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CAMDEN - LaGreta Brown, an ...
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
Ms. LaGreta Brown, ...
Ms. LaGreta Brown, Principal
South Philadelphia High School
2101 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Asian Americans United » Student Support Team â€“ SASA
Administrative change at SPHS, beginning with the immediate removal of Principal LaGreta Brown.
South Philadelphia High ...
South Philadelphia High School's principal, LaGreta Brown.
LaGreta Brown, the South Philadelphia High School principal who was criticized for her handling of the attacks on a group of mostly Asian students in December, has received a community-service award.
Recipients of the Lucien E. Blackwell Guiding Lights Awards are individuals who contribute greatly to society, said Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who named the awards after her
late husband and presented one to Brown
"I had no doubt that she
should get [the award]," Blackwell said yesterday.
"We believe she's
committed to the students."
Not everyone is as delighted as Blackwell that Brown
received the award.
Attempts to reach Brown
yesterday were unsuccessful, but in March she
defended herself at a School Reform Commission
meeting after an Inquirer editorial cartoon depicted her
asleep on the job while the school was in disarray.
Several people showed up to the SRC meeting, including local NAACP President Jerry Mondesire and principals union president Michael Lerner, to condemn the cartoon and to demonstrate their support for Brown.
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman - who was also among the Blackwell award's 45 honorees - has stood by Brown and her handling of the violence.
Blackwell yesterday reiterated her
support of Brown
"People have problems," she
Principal LaGreta Brown ...
Principal LaGreta Brown heard some sort of disturbance on her walkie-talkie and walked up to the second floor.
Brown had come to South Philly High at the beginning of the school year, arriving from New Jersey with a history of trouble.
In 2006, as principal at Atlantic City High School, she received a vote of "no confidence" from her faculty after allegations she mistreated students and staff.
Then the state attorney general tried to pull her administrative license after charging her with endangering students when, during a small fire at the school, she ordered that the fire alarm be dismantled; those charges were later dismissed. (Brown declined an interview request for this story, saying, "Maybe later.")
arrived on the second floor about 11 a.m., a group of black students saw her
and fled down a stairwell.
Their suspicious behavior led Brown
to "lock down" the school, which meant clearing the halls, locking the bathrooms, and placing school police officers on each floor.
In a more revealing move, she
ordered school police to question any black student who tried to enter the second floor, and ordered that no black students be allowed onto the floor unless they had a specific class there.
The police came, and broke up the melee; Principal Brown arrived afterward.
It's unclear how, exactly, she
became separated from the students, but they say the circumstances left them feeling abandoned.
WEI REACHED FOR his
notebook, full of names and phone numbers for every student he
had welcomed to America in the past two years.
In the weekend after the attacks, he
called each of them, one by one, with a proposal: a boycott.
In the time since his
last attempt at a protest, he
had paid attention during history lessons about the civil rights movement, about equality and nonviolence.
This time, he
would make it work.
It's difficult for anyone with a Western upbringing to grasp what a terrible task he
asked of the students on his
And maybe most significantly, principal LaGreta Brown resigned in May, after it was revealed that her state principal's certification had lapsed.
WTF is up with LaGreta Brown?
How the hell did she
get the job, even after her