The Gabrielle Leko controversy has come to a close, and not a moment too soon for the La Cañada Unified School District. Leko, a math teacher with more than two decades of experience in La Cañada, was found to have crossed a line by calling a geometry student “Jew boy” and using other offensive terms in class.
This week the school board announced it had reached an agreement in which Leko will receive a payout to give up her job at the end of the school year.
One consequence of the controversy is that the board is revising its policy regarding the handling of complaints against staff and faculty. But the curious circumstances of this case are moving some board members to support a misguided rule: The board would no longer consider third-party complaints about teachers or workers, meaning the complaints would have to come from students or parents directly affected by the alleged misconduct.