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SBEC ATTN: Deputy Associate Commissioner 1701 N. Congress, 5th Floor Austin, Texas 78701
Alan King, Interim Superintendent of Schools 3700 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204
Deputy Associate Commissioner and Mr. Alan King, Interim Superintendent:
I am writing you with much concern to make a formal complaint about the functioning of Ms. Angel McKoy as principal at Felix G. Botello, an elementary school in the Dallas Independent School District. My complaint involves an assortment of matters in which district, state and federa~ policies and laws may have been violated. The nature of my complaint is as follows: 1. In January, 2012 a 5th grade student brought a weapon to school and while still on school premises, shot a third grade student in the arm. According to the student's father the weapon used was a BB gun. The father's and the complaints of others appear to have been flagrantly government ignored. There has been no action at all. School policies and
says that Ms. McKoy's
decision in such an instance did not
fall within tbe discretionary function. Thus, it looks as jf Ms. McKoy's actions were not carried out in conformity with federal, state, andlor local/district laws or policies in furtherance of efforts to control, discipline, expel or suspend student or maintain order or control in the classroom or school. 2. In January, 2012 the same 5th grade student who the day before had committed the offense of aggravated assault onto another student - while basking in a false sense of impunity resulting from Ms. McKoy's apathy and unresponsiveness to his prior violation of the district's policies and state's laws - unperturbedly returned to school with the same weapon stashed in his backpack. Allegedly, the weapon was discovered but Ms. McKoy took no action at all. School policies and government guidance says that Ms. McKoy's decision in such an instance did not fall within the discretionary function. Thus, it looks as if Ms. McKoy's actions were not carried out in conformity with federal, state, andlor local/district laws or policies in furtherance of efforts to control,
discipline, expel or suspend student or maintain order or control in the classroom or school. 3. In or around the same period,' another 5th grade student was in possession and dispensed a controlled substance, a prescription drug. Allegedly, two students ingested the anti-
depressant apparently of a high dosage. Judging from the information that's understood Ms. McKoy chose to ignore this violation, too. There has been no action at all. School po'licies' and govemment guidance says that Ms. McKoy's decision in such an
instance did not fall within the discretionary McKoy'S actions were not carried
function. Thus, it loo~_ as if Ms.
out in conformity with federal, state, and/or
10cal/distIict laws 01"policies in furtherance of effol,ts to control, disciplin_, expel or suspend student or maintain order or control in the classroom or school. 4. Allegedly, the same student who had been in possession of a prohibited weapon for two consecutive days without Ms. McKoy adjudicating a penalty as per the district's own Student Code of Conduct, was also found only days later in possession of a controlled substance which he freely distributed to other schoolchildren. The information so far
understood is that one student ingested the prescription drug unlawfully dispensed to himlher. Allegedly, no protocol was followed this time, too. Contrary to district policy and state law, the student was supposedly suspended for just half-a-day. School policies
Formal complaint about the functioning of Ms. Angel McKoy, Principal at Felix G. Botello - Dallas ISD
and government guidance says that Ms. McK-oy's decision in such an instance did not fall within the discretionary function. Thus, it looks as if Ms. McKoy's actions were not carried out in conformity with federal, state, and/or local/district laws or policies in furtherance of efforts to control, discipline, expeJ or suspend student or maintain order or control in the classroom or school. 5. In or around late January, 2012, a fourth grade student intentionally, knowingly and recklessly activated the fire alarm, causing the dispatching of the fire department. The school also had to be evacuated. Again, in total disregard for district policy and state law, Ms. McKoy allegedly chose to merely suspend the student for half-a-day. School policies and government guidance says that Ms. McKoy's decision in such an instance did not fall within the discretionary function. Thus, it looks as if Ms. McKoy's actions were not carried out in conformity with federal, state, and/or -local/district laws or policies in furtherance of efforts to control, discipline, expel or suspend student or maintain order or control in the classroom or school. 6. The job titles Administrator and Academic Coordinator are not one and the same. Each job title entails different duties and responsibilities as well as legal mandates. It would appear that the Academic Coordinator position in Felix G. Botello Elementary School is subsidize with Title I funds and as such one would reasonably expect that the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities of the job are at all times in alignment with the legal specifications of the position. It has long been suspected that many of the duties proper of an administrator are routinely being performed by Ms. Astra Smith, including overseeing all of the teachers' disciplinary referrals. To this end, it appears Ms. McKoy has illegally delegated this responsibility to Ms. Smith, who regularly conducts the investigations. The main job of an Academic Coordinator is to help in the classroom. Incongruously, even though investigations seem to be regularly performed by Ms. Smith, it is not her signature the one appearing at the bottom of the referral forms. Ms. Smith's job title, however, is that of an Academic Coordinator, not that of an administrator. Thus, this concern explores the legal and ethical issues associated with the plausible improper delegation by Ms. McKoy of administrative duties. What is more, Ms. Smith also has the distinction of being the CILT member of the school's math department. Traditionally, a CILT member has been an instructional member of our faculty, not an Academic Coordinator nor a
