No 5th Term - Adelita
Adelita Grijalva’s 16 year voting record fails to support critical TUSD issues
Support of Teachers
Teachers and support staff at TUSD have long been under-appreciated and under-paid. Proposition 123 funds were approved by voters to give raises to teachers. 301 funds were approved by the legislature to award teacher base and performance pay. “Red-for-Ed” refers to the recent salary increase approved by the State.
Repeatedly supported the use of some or all of the funds intended/ promised for teacher pay raises to other purposes.
Statewide teacher bonus package, (7/2006)
Proposition 123 funds, (6/2016)
“Red-for-Ed” funds, (5/2018)
TUSD’s annual 301 teacher performance pay plan that held back millions of dollars that should have been paid to teachers, (6/2015)
Voted for years to hire long-term teacher substitutes rather than full-time teachers through contractor ESI at substantial cost (7/2015, 7/2016, 6/2017) until reversing position (6/2018)
Supported policy changes that reduced teachers' due process rights and allowed their immediate termination without review (8/2012, 11/2013)
Support of Students and Curriculum
Advocacy of student achievement is perhaps the most important part of a Board Members performance.
For years has consistently opposed hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes (7/2014)
Opposed using part of desegregation budget for smaller class sizes and stipends for hard-to-fill teaching positions (3/2018)
Consistently voted for the annual approval of TUSD’s general budget, despite the share spent on Instruction being far below and the share spent on Administration far above similar districts, (7/2012 - 2018)
Board Office Operations
Slow posting of minutes eventually led to an Attorney General finding against TUSD.
Voted against a policy change requiring faster posting of minutes, (10/2014)
Consistently opposes efforts to reform or reduce costs in the board office (4/2010, 1/2018)
Discipline in TUSD schools has long been troubling.
Voted many times to weaken disciplinary codes or failed to support stricter disciplinary codes, (8/2013, 11/2013, 10/2014, 7/2015, 5/2017)
Spending for Questionable Expenses
With tight budgets extravagant spending is not acceptable.
Supported spending $ million to hold a rushed and premature and off-year bond election, when defeat was almost certain (bond failed with a 59% No vote), (6/2017)
Repeatedly supported expensive consulting and marketing contracts, including:
To the Gordley Group to promote TUSD ($300,000), (6/2013)
To hire a consultant to rewrite the discipline code ($35,000, the results were scrapped), (11/2015)
To NBC/KVOA (sole source) to advertise for TUSD ($725,000), (4/2016)
Consistently voted to fund out-of-state board member travel, (2009 - 20016, 1/2017)
Academic Curriculum and Standards
Curriculum and standards are the framework for teaching our students and measuring their achievement.
Opposed resolution that 8th grade promotion to high school should be based on attainment of recognized academic standards, (1/2012)
Mismanagement of Desegregation
TUSD has been under federal desegregation orders since 1974. Adelita as a member and several times, President of the Board, has been a very weak leader and, in some cases, has caused confusion and delays in satisfying Court Orders.
Regarding the Court Orders in 2013, Adelita and Superintendent Sanchez mislead parents in several schools about the Orders and what “desegregation” meant. As President of TUSD’s Board, Adelita helped negotiate and had signed the Desegregation Order. Yet she and Sanchez pretended that the Order was issued independently by the Court and imposed on TUSD. They urged parents to write to Judge Bury to complain. And they said the loss of magnet status at Cholla, Ochoa, Holiday, Utterback and several other schools was due to the Court’s decision. Yet it was TUSD’s lack of financial and administrative support, including the failure to fill teacher vacancies, that caused the loss of magnet status! Then Adelita and Sanchez staged a bogus event where they “invited” the Court to a neighborhood meeting to explain themselves. It was a joke.
On November 19, 2015, Judge Bury admonished Board president Adelita Grijalva and the administration’s apparent effort to disseminate misinformation:
“Because of the highly visible nature of the magnet schools, the Court has received large numbers of letters from concerned citizens. These letters reflect a great amount of misunderstanding by the public regarding the changes underway to TUSD’s magnet program.”
Auditing TUSD’s Financial Transactions
TUSD has a highly mixed record for transparency and compliance with regulations.
Selecting the District Superintendent is one of the most important functions of the Board
Hiring of friends and relatives of Board members and top administrators has long been a concern at TUSD.