Her white privilege is showing.
Beacon High School Principal Ruth Lacey gives students her blessing to stage sit-ins and walk-outs against inherent advantages at the Hell’s Kitchen school, where nearly half the kids are white. But she squeezes their well-heeled parents for cash donations.
“It will take $400,000 — and together our community can do it,” Lacey wrote to parents last fall.
Lacey endorses the PTA’s non-stop fundraisers. Pitching in are celebs such as “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who has a child in the school; HBO comedian Judy Gold, whose son attended for three years; and show-biz pals Matthew Broderick, Christine Lahti and Chris Noth. Broderick and Noth performed students’ one-act plays at one fundraiser.
In a required disclosure to the DOE, the Beacon PTA reported a stash of $685,767 in 2018, putting it alongside the city’s most prosperous parent groups in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Park Slope — a handful raising $1 million or more.
Parents in poor areas raise a pittance, some less than $100. More than 20 schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant reported a combined $10,278 total.
“I find it hypocritical that Principal Lacey supports social-justice activism against ‘white privilege,’ but gladly accepts our green dollars,” one parent griped.
Lacey, 75, has also accepted luxury gifts from generous parents, sources told The Post. Among the tokens of appreciation: a cashmere sweater, designer handbag, leather gloves and pashmina wrap — all in her favorite color, hot pink.
Under city Department of Education rules, employees may receive only “gifts that are principally sentimental in nature and of small financial value.” The DOE said it was “unaware” of the gifts. Lacey did not respond to questions.
In October, soon after the school year began, Lacey told parents the school needed to raise the $400,000 for extra-curriculars as well as college admission counseling.
“Beacon has planned for 59 clubs and will field more than 20 teams throughout the year. We must again lean on our community to make these programs possible,” she wrote.
Parent funds also pay for science supplies, college office services such as “essay tutoring,” sports team tournament fees and referees, “and so much more,” she wrote.
The PTA says parent donations “ENTIRELY” subsidize the after-school clubs, where teachers get paid overtime to stay late.
Last fall, the PTA granted a teacher’s request for $500 to start a “Dungeons & Dragons” club, records show. In December, it approved $700 to buy a sewing machine and supplies for the fashion club.
Sports also rely on parent pocketbooks, the PTA said. It warned that a shortfall “will mean shorter playing seasons … less playing time… reduced travel for competitions … equipment repaired less frequently.”
Another newsletter declared, “To be clear, an excellent sports program such as we have at Beacon costs money — and it’s not the DOE that funds it. It’s all of us.”
The DOE disputed the claims Saturday, saying the PTA “does not fund” staff in the college office, athletic department or for after-school clubs, but refused to elaborate. Officials said Beacon is budgeted for $14 million this year.
While Beacon students bemoan the plight of peers in poorer schools, their moms and dads hold fancy galas in their homes and hot spots. At the Winter Wine Tasting in December, parents forked over $45 a person to get into a West Village townhouse, and bought cases of wine with the school getting 10% of the revenues. It raised $6,000 last year.
At the Auction Gala last April in Murray Hill’s trendy Cutting Room, a theatre and bar co-owned by Sex and the City’s Noth, parents bid on a plethora of donated prizes such as dinner for two, show tickets and backstage passes, a photoshoot or a week at someone’s “second home.”
Parents also bid up to $500 to win their son or daughter a private “Lunch with Lacey,” the principal.
When the citywide data on PTA fundraising was released in December, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza was careful not to offend rich PTAs like Beacon’s, but frowned at the contrast with poorer parent groups.
“We are thankful for and greatly value these contributions, but in some instances, and without clear intent, these systems can also perpetuate or exacerbate disparities in opportunities for students,” he said.
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