Opened to fanfare, San Diego Unified’s Quality Assurance Office was supposed to be a hub of accountability and a one-stop shop where parents, students and employees could get their complaints heard and fairly investigated.
Now, district officials are fighting off claims the office – which costs $1.68 million to operate annually – whitewashed and ignored problems brought to their attention.
Superintendent Cindy Marten created the Quality Assurance Office shortly after taking the district’s top post in 2013.
Until now, most of the office’s activities have remained out of public view. Regular reports are given to Marten and the school board, but officials claim the documents are legally exempt from public disclosure because they pertain to specific students.
Documents related to recent lawsuits provide a window into how complaints are handled and raise questions about the real purpose of the Quality Assurance Office. Personnel decisions are often made by Marten, and in one high-profile case, a decision was made before the office and its investigator were even through with their work.
A report produced for a school safety group in early 2015 shows 1,522 inquiries were processed by the Quality Assurance Office in the final four months of 2014. Hot classrooms garnered the most complaints, while seven were categorized as sexual harassment-related.
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@AshlyReports @DistrictDeeds wordpress com @workharddreambig Very nice comprehensive article pulling together the HR, Legal, PR components of the totally dysfunctional, self-serving management within the Marten administration.
"Voice of San Diego sought interviews with Marten, general counsel Andra Donovan and Carmina Duran, executive director of the Quality Assurance Office, to discuss the office and their testimony given in Gurrieri’s federal case. All three declined" - The current Marten Administration version of "transparency" personified.
The only assurance coming out of Duran's department is the assurance that they will sidetrack all potential violations reported by SDUSD Stakeholders directly to their boss Andra Donovan for the purpose of minimizing legal jeopardy to the district...not to provide quality or justice to the victims. The Marten testimony transcript we posted on District Deeds back on Jan. 24th clearly shows the real purpose of the SDUSD QA Dept.
This Quality Assurance office has been a front for the legal department and a PR ploy for the benefit of Marten and the Board of Education from the start.
SDUSD Stakeholders beware!
Another great spotlight on the monolithic and unaccountable public school system. Insulation from competition clearly breeds this pathetic display of callous disregard. Don't investigate unless the proper form is filed in the proper place and approved by the proper dignitaries! And by all mean never fire anyone!
Nothing to see here folks, the School Board has a union - only construction labor deal for their bond funded school work and the worst that can happen to an administrator is being hidden away with compensation (special assignment). By all means don't recall any school board members or place students as a priority.