To: 11th Open Letter to the Community
From: Whistleblowers- Comprised of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
Subject: HT Sanchez’ Anonymous Whistleblowers in Texas
H.T. Sanchez and his continued leadership lessons of Attila the Hun
We just discovered that an anonymous group of whistleblowers was formed in H.T. Sanchez’ former school district- Ector County Unified School District, in Texas for similar reasons as those used in forming our group. Read more below.
What do H.T. Sanchez, Chris Christy and Donald Trump have in common? A trail of: Shade, shade and more shade; greed, greed, and more greed; lies, lies, and more lies. All have a case of narcissism on steroids. Each will retaliate against anyone who disagrees with them or intimidates them. All exemplify Attila the Hunn attributes. Given popular opinion: New Jersey is in worse shape than it was when Christy took over as Governor. Trump is damaging the Republican Party. TUSD is on a tremendous downward spiral. In other words- each man has poisoned the environment they are in.
Trump paid actors to attend his presidential launch; during which he put his racist foot in his mouth and then steadfastly back-peddled, without apology, explaining that what he said is not what he said (even though it is on video). Christy has been tagged as a pathological liar by Tom Moran, of the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, who has followed Christy for fourteen years. Anyone with any level of intelligence knows he was behind the George Washington Bridge lane closure. Guilt is sometimes blatant.
Those in Ector County, Texas who got to know H.T. Sanchez the best, as well as many of us here in Tucson, know that Sanchez is nothing more than a strategic opportunist who will do whatever he has to for his own personal and professional gain. Sanchez may be small potatoes compared to Christy and Trump- but he shares the same personality flaws and is as hollow as they are in any level of integrity. It is important to keep Sleazy Sanchez’ corrupt tactics in view. It is as important to highlight that the three Sanchez devotee-Board members, Cam Juarez, Krystal Foster and Adelita Grijalva, have lost all ability to direct, supervise and evaluate Sanchez. He self-evaluated himself at a 100% performance level and all they were capable of was more sideline cheering. They have no more command over Sanchez or Board policy and its implementation than Little Red Riding Hood had over the Big Bad Wolf.
We are still reeling from the $300,000 salary/benefit package that was wrapped up for Shady-Sanchez to “keep” him as the TUSD Superintendent. Juarez, Foster and Grijalva could not risk the slightest possibility of having to go through a selection process to replace him. They know that the community would insist on transparency and would not tolerate anything similar to what took place in selecting Single-shot-Sanchez from a finalist pool of one. It is worth repeating that Sanchez had only 4 limited months as an interim-superintendent when he was hired. In less than two years he has become the highest paid superintendent in Arizona and one of the highest paid in the entire country. As a rookie he seems to have fooled three very irresponsible and shameless Board members. We knew that he would do one, of only a few, theatrical options in dealing with his performance pay and bonus (both undeserved) and we had guessed that one would be to “give it” away. As the controversy over his salary/benefit and contract extension went viral, he did “gift” his bonus and performance pay and he made it a point to say that the recipients would get the remaining dollars after taxes were deducted.
The Board could have taken the full amount for both the bonus and performance pay, without taxation and allocated it directly to student focused services. Instead, the money was used as a “good-guy” campaign to offset the outrage over Shifty-Sanchez’ extended contract and ridiculous salary/benefits increase. The three minions continue to think that community members are stupid and are incapable of seeing right through these policy/administrative shams.
It is obvious that open meeting law violations took place in working up the contract/salary deal for Sanchez and whether or not anyone files a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General is almost irrelevant since the prevailing opinion is that Sanchez, Juarez, Foster and Grijalva commonly violate open meeting law. (Do not get us wrong; we would love it if someone did file a complaint and would love it more if the traces of violation were found). Guilt is sometimes blatant.
While the three minions talk a lot about “stability” in TUSD, the turn-over rate in TUSD is the highest it has ever been- experienced administrators cannot get out fast enough; especially if Sanchez and his deputy hassle them. Paying a superintendent $300,000 a year has nothing to do with stability. If anything; it is symptomatic of just how UNstable TUSD is right now.
