School big 'bullies' kids
By LACHLAN CARTWRIGHT and YOAV GONEN
Last Updated: 11:25 AM, November 1, 2010
Posted: 1:29 AM, November 1, 2010
A Brooklyn charter school administrator who gave up his old gig in California amid charges that he had been physically and emotionally abusive to students is at it again, fed-up parents told The Post.More on the KIPP Fresno story here.
Just over a year into Chi Tschang's role as assistant superintendent of middle schools for the Achievement First charter school network in Brooklyn, a student’s mother said he aggressively grabbed an 11-year-old boy he was kicking out of class last month.
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"[Tschang’s] not supposed to do that," said the AF Crown Heights mom, who asked to be identified only as Lorna. "He’s supposed to speak with his mouth, not grab him."
Several other parents at the Crown Heights school questioned Achievement First’s judgment in hiring an educator who resigned as head of KIPP Fresno, part of the Knowledge Is Power Program charter network, in February 2009 after an investigation into his disciplinary practices.
Achievement First officials, who have fielded complaints about their strict discipline in the past, stood by Tschang, despite the ruckus raised earlier this year when he took a misbehaving Crown Heights student home in his car.
That incident prompted the network’s co-CEO, Doug McCurry, to write parents a six-page letter in May that qualified Tschang’s move as a misunderstanding of school policy.
The letter also said Achievement First’s review of Fresno’s investigation found it to be factually inaccurate, "bogus" and conducted by a district that was biased against charter schools.
"During his entire tenure in Fresno, Mr. Tschang never hurt a single child," Dacia Toll, co-CEO of the Achievement First network, told The Post. "In fact, he was beloved by the students and parents at his school, so much so that hundreds of them took to the streets to protest his resignation."