Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Superior Court Judge tells SDCOE Supt. Randy Ward that he was wrong to fire whistle-blower

Randolph Ward knows that school officials don't have to obey the law because California's administrative courts can be relied on to give them legal victories they don't deserve. So Randy doesn't investigate whistle-blower complaints. Ward says, "In all cases, the hearing is the investigation."

This lawlessness among school officials is a key reason that education is failing most of our students. People in power seem to listen to no one except their lawyers.

It's time to stop retaliating against whistle-blowers, Mr. Ward.

Agency fights reinstating worker with whistleblower complaint
North County Times
March 30, 2009

The San Diego County Office of Education said Monday it will appeal a judge's finding that a fired employee must be reinstated because the agency failed to consider his whistleblower complaint for alleged unethical practices.

Last week, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Steven Denton ordered the Office of Education to reinstate Rodger Hartnett to the agency's risk management department, from which he was fired in 2007...

Hartnett contends in court filings that cozy relationships among several agency employees and Daniel Shinoff of the San Diego law firm Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz led to that firm receiving the lion's share of legal work defending school districts faced with lawsuits.

Shinoff, who has represented dozens of area school districts in recent years and is widely regarded as a skilled and dogged advocate, has denied the allegation in published reports.

Efforts to reach Shinoff on Monday were unsuccessful...

In his reinstatement order, Denton said the agency's Personnel Commission violated state law when it failed to conduct an investigation into Hartnett's allegation, thus rendering the firing moot.

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