Posted on June 9, 2009

Curtains for Constantine

New York Post, June 8, 2009

Embattled educator Madonna Constantine has a one-of-a-kind distinction: She’s the professor that not even Columbia could stomach.

A panel of her now-former peers last month voted to uphold the decision of Columbia’s Teachers College to fire Constantine for plagiarizing the work of her students and another professor.

Constantine, who is black and gained brief notoriety in 2007 after a noose was found attached to her office door, says she’s simply a victim of “structural racism” at Columbia.

And her lawyer says he’ll go to court to get her job back–on top of a $200 million defamation lawsuit he’s already filed against her accusers and the university.

Hopefully, the legal system will sort through such matters expeditiously.

Still: If Columbia University wasn’t cowed into backing down, you have to figure the charges against Constantine are pretty solid.