Formal complaint about the functioning of Ms. Angel McKoy, Principal at Felix G. Botello - Dallas ISD
quasi administrator. Ms. Smith has seldom been seeing in the classroom carrying out the duties and responsibilities proper of her job assignment, and proper of a Title I school. As a third grade math teacher I can attest that Ms. Smith has never visited me in her role as an Academic Coordinator nor as the school's math CILT member. School policies and government guidance says that Ms. McKoy's decision ,to delegate duties proper of an Administrator to Ms. Smitb. a Title I Academic CoOt'dinator, is contrary to law Thus, it looks as if
and above and beyond the legal mandate of a school principal. Ms. McKoy's
actions arc' not being carried out in conformity with federal, state, laws or policies in fw·thersnce of requirements of Title I
schools. It would seem that Ms. McKoy has forced functions upon Ms. Smith_ for which she's not properly authorized by the appropriate authoritie,s in the district for
the activities or practice Ms. Smith has undertaken within the scope of an Academic Coordinator. An investigatiolL is needed to confirm that insofar Botello's Title I
funds the law is followed and the school is incompliance. All Title I schools must meet requirements in order to -receive Title I funds. If Dallas ISD is found to be in lose Title I funding. which, is approximately $105
violation it could potentially million.
7. Most notably Section 1118 of the No Child Left Behind Act of2001 includes a definition of parent involvement, stated as, "the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school
activities including ensuring that: a. Parents play an integral role in assisting their children's learning; b. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their children's education at school; c. Parents are full partners appropriate, in their children's education and are included, as
and on advisory committees to assist in the
education of their child, the carrying' out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1118."
NCLB Section 1118 calls for every Title I school to have a written parent involvement policy that must be updated periodically to reflect the changing concerns of parents and a
Formal complaint about the functioning of Ms. Angel McKoy, Principal at Felix G. Botello - Dallas ISD
compact that explains how the school will meet the needs of its students. In or around February 02, 2012 a Parent Meeting was held during school hours at F.G. Botello Elementary School. Borrowing from the words of Secretary of Education Anne Duncan at the May 2010 MOM Congress on Education and Learning, our Botello parents insisted that day on being real partners in education with their children's principal, and with anxiety and in distress inquired a number of times about the different alleged acts of reckless misconduct and flagrant indifference (i.e., dispensing of controlled substances and the presence of weapons in school's premises) to the rights or safety of their children at Botello. At the end, many parents have felt disrespected, insulted and mocked, essentially for being English Language Learners. Ms. McKoy apparently ignored their inquiries and concerns. As principal, Ms. McKoy allegedly also did not answer and tried ... to disregard the matter by saying it was "confidential." Secretary of Education Anne Duncan envisions students and parents being in partnership with schools and teachers feeling supported. "Parents need to speak out and drive cbange" said Anne DUDcan. However, Ms. McKoy has shown that she does not adhere to such parameters. The parent of the child shot in early January was ignored. As far as I've gathered even the child who was; the victim of the aggravated assault has Rot received any specialized care at all. Further, it is unknown whether a medical I'eport or police report even exists. The pa.rents a,t the 02/03/12 meeting wcre in the same way ignored,! insulted. and mocked. Apparently, several colleagoes have attempted to address and resolve the many pending issues concerning the safety of students and staff at Botello, particularly
and 5th grade teachers, only to be dismissed and
ultimately chastised. Allegedly, Ms. McKoy c.onsidersthat only teachers are at fault and are to blame. She supposedly holds that the answer to all of the above.matters only lies in tcacher's so-called inability to effect proper classroom managem'ent,as if a students' decision to bring a prohibited weapon to school and commit an aggravated assault onto another pupil falls in the purview of- classroom management. On 02/25112 after school a parent of one of my third grade students approached me to discuss the instances of violence and the unlawful dispensing of controlled substances in school. The parent also told me that when she shared her concerns concerning these issues, Ms. McKoy denied that any of the above incidents had
ever occurred at Botello and downgraded the matters to just "rumors". Logically, the parent is distressed and is considering, as a result of the overall flagrant indifference to safety by the school's leadership, to shoulder the extraordinary financial burden of registering her three children in private school. Since the advent of Ms. McKoy as principal of Botello Elementary School, our school-culture has regrettably deteriorated markedly and parents overall perception of the school's leadership has plummeted. Botello no longer has a Community Liason. Mr. Angel Jordan-Font, a highly respected and effective member of the school community, was dismissed as Community Liaison
only five months after Ms. McKoy took ove.r_~§principal in 02/2011. Botello also enjoyed the distinction last Spring Semester of having one of our distinguished parent ---......-....._..-- -_ ----_ - --volunteers (under the pas. tutelage of Mr. Jourdan-Font) recognized with the 2011 Outstanding Elementary School Award, Ms. Maria Amaya. Needless to say, wjth the
arrival of Ms. McKoy all that has changed and parents are once again being seeing
as ,a peripheral,
compliance-driven aspe'ctaf wllole schoo,l improvement, not as "full
partners with school staff and other members of the cominunity in the work of creating and sustaining [anl excellent Ischooll."