Blazing Trail of Retaliation
We know that both Christy and Trump have histories which would more than suggest that they are retaliatory bullies. Sanctimonious-Sanchez has nothing over on them. As mentioned, he has had the highest turn-over rate within a two year period of any superintendent in any decade that can be remembered by any TUSD living historian. With great pride, he brags that he got rid of the “bad” ones. Really? Was any due process involved in getting rid of the “bad” ones? He also takes full claim for losing the “good” ones, bragging, that as members of HIS administration, of course, they were sought after by other school districts, as if HE was the attraction. Not true. Most administrators who have departed- left to get away from a ruthless rookie superintendent who is known to manage through intimidation and innuendo. They did not want to be associated with his unethical ways. (Sanchez initiates and perpetuates personal rumors as a means to discredit former administrators. He thinks nothing of fabricating rumors about sexual affairs simply to distract us from paying attention to his managerial mishaps.) For a subordinate who spends such an abundant amount of time with Krystal Foster, one of his three aficionadas, (in all communication & meeting forms), he should be careful about starting such rumors.
He has also repeatedly criticized former Superintendents Pedicone and Fagan, practically stating that they were incompetent. Two years into the job and he is still blaming them. He builds himself up by tearing others down. He makes excuses for the lack of progress in TUSD by blaming former superintendents and high level administrators. His biggest blame-game is the desegregation case; the special master, the plaintiffs and the court. He thinks nothing of dishing out personal attacks on those most involved in the case. The Board majority accept and, in fact, applaud his scape-goat tactics and horrendous unprofessionalism. For awhile now, the nastiness has been mirrored. Sarcasm drips off of Sanchez, Grijalva, Juarez and Foster in an almost scripted and rehearsed presentation.
We know of individuals who have consulted with their attorneys about Sanchez’ defamation propensities, awaiting a continued pattern of libel prior to proceeding with legal action. Both personal suits against Sanchez and suits against TUSD are in the works.
Whistle While You Work
Cam Juarez, Krystal Foster and Adelita Grijalva could have done an in-depth background check when they were considering hiring Sanchez as Superintendent; after all, the hiring and evaluation of the Superintendent are primary Board functions. If they had spent any time at all in finding out about Sinister-Sanchez they would have easily unveiled his severe problems in the area of (lacking) leadership. For example a Facebook page entitled “Leadership Lessons from Attila the Hun” was posted by those who reported to
Sanchez while he served as Ector County Independent School District (ECISD) Chief of Staff. This would have been a RED flag which they could not have ignored!
https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Ecisd-Leadership- Lessons-from-Attila-the-Hun/ 317871441581895
We find the recently discovered Facebook page quite eerie and, yet, validating. Two distinct groups of administrators from two different school districts in two different states took it upon themselves to expose Sanchez (as Whistleblowers) for the leader-less and retaliatory person that he is. This is quite incredible.What is more incredible is that Grijalva, Foster and Juarez failed to do their job in looking into Sneaky-Sanchez’ background. OR, perhaps they decided to ignore any of the dozens of negative facts they discovered. What we know is that WHERE Sanchez works, whistleblowers rise to the occasion, making effort to expose him for what he is.
Additionally, not all ECISC Governing Board members were contacted during the selection process to provide reference information about their less than 4 month interim-superintendent. Some would not have had favorable comments about the Self-righteous-Sanchez. Many within Ector County claim that Sanchez gained his interim-superintendent position by back-stabbing HIS superintendent. Sanchez was taking rumor-filled reports to Board members about his boss on an ongoing basis. Sanchez sabotaged Superintendent, Hector Mendez. Sabotaging-Sanchez’ management practices are crude and hit below the belt. Facts are meaningless to him; it is only what benefits him that counts. Had Juarez, Foster or Grijalva bothered to have done an in-depth check into Sanchez’ background they would have discovered that he was (and is) a light-weight in the leadership arena and that he is not regarded as ethical or fair.
Hokus Pokus Community Involvement
Similar to Trump paying actors to attend his Presidential launch, Sanchez filled up lots of space at his Strategic Planning Meetings with many of us who were ordered to attend the meetings (TUSD administrators and teachers). It was obvious that the whole affair was nothing but smoke and mirrors. He keeps attempting to hypnotize people into believing that the Strategic Planning process was owned by the community; which is a total lie and sham. There were always more TUSD employees at each of the meetings than community members. Last October when the Plan was voted on by the Board, Sanchez and his schleps were in a panic; afraid of not having enough participants fill the meeting room. All newly hired teachers were directed to attend the meeting. Administrators were directed to attend and of course, all of 1010 was in attendance. Throughout the entire process, there were less than a dozen community participants who attended every meeting; many original attendees fled and were never asked why.
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Sanchez’ “loyals” facilitated every process and when they did not agree with a community member’s input; the input simply was not documented. Why is this important, since the Self-satisfied-Sanchez- Strategic Plan has now been in place since last fall? Because it exemplifies the way that Sanchez manipulates so called “in-put” processes for his sole gain and his grueling effort get one over on the community. It is HIS Strategic Plan upon which he evaluated himself. How absurdly convenient and self-serving!
