Doug Nelson Stretching the Truth at the Allies Dinner (YouTube)

This is a short video of Salt Lake City School District Board member speaking at Equality Utah’s Allies Dinner held on Monday night, September 16, 2013. Although he is publicly calling out Michael Clara for not being at the dinner and for challenging the application of District’s anti-discrimination policy, he left out three important points: 1. Michael was NOT invited to attend the dinner with the board: Forgot to Invite Michael to the Allies Dinner … Continue reading

Cub Scouts Invited Back to Mountain View Elementary!

  Michael Clara received a letter from the U.S. Department of Educations’s Office for Civil Rights, advising him that the School District has reversed its position on the Cub Scouts and will now allow them to return to Mountain View Elementary. “OCR believes that the response of the District corrects any prior misapplication of the District’s policy with respect to this Cub Scouts troop and would be consistent with the corrective action that OCR would require if … Continue reading

Salt Lake City School District Says No Scouts Were Banned From School (Tribune)

Federal complaint » Board member Michael Clara says pack was denied equal access. By Sheena McFarland| The Salt Lake Tribune  First Published Apr 03 2013 06:45 The Salt Lake City School District is firing back against a federal complaint stating it denied a Cub Scout pack permission to meet at one of its elementary schools. School Board Member Michael Clara on March 29 filed the complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights after two … Continue reading

School Board Member Says Cub Scouts Should Be Allowed At Elementary School (KSL)

Audio: Mary Richards Reporting SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake school board member said he had to act after hearing that the Cub Scouts aren’t meeting at Mountain View Elementary school any more. Michael Clara has sent a complaint to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, claiming the principal is acting inappropriately in not letting the Scouts meet there this year. It appears principal James Martin wants to wait until after the … Continue reading

Superintendent Issues Inconsistent Media Advisory on Cub Scout Issue

The Superintendent initially stated that the Cub Scout’s ability to return to the school hinged on the outcome of the BSA’s policy change announcement in May. (See 03/31/13 & 04/01/13 quotes below). He is now saying that the Cub Scouts can be at the school, they will just have to pay the rental fee. Which is consistent with what the Principal, Scout Executive, and Superintendent advised me on March 19, 2013. The basis of my … Continue reading

BSA Equal Access Act (Complaint Letter)

PDF Link of Entire Letter     TEXT OF LETTER: 26 March 2013 DELIVERED VIA CERTIFIED MAIL: 7011 2970 0000 0196 3228 Mr. J. Aaron Romine, Regional Director U.S. Department of Education, Office For Civil Rights Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building 1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310 Denver, CO 80204-3582   Re: Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act  Dear Mr. Romine, I was recently elected to serve on the Salt Lake City Board of Education. … Continue reading