A Bronx principal who landed on the cover of the Daily News amid charges of racism for exclusive black story lessons is at it again.
And, as The News has discovered, Intermediate School 224 Principal Patricia Catania was also accused of injustice at her prior school.
Catania told an English teacher on Feb. 7 to quit teaching kids about the Harlem Renaissance, igniting outrage from students, families and staffers — and call protests opposite the city.
With an central review into that matter still open, Catania dejected the spirits of some-more IS 224 students on Tuesday when she confiscated a print of African-American low-pitched talent Lena Horne that two kids had combined for a category presentation.
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English teacher Mercedes Liriano-Clark pronounced she couldn’t fathom the actions of Catania, 48, who is white and has worked in city schools for 26 years.
“I don’t know! we can’t consider for her,” pronounced Liriano-Clark, 45, who’s worked at the school, where 95% of students are black and Hispanic, for some-more than a decade.
“If she has a personal fight against me, let it be towards me and not towards the children,” Liriano-Clark continued. “The fact that she took kids’ work and hid it in her office, we don’t know because she would do that.”
Liriano-Clark pronounced Catania seized the print combined for a sixth-grade English doctrine as an help and a tyro retrieved it from Liriano-Clark’s car. The print had been left in the automobile after Liriano-Clark brought it to the National Action Network domicile for a convene in criticism of Catania’s progressing try to bar black story lessons from her classroom.
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The 11-year-old girl, who combined the print with a classmate, was brought to tears by the incident, for which Catania has given no explanation, Liriano-Clark said.
“She came to me crying, and she was like, ‘Miss we didn’t get the board. Miss Catania took them divided from me,’ ” Liriano-Clark removed the girl revelation her.
The student, whose name is not being published by The News, pronounced Catania took the print house from her unexpectedly.
“She was like, ‘Oh I’m gonna take it upstairs,’ ” the girl told The News. “She ran inside her bureau and wouldn’t give it back to me. She don’t like me ’cause we like Miss Liriano.”
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Later in the day, Catania returned the print house to the students who done it — but she gave no inkling into because she confiscated it.
Two students and two staffers reliable Liriano-Clark’s and the girl’s criticism of Catania’s actions.
City Education Department officials wouldn’t contend because Catania took the print in the first place. But Bronx superintendent Richard Cintron is being dispatched to the school Wednesday to get to the bottom of the matter.
“The superintendent and his group are going to be at the school tomorrow to examine these concerning allegations and will safeguard any required follow-up movement is quickly taken,” Education Department orator Douglas Cohen pronounced Tuesday afternoon. “The principal reliable that she returned the projects and we’re providing the school village with ongoing support.”
Catania stays in her $154,257 post, even yet students and staffers of tone contend she’s combined a antagonistic sourroundings given she took the pursuit in Dec 2016.
Meanwhile former staffers from Catania’s old school pronounced she targeted black teachers there.
“It is an open secret that the infancy of the University Neighborhood High School African American staff does not have a voice and are targeted for excess,” states a minute former staffers pronounced they sent to the city Education Department in 2013.
The minute then sum a list of “actual incidents demonstrative of influence against Afro-Americans and Hispanics at University Neighborhood High School,” including acts by Catania.
“It’s the same things that she’s doing in the Bronx now,” pronounced one former Neighborhood High School staffer who asked to sojourn anonymous.
City Education Department officials pronounced they investigated the claims against Catania in 2013 but dynamic they were unfounded.
Catania didn’t respond to requests for comment.
The Rev. Kevin McCall, predicament executive at the National Action Network, which is providing support to the students and staffers of IS 224, pronounced Catania should be replaced.
“She’s putting her own self in the pit,” pronounced McCall. “We wish her to continue to show her secular overtones and we wish her to continue to show how extremist she is.”
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