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72nd Open Letter to TUSD Governing Board and Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo- Request to Stop Intimidation, Harassment, Insults, Bullying, Threats, and Coercion by Gloria Copeland- STOP HER Meeting at Sahuaro HS on Friday, August 3, 2018
From: TUSD Whistleblowers– Comprised of a Large Group of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, Retired Administrators, Parents, & Grandparents
Today is August 1, 2018 and tomorrow is the first day of school. It should be a positive and exciting time for everyone to begin a new school year. Instead, there are some TUSD employees who are dreading having to deal with the torturous level of conflict that is created by Gloria Copeland when she imposes herself and her behavior in TUSD meetings dealing with individual students or employees. It is time to implement policies and support the enforcement of laws that will protect TUSD administrators, teachers, and staff from being insulted, harassed, bullied, intimidated, threatened, and coerced into doing what Gloria Copeland demands for fear of being WRONGLY labeled a racist. This is always her weapon.
It is time for school administrators to be supported by the Governing Board and the Superintendent in preventing and ending the bullying and harassment of TUSD employees by Gloria Copeland during meetings she has called or crashed. No one wants to be tagged a bigot or racist and Gloria Copeland holds out this threat in ways that make many principals and teachers literally shake. She may not state the threat directly but she gets her point across.
Gloria typically has 1 or 2 people who accompany her to these meetings as part of her strategy to take control of the meeting. They are there to agree with her. Her behavior and constant allegations are meant to cause chaos and intimidation in our schools. It creates a fearful and hostile work and school environment.
Right now there is sort of unspoken TUSD policy that Gloria Copeland is “hands-off.”
She exploits her role as a Fisher Plaintiffs’ Representative and usually tells TUSD employees that she is a plaintiff. She acts as though she is a ruthless top-level administrator in TUSD. There are people in every department and every school who have witnessed her administrative meddling and interference. This includes individuals in our group and peers/friends of those in our group. Everyone wonders why it is allowed. Gloria actually has taken over the desk and office of a school administrator and 1010 administrator while she uses their phone to make calls and make herself comfortable for as long as she wants. It is outrageous and no one else would be allowed to get away with this behavior.
We learned today that she has been busy calling TUSD personnel to set up a meeting to discuss an African-American student at Sahuaro High School on Friday, August 3rd. She happens to disagree with the Sahuaro HS professionals on actions involving the student. Gloria Copeland has not been authorized by the parent of the student to intervene but even if she had obtained a signed document giving her the authority to intervene, it should not allow her to insult, harass, bully, intimidate, threaten, and coerce any TUSD employee.
Plus, whether authorized or not, she talks about her so-called advocacy and is constantly violating the confidentiality of students. She also should not have the authority to “call meetings” to include administrators, principals, teachers, and staff. Defined boundaries must be drawn to protect employees within schools against Gloria Copeland’s on-going inappropriate and disruptive interference. These boundaries should apply to any person but at the present Gloria Copeland is the single offender.
When a parent allegedly became unprofessional at a school, she and her child were banned from the school. https://www.kgun9.com/news/tusd-parent-and-bullied-son-kicked-out-of-district
Why is Gloria Copeland allowed to act in ways that are not acceptable by anyone else? This has gone on dozens and dozens of times throughout the years.
We also want to know why Gloria is being asked to be on selection committees for administrators? This summer she was part of a selection committee for a middle school. She wound up commandeering the entire process. The person who was selected for the position had no prior experience as a middle school administrator. Gloria was insistent that the person was the most qualified but the candidate was not the most qualified! Due to Gloria’s obvious high over-rating of the candidate the overall ratings were skewed and Human Resources staff never detected the problem and let it get by them. Gloria used race as a factor in the hiring, which is against TUSD Policy and employment law. Committee members were fearful of saying anything during the process.
Here is a list of a few TUSD policies that are being violated by ignoring the problem but there are also state and federal laws that are being violated:
1. Equal Employment Opportunity Section G: Personnel- Policy Title: Equal Employment Opportunity- Policy Code: GBA
Lead Department: Human Resources
2. Treatment of Confidential Information- Section C: General School Administration- Policy Title: Treatment of Confidential Information- Policy Code: CCD- Lead Department: Superintendent’s Office
3. Non-Discrimination- Section A: Foundation and Basic Commitments- Policy Title: Non-Discrimination- Policy Code: AC
4. Leadership Principles– Section C: General School Administration- Policy Title: Leadership Principles- Policy Code: CF “Tucson Unified School District is committed to create and maintain a positive, educational and employment environment/culture.”
5. Personnel Goals/Priority Objectives– Section G: Personnel- Policy Title: Personnel Goals/Priority Objectives
Policy Code: GA- “The Board recognizes that dynamic and efficient staff members dedicated to education are necessary to maintain a constantly improving educational program. The Board is interested in its personnel as individuals, and it recognizes its responsibility for promoting the general welfare of the staff members.”