PV schools hit with complaint
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 4, 2003 12:00 AM
Counselor alleges district retaliating for prior criticisms
NORTHEAST PHOENIX - The Paradise Valley Unified School District is facing yet
another complaint filed with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights.
Jose Luis Rodriguez, a counselor at Greenway Middle School in the Paradise
Valley district, filed a complaint Tuesday alleging he's being retaliated
against for being a vocal critic of how his employer deals with Hispanic
students. Judy DeWalt, district spokeswoman, said she was not aware
Rodriguez had filed a complaint.
Rodriguez, who's worked in the district since 1996, has already filed complaints
against Paradise Valley with the U.S. Department of Education's
Office of Civil Rights, the Arizona Department of Education and the Equal
Employment Opportunities Commission.
His complaints have led to the district being monitored by the state and federal
governments to ensure that Hispanic students are being placed in
proper classes and given appropriate services.
Rodriguez's latest complaint comes after the district decided that he may no
longer run a summer school program he created and has run for the past seven
years. He also alleges funds for the program, which helps students who are not
fluent in English, have been cut, activities haven't been funded and his salary
has been reduced despite the district having proper funds.
"I'm not going to take the abuses," he said. "If I accept this retaliation and
discrimination that's contrary to what I've been advocating."