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Million-Dollar Principal: Racial-Bias Claims by Her Staff Cost City $1.2M

Posted 2/14/20

A black Teacher who alleged that the city Department of Education allowed a high school Principal to racially discriminate against her Feb. 6 settled a lawsuit brought on her behalf by Federal prosecutors when the city agreed to pay her $150,000.

The case, which was filed by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in 2016, claimed that during the 2012-2013 school year, Pan American International High School’s former Principal, Minerva Zanca, retaliated against the only black staffers at the school, John Flanagan, Heather Hightower and Lisa-Erika James.

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