9. Contrary to state law, Gifted and Talented students at Botello Elementary School have not been served since the departure in or around November 18, 2011 of Ms. Tinsley, Botello's former TAG Teacher. Unexplainably, the position has remained vacant ever since. Concerned parents have been ignored and have received no explanation for this happening in their school. Once again, parents of Gifted and Talented children have felt disrespected by Ms. McKoy. There's also no known official documentation directed at the faculty or staff addressing this matter. Children however, are first and foremost. People do actually communicate with their silence or inaction for communication does not occur through words alone. Parents at Botello are confused and distressed but Ms. McKoy does not hitherto cognize that we teach far more with our actions than by our words. Negating children at Botello said service seems to be both illegal and unethical. In 1987, The Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve gifted students at all grade levels.
Formal complaint about the functioning of Ms. Angel McKoy, Principal at Felix G ..Botello - Dallas ISD
"In 1990, The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students was adopted, and in 1999 the Texas Performance Project for Gifted/Talented Students was Standards created
The guiding document for
gifted education in Texas is The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, which was originally adopted by the Texas State Board of Education in 1990, modified in 1996, and revised in 2000. This is the current plan which now serves as the basis of fulfilling the Chapter 29 requirement of the Texas Education Code governing gifted education. This document also helps to ensure that gifted students receive the service to which they are entitled."i
Also, in a study made available on July 2011 to Interim Superintendent, Mr. Alan King, and titled Report to the Superintendent Commitments "Commitment District and Covenants on Academic Programs on the Declaration of 2010-11 EAl1-164-2,
6" unequivocally stipulates that the Dallas Independent School programs for talented and gifted students in all
elementary, middle, and high schools in accordance with the requirements of State law. This document was signed by Cecilia Oakeley, Executive Director in the Department of Evaluation and Accountability. I believe further investigation is needed to determine whether Ms. McKoy has incurred in any violations of local or state laws,"
The following is a list, by no means exhaustive, of possible provisions, policies, and laws that could have been violated or are applicable as a result of the action(s) and/or omission(s) that Ms. McKoy, as principal, intentionally, knowingly, negligently, or recklessly has assumed: 1. Texas Educational Code, §37.002, §37.006, and §37.007;< 2. Federal Firearm Offense (Public Law 103-382, §14601); 3. Penal Code §22.01, §22.02, §37.l25, §46.01(3), and §46.05; 4. Health and Safety Code, Ch. 481 or 21 U.S.C. §801 5. Family Code, Ch. 261
6. Handbook of Ethics and Integrity - 3rd Edition, Dallas ISD (1/2011) a. CAA (Local) - Use District Funds with Integrity and Diligence b. CAA (Local) - Refuse to Participate in Acts of Fraud or Financial Impropriety c. DH (Legal, Local and Exhibit) - Perform Duties Professionally and Ethically d. DH (Local) - Be Respectful of Others and Stakeholders e. CK (Local) - Maintain a Safe Work Environment f. DH (Local) - Work To Maintain a Professional Work Environment
g. DIA (Legal and Local); DH (Local) - Avoid Harassing Other Employees h. FFH (Legal) - Protect Students From Harassment
FFG (Legal, Local & Exhibit) - Report Child Abuse and Neglect DH (Local); CAA (Local) - Report Misuse or Theft of District Property CHE (Local); CAA (Local) Follow Protocol During an
k. DH (Local); Investigation
1. DH (Local) - Provide Full and Factual Information During an. Investigation
7. Employee Handbook - Human Resources, Dallas ISD (5/20/11) a. Professional Standard 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8. b. Ethical Conduct towards Professional Colleagues 2.4 c. Ethical Conduct towards Students 3.2, 3.3, and 3.7 d. Student Conduct and Discipline, FN (Local) and FO (Local)
"Students are expected to follow classroom rules, campus rules, and rules listed in the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. Teachers and administrators are responsible for taking disciplinary action based on a range of discipline management strategies that have been adopted by the district. "
e. Bullying, FFI (Local) Student Welfare Freedom from Bullying
