Huff has been hiring Latino staffers for some time – but if this is how he is going to treat them then I suggest they stay clear of his office.
Here are a few excerpts from the Flash Report article, which was written by Ed Ring:
Garcia, a full time district representative for California State Senator Bob Huff since early 2013, had been assigned to work with parents and activists who want to save a failing elementary school in Anaheim.
Palm Lane Elementary School had been underperforming for twelve years. Frustrated parents went to the teachers, principal, school board and the district superintendent seeking change for their school to no avail. They learned about California’s Parent Trigger Act back in July, 2014 from Senator Huff, retired Senator Gloria Romero of the California Center for Empowerment and others requiring them to wage a campaign to gather at least half of the school parent’s signatures on a petition seeking to transform their school into a charter school.
On January 14, 2015, petitions were turned in representing over 50% of the parents of the enrolled students at Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim.
Instead of verifying these signatures, however, according to Garcia, parents, and other observers, the union representing the teachers at Palm Lane started holding meetings with parents, telling them why they thought invoking the parent trigger solution was a bad idea.
When arriving at one of these “informational” meetings on January 20th, by invitation of some of the parents, a meeting where he maintains he had a clear legal right to attend, Garcia was asked to leave by a union official. When he refused, Garcia claims the official – in front of several parents who witnessed the altercation – pushed and shoved him towards the door. When Garcia asked him to stop, they changed tactics, and several teachers swarmed around Garcia to block him. They them began methodically pushing him towards the door by backing up against him.
Garcia claims that when he reported what happened to his colleagues, he was discouraged from filing a police report. On January 29th, Garcia was fired.
Click here to read the rest of Ring’s post.
Anaheim Teachers Union Faces A Gathering Storm
UnionWatch, February 3, 2015
Parent empowerment a major tool for school reform in California
Education Watchdog, January 29, 2015
Parent Trigger & Open Enrollment – Ways to Cope With Union Controlled Schools
UnionWatch, January 27, 2015
Rallying for school reform in Anaheim
Orange County Register, January 19, 2015
Parent Trigger Bullies
Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2015