Davis School Board member accuses district of discrimination on basis of race, religion, disability

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  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    May 25, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    "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 DOE response.

  • cleardavis Layton, UT
    May 23, 2014 5:29 p.m.

    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.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 23, 2014 10:46 a.m.


    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.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    May 23, 2014 12:19 a.m.

    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 Being wary of "outsiders" and doing business only with church members from your small circle are outdated and impractical in this age.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 improve.

  • 1Reader Sunnyvale, CA
    May 22, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    May 22, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    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.

  • As If! Layton, UT
    May 22, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 22, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    "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.

  • 21MOM Keaau, HI
    May 22, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    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"!?!!!

  • thpslc Holladay, UT
    May 22, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    Please read the article. He is not suing. He filed a complaint after his concerns were ignored.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 22, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    So why get elected to the school board to effect change, and then sue anyway?

  • ladycf West Jordan, UT
    May 22, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    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 of entitlement.