Pendergast Fed. of School Emp. Past President: "Senator Martin Quezada May Have Violated Arizona Open Meeting Law"

Larry Nolen was a teacher in an Arizona school district for 25 years and a member of the teacher's association for at least 15 years.  He was also a past President of Pendergast Federation of School Employees for 8 years, but also served as Vice President of the federation for 4 years.    

Larry Nolen has met with Martin in the past as a representative of the union to discuss how the district was going. According to Larry Nolen, Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada more than likely violated open meeting law as a member of the Pendergast governing board when Quezada sent text messages to Nolen about a teacher that was supposed to be discussed in private. 

See photos of Larry Nolan's text messages below:



The Attorney General’s Office has established the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) to handle inquiries and conduct investigations and enforcement proceedings relating to complaints of violations of the Open Meeting Law. Investigations are conducted when OMLET receives a signed, written complaint that describes conduct that, if verified, would constitute a violation.  Open Meeting Law Complaint Form

If you are a public body, you have to comply with OML. In Arizona, the Attorney General created the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) who is charged with investigating allegations of OML violations. Under Arizona law, each violation of OML is subject to[2]:

  1.  a $500 fine;
  2. attorney’s fees;
  3. removing the responsible party from office;
  4. fees for the AG’s investigation of the OML violation claim; and
  5. invalidation of any action taken in violation of OML[3]
RQ is Ralph Quintana (in the text messages sent by Sen. Martin Quezada to Larry Nolen) who blew the whistle on bullying problems his school district was having.
According to open meeting law rules:

Discuss in Private, Decide in Public: Executive Sessions

Executive sessions allow public bodies to meet in the absence of public purview to discuss issues that affect the organization; however, only discussions are tolerated, no legal actions can be made while in executive session. There are seven categories that justify meeting in executive session

  1. Employee Matters: This includes hiring, firing, sanctions, etc. The discussion can only discuss the employee as a person; executive session is not justified when the discussion revolves around the ‘position’. Notice must be given to the employee who is the subject of the meeting at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. The employee may demand the meeting be held in public, in which case the board shall conduct the meeting in general session.
However, issues discussed in executive session Sen. Quezada attended was texted to Larry Nolen.
According to Nolen, it appears Sen. Quezada took issue with Ralph Quintana because Quintana blew the whistle on the bullying problem exposed in Quezada's school district where he is listed as part of the governing board of Pendergast.  
Quintana also blew the whistle on Superintendent Lily DeBlieux who did away with a much needed alternative school for troubled teens and bullies before they are expelled from school all together.  Quezada was instrumental in getting DeBlieux in as superintendent who is essentially a carpetbagger.

Why wouldn’t Quezada support a bully initiative?  Why did Ralph Quintana get fired? 

Credible sources say that a teacher was stabbed by a bully and a gag order was accomplished in light of what more and more parents are bringing to light,  regarding the bully problem in Phoenix, AZ, area schools.

More on this story as parents and lawyers of victims come forward.

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