State school chief tells Hempstead school board to fix improvement plan
The state schools chief says Hempstead School District’s plan to turnaround schools is not good enough.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia attended Thursday night's school board meeting saying the school board is not doing enough to protect students and fix major problems including school safety, harassment and gang-related violence.
She also added that the inadequate teacher training is a critical issue not being addressed.
Elia is now demanding monthly progress reports from the school board, especially from Hempstead High School.
The Hempstead School Board voted a couple weeks ago to place their superintendent, who was hired to fix these problems, on administrative paid leave.
There is also still the possibility the state could decide to put their own outside manager in charge of the high school.
Officials are reviewing student records to see if children are on track to graduate.