"It has created a hostile work environment, and morale is at an all-time low, not just with support staff, but teachers, too," one person said. "No matter. What we stated in our complaint to Sanchez is an ongoing violation of state and federal mandates, ..."
There is no protection for whistleblowers in Pima County, you are already beginning to find that their legal counsel knows a lot more about creating an ongoing hostile work environment for whistleblowers, losing evidence and complaints, and drafting whatever position statement against those wronged that will get them a minimum investigation (if any at all) from a state or federal investigatory agency.
Worse yet, many legal counsel within those state and federal agencies have worked side by side with the institution's legal counsel and it is assured that justice and legal protection will be denied to the victims sooner or later. No one is looking out for them on either side.
If the institution or it's counsel had any concern that the laws may actually be upheld, the complaint would have been looked into asap and not been "lost". The whistleblowers should be aware that legal counsel has already chosen a course of action, six months ago, and that the hostile work environment and retaliation is their counsel's response.
I truly believe she loves Arizona, but I don't think she looks at it with the same values that many of the rest of us hold dear. We move on with the important question, forward to greater times or more of the same? Decision time Arizona!
Refreshing conversation...I enjoyed it.
My comment above should have included another topic. What are the current enrollments population of both Hispanic and African American students? Have the percentage numbers of these two minority groups change in the past 2-5 years? Would suspensions of different ethnic groups been a reflection of changing statistics? Have comparisons of the aforementioned ethnic groups as opposed to whites, Native, Asian et al been cited?
I am wondering if the author of this article did any research in these subjects?
Is Clash the first African American principal at Tucson High School? Are the five "whistle-blowers" Hispanic? Have any of the five "whistle-blowers" ever worked under the supervision of an African-American?
These questions are vital ones that the article's author, whose name appears to be Hispanic, SHOULD have addressed; interviews with the persons involved would have been the time to ask these type of questions. The answers would certainly explain some of the "whistle-blowers" reactions to Clash
I wish him well. In fact, I think his chances of being drafted are excellent. One of his former adversaries, Kemba Walker (who played point guard for my almamater's UConn Huskies) is about the same size; he's had a stellar season with the Charlotte Bobcats - averaging 18 points a game, 5.7 assists, and about 5 rebounds.
Providence plays aggressive basketball. When UConn was in the Big East, the Friars always gave the Huskies a hard time, unlike the Wildcats who have never managed to beat the Huskies. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Todd, your biased opinion on our government enforcing immigration law (which most countries do) might change if it was YOUR Social Security number that was being used illegally. Identity Theft is a huge issue in our country and a lot of it can be attributed to illegal aliens using them. Eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of illegal aliens in their total population are among the top 10 states in identity theft (Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, New York, Georgia, and Colorado).
If you still do not feel this is a important issue concerning illegal aliens, Can I used your Social Security number to get a loan? I promise I won't ruin your credit....
What did Law Enforcement ever do do you Todd? This is second negative leaning piece authored by you concerning law enforcement in about a month. Did you ever think of blaming people that are breaking federal law and they are the reason for the over crowded immigration prison system and not the Law Enforcement Officers, Prison Guards, and Judicial System?
Comparing our immigration laws to "Jim Crow" laws is like comparing any US president to Hitler. There is no comparison. You can disagree with our immigration laws, but comparing them to Jim Crow laws is just dumb.. I really hope your book has more balanced approach to this issue, but reading your opinion pieces in the Weekly, I will not hold my breath...
However, maybe I am overreacting to the issue of millions of people illegal entering and staying in our country. Unlawfully being present in our country is comparable to jay walking to some people. It must be the fault of our Law Enforcement Officials that they are just getting in their way....
Border Patrol: Immigrant attacks agent near Encino
Darlene will save us from SkyNet.
He definitely missed the irony that Rich Watson pointed out, a transient against transients.
I have been here for ten years and I have certainly felt the squeeze of a bad economy and I definitely have concerns about the water (most people probably aren't or weren't aware that we have the largest resovoir of water than any city in the US, enough for a year). Honestly, it just sounds like he and his wife didn't dig the vibe and that's fine. The best part about it is that they moved out of here. This place isn't for everyone. Sure, it could be the heat, it could be the magnetic north for bums is Speedway and Stone but instead of being that couple that complains and never left, did, for me, it was all the examples of their 'ties' here that left me puzzled. Very odd read. I was left thinking, Um...ok?
