Are They Properly Trained in Civil Rights Law?
As of Aug 2022: The Hawaii Department of Education Civil Rights Compliance Branch boasts that a majority of its employees hold a Juris Doctor in Law degree. Eleven of the CRCB's 20 employees do hold such a degree (55%). Of those 20 employees, only one has an active Hawaii State Bar Association license (9%), and 100% of them achieved their Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Is that diversity in experience and knowledge?
No, that is not diversity.
18 Aug 2022 - Please provide me with the course names and descriptions of all classes that teach civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Please specify which of these classes are required to attain a Juris Doctor of Law at Richardson School of Law at Manoa, and which of these classes are electives.
09 Sep 2022 - We only cover the ADA and Rehabilitation Act in small amounts in the following courses. None of these courses are required.
(Course descriptions and Links are below.)
Law School Description
This course provides an introduction to the myriad legal issues which confront the elderly in our society, such as age discrimination, elder abuse, estate planning, entitlement to government benefits, guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and health care decisions, including end-of-life decisions.
Law School Description
Introduction to health care jurisprudence and the study of bioethics, a term used generally to describe ethical issues in the life sciences as applied in professional fields, including medicine, nursing, philosophy, theology and law.
UH Mānoa Catalog Description
A study of the law of employment discrimination.
On August 18, 2022, I sent the following request to the Civil Rights Compliance Branch.
It's now September 16, 2022 and the DOE CRCB has not bothered to respond.
I request copies of any and all publications, training materials, procedures or memos that teach, train, and/or guide DOE Civil Rights Compliance Branch employees how to abide by the ADA and Rehabilitation Act federal laws with regard to workplace accommodations, claims of employee discrimination and employee retaliation. For each record, please specify the archived location of the record within DOE (e.g. URL).
The Hawaii Department of Education does not train its employees how to handle conflict in a professional manner. Click here to read about my efforts to obtain DOE training materials regarding conflict management. They don't exist!
When an employee asks for an ADA workplace accommodation, or a student asks for an IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) accommodation, and a principal does not want to provide this accommodation, that is the very essence of civil rights related conflict. For four years, the DOE CRCO against discriminated against me by denying a cost-free, very reasonable disability accommodation (RDA). I needed a key to the school parking gate so that I, a handicapped teacher, could access the campus to work in my classroom after 4:30 pm and on weekends. It was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act to deny this accommodation, but no matter. The CRCB/O violates the ADA all the time! The retaliation I endured for filing a complaint was outrageous. The only way to make it stop was to quit working for the DOE, which I did in 2012.
Then, for the next 10 years, the CRCB (previously known as the CRCO - Civil Rights Compliance Office), did the same thing to a friend of mine. Even though my 3-year grievance had established that a key to the parking gate is a reasonable accommodation for a teacher with a mobility impairment (me), they denied this other teacher the same RDA. As of this writing (16 Sep 2022) we are awaiting the court's decision on her court case.
In all those years, once we filed a RDA, no one from the CRCO/B ever spoke to us. One of the first steps in professional conflict management, is to have an open, mediated discussion with all the parties involved. The CRCB/O is not doing this. They do what all DOE administrators do, from the Complex Area Superintendent all the way up the chain to the State Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. They speak only to the school principals. If and when a principal lies or obfuscates the truth, they always accept the principal's version of circumstances and never investigate properly what's really going on. The CRCB tells the employees, whose civil rights they are supposed to protect, to work it out with the principal. How is that possible when the CRCB/O doesn't bother to train the principals under what circumstances a RDAlegally can be denied. I'm beginning to realize that the DOE doesn't even train the CRCB/O compliance Specialists, for why else would they not respond to my request for copies of their training materials.
Click here to read my 31-Aug-2022 letter to the State of Hawaii Board of Education concerning the lack of professional conflict management throughout the DOE -- another letter that most probably will receive no response, as usual.
The PDF file at the top of this webpage containing the educational records of the CRCB employees has been compiled from the following files I received in response to my requests to access government records. I am still awaiting some clarifications
While analyzing the data I received from the DOE Office of Talent Management, I discovered some discrepancies in their documentation and new questions arose. I will finish the profile of CRCB employee qualifications when I receive answers to the question posed in this PDF.
I request copies of any and all publications, training materials, procedures or memos that teach, train, and/or guide DOE Civil Rights Compliance Branch employees how to follow the ADA and Rehabilitation Act federal laws with regard to workplace accommodations, claims of employee discrimination and employee retaliation. For each record, please specify the archived location of the record within DOE (e.g. URL).
Sent to HIDOE Civil Rights Compliance Branch on 8/14/2022.
Once I receive and process the clarifications that I requested on 15-Sep-2022, I will be able to complete my profile of CRCB competencies.
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