeting demanding Franco’s new husband keep his job were all fired by Franco three (3) days before the last day of school.

The incompetent board after learning of Franco’s retaliation against school staff who did not comply with her demand to sign the petition and demand her new husband keep his job, did absolutely nothing.

Equality wasted tax-payer money that should have gone to helping their students who are failing on salaries for the unqualified men of the principals and the incompetent board allowed it.

Board Chair fires Incompetent Principal, Caitlin Franco’s Live In Boyfriend (now husband)

Board Chair Ehri Mathurin in June convinced the rest of the incompetent board that it is in the best interests of the school AND to avoid a repeat situation of the previous incompetent principal, JoAnn Meyers and her husband who threatened to eff up the present principal Caitlin Franco in November 2010; to fire Franco’s brand new month old husband.

Franco was so furious with the board chair, Ehri Mathurin for firing her incompetent man who has complaints of abuse filed against him by Equality parents with the Special Commissioner of Investigation, she forced the teachers and staff to sign a petition to the board demanding her man not be fired.  Of course the teachers and staff who didn’t want to be fired by Franco, signed the petition.

The entire staff then had a meeting with 4 board members and 32 out of 35 teachers and staff members demanded that the board not fire Franco’s new husband.  The three staff members who did not speak at the board meeting demanding Franco’s new husband keep his job were all fired by Franco three (3) days before the last day of school.

The incompetent board after learning of Franco’s retaliation against school staff who did not comply with her demand to sign the petition and demand her new husband keep his job, did absolutely nothing.

Equality wasted tax-payer money that should have gone to helping their students who are failing on salaries for the unqualified men of the principals and the incompetent board allowed it.

Another Teacher Bites the Dust

From: Yvette Miranda <yvette.miranda@equalitycharterschool.org>
Subject: Teacher replacing Music
Date: Monday, March 28, 2011, 12:35 PM

Good Day to All 8th Grade Parents and Guardians, we are sending the below letter
home with all 8th grade students today. Please make sure to retrieve it from them.

March 28, 2011

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Students,

Effective Monday, March 28, 2011 Mrs. Leathers is no teaching music at Equality
Charter School.  To fulfill her class every Monday and Thursday for our eighth
graders, while we search for a replacement music teacher, Mr. Butler will be
teaching Physical Education, Health, and Team Building as an extension of Mrs.
Farrison’s PE/Health class.

Mr. Butler has been a Recreation Supervisor, Athletic Director, Health/PE Teacher,
Coach, Athletic Trainer, among many other positions. He is extremely qualified for
this job and is very excited to be a part of our community. I believe this is a
great addition to our academic program, and the team building component of his
course will provide students with skills that they can use in many other aspects
of their lives.

Mr. Butler’s class will be graded, but the grade will be in conjunction with Mrs.
Farrison’s PE/Health grade. Therefore, students will not be receiving grades for
music on their report cards for Quarter 3, but will be receiving their PE/Health
grades from both Mrs. Farrison and Mr. Butler.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Farrision.

Sincerely,

Caitlin Franco
Principal

Throwdown/Beatdown at Equality Today

Another day, another throwdown/beatdown at Equality.   Where’s the school leaders, where’s the Deans and many school aides.  Where’s PBIS?

Teacher & Staff Turnover

Equality opened in September 2009.  The Teacher & Staff turnover has been higher than the other failing, mismanaged charter schools that ended up getting shut down.  Kudos to the teachers at Equality who mostly all left.   They worked under such oppressive circumstances at risk of being fired at the Principal and Assistant Principal’s whim.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed this year, except for the board finally taking the power to hire and fire from the Principal.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • In it’s first year, the Co-Founder & Executive Director, Peg Hoey, quit after being pushed out by the recently fired JoAnn Myers and newly appointed Principal (former assistant principal) Caitlin Franco.
  • A month after Peg Hoey left, the founding chairman of the Equality Board of Directors, Stephen Tosh also abruptly left.
  • At the end of the first year, June 30, 2010, almost 90% (NINETY) of the teachers and staff left and did not return in September 2010.
  • In the Summer of 2010, the new board chairman, Hashim Bello, who took over for the other board chairman that quit, also quit.  So, did another board member, Gina Feliciano.
  • A new board chair, Ehri Mathurin, who just joined the board in May 2010, became board chair
  • Since the school year began, more teachers and staff have left, this prompted the board in January 2011 to take away all hiring and firing of teachers and staff from the Principal, JoAnn Myers
  • In December, JoAnn Myers whose husband she hired in September 2010 in a newly created position of Dean for 7th graders with NO qualifications was fired by the board, after threatening the safety of the assistant principal, Caitlin Franco, who had also hired her live-in boyfriend in a newly created position of Dean for 8th graders also with NO qualifications.  In January, the board finally fired JoAnn Myers.  Now that Caitlin Franco, got JoAnn Myers out, she is now Principal with her live-in boyfriend as 6th grade Dean because he does not get along with the 8th grade students and some of their parents.  Read more at City Limits Newspaper at: http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4205/charter-school-struggling-hired-leaders-kin
  • This school year, we already have a few staff who have left

