It is the third largest school district in the state, with 66,579 students, however allegedly they will only cater to a certain “elite” class of people – now no one wants to say Hitler, but we can certainly put the word out there.
According to a complaint made by an internal board member David Lovato, the district workforce does not provide equal opportunities to those with disabilities, females, or those who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An example of this is the exclusion from participating on district-wide committees, and also an awards program.
Their voice instead has been extrapolated and pigeonholed as unimportant, and Lovato states that the district has an “embedded business culture that promotes racism, prejudice and discrimination.” Not something that will benefit education systems, or the minds of the youth, he continued.
Board Vice President Burke Larsen, responded by saying that the district are compassionate to students with disabilities, however he was aware that they do not have the same resources as other homes where they have opportunities for vocabulary and arts and sports. He then added that the district were attempting to work towards changes to improve this. He did not mention anything about the basis for employment of staff.
Lovato has expressed his regret that he has had to make a formal complaint, but insists that he has tried every other avenue to try and resolve the issues beforehand.
Melissa from MLS says: “Employment should not be bound to religion or disabilities. Everyone has intrinsic value and should be allowed access to the same opportunities as everyone else.”
Lovato has appealed for a number of actions to be put in place to correct the situation, including “requiring the district to implement an affirmative action plan; develop plans and policies to recruit, promote and recognize more disabled, minority, female and non-LDS employees; investigate the recent resignation of the district’s only black principal; and develop a plan to address the gaps between high school graduation rates of various student groups.”