16 Philly principals lack credentials


Philly schools find out Principals lack certification to be principals because a delinquent principal (LaGreta Brown) allowed racially charged violence against asian students to erupt in her school for days on end.

School officials in Philadelphia say 16 city principals lack proper state certification but won’t face any disciplinary action if they get up to date.

Officials at the School District of Philadelphia say the missing certifications were discovered following the resignation of the principal at a high school plagued by racially charged violence.

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman says the district failed to do its job monitoring certifications…

via District: 16 Philly principals lack credentials – CBS 21 News – Breaking news, sports and weather for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area.

Brown was last seen still bungling the handling of the Black on Asian violence that had ravaged the community within South Philadelphia High School.

Hao Luu’s troubles began Dec. 2 when, Asian activists say, he was accosted in the hall of South Philadelphia High by a student who yanked the earphones out of his ears.

After school that day, Luu was followed by 10 to 15 students and beaten so badly that he vomited.

What followed over the next two months outraged Asian advocates: Luu was ordered transferred from the school, despite having won his case at a disciplinary hearing. He was accused of being in a gang, an allegation strongly denied by his family. At one point, officials accused Luu of taking part in a fight in 2008 – a time when he was living in Virginia, according to his family and supporters.

The case of Luu, a 17-year-old immigrant student from Vietnam, shines light on how the school district is handling students accused of playing a role in the violence that enveloped the school Dec. 3.

Yesterday, Luu’s grandmother Suong Nguyen testified to the School Reform Commission, seemingly stunned by how her grandson’s life has unfolded since Dec. 2. She was one of 19 to address the commission on the attacks on students at South Philadelphia High.

“Please, ladies and gentlemen,” she said tearfully, speaking through a translator, “reveal Hao’s case and help him clear from the wrongful accusations. . . . We would like to request for Hao’s reputation to be restored.”

She said that principal LaGreta Brown had promised to send a letter clearing Luu of any wrongdoing or gang affiliation, but that none had been received.

via Asians tell of anguish over S. Phila. attacks | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/18/2010.