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Foster Marten (2)

San Diego Union Tribune Picture – Captions added by District Deeds

The last time District Deeds saw Trustee Marne Foster at approximately 2:20 p.m. on May 21, 2015…the day of the San Diego Grand Jury report, she was rushing toward her car in the SCPA parking lot to avoid having to make a statement to a local San Diego Television Station on the District Deeds cell phone!

According to a news article in the San Diego Union-Tribune describing the San Diego Unified School District Trustee’s Overreach Abuse of Power Report titled: Report: School Board Controls Needed, U-T Reporter Maureen Magee stated:

“A board member attempting to exercise individual authority over the operation of the school district and school policies undermines trust in the system,” jurors said in the report.

The investigation found San Diego Unified to be without proper resources for employees who feel pressured or conflicted about handling directives from trustees when it involves their children.

Now board president, Foster did not return phone calls for comment on Friday.

“We have clear board governance policies,” Marten said. “I’ve been very clear with the board. The board is clear that it sets policies and the superintendent carries out policies. We are very consistent.”

Given the lack of any “I am not guilty!” denial or explanation of their improper actions leading to the Grand Jury charges by both Trustee Marne Foster and Superintendent Cindy Marten and their uncharacteristic avoidance of media, District Deeds and SDUSD Stakeholders can only surmise that both SDUSD Grand Jury Defendents…Foster AND Marten…are “Taking the 5th”…that is…” Refuse to answer on the grounds that one may incriminate oneself” to the press.

District Deeds staunchly defends the right of both Foster and Marten to NOT incriminate themselves given their actions described by the San Diego Grand Jury.  It will be interesting to see what the San Diego Unified multi-million dollar legal defense team comes up with (using the San Diego Unified Stakeholders and Taxpayers money) to try and defend their indefensible actions.

More to come…