To read about recent charter schools last year and this year that were shut down for high turnover, poor academics, mismanagement and corruption like Equality, click the links under school names below:

1. East New York Prep Charter School

http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4205/charter-school-struggling-hired-leaders-kin

http://gothamschools.org/2010/03/19/city-argues-brooklyn-charter-school-should-be-shut-this-year/

http://gothamschools.org/2010/04/16/chancellor-orders-troubled-brooklyn-charter-school-to-close/

2. Ross Global Academy Charter School

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/village_school_students_take_charter_sPkC4LsbSutwpXPNWkXKyH

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/charter_bad_course_SRVUhP0ZQqITaee5eXF0gK

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/charter_survival_appeal_N1BH5RE3ZOwuHChxEXTqUJ

 

Reading the stories of corruption, cronyism, mismanagement from now closed(ing) charters, their antics still are not as bad as Equality.  Their turnover and NYS Tests were better.

NYS Tests & Academics | Majority of Equality’s Students FAILED

Equality failed it’s students in preparing them for their NYS Tests.  Majority of the students failed miserably.  These students should have been better prepared.  It is the fault of the school leaders and board that the kids failed.

Below are the results for 6th and 7th graders.

6th Graders:

ELA – Only 45% of the 6th graders passed their ELA Test

Math – Only 58% of the 6th graders passed their Math Test

7th Graders:

ELA – Only 19% of the 6th graders passed their ELA Test

Math – Only 29% of the 7th graders passed their Math Test

Keep in mind the recently fired principal, JoAnn Myers was a Math Teacher and the former assistant Principal (who’s now principal), Caitlin Franco was an ELA teacher AND yet they failed to ensure the students were taught well enough to at least pass the NYS tests.

Kudos to the teachers at Equality who mostly all left.   They worked under such oppressive circumstances at risk of being fired at the Principal and Assistant Principal’s whim.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed this year, except for the board finally taking the power to hire and fire from the Principal.

For more information and to check the facts yourself about this failing charter school go to the New York Times at:

http://projects.nytimes.com/new-york-schools-test-scores/counties/bronx/districts/new-york-city-district-11/schools/equality-charter-school/subjects/english

8th Grade Parents Told in Mid-November, Equality’s Not Going to High School

In mid-November, the board had an emergency meeting and decided Equality will not add a 9th grade and go to high school.  This resulted in screwing the students and families who enrolled in the school because they offered a “seamless 6-12 transition”.  Equality denied students the opportunity to investigate and go through the high selection process by visiting schools, auditioning and preparing for the Specialized High School Tests.

They told parents the decision not to go to high school is because they’re not academically ready.

Next time, Equality families will be like the East New York Prep and Ross Global Academy Charter Schools families, SOL with the school being shut down.  All those families, didn’t think it would happen at their school either.

To read about recent charter schools last year and this year that were shut down for high turnover, poor academics, mismanagement and corruption like Equality, click the links under school names below:

1. East New York Prep Charter School

http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4205/charter-school-struggling-hired-leaders-kin

http://gothamschools.org/2010/03/19/city-argues-brooklyn-charter-school-should-be-shut-this-year/

http://gothamschools.org/2010/04/16/chancellor-orders-troubled-brooklyn-charter-school-to-close/

2. Ross Global Academy Charter School

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/village_school_students_take_charter_sPkC4LsbSutwpXPNWkXKyH

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/charter_bad_course_SRVUhP0ZQqITaee5eXF0gK

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/charter_survival_appeal_N1BH5RE3ZOwuHChxEXTqUJ

Reading the stories of corruption, cronyism, mismanagement from now closed(ing) charters, their antics still are not as bad as Equality.  Their turnover and NYS Tests were better.