By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Lubbock Educators Association warns its members that "it has been reported" that there have attempts to intimidate teachers into giving up their jobs.
The email was sent Tuesday night at 10:00 PM by Cherie Jenkins, President of the Lubbock Educators Association. It says the association has heard that "LISD employees were called into a meeting with the HR Director and the LISD police chief and told that they needed to resign or be fired."
The email says that "if true" then it would be intimidation. In bold letters with underlined text, Jenkins warns members to "not sign anything." Instead, Jenkins advises members, "to contact the association before signing any papers."
KCBD NewsChannel 11 invited Jenkins to talk on camera Thursday. She declined in favor of a follow-up written statement. It says, "Due to the confidentiality of our members, we cannot discuss specifics about any case. The Lubbock Educators Association stands behind the email that was sent to our members."
In its response Lubbock ISD also cites confidentiality.
An LISD written statement says that, "the legal standards which must be met to terminate an employee mid-year are circumstances in which there have been flagrant violations of policy or law."
LISD's response also says, "The district has a moral and legal obligation to protect the safety of our students."
"It is important to note that a resignation rather than termination doesn't change the district's responsibility to report violations to the State Board of Educator Certification."
Copied below in order are the Tuesday email, the association's follow up statement and the Lubbock ISD response.
(Ann Wyatt Little contributed to this report.)
From: Cherie Jenkins
Sent: Tue 1/4/2011 10:00 PM
Subject: Urgent message for all LEA members
IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU……DON'T LET IT!
On occasion, it has been reported that LISD employees were called into a meeting with the HR Director and the LISD police chief and told that they needed to resign or be fired. If this is true, it is an attempt to intimidate an employee and is not something that the employee must endure. In the event that such a circumstance occurs or anything similar, you should ask that the meeting be stopped until you have a representative present and by all means, do not sign anything! If the district wishes to dismiss an employee, there are proper ways in which it should be done.
It has also been reported that the district may ask an employee to resign in order to offer them another job in the district………WRONG! You should not resign in order to simply be reassigned or transferred. If the district is trying to terminate an employee, it is highly unlikely that they would give you a good recommendation for another job. Please don't be deceived should you find yourself facing such an issue. If you need to ask questions or feel that something isn't right, you should call your LEA/TSTA officers immediately. My cell phone number is 773-XXXX. If you are unable to reach me, call Clinton Gill, our TSTA staff person, at 817-691-XXXX.
Please remember that if you sign any termination or resignation document before you meet with an LEA/TSTA representative, we will be unable to have legal standing and assist you. Your association wants only the best for you and for our district.
President, Lubbock Educators Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2011
Statement from Cherie Jenkins:
"Numerous times each year, the Lubbock Educators Association reminds its members of procedures to be used if they are asked to attend a meeting where a resignation or termination is sought by the school district. Our duty as an association is to advise our members of their rights under state law and how to invoke those rights appropriately if necessary. Due to the confidentiality of our members, we cannot discuss specifics about any case. The Lubbock Educators Association stands behind the email that was sent to our members."
Lubbock ISD Statement
"The legal standards which must be met to terminate an employee mid-year are circumstances in which there have been flagrant violations of policy or law. For 99.9 percent of employees this is a not an issue of concern. Lubbock ISD is legally prohibited from discussing any specific instances, but in the very few situations when this has occurred, the State Board of Educator Certification and the proper authorities were contacted as required. Lubbock ISD administration has a moral and legal obligation to protect the safety and well-being of our students and to maintain the integrity of the district."
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