Just 25 percent of teachers at MS 158 Marie Curie said their boss, Henry Schandel, allows them any influence over behavior standards, according to city Department of Education surveys.
The dismal figure is 31 percent below the average for the district’s other principals — and 52 percent lower than the citywide number.
Schandel’s school is where a cafeteria beating was videotaped and the student attacker never removed from class, prompting the victim’s mom to speak out at a raucous District 26 meeting last week — and schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to eventually storm off.
The parent of another student, the victim of a classroom sex assault, also was at the meeting to protest the fact that her teen’s attacker was never suspended, either, although he had been arrested.
MS 158 and other teachers in the district attended the meeting en masse to say they were increasingly concerned over the lack of school discipline.
“In District 26, we feel that staffers are no longer respected and supported,” the group said in a statement read to Carranza, district Superintendent Danielle Giunta and members of the district’s parent advisory board — as the audience erupted in applause.
“The lack of accountability and follow-through as related to discipline has caused a lowering of morale and an inability to effectively manage classrooms,” the staffers said.
The 2018-2019 DOE survey of MS 158 teachers showed that in addition to staffers feeling as if they have no say over behavior standards, only 52 percent said Principal Schandel had a clear vision for the school.
The figure is 29 percent lower than the district average and 37 percent less than that citywide, according to the survey of 33 teachers, or about half of MS 158’s classroom educators.
The survey also showed that only 44 percent of MS 158 staffers felt that Schandel “understand how children learn.”
Current and former teachers at MS 158 have told The Post that administrators do not suspend kids and that there is palpable decline at the top-rated school.
“What do people expect is going to happen?” said a veteran Marie Curie teacher. “A kid was on videotape beating up another child, and that wasn’t enough for an out of school suspension. You don’t think other kids see that?”
Carranza and Giunta insisted at the meeting that the district teachers’ concerns are being addressed.
“I can tell you that the number of [student misconduct] incidences are dropping in our schools,” he said, drawing immediate laughter from many in the crowd — most notably from a faction of teachers seated together.
“Nonsense!” yelled a woman who identified herself as a school supervisor in the district.
Another teacher complained that the United Federation of Teachers is failing to advocate for its members.
“Go ask a teacher about the conditions they are working in,” she said. “It’s no secret. We’re alone out here. That’s become pretty clear at this point.”
UFT chief Michael Mulgrew put the blame on school administrators Monday.
“In order for children to learn and teachers to teach, a school must have a safe and orderly environment,” Mulgrew told The Post. “Clearly, the management at the Marie Curie Middle School is not doing its job.”
Schandel did not immediately respond to a request for comment through the DOE on Monday.