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Dallas ISD Teacher Complaint With TEA

Dallas ISD Teacher Complaint With TEA

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Mar 28, 2012
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ELLIOTMONTEVERDE-TORRESALLEN,TEXAS75002EMONTEVERDETORRES@DALLASISD.ORGMarch01,2012VIAU.S.PostalMail,CertifiedMailNum.._SBECATTN:DeputyAssociateCommissioner1701N.Congress,5
th
FloorAustin,Texas78701AlanKing,InterimSuperintendentofSchools3700RossAvenueDallas,Texas75204DeputyAssociateCommissionerand
Mr.
AlanKing,InterimSuperintendent:IamwritingyouwithmuchconcerntomakeaformalcomplaintaboutthefunctioningofMs.AngelMcKoyasprincipalatFelixG.Botello,anelementaryschoolintheDallasIndependentSchoolDistrict.Mycomplaintinvolvesanassortmentofmattersinwhichdistrict,stateandfedera~policiesandlawsmayhavebeenviolated.Thenatureofmycomplaintisasfollows:1.InJanuary,2012a5
th
gradestudentbroughtaweapontoschoolandwhilestillonschoolpremises,shotathirdgradestudentinthearm.Accordingtothestudent'sfathertheweaponusedwasaBBgun.Thefather'sandthecomplaintsofothersappeartohavebeenflagrantlyignored.Therehasbeennoactionatall.SchoolpoliciesandgovernmentguidancesaysthatMs.McKoy'sdecisioninsuchaninstancedidnot
 
fallwithintbediscretionaryfunction.Thus,
it
looksas
jf
Ms.McKoy'sactionswerenotcarriedout
in
conformitywithfederal,state,andlorlocal/districtlawsorpoliciesinfurtheranceofeffortstocontrol,discipline,expelorsuspendstudentormaintainorderorcontrolintheclassroomorschool.
2.InJanuary,2012thesame5
th
gradestudentwhothedaybeforehadcommittedtheoffenseofaggravatedassaultontoanotherstudent-whilebaskinginafalsesenseofimpunityresultingfromMs.McKoy'sapathyandunresponsivenesstohispriorviolationofthedistrict'spoliciesandstate'slaws-unperturbedlyreturnedtoschoolwiththesameweaponstashedinhisbackpack.Allegedly,theweaponwasdiscoveredbutMs.McKoytooknoactionatall.
SchoolpoliciesandgovernmentguidancesaysthatMs.McKoy'sdecisioninsuchaninstancedidnotfallwithinthediscretionaryfunction.Thus,itlooksas
if
Ms.
McKoy'sactionswerenotcarriedoutinconformitywithfederal,state,andlorlocal/districtlawsorpoliciesinfurtheranceofeffortstocontrol,discipline,expelorsuspendstudentormaintainorderorcontrolintheclassroomorschool.
3.Inoraroundthesameperiod,'another5
th
gradestudentwas
in
possessionanddispensedacontrolledsubstance,aprescriptiondrug.Allegedly,twostudentsingestedtheanti-depressantapparentlyofahighdosage.Judgingfromtheinformationthat'sunderstoodMs.McKoychosetoignorethisviolation,too.Therehasbeennoactionatall.
Schoolpo'licies'andgovemmentguidancesaysthat
Ms.
McKoy'sdecisioninsuchaninstancedidnotfallwithinthediscretionaryfunction.Thus,itloo~_as
if
Ms.McKoy'Sactionswerenotcarriedout
in
conformitywithfederal,state,and/or10cal/distIictlaws01"policiesinfurtheranceofeffol,tstocontrol,
disciplin_,
expelorsuspendstudentormaintainorderorcontrolintheclassroomorschool.
4.Allegedly,thesamestudentwhohadbeeninpossessionofaprohibitedweaponfortwoconsecutivedayswithoutMs.McKoyadjudicatingapenaltyasperthedistrict'sownStudentCodeofConduct,wasalsofoundonlydayslaterinpossessionofacontrolledsubstancewhichhefreelydistributedtootherschoolchildren.Theinformationsofarunderstoodisthatonestudentingestedtheprescriptiondrugunlawfullydispensedtohimlher.Allegedly,noprotocolwasfollowedthistime,too.Contrarytodistrictpolicyandstatelaw,thestudentwassupposedlysuspendedforjusthalf-a-day.
Schoolpolicies
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FormalcomplaintaboutthefunctioningofMs.AngelMcKoy,PrincipalatFelixG.Botello-DallasISD
 
andgovernmentguidancesaysthatMs.McK-oy'sdecisioninsuchaninstancedidnotfallwithinthediscretionaryfunction.Thus,
it
looksasifMs.McKoy'sactionswerenotcarriedoutinconformitywithfederal,state,and/orlocal/districtlawsorpoliciesinfurtheranceofeffortstocontrol,discipline,expeJorsuspendstudentormaintainorderorcontrol
in
theclassroomorschool.5.InoraroundlateJanuary,2012,afourthgradestudentintentionally,knowinglyandrecklesslyactivatedthefirealarm,causingthedispatchingofthefiredepartment.Theschoolalsohadtobeevacuated.Again,intotaldisregardfordistrictpolicyandstatelaw,Ms.McKoyallegedlychosetomerelysuspendthestudentforhalf-a-day.SchoolpoliciesandgovernmentguidancesaysthatMs.McKoy'sdecisioninsuchaninstancedidnotfallwithinthediscretionaryfunction.Thus,itlooksasifMs.McKoy'sactionswerenotcarriedoutinconformitywithfederal,state,and/or-local/districtlawsorpolicies
in
furtheranceofeffortstocontrol,discipline,expelorsuspendstudentormaintainorderorcontrolintheclassroomorschool.6.ThejobtitlesAdministratorandAcademicCoordinatorarenotoneandthesame.Eachjobtitleentailsdifferentdutiesandresponsibilitiesaswellaslegalmandates.
It
wouldappearthattheAcademicCoordinatorpositioninFelixG.BotelloElementarySchoolis
I
subsidizewithTitleIfundsandassuchonewouldreasonablyexpectthatthefulfillmentofthedutiesandresponsibilitiesofthejobareatalltimesinalignmentwiththelegalspecificationsoftheposition.
It
haslongbeensuspectedthatmanyofthedutiesproperofanadministratorareroutinelybeingperformedbyMs.AstraSmith,includingoverseeingalloftheteachers'disciplinaryreferrals.Tothisend,itappearsMs.McKoyhasillegallydelegatedthisresponsibilitytoMs.Smith,whoregularlyconductstheinvestigations.ThemainjobofanAcademicCoordinatoristohelpintheclassroom.Incongruously,eventhoughinvestigationsseemtoberegularlyperformedbyMs.Smith,itisnothersignaturetheoneappearingatthebottomofthereferralforms.Ms.Smith'sjobtitle,however,isthatofanAcademicCoordinator,notthatofanadministrator.Thus,thisconcernexploresthelegalandethicalissuesassociatedwiththeplausibleimproperdelegationbyMs.McKoyofadministrativeduties.Whatismore,Ms.SmithalsohasthedistinctionofbeingtheCILTmemberoftheschool'smathdepartment.Traditionally,aCILTmemberhasbeenaninstructionalmemberofourfaculty,notanAcademicCoordinatornora
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FormalcomplaintaboutthefunctioningofMs.AngelMcKoy,PrincipalatFelixG.Botello-DallasISD

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