The Union is grandstanding in its news pages about suing the Nevada Joint Union High School District, “seeking to force the district to release information on the March termination” of then-Superintendent Marianne Cartan.
It has filed an FOI request and now a lawsuit ordering compliance with the California Public Records Act.
The “tough guy” stance is notable for a local newspaper that is perceived more as a lapdog than a watchdog in our community. It has been hounding the teacher’s union too, not just the school district administration, for the “inside scoop” on Cartan.
But there is no “smoking gun” or “cover up” behind her dismissal, according to my sources — just an honest, professional disagreement about meeting performance goals.
It happens all the time — on school boards, nonprofits and in business. Volunteer boards often “run the show” in our community (for better or worse).
Teachers had been critical of Cartan’s performance in a survey, as reported previously. And the school already had run into criticism from accreditors about the need to improve administrative practices.
There’s not much downside for The Union in suing the school district, however. It is not a big advertiser, as Citizen’s Bank was, for example. The Union’s coverage of Citizen’s Bank was much more reactive than proactive. Other media and bloggers routinely scooped The Union on the unraveling of Citizen’s.
Come to think of it The Union got scooped on Cartan’s dismissal too.
I’m all for digging deeper, but you also have to figure The Union’s new management wants to reshape the paper’s image — albeit in a “safe” way. I doubt whether they’ll be suing any big advertisers under FOI laws.
In the case of the high-school district, don’t expect any major revelations if The Union gets the information it is seeking.