There is a similar situation at Pueblo HS! HT met with their staff recently!
TW, please do not abandon these whistle blowers or close the comments section at TUSD counsel's request. This retaliation against TUSD whistle blowers requires the public to take a closer look at TUSD's legal counsel, counsel is aware that allowing a hostile work environment to persist is wrong (and unlawful), what excuse could they have for allowing the complaint to be "lost" and failing to take proactive and responsible action? Negligence to perform one's legal duty to protect and uphold the law is an injustice to the entire staff, students, school reputation and taxpayers. Upholding the law is the best shield against class action and ill public perception.
After working for TUSD for 13 years, then being fired along with the entire faculty and staff for our school "underperforming." (and as it turned out we were NOT underperforming, it was a political move on the part of an assistant superintendent), no amount of corruption surprises me.
Though our firing was unwarranted, unethical, and the result of a corrupt alliance between the asst. supt. and the principal of another school, God protected me and I wound up in a much better situation.
If your kid has disciplinary problems at Tucson High, or any TUSD school, the main issue isn't how the "punishment" is netted out (I would guess it is to help the student so that he/she can function in society), but the main issue is that the child has a conduct issue. I can see some parents blaming the principle, saying, "well, the black kids get away with a lot, my kid always gets punished it's not fair."
No, it is not fair to other students that your child is disrupting schoolwork and activities. And if the principle "goes easy" on some black students, then they just continue on thinking their behavior is OK, and it gets them in trouble down the line when there isn't a friendly principle to help them avoid dealing with the issues.
I think there is an attitude among some in Tucson, who want to blame everything on racism.
Behavioral problems: racism
Education achievement problems: racism
Kids get bored in class: the curriculum is racist
With all the finger pointing, it would be hard for a sense of community to develop at Tucson High.
It is shameful for anyone in a position to lead teachers and support staff to abuse their power! Regardless of race! If past or present superintendents are failing principals, teachers, laisons, monitors, and suppor staff then WE tax payers should become involved, so that our children are attending schools fully staffed by staff by adults who have their best interest at heart! So, perhaps in the future AZ does not rank as one of the worst states for raising children!
As THS Alumni '11, I can attest on behalf of the liasions. Having liasions on campus was like having family who protected you or helped you get your head on straight. They all served as mediators and mentors not just as security. It's really disheartening to see that they are labeled as "hall monitors" when in reality, they brought so much more to the THS community. Abel Morado, as well as other THS staff know the worth of the THS liasions simply because they made life easier. I sincerely hope that the voices of these staff members are heard and not suppressed as they have been for these past 6 months. THS (and other high schools) could benefit from the knowledge that these people carry within, but unfortunately, they are just hall monitors.
As a veteran Tucson High teacher, I am saddened by the fact that the only way to get any help with the crisis at our school is through the press. A lot of us have tried to go through the district with our concerns and found that no one wanted to listen to us.
The leadership vacuum at our school is a ticking time bomb. While others may argue that Dr. Clash's cronyism is a sign of chauvinism, I would argue that it is a sign of someone confronted with challenges so far over her head that she is simply grasping for the familiar.
We had our first real faculty meeting in three years recently. The room was filled with angry teachers. There is no tardy policy at the school and no phone number to call in an emergency that gets answered on a consistent basis. Teachers need these simple things to do our jobs.
Is it to much to ask to say we need a principal who is willing to consult with us? Many of us are ready and willing to help an administration succeed. But we can't do it if our offers of help are ignored.
Clearly, Dr. Clash has to go. Please send us someone who cares more about education than their own self -image.
One commenter asked for more information about the Network for Public Education. For those interested, here are the links.
Network for Public Education: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org
NPE News Briefs: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/n… (You can get the news briefs in daily emails by Subscribing in the right hand column.)
NPE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/networkforpublice… ("Like" the page, and individual news briefs will arrive on your FB page throughout the day.)
How exactly are public schools "Nest eggs and trust funds for teachers"?
That statement makes absolutely no sense. You should become a more informed person, before you start spouting foolishness on a public forum. Sadly there are many who feel similarly and who are similarly misinformed. I am in my eighth year of teaching and I work another part time job as well as tutor to make ends meet for my family. I spend my own money to provide supplies for many of my students who come to school without them, and I spend my own money to purchase books for my classroom library to encourage my students to read by providing them with choices of what they would like to read. I have paid for lunches for students who cannot afford them and work evenings, some weekends, and a portion of every break that I get to provide quality lessons that will engage my students and motivate them to learn. How is it possible that teachers are the problem? The teachers who I know and who I have encountered work above and beyond their contract, use their own money, and never quit on their students. That should be appreciated and not looked down on.
