“…raises significant concerns that [Marshall Tuck run] PLAS continues to disregard state law, regulation, and LAUSD policy and is failing to implement transparent and uniform procedures to ensure parent and student rights are protected.” — MALDEF / Public Counsel
I’ve followed Tuck’s career since he graduated from Broad’s Urban Residency. I think there’s a chance to beat the billionaire backed business banker if there’s a concerted effort to expose his real record to the voting public. A Tuck victory would be akin to Eli Broad officially holding the highest education seat in California (although some would argue that he already does nationally with Arne Duncan).
After months of persistence, bilingual education activist Cheryl Ortega was able to track down crucial paperwork proving Marshall Tuck was responsible for multiple civil rights and California Education Code violations while he was “CEO” of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools (PLAS). Here please find links to the correspondence between MALDEF and Public Counsel, who represented the plaintiffs (A), and PLAS, the defendants (B). There’s also documents from the mediators hired during the process (C). Ultimately Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Office of Inspector General found that all of plaintiffs’ complaints had merit and demanded that Tuck et al remedy their violations. To the best of our knowledge, PLAS still hasn’t complied with the remedies ordered.
Both Ortega and I have written about the incidents, in an attempt to build public awareness of Tuck’s intransigence.
I don’t think I need to explain the importance of the first document, given Tuck’s relentless use of the wrongheaded Vergara judgement as a club against public education. The MALDEF letters (there’s two in the package, the one is an attachment in the other), are so damning in their own right, that they should be used as evidence as to why Tuck should never hold the office of California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.