Sanchez speaks about HIS strategic plan all of the time, as though he is Moses speaking about the Ten Commandments. At least Moses had legitimate input; Sinning-Sanchez did not. This leads us into the next topic.
Another Slimy-Sanchez Illegitimate “Ownership” Process Is Birthed
As we all know, the Fruchthendler/Sabino (F/S) Plan to add 6th grade to Fruchthendler and to include 7th and 8th grades at Sabino, which was approved by the Board but was rejected by the court. The F/S Plan was rejected by the court. We have read the court order and it is pretty clear to us that the federal judge used the order to spoon-feed the District exactly what they need to do if they plan to resubmit the initiative for approval once again.
Seething-Sanchez was furious with the court ruling and has said that he plans to slam the plaintiffs in the desegregation case; no matter what it takes. He said that ‘he is a better chess player than any of the parties in the desegregation case and that he plans to annihilate them.’ This is a guy who publically says how much he and his team collaborate with the plaintiffs and Special Master. He wears hypocrisy like he wears his boots.
His new scheme for Fruchthendler and Sabino is to “throw in” some other schools into the mix in order to distract the court from the two schools which are really at the crux of his plot. He is using Collier and Drachman as bate for the plaintiffs and will finally “allow” the schools to change their grade configuration to get what he truly wants. Smug-Sanchez’ plot includes having each principal “get” two parents from their school to buy the deal and then sell the deal to the Board (and court). He thinks he can fool the Board, schools and the plaintiffs. Remember, his daughter attends Fruchthendler and Mary Ann Sanchez, his wife, has become a fixture at the school, so his “stuff” with Fruchthendler is very personal.
Since the Fruchthendler/Sabino Plan that was rejected by the court included an “honors pathway” (an exclusive east side model), we just do not know how Scheming-Sanchez will remedy the exclusivity problem which was exposed to the court by the plaintiffs, especially since he has never shown any interest in remedying anything having to do with desegregation. We are dumbfounded at how the Sabino was granted permission and funding to start reconstruction for the addition of 7th and 8th grade, since the court rejected the District’s plan!
Sanchez and Two 1010ers Travel to Washington D.C. to Discuss TUSD Student Discipline
Sanchez’ self-bragging has informed us that he was “invited by President Obama” to attend an event in Washington D.C. (No, the President did NOT actually invite him!) He and Julie Tolleson, Chief Legal Counsel will undoubtedly stretch the truth or flat out lie at the event. They will report how great TUSD is doing in implementing the discipline section of the USP, which is a great distance from the truth. For starters, will they tell the Whitehouse, the presenters and guests at the event that the TUSD Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities (GSRR) for SY2015-2016 will not be ready to provide to students and parents when school starts, which makes it impossible for students and parents to know their rights and responsibilities? Of course not. Omissions sometimes are lies.
- Question: Who in TUSD administers discipline? Answer: Site Administrators and Teachers
- Question: Who has complained about the requirements for discipline under the court order? Answer: HT Sanchez.
- Question: Who will take credit at the Whitehouse for the policies that have been put in place as required by the Unitary Status Plan? Answer: H. T. Sanchez; the one who has complained the loudest about the USP.
- Question: What does H. T. stand for? Answer: Hypocritical & Two-faced
For two suffering years site administrators and teachers have asked Sanchez to provide clarification on the discipline requirements. In response, we were provided with intranet training and were required to verify that we actually went through the electronic training. Within the last few months we have received improved training, but Sam Brown and Charlotte Brown are often contradicted by Eugene Butler on key discipline policy, thus, there remains confusion over discipline implementation.
Mindlessly Modifying the PACE Program
PACE is one of TUSD’s treasures; it is recognized as one of the best pre-school programs. So, of course, Sanchez sets out to tamper with it with the excuse of needing to have a more inclusive Project ABLE Program. This however, was being driven by Grijalva and Juarez- based on their own personal experience as former pre-school parents. They have NO expertise in early childhood education. Unfortunately, almost like everything else he does, Sanchez did not include the critical stakeholders in the planning. The early childhood education staff (management, teachers, etc.) and parents have not been included in the planning that has taken place up through mid-July. It was NOT INCLUSIVE. (School starts soon.) Parents, grandparents, management and community members have let their voices be heard and while they support the idea of inclusion, they know that implementing a half-baked plan would result in a collapsed cake. Not wanting more egg on his highly paid face, Sanchez has slowed down the process. Everyone should recognize that it is only because external voices began to get public exposure.
