"Lovato said he has brought his concerns to his colleagues on the school
board, but they've typically been met with very little response."I haven’t been satisfied with the feedback that I have received,
and they’ve offered no remedies or solutions," he said. "It was
just business as usual."Unlike several posters, I see this his
action as a means to expand the field of qualified applicants for Davis County
School District employment positions. I'll be watching for the
Most faculty at the school I am close to did not go to school at BYU, at least
half are not LDS and several teachers are from out of state. I have seen those
of different abilities treated fairly. As far as race goes, there are many
minorities working for the district. The English as a Second Language
endorsement classes offered through the district are taught by people of diverse
cultures, race, and abilities. There are some teachers from other countries
teaching language immersion and foreign language classes. I also know some too
who did not get hired by the district, though they were LDS and Caucasian,
because they are not as qualified as other candidates. I know Davis School
District as a district who hires qualified people and expects that standard
after employees are hired.
thpslc:I did. A "complaint" is what initiates legal action
(i.e. a "suit"), whether before a civil court or an administrative
agency. It seems to me that Mr. Lovato has asked someone else to fix what he was
elected to do himself.
Shouldn't Davis School District be hiring the best of the best? Too bad
they haven't figured out that highly qualified and talented candidates come
in all colors, races and styles and some even come from other areas. There are
old habits from the early days of the Church that were helpful in establishing
an outpost community but are not so relevant now. Being wary of
"outsiders" and doing business only with church members from your small
circle are outdated and impractical in this age. It's time to diversify and
Are not Board Members, above anyone else, best positioned to improve the
supposed situation? Lovato reported something, but that didn't resolve it
immediately--which is how everything works; it requires time, patience and
effort. It could easily turn out that there weren't many (or
any) minority, disabled or non-LDS applicants/candidates in Davis county. (Even
though 15% of students are 'minorities', that doesn't mean 15% of
qualified applicants are.) And if there were in fact, were they indeed the most
qualified? If so, then there is a case. But Lovato seems to think that the
District needs to make it a top priority to attract disabled, minority, and
non-Mormon teachers/principles--while the rest of the District is worried about
educating their students. Some people erroneously feel that
diversity, for the sake of diversity, should be a primary objective--rather than
a situation to appropriately accommodate and leverage. I live in the most
diverse county in the nation (there's no 'majority' here), and
it's cool--but it brings its own set of challenges and benefits.
I think it would be of value to post the standardized scores of these schools,
comparative to other like demographic schools in the state and nation. Then an
informative decision can be made as to the impact it is having on the primary
customer i.e. the student. Providing all students the best education should be
the primary concern of the school board.
I worked for the Davis School District and I one other teacher were the only
teachers who had attended BYU. I can't remember anyone going to BYU-IDAHO.
This is just ridiculous. I have a neighbor down the street who is African
American and teaches school. The truth is that not many minorities become
teachers in Davis School District because there just aren't very many
minorities that even apply for the jobs. I also have MS, which is a definite
disability, and they never tried to get rid of me. I know a lot of teachers who
have disabilities and have been hired despite them. Who voted this person into
office? I sure hope it wasn't me.
"I dream of the day when my children will be judged not by the color of
their skin, but by the content of their character."Apparently,
Dr. Martin Luther King's views on discrimination, hiring and quotas is at
odds with one of the school board members.I think Dr. King was
right, and that the Davis School Board is operating closer to that than as a
bunch of bigots who discriminate against certain favored classes of people.However, the liberals, lawyers and education czars will probably unite
in condemning the school board, and insist that its standards be watered down to
accommodate the desired preference groups, regardless of qualifications or
merit.I hope the voters of Davis County allow Mr. Lovato the
opportunity to find employment elsewhere at the next election. But, by then he
will probably be working for the Democrat party.
I completely agree with leaving businesses the freedom to hire based upon
qualifications. It is just insane to think we need to force everyone to make
sure that there is one white, one black, one hispanic, one religious, one
non-religious, one republican, one democrat, etc… We don't need any
more rules to follow. The first ten were enough (The Ten Commandments, The
Constitution and ten amendments) and we don't even remember those anymore.
Why do we all feel like we need to keep moving closer to the edge just because
someone keeps screaming "Move Over"!?!!!
JohnInSLC,Please read the article. He is not suing. He filed a complaint
after his concerns were ignored.
So why get elected to the school board to effect change, and then sue anyway?
There is a reason why SO MANY companies recruit BYU-Idaho students. Companies
want students that will maintain the high standards and live the honor code.
Also, just because the LDS church owns BYU-Idaho doesn't mean they
don't open their doors to non members. I graduated from BYU-I and trust me,
I met many non members that attended there. Also, I am hispanic so I can relate
to a lot of frustrated minorities that feel like Mr. Lovato. It might be true
that there should be diversity among the employees, but just because there
aren't any diverse people doesn't mean that the district has denied
them employment. Maybe they weren't qualified.
He cites the lack of a district affirmative action plan and goals for the
recruitment of disabled or ethnic minority job candidates.Affirmative action is merely reverse discrimination. They should hire based
on qualification alone, not because they are or are not an ethnic minority or
disabled. My guess is that Mr. Lavato votes democrat and has very large sense