Parents are enraged by NYC mayoral candidate Eric Adams' campaign-for-credit bid.
Making it a campaign-for-credit scenario for high schoolers instead of pay-to-play.
Despite Department of Education rules barring such political appeals, an email requesting teen volunteers for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' mayoral campaign — and offering phony "classroom credit" in return — was sent to parents from Tottenville High School's official email address this week.
Liz Cutler, a furious mother, told The Washington Post, "Completely outrageous." “How desperate do you have to be in order to recruit adolescents for political gain?” Simply put, it's a kid for a buck.”
The email was sent Tuesday morning to Cutler and the rest of Tottenville's 3,694 school families from the school's dedicated IO Education messaging account. According to Connor Martinez's LinkedIn page, the email was sent on behalf of Connor Martinez, an Adams campaign strategist and former aide to Mayor de Blasio.
PupilPath, a platform where students and parents can track assessments and tasks, and Skedula, a teachers-only scheduling and grading site, received the email and an attached flyer at the same time.
“We are creating a rigorous curriculum in which students... can assist us in electing Eric Adams as the next Mayor of New York City!” Martinez penned an essay.
If violating campaign rules for campaigning inside schools wasn't bad enough, Adams' promise of "classroom credit" seemed to be a total fabrication.
Martinez stated in his missive that those selected as unpaid "campaign fellows" would earn "classroom credit for involvement in the program."
“This is the first I've heard of it,” Assistant Principal William Reynolds, who oversees programming and evaluations, said of the credits-for-campaigning contract. It isn't a school-sponsored program.”
Indeed, Adams' spokesman Evan Thies agreed that the pledge was one that the campaign could not explicitly fulfill.
“Our initiative provides young people with invaluable training that schools and teachers can give as class credit if they so choose,” he said.
Tottenville's post, meanwhile, was in breach of DOE rules in force since 2009.
“It is illegal to use school resources to distribute materials on behalf of a candidate,” confirmed department spokesperson Katie O'Hanlon.
In 2017, de Blasio came under fire after officials at another Staten Island high school, Staten Island Tech, advertised student "internships" with Hizzoner's re-election campaign on the school's Facebook page.
Gina Battista, Tottenville's principal, who is "responsible for ensuring that unauthorized content is not uploaded, circulated, or shown" under the DOE's no-politics laws, did not respond to a request for comment.
Late Friday, the school sent a follow-up letter to parents, apologizing for the "confusion" caused by the campaign note, which was "sent in error."