|If you live in Dallas, it seems like these people are the ones spending your property taxes.|
(Special note: if a teachers' union can sway district decision making in TEXAS, you know that the union had a case more ironclad than the Monitor and the Merrimac)
Now, DISD has suspended another teacher: this time, it is Elliot Monteverde-Torres, a teacher at Botello Elementary School in Oak Cliff. He sent Superintendent Alan King and the TEA a 12-page letter detailing a list of allegations against his principal, Angel McKoy. According to the list, the principal overlooked students bringing (and sharing) prescription drugs, and a student who brought a BB gun to school and shot another student. Because nothing happened, the student brought the BB gun again another day. Other allegations include the misuse of federal funds (which is not a new allegation in Dallas).
This might seem obvious to you and me, but this is the same TEA that refuses to investigate claims of testing score irregularities at districts throughout the state, including 17 districts in North Texas alone. The agency recommends that districts investigate these issues, but does not mandate any scrutiny.
Because it's testing season, here's a question for you:
Upon receiving a letter from a teacher about alleged misconduct by a principal, DISD administration first:
B) placed the principal on paid leave pending the results of the investigation
C) revisited the issue of the student with a BB gun and prepared a press release
D) suspended the teacher who filed the complaint and accused him of unspecified "misconduct"
Yes, the answer is D.
If it turns out that Mr. Monteverde-Torres was sending in fraudulent allegations, then he should be fired. Not suspended, but let go. De-certified. Banished from the profession. However, if what he says turns out to be true, then the same thing should happen to his principal.
And to everyone who signed off on his suspension. The district should take the time to figure out what happened before threatening anyone's livelihood.