I am a former Campus Monitor Liaison at Tucson High of 8 1/2 years, 13 1/2 total with TUSD. I went to the board and Pedicone in Sept of 2012 and asked why the postion was being eliminated when it was so successful. I asked that Pedicone meet with my three co-workers and myself and explain this decision, he did. A little less than a week later I was called in by Clash and told that I had embarrassed her with my actions. Then over a month later, after Thanksgiving I was called in again by Clash and accused of accessing pornographic pictures on a school computer- I DID NOT. In mid- December I was given a choice- resign or be terminated, I resigned. Retaliation- yes, help from the district? No, from either assitant superintendant Morado or Pedicone. I was never told the time I was suposed to have accessed the photos or the name of the person from the district who was supposed to have "alerted" Clash. I am of Hispanic descent(my father is white) like most who have been targeted by Clash. Sad to say I am glad to be out of THS and TUSD, I miss my friends and the children but the smell from the rotting corpse that is TUSD is just to overwhelming for me to ever consider going back, as I had originally planned. TUSD Truth is correct, the flagship of TUSD is sinking and Clash is firing all the torpedoes.
This place will be gone soon...like Toby Keith at Tucson Mall.
The community must ensure that these five "whistleblowers" are not fired!
Dr. H.T. Sanchez stood before the Governing Board at the Board Meeting of March 11, 2014, chastising the media, stating several times that it was time to move on. It made for good amateur theater. He especially called out the Arizona Daily Star for their coverage of his maneuvering of the hefty consultant contract that went to his crony- Cathy Mincberg- all the while insisting that no crime had been committed. Crime or not, he does not see that cronyism in Tucson does not fly as it might in Texas. As the Star reported on this issue last weekend, Sanchez changed his story from what he had initially stated, which I suppose should give us all the confidence that it is “time to move on.” NOT! We all know how much credibility is given to those who manipulate information and change their story to accommodate themselves.
As Sanchez continued with his “Superintendent’s Report,” he announced that an internal investigation would be conducted by the Legal Department on the procurement process which resulted in Mincberg’s just under $100,000 contract. The Chief Legal Counsel, who heads up the legal department, reports directly to Sanchez and the Governing Board. Does anyone else see a conflict in having a subordinate investigate their boss? Does anyone see a conflict in the TUSD legal department- with the job of legally defending the District- examining any matter in a unbiased manner? NOT! Could one ever expect that the Legal Department could actually find and report that something illegal has occurred ? At the end of his presentation , Sanchez’ solid three (Kristel Foster, Adelita Grijalva, and Cam Juarez) affirmed their unwavering support for their single candidate selectee. So many of us expected so much more than a rubber-stamp Board majority.
Now that we know what we know, it is no wonder that Sanchez lost the complaint that was submitted to him six months ago; lost or ignored the outcome is the same- which is the total sum of nothing; except continued harm to employees and students. It appears that Sanchez is too busy politicizing his administrative ploys to pay attention to anything else.
Ms. Herreras, thank you for exposing what is going on at Tucson High. Many in the community know that our flagship is gradually being allowed to sink. It is an intolerable situation. Employees, thank you for your courage. Community, we all need to pay attention! We have a “smooth operator” playing games with OUR school district. Sanchez says to “buy out of the noise” but his desire for silence will go unsatisfied. It is not time for any of us to “move on” or be silenced! It is time for us to stay on each and every issue and make whatever level of noise is needed to expose and correct problems.
My son was there and saw, felt and heard it. Condolences to those who got hurt and and the families of those who died.
Did anyone really, truly believe this foundation would give away money they raised? She's a phony, just like the foundation.
I lived in Tucson for 25 years. Went to elementary, middle, high school there and eventually UofA to get a degree in Computer Science. I worked at IBM for almost 5 years, and eventually left Tucson for much much better job opportunities in the pacific northwest. One of Tucson's many problems is retaining it's graduates. I've read several articles that claim "education" is the answer, but there are is no tech job market in Tucson. When I was living there, I wanted to buy a house in the city, but housing prices were out of my range. It never made sense to me that Tucson allowed so many communities to build outside the city limits. It's obvious it's un-sustainable as there are so many unfinished KB Home and DR Horton projects. At the same time, you have politicians focusing on discriminating against gays instead of looking at Tucson's real problems. Great job Arizona on putting yourself on the national radar making yourself less appealing to the youth and tech businesses.
MAS is a total waste of money. They have bused the teachers, students, and tried every trick in the book except the one that works. Be proficient in the english language and culture before studying specialized courses. It worked for generations of other "immigrants."
First of all, many of the names that have been submitted thus far doesn't appeal to me nor most others, such as a name like Matt Lauer. He needs to retire and take time off and figure where he can be a better fit. His downfall on TODAY was his quest to ask too many questions to too many people about too many items, many personal. This type of entertainment, if you can call it that is about as dumb as one who thinks entertainment is Saturday Night Live and now even the Tonight show with Fallon. This isn't humor, it's off the wall far-from-funny stuff.
Alex will be hard to replace when he does retire, which if you read other articles, he's not retiring. This was overblown, like what the media does often. His replacement needs to be a person (male or female) who is educated, has a nice personality, and a bit of humor if you really need a light word or two such as Alex comes across with.
Television if they're smart, will find someone with Alex's credentials. So for now, leave him alone. Enjoy his show and the months, years he has left there. THANK YOU
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