Brooklyn principal’s racial segregation protest probed under ‘communist activity’ guise
Park Slope Collegiate Principal Jill Bloomberg’s lawsuit claims that she is being investigated over alleged “communist activities" at the school, but it’s really over her advocacy for school de-segregation.
The principal of a progressive Brooklyn secondary school is being probed for protesting racial segregation — all under the guise of investigating “communist activities” on campus, a new lawsuit alleges.
Jill Bloomberg became principal of Park Slope Collegiate in 2004 — one of four public schools on John Jay’s Brooklyn campus. PSC was 85% black and Hispanic in 2014, according to Bloomberg’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Federal Court.
Bloomberg, 53, has long been an outspoken advocate for school de-segregation — sometimes drawing the ire of Department of Education supervisors.
But Bloomberg’s latest advocacy — complaints against the DOE for alleged racial discrimination toward students — has prompted a retaliatory investigation and possible removal, she claims.
In November, the John Jay Campus girls’ volleyball coach told Bloomberg the team was “singled out, humiliated and treated like criminals by the school safety agents at another, predominately white school.”
Bloomberg wrote to DOE officials and NYPD, demanding an apology.
On Jan. 10, Bloomberg sent a “damning complaint” to DOE officials, accusing them of “race discrimination and segregation.”
An investigator met with Assistant Principal Carla Laban, and allegedly said the inquiry was related to “communist activities taking place at the school,” court papers claim.
Laban was given a list of names — including Bloomberg’s — and asked whether she had seen anyone on there “engaging in communist activities,” the suit alleges.
Laban allegedly realized the investigation was “retaliation” for Bloomberg’s complaint and said after a March 16 PTA meeting Bloomberg was under investigation.
A city Law Department spokesman said Bloomberg’s complaint is under review.