David Banks promotes educrat underneath probe for promoting convention tickets, merchandise in aspect hustle

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David Banks promotes educrat underneath probe for promoting convention tickets, merchandise in aspect hustle


The lady tapped this week by college Chancellor David Banks to interchange an ousted prime deputy is underneath scrutiny by the town’s Particular Commissioner of Investigation for her sale of dear conferences together with books and on-line programs in a aspect enterprise, The Publish has discovered.

Miatheresa Pate, a former superintendent of District 23 in Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and elements of East New York, was named “interim government chief” to interchange Carolyne Quintana, the $241,000-a-year deputy who Banks dumped in a significant shakeup.

Pate, 45, will lead a restructuring of the DOE’s instructing and studying division, which runs Banks’ studying initiative.

Chancellor David Banks named Miatheresa Pate, above, “interim government chief” to supervise instructing and studying amid an investigation of her aspect enterprise of promoting conferences, on-line programs, and different merchandise. YouTube Miatheresa Pate
Pate launched the enterprise ETAPS (Govt Coaching and Skilled Companies) final yr. Linkedin Miatheresa Pate

Pate, who made $206,130 per yr earlier than the promotion, shaped a for-profit firm final yr referred to as ETAPS, for Govt Coaching and Skilled Companies.

“Seize this empowering alternative to take a journey as sisters in instructional management,” the corporate urged whereas charging $289.95-a-ticket for an “final management” convention on Saturday, Jan. 20, in West Nyack. She has the same convention scheduled for April 20.

Pate ran a night workshop Feb. 23 on “Loving Whereas Main,” charging $108.55 per ticket for a night devoted to private relationships, and an occasion Friday night time to launch her guide, “To Hell with Work-Life Stability,” for $124.56 per individual.

A LinkedIn publish by Tate selling her enterprise. Linkedin Miatheresa Pate
A Fb publish by a DOE trainer who attended the convention. Linkedin Future Delva

Pate doesn’t have a waiver with the town Conflicts of Curiosity Board to run an outdoor enterprise, a COIB spokesperson mentioned.

Her appointment got here after a criticism despatched Jan. 24 to DOE’s ethics officer Samantha Biletsky alleged that Pate violated battle guidelines by charging admission and different charges to metropolis staff — and for utilizing her DOE title to learn the enterprise and herself.

Banks, DOE basic council Liz Vladeck, and Danika Rux, deputy chancellor of management, acquired copies of the criticism. It was additionally despatched to the SCI, which opened an investigation, data present.

A publish selling Pate’s “Loving Whereas Leaving” night convention. Linkedin Miatheresa Pate

“They’ve recognized about this for months. One has to query the judgment of whoever is making these selections, and the general DOE vetting course of,” mentioned training activist Leonie Haimson.

COIB directions warn educators, “You might not have a second job that places you in private, written, or phone contact with the DOE or any Metropolis staff.”

But photographs posted on Linked-in present DOE academics and principals amongst attendees at Pate’s $289.95-per-person convention in January. 

An Eventbrite advert for Pate’s $124.56-a-ticket guide launch Friday night time. eventbrite

As well as, COIB guidelines state, “you could not use your official DOE place” to financially profit an outdoor employer or oneself. 

Pate hyperlinks to “my web site,” ETAPS, on her LinkedIn web page, which additionally lists her DOE expertise. She cites an official DOE title describing herself as an ETAPS teacher.

“She has fairly openly been promoting the providers she is paid by the taxpayers to offer in her day job, to DOE staff on weekends and evenings at their very own price,” mentioned a veteran trainer accustomed to Pate’s actions.

The DOE defended Chancellor Banks’ determination to advertise Pate. William Farrington

The DOE gave its blessing to Pate’s enterprise, saying she’s going to unspecified COIB “steering,” and defended her promotion.

“Dr. Mia Pate is a sturdy, skilled chief, and he or she is precisely the suitable chief to handle this reorganization,” spokesman Nathaniel Styer mentioned.

Styer wouldn’t say whether or not Pate will get a pay increase. She didn’t return a request for remark.

Pate’s sister, Tammy Pate, can also be a DOE exec, tasked with recruiting companies owned by ladies and minorities to work for metropolis colleges.

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