A Brooklyn public school principal who ignited a firestorm of controversy after banning the Pledge of Allegiance and Santa Claus will now be able to spread her leftist cultural views more broadly after landing a new job.
The New York Post reports that EuJin Tang, formerly the principal of Public School 169 located in Sunset Park, has taken a position with the Department of Education’s Division of Multilingual Learners as of Sept. 1. According to an email Tang sent to school staff in August, she will be “leading coaches to improve instruction in middle schools through an equity lens.”
“Ms. Tang has over 15 years of experience and will bring a wealth of knowledge to her new role supporting multilingual learners in our school communities,” Education Department spokeswoman Sarah Casasnovas said, according to The Post, which added that some within the New York public school system were bewildered by the job change.
“While we’re delighted to have a new principal, we are troubled that someone with such bad judgment and poor performance has been elevated to a position in which she can do wider damage to the education of children. This promotion helps explain why NYC public education is in such bad shape,” one “insider” who spoke to the paper said.
The Education Department denied that Tang was promoted; The Post noted that her salary as a principal was $166,648 in 2o20, while she’s now being paid $156,274 as an Education Administrator.
Formerly known as Eujin Jaela Kim, Tang caused a stir immediately after arriving at Sunset Park School in May 2014 with a series of leftist cultural changes including banning any mentions of Santa and Christmas. And instead of celebrating Thanksgiving, that holiday was to be referred to as a “harvest festival.” And she also barred the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, which was made over the school’s public address system every day.
She went on, ordering teachers to clean out “clutter” in their classrooms to include books. And in 2016, she mandated the scrapping of more than 1,000 desks, replacing them with tables in classrooms for students to sit at.
In 2019, several parents were outraged over swim lessons at a pool in Manhattan in which second-grade children shared a communal locker room with naked adults. Reports noted that Tang mandated the swim lessons but after multiple complaints, she agreed to allow parents to opt their kids out of the lessons, The Post reported.
In December 2015, following an expose by the paper, Santa Claus and the Pledge were brought back to Sunset Hills School.
“District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stormed in the front door at 9:50 a.m., and minutes later, two fifth-grade boys were brought to the main office to lead a recital over the public address system of the Pledge of Allegiance, teachers told The Post,” the paper reported.
During Tang’s tenure at PS 169, state testing results fell compared to performances in other schools. For instance, The Post reported, scores on English language arts tests fell to the 61st percentile “citywide in 2014” to 32nd by 2019, as math scores “went from the 72nd percentile to 54th,” according to Dept. of Education data.
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