Mar 22 2023
Inside PHS: What happened to Mr. Chmiel?
Five days ago, Mr. Chmiel was put on paid leave. The Board of Education, citing New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, have not provided an explanation for his dismissal, but plenty of parents have: we take a look at how the outrage that resulted from the perceived injustice of his situation culminated into an hour-long demonstration on the PHS lawn, and wonder about who's being left out of the conversation.The New Yorker article quoted in the episode is "J. D. Vance, Ron DeSantis, and the G.O.P’s Diverging Paths."Episode corrections:Ms. Birge is the acting co-principal of PHS, not an interim principal.Clarification: although many students and parents have used the word "dismissed" to describe Mr. Chmiel's departure from PHS, he and the administration have clarified that he's on "paid administrative leave."