"All employees are required to' report student complaints of bullying to supervisor. The district's Policy includes definitions and procedures reporting and investigating bullying of students." for
8. Student Code of Conduct - Dallas ISD (2011-2012) a. Disciplinary Action: "Disciplinary action is not just to correct bad behavior. It is also to help students become responsible members of the school community and
the larger community
in which they live. The District tries to prevent bad
behavior before it starts and will intervene to stop bad behavior from getting worse before taking disciplinary action. To keep from having to take disciplinary action, the District uses special programs and trained personnel to help prevent and intervene, and uses community resources that are available to students and their families." (page 5) b. Campus Classroom Rules: In order to establish a positive school climate in which every student can achieve his or her potential, each school is required to develop campus classroom rules that address the kinds of minor misbehaviors that impede the educational process in the classroom or school. This plan is developed through a committee comprised of administrators, parents/guardians, support personnel, effort, and community a consensus representatives. regarding From teachers, students, the committee's offenses, student
responsibilities, and discipline management techniques for school offenses only is reached. Campus Classroom Rules and the Student Code of Conduct were and should be
designed as guidelines for determining behavior expectations disseminated or communicated
to the school community. It should be noted, of "school" a.nd is listed as a (responses) .set forth in the
once an offense has gone beyond the designation Level I, II, III. IV or V Offense, the regulations District's Student Code of Conduct
apply. Campus/ Classroom rules are no
longer relevant or applicable in this instance. The Student Code of Conduct applies district wide and cannot be added to, deleted' from, changed, or modified without approval of the Board of Trustees; The Student Code of Conduct must be displayed in every school in a location accessible to all students,
or community members. (page 5)
c. Bullying: DISTRICT ACTION: If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying occurred, the campus, principal shall promptly respond by taking
appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct in accordance with the District's Student Code of Conduct. [For
information on student transfers due to bullying, see FDB.] The principal shall convene the Student Support Team (SST) for the purpose of developing a plan of
for the victim
even if the District
concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying under this policy. (Page 13) ... Victims of bullying shall be offered counseling services ranging
from those provided by school counselors to a referral to one of the District's Youth and Family Centers. (page 14)
d. Level IV Offenses and Consequences Mandatory (pages 19 and 20)
Assault (Class A) (student on student) Drugs (non-felony) (i.e., marijuana, prescription drug) - This includes
possession, delivery, under the influence or use. (See the definition in the glossary for "under the influence" and "use").
Felony conduct (if not expellable)
e. Level V Offenses and Consequences Expellable (pages 20 and 21)
Discretionary Expulsions 1. False Alarm (Penal (ode 42.06)
ii. Mandatory Expulsions 1. Aggravated Assault (student on student) 2. Firearm (including starter gun) 3. Prohibited weapon
To conclude, I'd like to give emphasis to Felix G. Botello's environment that engages our learning community in rigorous
mission: "to ensure academic thinking."
a safe As a
concerned educator in Dallas lSD, specifically
at Botello Elementary
School, I believe in
continuously challenging myself to reach my fullest potential and, of course, that it's imperative to uphold our school's mission. Moreover, I am committed to educating students towards
excellence and, most significantly, the defense of our most precious stakeholders and future, the students at Botello Elementary School. According to Dallas lSD, "There are few things more ~ . important than the education of our youth and with that responsibility [along also] comes a
tremendous opportunity to serve with commitment and integrity and to lead by example. Dallas lSD's Principles of Public Service are designed to guide the entire district as we teach, mentor, and nurture our most precious [gift] our children."
