CAMDEN - LaGreta Brown, an administrator with a history of controversy elsewhere, is working as an administrator at Distinctions in Urban Education Season Charter School, which has had its own recent controversies.
, a longtime Cherry Hill resident, has come under intense criticism for her
mishandling of school violence issues in Philadelphia and also allegedly mishandling fire safety issues in Atlantic City
Season defended the hiring, saying Brown
"Ms. LaGreta Brown is hired as an Interim Administrator at D.U.E. Season Charter
As with all appointments by the Board of Trustees, Ms. Brown is qualified and certified to serve in her position," Olivia Glenn, a spokeswoman for the school, said in an email.
In the same email, Brown
wrote: "I remain committed to serving in public education with professionalism and excellence.
Brown was forced out as principal at South Philadelphia High School in May 2010 when it became clear she did not have an active certification as a principal in Pennsylvania.
By then, she
was already under scrutiny for her
mishandling of a series of violent attacks on Asian students at the school in December 2009.
The violence against Asian students dragged on for months.
Fed up with the unsafe conditions, Asian immigrant students staged a weeklong boycott.
As a result, Brown
was heavily criticized for neglecting to address the concerns of many of the Asian students, who were targeted primarily by African-American students.
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was supposed to step down at the end of the 2010 school year, but the absence of a current principal's certification led to her
(Brown holds current teaching and principal's certificates in New Jersey.)
Brown, who holds a master's degree from Temple University, had a rocky tenure in Atlantic City, where she eventually quit in May 2008 on the eve of being fired on insubordination charges brought by the district's superintendent.
After being hired in the fall of 1999 by Atlantic City, she had her first brush with controversy the next year when a cafeteria worker brought a harassment charge against her.
Instead of showing up for a court hearing, Brown
skipped court and had a warrant issued for her
was next accused of not holding fire drills, suppressing the reporting of fires to public safety officials and falsifying reports.
In 2001, the Atlantic City Fire Department
fined the local school district $10,000 because Brown
allegedly ordered the school's fire alarm system turned off during a trash can fire and then tried to cover it up.
was never criminally charged over the fire issue, the allegations against her
were reviewed by a state administrative law judge, who found the charges were not substantiated.
However, a deputy attorney general for the state's Board of Examiners
for the Department of Education disagreed, challenging Brown's right to continue to be certified as an educator.
But the DOE's
Board of Examiners eventually agreed to let Brown
However, a salary increase was held up and her
eligibility for tenure questioned.
High school teachers held a no-confidence vote for Brown
that passed overwhelmingly.
was removed from Atlantic City High School
and reassigned to lead a special high school for troubled youths and then eventually she
was moved to oversee an elementary school in Atlantic City
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That's where she
was assigned when she
was charged with insubordination, eventually quitting her
position in Atlantic City
just before the board of education there was set to consider firing her
Karen and Joe Duffy, retired Atlantic City High School
teachers, used a series of unflattering adjectives to describe Brown
during a telephone interview.
Karen Duffy also said Brown
dressed her down for reporting a threat note to police, rather than taking it to Brown
Her husband, Joe, rattled off a list of words when asked to describe Brown
: "Belligerent, volatile, vindictive, manipulative."
Joe Duffy said Brown
had references to the woman removed from a graduation program, which Brown
had reprinted at the last minute.
LaGreta Brown, an administrator with a history of controversy elsewhere, is working as an administrator at Distinctions in Urban Education Season Charter School, which has had its own recent