School Board Meeting: Teacher Upset About OCR Complaint (video)

“This complaint to OCR by Mr. Clara equates to a child who didn’t get his way and throws a tantrum and runs to tattle with an I’ll show you attitude…” “…We must teach an hour of ELD, English Language Development every day due to a previous OCR Mandate initiated by Mr. Clara” Link Explaining “previous OCR mandate” Salt Lake City Teachers Association executive board member Bissegger, would later concede that the solutions that School Board member … Continue reading

Complaint Sent to the Office for Civil Rights (Letter)

  TEXT OF ENTIRE LETTER: 26 February 2013 DELIVERED VIA CERTIFIED MAIL: 7011 2000 0001 2979 3769 Mr. J. Aaron Romine, Regional Director U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building 1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310 Denver, CO 80204-3582 Re: Disparities In Instructional Resources  Dear Mr. Romine, I am the newest member of the Salt Lake City Board of Education. I am filing a complaint with your office on behalf … Continue reading

Angry Salt Lake Teachers Demand Apology From School Board Member (KUTV)

Link to Story (video) By Cristina Flores (KUTV) Teacher Becky Bisegger spoke for dozens of teachers who showed up at the meeting of the Salt Lake City School Board Tuesday night. “We are appalled at the suggestion that west side teachers are ineffective and too inexperienced,” said Bisegger. The “ineffective” remark was made by new school board member Michael Clara in recent comments to the Salt Lake Tribune. Clara recently filed a complaint with the U.S. … Continue reading

Salt Lake Teacher’s Association Issues a Stinging Rebuke on Michael Clara

Elaine Tzourtzouklis & Susan McFarland with Michael Clara                                       following our Monday meeting on February 25, 2013. I had meeting with the SLTA leadership on Monday at my request. The meeting lasted over an hour wherein I explained why I was filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. The picture above was taken at the conclusion of the … Continue reading