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Sci Report for 10-18-11

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CITYOFNEWYORK
THESPECIALCOMMISSIONEROF'INVESTIGATIONFORTHENEWYORKCITYSCHOOLDISTRICT
80MAIDENLANE,20THFLOORNEWYORK,NEWYORK10038RICHARD
J.
CONDON
SPECIALCOMMISSIONER
TELEPHONE:(212)510-1400FAX:(212)510-1550
WWW.NYCSCI.ORG
October18,2011Hon.DennisM.WalcottChancellorNewYorkCityPublicSchoolsDepartmentofEducation52ChambersStreet,Room314NewYork,NY10007Re:LennySpeillerSCICase#2011-1341DearChancellorWalcott:AninvestigationconductedbythisofficehassubstantiatedthatDepartmentofEducation("DOE")OfficeofPublicAffairsDirectorLennySpeillercausedDOEparentcoordinatorstopromoteapartisanpoliticalpositionthroughlanguageinapetitionseekingthepoliticalsupportofstudents,parents,andcommunitymemberstorepealtheNewYorkStateEducationLawsenioritylayoffprovisionsrelatingtoteachers.
1
ThisinvestigationbeganonMarch22,2011,whentheOfficeoftheSpecialCommissionerofInvestigation("SCI")receivedcorrespondence,datedMarch17,2011,fromUnitedFederationofTeachers("UFT")PresidentMichaelMulgrew,forwardedbyUFTSpecialCounselAdamRoss?MulgrewallegedthattheDOEimproperlydirectedparentcoordinatorstosolicitthepoliticalsupportofstudents,parents,andcommunitymemberstorepealtheNewYorkStateEducationLawsenioritylayoffprovisionsrelatingtoteachersand,indoingso,violatedarticleVII,§8(1)oftheConstitutionofNewYork
1
Speillerwasnotreassignedasaresultofthisinvestigation.
2
Copiesofalldocuments,includinge-mailmessagesandothercorrespondencereferredtointhisreport,wereobtainedbySCIinvestigators.
 
Hon.D.M.Walcott
-2-
October18,2011Statewhich"expresslyprohibit[ed]theuseofpublicresourcesforsuchprivatepolitical
purposes."
Mulgrewreportedthatparentcoordinatorswereinstructedtodistributepetitionswhich"presentedone-sidedpropagandaandencouragedthepublictonotifyelectedofficialsoftheirsupportoftheDOE'spartisanposition"toeliminatethesenioritystatute.MulgrewalsoassertedaviolationofNewYorkStateCivilServiceLaw§107whichprohibitedcertainactivitiesbyofficersandemployees.Ontwooccasions,SCIinvestigatorsmetwithDOEOfficeforFamilyInformation
&
Action("OFIA")ExecutiveDirectorOjedaHallwhoexplainedthatOFIA'smissionwastoengagefamilies,educatethem,andpreparetheirchildrenforcollegeandcareers.
4
OFIAsoughttoaccomplishthosegoalsthroughparentcoordinators,CommunityBasedOrganizations,FaithBasedOrganizations,andschoolleadershipteams.Hallsaidthat,sometimeinJanuary2011,shehadaconversationwithOFIASeniorEducationRelationshipManagerMelissaHarrisaboutthepossibilityofpreparingapetitionfor"LobbyWeek."Halladdedthat,onFebruary28,2011,Harrissenta"benign"copyofapetitiontoDOEDeputyLegalCounselRobinGreenfieldforapproval.OnMarch11,2011,HarrisandOFIAEducationalRelationshipManagerJaclynBerrymanattendedameetingwithDirectorofPublicAffairsLennySpeillerwhochangedthewordingofthepetition,creatingasecondpetitionwhichnowread:Therefore,weurgeourelectedleadersto:ProvideNewYorkCitywithit's
[sic]
fairshareofstatefundsandrestoretheproposedcutstoourpublicschools;RejecttheState'sproposedchangestoBuildingAid,whichwilldelaytheconstructionofthousandsofnewschoolseatsinourneighborhood;andAllowtheCitytokeepit's
[sic]
mosteffectiveteachersbyendingtheState's"LastIn,FirstOut"["LIFO"]policy,allowingteacherstoberetainedbasedontheirperformance,ratherthanjustseniority.AccordingtoHall,atthemeeting,BerrymanexpressedherdisapprovalofthereferencetoLIFO,butSpeillerdisagreed,andindicatedthathedidnotthink
it
wouldbeaproblem.HallexplainedthatOFIAstaffreliedonSpeillertofinalizethepresentationofthepetition.Hallwasnotawarethatthefirstversionofthepetitionwentouttoalimitednumberofparentcoordinators.However,Hallacknowledgedthatsuchanactionwouldhavebeenconsistentwithwhatwasinitiallyplanned.OnMarch16,
2011,
Halllearned
3
In
thecourseoftheinvestigation,SCIreceivedcorrespondencefromNewYorkStateAssemblyMemberDeborahJ.Glickwholodgedasimilarcomplaint.AsecondallegationreportedbyAssemblyMemberGlickwasnotsubstantiated.
4
InSeptember2011,HallleftherpositionatOFIA.
 
