Park City High School was ranked #1 for academic performance on KSL. (http://www.ksl.com/?sid=6223798&nid=148) But did the school cheat to get there?
I received the following story from a good source:
On January 24th, 2011 at 1:03 PM, a teacher walking down the 240 Hall in Park City High School, noticed the principal in the hall speaking with a few students seated at a table. After the teacher greets the principal, she notices the principal’s android phone is on and displaying math information.
The principal states, “I was just showing her (indicating one student) that the droid knows the answers to her test.”
The teacher replied, “oh”
And the principal followed, “I wasn’t going to five her the answer, I was just showing her that the droid knows the answers.”
After leaving the group the teacher asked her department-head what she should do. The teacher then informed the student’s math teacher. The math teacher watched the hallway video with Park City High School’s security guard. The video lacks audio but shows the principal talking to the students, taking out her phone, the teacher approaching, the teacher and principal talking, and the teacher leaving. Then the video shows the principal taking the students’ tests into the computer lab and then returning the tests to the girls.
The teacher and the math teacher, for fear of reprisal, did not report the incident. The security guard thought it needed reporting, showed both the Park City High School Assistant principals and told the district office.
Later that day one of the student’s was overheard by a teaching assistant, bragging about the principal helping her cheat.
The Park City High School principal was allowed to investigate the allegations herself. She explained away the allegations and no formal investigation was issued by the district.
Some of the other teachers were harassed or frustrated and left ( See the park record for an article listing names of teachers leaving). 10 complaints were filed against the principal in the month of February alone.
After months, the cheating issue was filed UPPAC in July and in August they decided to investigate the complaint.
On August 16th a formal request and complaint was submitted to the Park City School Board by Roger Arsht regarding this situation and others.
But wait, where was the Union to protect the teacher from the principal?
According to the teacher, the union not only failed to help her but gave her ill advice which ultimately lead to her being unemployable by other K-12 public schools. When the teacher went to the union, the union opened a case, which effectively shut down outside investigation removing the tape from public scrutiny. The union sought a diplomatic solution and did not want public attention. In the guise of diplomacy, they advised the teacher to resign from the school. The teacher was provided and promised legal counsel from the Union while the case was investigated. The teacher didn’t seek outside legal help because the Union was helping her. After the resignation went through the Union informed the teacher that they could no longer provide legal counsel as she was no longer a teacher and therefore not in the Union. Further, the teacher was being blocked for re-hire by other schools because they need the reference of the Park City High School principal. The records indicate that the teacher was in good standing and had no complaints from the principal prior to that date in the hall.
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