District Teachers Vote “No Confidence” in Pasadena Unified Superintendent

Published : Friday, September 28, 2018 | 5:56 AM

Pasadena Unified school teachers voted by an 83 percent majority in favor of “no confidence” in the performance of Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald, according to the teachers union.

The United Teachers of Pasadena announced late Thursday night it has adopted the position that McDonald “promotes a culture of divisiveness and non-accountability to such a degree as to render his leadership ineffective and unacceptable.”

To read the letter in full, click here

In a statement, the union cited a litany of complaints.

First among them was what the union said is the shrinking number of teachers.

“The rate of teachers leaving the District for reasons other than retirement or reduction-in-force continues to escalate,” the statement said. “It is apparent that classroom and management/administrative positions are being vacated at an alarming rate.”

To add insult to injury, the union statement said, teachers are feeling over-worked and under-appreciated as conditions require that they do more with less.

The statement concluded that it is time for McDonald to go.

“The notion of ‘bad fit’ is one we are all familiar with. In the case of Brian McDonald, he is a “bad fit” for Pasadena. Perhaps, Brian McDonald will be an excellent fit in another school district.”



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