Racial Discrimination and Bullying in Gilbert Public Schools Proven by Evidence, Testimony in Hearing
Read Judge Hartman's decision here.

Judge Andrea Hartman* found that Gilbert Public Schools officials violated Title VII, Section 703 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for unlawful employment practices and also violated Title 29 of the Federal Code of Federal Regulations by discriminating against a teacher and harassing her on the basis of her national origin. Judge Hartman's findings included that the teacher's "daughter was being bullied, and the school was not addressing the situation" and that "Overall, the work environment was negative, hostile and unbearable."

Gilbert Public Schools did not appeal Judge Hartman's decision.

Judge Hartman made specific findings that the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources manipulated a teacher into resigning from Gilbert Public Schools and then limited future prospects to a job the teacher was not qualified to do. The Associate Superintendent for Human Resources in Gilbert Public Schools is Nikki Blanchard.

The two principals involved in situations that Judge Hartman found to be discriminatory are Principal Vicki Hester of Meridian Elementary School and Principal Debbie Singleton of Spectrum Elementary School. Gilbert Public Schools has policies to enforce federal and state civil rights laws as well as the 2011 state law mandating that educators report bullying.

Read Gladis's Story here.

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Sarah's story: GPS Firing Teacher Who Reported Bullying, Racial Discrimination

Glenna's Story: GPS and EVIT harass Special Education students, discriminate against them, and retaliate against their teacher advocates

GPS Principal Brian Yee: Allegations, Investigations, and a Notice of Claim Against GPS

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew something about inequality: "It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people."  Shouldn't Gilbert Public Schools policies and laws prohibiting discrimination be enforced when top-level superintendents and administrators are implicated? It appears that policies are enforced against lower-level employees when it is convenient to do so ... or to achieve the goal of ridding the district of an employee who follows the law.

Dr. King wrote, "To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." There are at least four pending complaints against Gilbert Public Schools with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Arizona Civil Rights Division already has told Sarah that she has the right to file a lawsuit against Gilbert Public Schools under the Arizona Civil Rights Act.

Gilbert Public Schools Policy AC:
NONDISCRIMINATION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and disability. This policy will prevail in all matters concerning staff members, students, the public, educational programs and services, and individuals with whom the Board does business.

* Andrea Hartman is an Administrative Law Judge with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Read Judge Hartman's decision here.


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