By Nick Georgiou
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 1:34 AM CDT
Several UISD teachers and their representatives are asking for an end to the district’s practice of having grievance hearing officers be the same person who’s being grieved against.
United ISD has had their hands full with grievances lately. One special ed. teacher is facing possible termination for being the proverbial fly in the ointment. Now there are two teachers who are unhappy with the way UISD handles its grievances, but the district thinks it's doing just fine.
UISD officials defended the policy, saying that it has worked well for them and that principals' supervisors would have difficulty finding time to be the grievance hearing officer, considering the number of grievances that are filed.So I guess it's more an issue of efficiency. Fairness, it seems, can't factor in when the district is inundated with complaints. Teachers are just going to have to buck up and get back to work.
UISD's Roni Cantu states that their policy is comparable to that of other districts, such as Laredo's, McAllen's, and San Antonio's. But the LMT's Nick Georgiou got in touch with Veronica Castillon (Laredo), Mark May (McAllen) and Grantley Boxill (Northside ISD in San Antonio) and they state that they don't handle complaints the way UISD does. In all cases an immediate supervisor would be called in to mediate the situation.
It makes sense. If I complained about my supervisor, I wouldn't want him/her deciding the fate of my complaint. UISD, including Roni Cantu, must be thinking something else.
Still they have the matter of two teachers not being happy with their principal. They wanted the principal reassigned, among other things.
After hearing their grievance, the principal, Abraham Rodriguez, wrote in his decision that he denied the three remedies. He also denied the teachers' suggestion that he attend sensitivity training.
It's good to be the king.
District officials will try to hammer out some changes to the current policy. Let's hope so, because as much as we try to compare ourselves with other cities, we are quite different. We do things another way down here, and it's not always the best.