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Principal fined for ‘ruining careers’ still on job

Fordham HS Principal Iris Blige, who had a “hit list” of teachers she targeted tFordham HS Principal Iris Blige, who had a “hit list” of teachers she targeted to “get rid of,” received just a slap on the wrist for her abuses.

Fordham HS Principal Iris Blige strong-armed assistant principals to “get rid of” nearly a dozen teachers on her “hit list” by giving them unmerited U-ratings, a report from the city’s Office of Special Investigation found.

Despite the finding, the Department of Education chose to keep Blige in her job and slap her with a $7,500 fine.

Calling the light punishment “outrageous,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew asked, “If the price for ruining someone’s career is $7,500, where’s the accountability?”

One assistant principal at the Bronx high school told probers that Blige told her that several teachers were to be “out” by the end of the school year. Blige ordered her “to start to write up the teachers” negatively from the start of the school year, emphasizing “weaknesses and deficiencies” and minimizing pedagogical strengths.

Another assistant principal told investigators that Blige directed him “to U-rate three teachers regardless of the outcome” of his respective observations.

Mulgrew called Blige “extremely unscrupulous in the way she does her job.”

The two-year investigation was sparked by complaints from numerous teachers. The New York Teacher reported on Blige’s abuses in its April 23, 2009 issue.

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