Grijalva accused of making divisive comments by TUSD deseg plaintiffs

TUSDOn Wednesday, desegregation plaintiff representative Lorraine Richardson Ph.D. sent a letter to TUSD Board president Adelita Grijalva questioning her motives behind recent comments. Richardson blasted Grijalva’s comments as “disrespectful and divisive.”

Grijalva, who has a history of favoring Hispanic students while neglecting all others, was called out by Richardson regarding recent comments she made about the Fisher Plaintiffs, who represent African American students. Grijalva alleged after recent contentious meetings with the court appointed Special Master and the plaintiffs that that there is a “lack of collaboration,” because within “one group there is not even agreement.”

In her letter, Richardson writes, “If during a meeting of open dialogue and free flowing discussion, there were some differences of opinion among us on strategy or methodology that should not be construed as disagreement regarding the ultimate goal. We wish to make one thing absolutely clear: the Fisher Plaintiffs are united in our commitment to improving the level of education that African American students receive in TUSD.”

Richardson then advised Grijalva that the Fisher plaintiffs “question your motivation in stating your perceived disagreement among the three Fisher Representatives. Besides being wrong, it is disrespectful and divisive.”

During Grijalva’s tenure on the Board the racial tensions in the District have been elevated. Grijalva, and her father, Congressman Raul Grijalva have gained power by stoking division for years. As a matter of fact, it is widely known that president Grijalva does not want the District to achieve Unitary Status because doing so would eliminate the funding provided for the process of integrating segregated schools. Once integrated, the generous funding dries up.

Grijalva, and the District’s superintendent H.T. Sanchez have fought a bitter battle with the plaintiffs and Board members Michael Hicks and Mark Stegeman Ph.D., to prevent integration.

Richardson, a highly respected educator over decades in the state of Arizona, referred to that struggle in her letter. “It is particularly interesting that you would take it upon yourself to make this judgment when the division among members of the Governing Board is so stark and opinions coming from central administration are so contradictory. During the Governing Board Meeting on October 14, 2014, while some members were making comments, others were shaking their heads, grimacing, and/or leaving the dais.”

Richardson concludes, “It would behoove you to put your TUSD house in order prior to criticizing the Fisher Plaintiff Representatives for freely expressing their opinions.”


  1. Adelita uses kids as pawns for her political aspirations. It is clear she has had a great mentor but if I hear the good ppl of TUSD correctly, it time for an end to Adelita reign? Right I hope.

    Vote my fellow Tucsonians and pima county residents. Do what you think is right for ALL students at TUSD.

  2. If you can stomach it read the letter in today’s ADS from Grijalva’s two fawning sycophants recommending her retention on the TUSD board. Disgusting.

  3. Grijalva must be voted out this year if TUSD is ever to get better
    Votes have consequences
    Please become informed on the issues before you vote
    All Americans want better for their children than what Grijalva is wanting to give them

  4. Ahhhh, she would never do that. She is the best person in the world just ask her and she will tell you. Anti black and pro brown? Are you kidding me, she is a Grijalva, just look at the toad. Is there any other race of people on this planet other than brown? Thought not.

  5. This article is entirely correct that, despite all their verbiage, it is clear that many in TUSD’s leadership do not want to finally to achieve Unitary Status on desegregation because there are incentives for maintaining the status quo…about 80 million of them a year. TUSD gets about $80 million dollars a year in extra taxes from local taxpayers supposedly to fund efforts to raise achievement among ethnic minorities within TUSD. But, because of the perverse incentives for keeping TUSD’s ethnic minority students achieving far below their potential, the money is almost never spent in ways that would actually enhance student learning. That explains why, over the past three decades, the billion and a half dollars of desegregation money was spent on everything but improving student learning. Did TUSD need a new gym at a high school? Deseg money was used to build it. Did TUSD need a few new trucks? Deseg money was used to purchase them. Did some TUSD leader have some political pay-offs to make? By golly, there was always deseg money to create new administrative positions for that purpose. The one place that money was almost never used was, not coincidentally, the one place it might have actually improved student learning…TUSD’s classrooms.

  6. Tch. The Blacks in this city haven’t yet learned that (to the Grijalva gang) they are no more than “White Africans” – and therefore of no account.

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