Sometimes bureaucracies can do the right thing:
Superintendent Deasy Issues Statement on Employee’s Controversial Remarks
Los Angeles – As Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I want to emphasize that we condemn the remarks made recently by Patricia McAllister.
Her comments, made during non-work time at a recent protest rally, were her private opinions and were not made in the context of District services. At LAUSD, we recognize that the law is very protective of the freedom of speech rights of public employees when they are speaking as private citizens during non-working time.
I further emphasize to our students, who watch us and look to us for guidance, to be role models and to represent the ideals by which LAUSD lives, that we will never stand for behavior that is disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory.
As a day-to-day substitute teacher, Ms. McAllister was an at-will employee. As of today, she is no longer an employee of the LAUSD.
McAllister was featured in this video from Reason.TV, blaming the ongoing financial crisis on “Zionists” (read: JOOOZZ!!!) who should “get out of the country.”
Some might argue that her right to free speech was violated and that she was speaking on her own, as Superintendent Deasy argued above, but I reject those arguments for two reasons:
- McAllister self-identified as a LAUSD employee during the interview. Thus, she had become a public face for the district and her views would reflect on it and its employees. Parents would have every right to question the wisdom of entrusting their children to a district that would hire loons like McAllister and they would be right to question the wisdom of retaining school board members who thought it okay to retain her services.
- McAllister’s right to free political speech has not been trampled; she can continue spouting her “wisdom” all day at the Occupy LA site or at any other public venue, if she wants. But the district is under no obligation to hire or retain her, either, given the first point, above, and the lack of any contractual protection. While it would be wrong to fire someone for, say, arguing that Barack Obama is a bad president or that Sarah Palin is unfit for office, McAllister’s antisemitic screed is truly beyond the pale and she should in no way be entrusted with educating children.
Good for the LAUSD.
BY THE WAY: Some argue that the Occupy movement is not antisemitic. While I would not tar every member of that movement with that awful brush, the signs that it suffuses the ideological background of the movement are undeniable:
Again, Democrats — is this what you want to associate with?
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