It's true that under Morado there was a huge slant in the other direction. We had many conversations with him simply asking the boys soccer coach to coach in English, he refused to address this in any way.
I am grieved to see uninformed people casually discussing the merits of tossing aside a system of public school education that has been the envy of the world. I work closely with hundreds of public school teachers and assure you they are working at unsustainable levels to comply with senseless, draconian mandates issued by people who know nothing about the developmental needs of children, nothing about teaching in challenging settings, and nothing about creating the conditions necessary for learning. But since everyone has been to school, they feel entitled to weigh in on the matter, even if they have not stepped foot inside a school for many years.
I'd like to see more information about the Network for Public Education and its members.
I didn't know about NPE but am sure glad they exist. http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org
As a classroom teacher, then teacher educator, now retired, I have watched the increasingly aggressive take-over by corporate interests—textbook sellers and testing agents (Pearson most notably)—to the detriment of student learning and welfare. I see really good, caring, teachers stymied by the increasingly onerous teach-to-the-test constraints that prevent them from teaching-the-child. Good teaching is done by good teachers. Good teachers come from top-notch teacher-training institutions that include extensive, supervised practicum and internship components. Set high standards for those institutions, as we do for medical schools, then trust the teachers who emerge from them to make the curricular decisions that will meet the needs of the particular students who walk through their classroom doors.
There may be a new principal with a different skin tone since I worked at Tucson High, but the same kind of shit is happening. The difference is that under Abel Morado, everyone who worked there was required to pledge their allegiance to Raza Studies. If you didn't, he and his cronies retaliated against you.
At one point, Raza Studies teacher Curtis Acosta got pissed off at one counselor and decided to tell all the students in his classes that the counselors were racists and told them to write to write letters of outrage to their parents. The counselors met with Acosta, who did not have the decency to offer an apology. After I objected to this in an email to the staff, I was immediately suspended for three weeks. When I returned I was told that if I told anyone else about Acosta's actions, I would be terminated. Acosta, who should have been fired, was not even suspended or (to the best of my knowledge) disciplined at all. I sought the help of district administration only to be ignored. I met with Employee Relations guy Shannon Roberts and Marcia McGaskill, the EEO officer for the district. Each one promised to help, but did nothing. Before I left TUSD for good this past fall due to hostile work conditions, I sought help from Dr. Sanchez. He did not respond. I then contacted Assistant Superintendent Adrian Vega's office. His secretary told me I would have to see Dr. Morado, who by then had been promoted to Assistant Superintendent. I explained that Dr. Morado was part of the problem. She just said, "Sorry, you have to talk to Dr. Morado".
TUSD is simply awful. It will not get better until the "three amigos" on the board are voted out or recalled and a real leader comes in and cleans out the corruption in the central administration.
These voices need to be heard over and over by more and more people to rid public schools of the current terribly damaging testing and prescribed curriculum. Good schools and good teachers, of which the US has actually had many in the past, have always continued to find ways to improve. Current curriculum mandates, extensive testing, and draconian policies are not improvements, are in fact destroying our public school system and severely harming our young people (our future adult generations) and their teachers.
Public educators fighting to save public education. Perhaps Superintendent Huppenthal should take notice and do likewise.
Isn't this sweet. This school district (like Tucson) is being run like a rural Mexican village. Guess the local Hispanics are not getting along with the black TUSD students.
The safety of our children is the most important thing. I doubt very many administrators have the time or desire to deal with student issues like bullying, fights, drugs on a daily basis. Most likely their concentration is in keeping the population count up in order to keep funding and it seems fueling their own personal agendas. We should have designated employees to deal with discipline and security. So bring back those who took care of that and took the time to talk and listen to students. I remember the Liaisons calling parents to notify them of problems they had noticed their son/daughter having, as well as investigating any threat or parent concern. Discipline should be based on the behavior of the student not the race. Tucson High did have a very good and effective African-American principal in the past. So, Bess Jones your questions would certainly explain some of your reactions to the "whistle blowers" since your name appears to be non-Hispanic.
When the superintendent of a public school actively pushes for vouchers, he needs to get out of public education and join the Gates/Broad/Walton crowd. Vouchers do not help poor kids, good teachers do and there are many good and caring teachers in the public schools. When given the resources they need, they do an outstanding job educating our kids. Neighborhood schools and caring teachers, along with funding so that inner city schools are as resource rich as suburban schools (even more so, because kids who are hungry, have poor health care, and insufficient healthy food need more funding than needed to educate rich kids), is sorely needed - not vouchers.
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