Credible Evaluation of Teachers
Within our Whistleblower group, comprised of site administrators, teachers, parents and a few research volunteers, we agree that the current teacher evaluation process is a sham. School administrators work hard to hold teachers accountable, with little support from central administration. The biggest hurdle is the legal office. No matter how much documentation an administrator may have on a teacher who is performing poorly; it is never enough and we are made to feel that it is simply too much trouble to go forward with any action. There is also political interference. If a union (TEA) “darling” is being held accountable in a way that they do not like or has been written up for something such as sexual harassment, central administration has often intervened and rescued the poor performer. Site administrators have dozen of stories of how our jobs are stymied by central administration and the legal department.
The manner in which poor performing teachers are constantly rescued for political reasons or legal laziness is an insult to good teachers. Every teacher, in every school knows who the bad apples are in their building and they begrudge the fact that the system tolerates their inadequacy.
Teachers who are put on improvement plans get very little help from 1010, which results in little improvement. Principals need to run their schools and it is impossible to provide the support that is needed for teachers on improvement plans. Once upon a time 1010 had administrators who truly supported the schools and their staffs. Teachers were provided with the tools needed to do their jobs. Teachers who were placed on an improvement plan were coached, supported and mentored by central administrators whose goal it was to have all teachers succeed. The current administration has left both principals and teachers hanging out to dry-without the necessary support. The teacher evaluation issue is just one of hundreds of issues that we are left to deal with on our own!
The Special Master has recently recommended that in addition to a building administrator, another neutral evaluator be involved in evaluating teachers. At a recent Board meeting Slithering-Sanchez addressed the issue by insulting the Special Master and insisting that the Special Master meet with union leaders. Of course it is ridiculous to even suggest that the Special Master negotiate with TEA. Everyone in our group agrees that if site administrators were truly allowed to evaluate teachers the Special Master’s recommendation would not play well. But in TUSD, having an external co-evaluator to also evaluate teachers may be part of the chemotherapy that is needed to get rid of the 1010 cancer that permeates the teacher evaluation process (as well as other vital processes).
Teachers; Get Freed from Freed!
Most anyone who lives in Tucson and is associated in anyway with TUSD is furious about Sanchez’ extended contract and outrageous salary. But not TEA! The TEA leadership has totally sold-out its membership. Recently Jason Freed was interviewed on KGUN 9 News about TEA’s response to the lucrative contract. Freed said, “The feeling from the number of teachers and support staff I’ve talked to is that our district is going in an improved direction.” He is totally out of touch with teachers and support staff! He is an embarrassment to the profession and to the true concept of a union.
https:// arizonadailyindependent.com/ 2015/07/17/tusd-teachers- surprised-by-unions-sanchez- statements/
We implore anyone who still is paying dues to withdraw your TEA membership; free yourself from Freed and those who surround him. They have sold out to Sanchez and as we have mentioned in previous letters, next only to the three minions, they cheer on Sanchez, applaud him, give him accolades and seem to serve as his public relations team. TEA is not about teachers; it is about the dozen or so “leaders” who have allowed the organization to fall flat due to their self-serving interests. They lobby for themselves. The following speaks for itself. It was extracted from the Board minutes of May 19, 2015 on item 3; Superintendent’s Report. “Dr. Sanchez also announced this is the last meeting Frances Banales will be attending as TEA President. He thanked her for her leadership and asked her to the podium. Ms. Banales thanked Board and district leadership for their collaboration and shared a Power Point presentation highlighting TEA?TUSD accomplishments over the past two years. Dr. Sanchez also introduced the new TEA President, Jason Freed. Mr. Freed briefly addressed the Board indicating he looks forward to continued relationship between TEA and TUSD.”
Remember TUSD Board Member Terms END
The terms for Krystal Foster and Cam Juarez end in 2016 UNLESS they are re-elected. Justifiably, their terms should end or they should be recalled; sooner than later.
We just learned that there is a recall effort underway, so, perhaps with some real community effort the three minions- Grijalva, Foster and Juarez will be recalled.
http://www.scrippsmedia.com/ kgun9/news/Effort-to-recall- three-TUSD-board-members- underway-318230671.html
Our previous letters are easily found in Three Sonorans. We thank TS for including every letter we have written in their blog. We also appreciate the Arizona Daily Independent and the Tucson Weekly for including some of our letters and/or referencing our letters in their coverage of TUSD. The media has our permission to reprint our letter.