When I filed the public complaint against La Cañada High School math teacher Gabrielle Leko, I was concerned about student safety — not physical safety, but social/emotional safety. Most of the allegations have been validated. The school board is now debating future third-party public complaints like mine. This proposed change looks like an attempt to shoot future messengers.
Here's a summary of the relevant proposed changes to Board Policy 1312.1:
Any first-hand witness is encouraged to file a public complaint.
If a student is a first-hand witness, the parent of the student is encouraged to file.
No public complaints will be accepted from anyone else.
Anyone is invited to communicate with staff, which is an informal complaint.
The purpose of the formal public complaint is to start an investigation on a timeline and receive meaningful feedback from the district. The LCUSD has no systematic accountability on informal complaints.