According to the code of conduct that the TUSD board has established, its principals must:
- Maintain courteous and professional relationships with pupils, parents/guardians, other employees of the district and all patrons of the District.
- Refrain from conduct or speech that violates commonly accepted standards of the District and that, under present circumstances, has no redeeming social value.
- Employees shall not use language which is offensive or profane.
- Employee must not intimidate, threaten, coerce or abuse, either physically or mentally, another employee, patron or student.
Over the past week, the Principal of Pueblo High School, Augustine Romero, violated each of these regulations.
Speaking to a parent of two children in TUSD, the TUSD Principal was very unprofessional and used profanity, yelled at teachers in an abusive manner, and almost got into a fight before being escorted out of a national conference (NAME) that he was in charge of organizing.
For these violations nothing will happen to the Principal since he is in training to be the next superintendent of TUSD. Despite the fact that if any of his students talked to teachers the way he did they would be suspended, power protects power and some people are above the law.
In January 2012, the Mexican American Studies program was banned in TUSD. A few weeks later Augustine Romero wrote an editorial to the Arizona Daily Star vowing never to compromise since the MAS program was innocent. In just a few weeks he would be offered a highly paid position to do just that, working with white supremacists to whitewash the MAS curriculum to appease their racist censorship. He still defends his actions to this day as you can see in the video above.
Meanwhile the MAS teachers continue to be vilified for standing up for what is right, and now that vilification is coming from the vendido himself, Auggie Romero.
Earlier this year Romero published a book about the MAS program. He failed to include even one MAS teacher in the book and yet took credit for all their work as if it were his own. Despite this clear fraud, the NAME head honchos still kept him in charge of organizing the Tucson conference and even let him spread his fraud at a session where he spread lies such as claiming to be the founder of MAS when in fact he was an intern for John McCain when the program was being founded in the 1990s.
Never listening to the local community, the NAME organizers allowed the TUSD superintendent to speak at the conference at the same time that the MAS teachers spoke, thus ensuring he would not learn anything about the program he keeps banned by learning from the teachers themselves.
But what do you expect when a conference on decolonization in education is held at the Valley of Gold at El Conquistador Resort?
There was an uproar over this scheduling conflict, which had to be intentional due to Auggie Romero, so the conference decided to set aside a room so that the teachers and the superintendent could share their ideas together. This would turn out to be a disaster.
First of all, there was no moderator and there was confusion about which room this would take place in, since the room they mentioned was already booked for something else. Then the TUSD superintendent left like a coward after just hearing one teacher speak about the continued racism in TUSD.
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In hindsight we notice that the discussions were between the board president or the teachers, never addressed to Auggie, yet he had to be metiche. He always violently interrupted the women speaking more than once to tell them that they are wrong and then proceed yelling while standing at the seated teachers.
He cussed multiple times. His hands were waving and he was angry, speaking loudly and yelling at everyone. Then he tried to start a fight and had to be escorted out.
In attendance at this conference were my two kids, aged 18 months and 6 years old. Also in attendance were grandparents of TUSD children, and yet this is how the host of the NAME conference acted to members of our community, our familias?
Augustine Romero has also admitted to blacklisting MAS teachers such as Sean Arce, and is trying to derail his Ph.D. dissertation. Is this the kind of leader NAME chooses, the kind that kisses the ass of white supremacists yet yells at his own raza and tries to prevent Latino educators from getting their doctorate?
Apparently so. They gave Romero an award at a their banquet later that evening, even after all these events had gone down.
Even though this abuse was witnessed by the board president, she has made threats to the teachers involved, telling them there will be consequences for calling out her loyal doggy Auggie. None of them will get a chance to be the next director for the culturally relevant classes, some may not get their teaching contracts renewed, and even this blogger who was simply videorecording was yelled at.
When I said that this was horrible behavior for a school principal who is setting a bad example with his violent behavior, the board president responded childishly that I need to be a better example, ignoring the fact that had the principal in question had instead been a white Republican yelling at her Latino teachers and trying to fight with parents she probably would have fired him on the spot.
Is there a problem in TUSD? Was the ban on MAS just an illusion as Auggie mentions? Does the state really have no power as Auggie says even though it makes Adelita Grijalva’s excuses into lies?
Auggie claims that MAS is back and says it doesn’t matter that we can’t call the program Mexican American, saying that name does not matter… at a NAME conference… apparently identity is not important in education and censorship is acceptable?
Is it okay to just violently interrupt women that are speaking to go on angry tirades that includes profanity… at a national conference as a TUSD representative?
Teachers and parents yelled at and then threatened with physical violence by Auggie Romero. Is this kind of behavior acceptable by HT Sanchez and his TUSD board?
I will be vilified for even asking these questions. Heck my own job may be threatened because of the powerful connections that Auggie and Adelita have. But video doesn’t lie, and you can judge for yourself what kind of principal TUSD promotes and protects for power.