Mr. King and Deputy Commissioner of Education, it has been my honest intent in good faith to convey my concerns and apprehensions, in the form of a formal complaint, of unacceptable and quite possibly illegal situations befalling the school community at Felix G. Botello Elementary School, so that corrective actions are expeditiously put in place to prevent the further
exacerbation .of conflicts and a tragedy from happening. Of course, the concern also connects to the liability ~o which the district itself is exposed. I would urgently and respectfully ask you to ponder whethe~ Ms. McKoy, as the highest-ranking administrator at Botello, has the required
knowledge, skills, management and integrity to continue to lead Botello to excellence.
Yesterday, Ms. Shirley Ison-Newsome, Interim Schools' Division Executive, wrote in an e-mail toBotello's staff, "at the end of the day we all have one thing in common, the welfare of our students and what is in their best interest." She's very much right. I am certain that you and I have the same common concern and aspiration. Together we can and will make a difference! Lets' stand tall in our commitment to our kids - in the spirit of safety, in the spirit of
transparency, in the spirit of a liberating pedagogy and against a culture of silence.
Please provide me with any copies of any information you obtain in the process of investigating my complaint. If you need further information or clarification on my complaint, I can be reached at
M.Ed. (candidate UT AustIn 5/19/12)
Employee Number 62487< . Certified Bilingual Teacher Felix G. Botello Elementary School Dallas ISD
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Peter D. Nielsen, Director - Office of Professional Responsibility, Dallas ISD Craig R. Miller, Chief of Police - Police & Security Services Department, Dallas ISD Carol Duncan, Manager - Child Abuse Office, Dallas ISD Jack Elrod, General Counsel- Office of Legal Services, Dallas ISD Cecilia Oakeley, Executive Director - Evaluation and Accountability, Dallas ISD Nancy Kihneman, Director - Program Evaluation, Dallas ISD Shirley Ison-Newsome, Interim Division Executive, DISD Elementary School Division Gilberto Gonzalez, Senior Executive Director, DISD N.E.L.C. Eric Cowan, Trustee, District 7 - Dallas ISD Board of Trustees State Auditor's Office Child Protective Services - Dallas, Texas Rena Honea, President - Alliance/AFT Tawnell Hobbs, Reporter - The Dallas Morning News
Encl.: News articles (5) concerning BB guns, students and public schools
~. ttp://txgifted.org/files/pdfl2008_Research h _Division_ Report.pdf II http://www.dallasisd.org/cms/lib/TXOI001475/Centricity/Domainl981Evaluation/I 0-1 IlFinalRptslEAl 1-164-2Commitments-and-Covenants.pdf iii As I get ready to my complaint, legitimate rumors are now circulating concerning the most recent incident entailing possible violations to local and state provisions and laws, the fmding of a knife on the person of a student at Botello Elementary School. Allegedly, once again no action has been taken.
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Police said the student showed the BB gun pistol to one of his friends Wednesday Elementary School in Hickory. His friend alerted a teacher.
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Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the BB gun was inoperable, adding that the student did not threaten anyone and did not have any BSs. Catawba County Schools officials suspended the student for 10 days. Reid said the sheriffs office will also submit a petition to juvenile authorities concerning the incident. Reid said the school was not placed on lockdown during the incident. Other county incidents Feb. 21 Thieves broke into a residence at 4924 Lee Cline Road in Conover on Tuesday and stole nearly $4,000 in money, guns and technology. Among other items, the crooks stole $2,200 in U.S. currency, computer. .22-caliber bolt action rifle and a Toshiba laptop
Feb. 20 Suspects broke into a residence at 5400 Little Mountain Road in Catawba on Monday and stole more than $15,000 in jewelry and other miscellaneous items. In addition to two iPods, the thieves took an $8,000 diamond tennis bracelet, $3,000 tennis bracelet and $1,500 necklace. The suspects stole various other forms of jewelry.
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CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second time in less than a month. a CCISD student was suspended for bringing a gun to school. II happened Monday at Prescott Elementary, but this time, it was only a BB gun. ' No word yet on the age or grade of the student. The district says the student showed it to a few friends, and they told their teacher.
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Letters were sent home to parents at Prescott, informing them of what happened. It's unclear where the gun came from, but the district believes the student didn't intend to use it, only to show his friends. There's no decision yet on what punishment will follow the suspension, but under CCISD policy, bringing a BB gun to school is on the same level as bringing a real gun.
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