The Glendale News-Press June 22 article "Teacher sues Glendale Unified," and the letter to the editor titled "Toll teacher should not have been fired" on June 29 paint a very disturbing picture of the actions and attitudes of district administration. To fire a teacher for a legitimate cause may be occasionally necessary, but the facts presented in the above articles strongly suggest that there was nothing legitimate about this particular action.
The fact that her peers elected Jennifer Pakradouni "Toll Teacher of the Year" creates a strong presumption that her character and competence are exemplary. In conjunction with this, the refusal of the administration to reveal the reason for their decision creates an even stronger presumption that they have something to hide.
The statement of Glendale Unified's assistant superintendent for human resources, John Garcia, that "because it is a personnel matter, it is confidential" is ludicrous under the circumstances; it is precisely because it is a "personnel matter" of extreme seriousness to a respected teacher that any appearance of a cover-up in this matter should be strictly avoided. And yet, that is exactly what seems to be happening.