It seems many teachers and staff felt they were not getting anywhere by approaching the superintendent about their ideas. In turn, they brought complaints to the school board, which opted Monday, April 2, to terminate her position next month.
While many teachers complained that Corral-Carlson had engaged in micromanaging and many questioned her funding priorities, she generally had done a commendable job in terms of interfacing with the public, at least in terms of promoting the district. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.
At the same time, while it’s hard to gauge the legitimacy of some of the legal claims she has made against the district this week, one thing is clear: her contention that race and gender bias contributed to her dismissal is misguided.
It’s important to keep in mind that the four trustees who voted to dismiss Corral-Carlson were all women. While two male Latino trustees abstained from the vote, the only trustee to outright oppose her departure was Bruce Kelly, a white male.
Furthermore, several female teachers and staff reportedly wrote letters to the school board expressing concerns about her leadership. Many of these teachers saw Corral-Carlson’s gender and bilingual capabilities as an asset, not as a liability.
Certainly, race and gender bias continue to play a role today in many arenas today, despite major strides that have been made in American society. That’s why it’s particularly troubling to see Corral-Carlson playing the race and gender card, when that so obviously has nothing to do with this case.
When frivolous claims are made regarding discrimination, it contributes to public skepticism about all such claims.