Hon.D.M.Walcott-3-October18,2011thatthesecondpetitionhadbeendisseminatedto400parentcoordinators.Hallsaidthatshedidnotseeorapprovethesecondversionofthepetitionbecauseshewasnotcopiedonthee-mailmessagewhichdistributedit.Halldidnotrecallreadingane-mailmessagefromHarris,datedMarch14,2011,withtheupdatedlanguagetobeusedonthesecondpetition.AccordingtoHall,inasubsequentconversationwithher,Speillerclaimedthathe"didnotthinkthatparentcoordinatorswouldbeusedfordisseminatingthepetition."Onthreeoccasions,SCIinvestigatorsspokewithOFIAEducationalRelationshipManagerJaclynBerrymanwhoreporteddirectlytoOFIASeniorOrganizerforCommunityStrategicPartnershipsMelissaHarris.Berrymansaidthat,sometimeinNovember2010,shehadadialoguewithHarrisabout"LobbyWeek"whichwastobeheldfromMarch21throughMarch25,2011.BerrymanexplainedthattheoriginalplanwastotraveltoAlbanythatweek,butalackoffundingputanendtothatidea.Berrymanaddedthat,sometimebetweenlateJanuary2011andearlyFebruary2011,aparentwhoattendedanOFIAmeetingsuggestedthatapetitionbepresentedinordertorepresenttheparentsontheissueofbudgetcuts.Berrymancontinuedthat,onFebruary28,2011,apetitionwasauthoredandsentto"DOELegal"forapproval.AccordingtoBerryman,subsequently,"HarriswastoldthatweneededtoruntheinformationbyLennySpeiller."OnMarch11,2011,BerrymanandHarrismetwithSpeillerandhisassistant,ElizabethHaskins,attheDOEcentralheadquartersattheTweedbuilding.Atthemeeting,Speillerpresented"bulletpointstobeeditedintothepetition."Berrymanreportedthat,"Speillersaidthat,ifwedonotaddtheLIFOsentence,thepoliticiansandparentswouldnotknowwhatwearefor."TheimmediatereactionbyBerrymanandHarristoSpeiller'sproposedversionwasthat"itwasawkwardandtheparentcoordinatorswouldbegettingthispetitionandtheyworkwiththeteachers."BerrymansaidthatsheandHarris"crossedout"portionsofSpeiller'sproposedpetitionwhichtheybelievedshouldhavebeenremoved.Berrymanexplainedthat,normallywhenpetitionswereleftinAlbany,"leavebehinds"or"policypapers"accompaniedthepetitiontoinformtherecipientaboutthereasonsbehindthedocument.AccordingtoBerryman,Speiller'sideawastoincludethelanguageforLIFOdirectlyinthepetitionratherthanina"leavebehind"or"policypaper."Berrymanreportedthat,withSpeiller'sedits,thepetitionwasfinalizedonMarch14,2011,andonMarch15,2011,itwasdisseminatedtotheparentcoordinators.Berrymanfeltthatthe"OFIAstaffwasmisledbySpeiller."Onthreeoccasions,SCIinvestigatorsinterviewedOFIASeniorOrganizerforCommunityStrategicPartnershipsMelissaHarriswhosaidthat,onFebruary1,2011,therewasaprofessionaldevelopmentmeeting,attendedbyparentsandparentcoordinators,wheretheGovernor'sproposedbudgetandthehostingof"LobbyWeek"wasdiscussed.Harrisexplainedthat,inthepast,thereweretripstoAlbany,butatthemeetingtheydiscussedusingpetitionsand"leavebehinds"or"policypapers."Harris

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