Putting Children Last: Unconscionable Violation of Parental Trust Leads To Charges of Multiple Statutory Rapes
August 1, 2013
New Yorkers awoke this morning to the remarkable and horrific news that one Malik Taylor, “a dean at the Business of Sports High School” who “had been working with children for close to a decade” had been charged with and had confessed to multiple charges of statutory rape, among other criminal acts. As he was appointed to the position of dean, any reasonable reader would be forgiven if they assumed Taylor was a teacher.
The reality that a 31 year old man, described as a “former staff member” employed in what one reporter acknowledged as a “position of power”, using such a position to sexually manipulate teenage girls entrusted by the city to his care is, needless to say, reprehensible.
But that is not what is most remarkable about this story. What is most remarkable about the story are the questions that no one — neither reporters nor official city investigators – bothered to ask. What is most remarkable is that the story, seen in it entirety, provides a portal into one of the many hidden and wholly unreported effects of Mike Bloomberg’s much flaunted leadership and organizational reforms: especially the order that transformed principals from educators leading schools into CEO’s running corporations, removed the oversight of superintendents and created the incomprehensible Network as their guiding and mentoring force. The order, that is, that seems to have removed complete accountability from principals, superintendents and the Network.