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This week we continue with our 2023 HAT Trick Resolution of holding the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to FULL Honesty, Accountability, Transparency with the District Deeds HAT TRICK Handbook “Chapter7(d) Question 2  ‘Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying’ category: “Association with a person or group with one or more of the actual or perceived characteristics listed“.

We call this final checkbox on Question 2 the “Community Whistleblower” category.

To get the full background and chapters of our Uniform Complaint (UC) Handbook initiative, please review the previous entries for this handbook:

District Deeds HAT TRICK Handbook

UC Preface and Introduction

UC Chapter 1 – Documentation, Documentation, Documentation!

UC Chapter 2 – CDE Statute Of Limitations – #1 Reason for UCP Failure

UC Chapter 3 – The UC “FROM” Page – Break the SDUSD “Confidentiality” Myth!

UC Chapter 4(a) – UC Violation Checkbox Page – San Diego Unified Violation Items #1 – #7

UC Chapter 4(b) – UC Violation Checkbox Page – San Diego Unified Violation Items #8 – #14

UC Chapter 5: UC Violations Pandemic: Motivation for Filing Uniform Complaints!!!

UC Chapter 6: UC Question 2 – “Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying” Definitions

UC Chapter 7(a) – UC Question 2 Violation Categories: Age – Ethnic Group Identification

UC Chapter 7(b) – UC Question 2 Violation Categories: Gender – National Origin

UC Chapter 7(c) – UC Question 2 Violation Categories: Sex/Actual – Religion

Along the way we will be providing “DD HINT“‘s and “DD Tip“‘s to highlight key information that Stakeholders should know when filing UC’s.

We also urge our readers to read our Disclaimer for ALL posts on this blog:

District Deeds Blog Disclaimer

Chapter 7(d) Quote:

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” – Idowu Koyenikan

Chapter 7(d) Preface

Here is the 21st UC Question 2 Violation Category we will be covering today:

The SDUSD frequently tosses around all of the 21 Question 2 “Categories” of ‘Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying’ in official documents. A SDUSD document titled Students-Nondiscrimination/Harassment”   (Administration Regulation (AR) 5145.3 Nondiscrimination-Harassment) provides that list of terms verbatim.

However a search of the definitions and/or examples of HOW the SDUSD could actually violate those categories is, as expected, NOWHERE to be found on the SDUSD website.  That same issue is displayed in the California Department of Education (CDE) Uniform Complaint Procedures Pamphlet 2022-2023.

District Deeds and astute SDUSD Stakeholders know that the LAST thing the corrupt and opaque SDUSD senior leadership wants is to be fully transparent and honest to empower SDUSD Stakeholders in holding them accountable for their misdeeds.  That same attitude is shared by the CDE to a large degree.

In other words, the antithesis of the 2023 HAT Trick Resolution.

That is why we are posting those definitions in our Uniform Complaint Handbook on four Sundays, 3/19/23, 3/26/23, 4/2/23 and 4/16/23.  We have gotten our definitions from a wide variety of sources and will list the attribution for each category when possible.

DD TIP: Remember—ALL of the UC categories must be VIOLATIONS of question 2 –  “Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying in programs receiving state financial assistance based on actual or perceived characteristics”.  Many individuals suffer those  discrimination, harassment, intimidation and sexual harassment in MULTIPLE UC categories at the same time. 

DD TECH TIP – “POP OUT FEATURE“:  Some of the graphics and information posted has extremely small type and is difficult to read.  When you have difficulty reading or seeing one of these items, just click on that item and it will “pop out” in a larger version.  When you want to enlarge the document further, just click on that item again.  To go back to the District Deeds article, just use the back  arrrow ” Tab key”     in your screen header to navigate that action.

Actual or Perceived Characteristic #21


In the opinion of District Deeds, this “Actual or Perceived characteristic” can be the most confusing, or the most simple, of all on the list.  Based on diiscussions with SDUSD education advocates, research and the small amount of explanation from the SDUSD and CDE, here is our interpretation of #21:

Association” is a key, and inclusive, word for anyone filing a UC against the SDUSD.  Here is the definition of that word from the Webster Dictionary:

ALL San Diego and California citizens have an “association” with the SDUSD under that definition through the local, state and federal taxes they pay to support public education.  That financial contribution also makes them “stakeholders” of the SDUSD.  Here is the definition of “stakeholder” from the Webster Dictionary:

Item numbers 2 and 3 on the list are manifested in the universal taxes that are the taxpayer “stake” in the SDUSD “enterprise” and citizens who are “affected” by the violations of the items on the Uniform Complaint.

Although our interpretation above may be exploring the limits of this Uniform Complaint category, it is not a stretch to say that anyone who lives in the SDUSD boundary coverage area (see below) or has a family member that attends a SDUSD school, has the ability to file a UC against the SDUSD under this item.

But be aware that there are specific restrictions outlined in the California Department of Education (CDE) Uniform Complaint Procedures Pamphlet 2022-2023:

The item highlighted above in yellow limits your UC to file a complaint against the SDUSD on behalf of an individual student that is not under your direct responsibility.  Despite that narrow restriction, here are a few examples of what you may be able to file UC”s:

  • You are on a campus and observe one group of students heckling another group by using sexual or racial epithets.

Under #21, you can file a UC because as a “Stakeholder” you observed this improper action occurring.

  • While talking to your child at dinner, you find that a particular Teacher constantly screams at students to intimidate them into obeying.

Under #21, you can file a UC because as a “Stakeholder” you heard  from a witness about this improper action occurring.

  • You have a valid UC for one or more of the 20 items on the page 2 Violation list.

Under #21, you can file a UC also using #21 because of your “association” as a Stakeholder with the other violations that were checked off on list.

The bottom line:

Adding #21 to ALL your Uniform Complaints is a good strategy and forces both the SDUSD and CDE to further investigate the conditions for which you are filing a UC.

And adding #21 to ALL your Uniform Complaints is a great “Whistleblower” strategy that helps expose the violations in your UC to other Stakeholders that may be experiencing the very same SDUSD UC Violation!  As we mentioned in our DD Hint in “Chapter 3 – Break the SDUSD Confidentiality Myth“:

DD Hint

There is a very good reason to have individual “From” sheets for every individual joining the complaint.  Virtually every SDUSD violation listed on the form is negatively impacting more than one Family or Student in the same classroom/school site/district.  It is a HUGE risk for the SDUSD to share these INDIVIDUAL violations with ALL  classroom/school site/district Stakeholders who may have similar complaints themselves.  The best way the SDUSD has found to limit that exposure of gross SDUSD leadership incompetence is to force Stakeholders into INDIVIDUAL complaints under the false premise of “CONFIDENTIALITY” instead of promoting GROUP complaints that unify and energize even the most oppressed segments of Students and Families against that same gross SDUSD leadership incompetence.

This gathering of community examples is much more successful if you are comfortable with sharing your own UC online to help others in the SDUSD with same SDUSD violation complaint know they are not alone.  Sharing your UC via your social media channels on district and community social media pages and school rating websites like GreatSchools.Org, if you are comfortable in doing so, will expose the SDUSD and CDE and sometimes force them to take action whether they like it or not.

DD TIP:  Remember – in EVERY UC you file you MUST have clear documentation (per  Chapter 3) to support your case.  Be sure to follow EVERY step so that the SDUSD and, if necessary, the CDE has no “procedure violation” (i.e.: statute of limitations, no solid documentation, etc) to escape their accountability.  History has shown that both the SDUSD and CDE will do almost anything to avoid that accountability no matter how aggregious the offence to Students.  At the UC confrontation level in the SDUSD and CDE, the avoidance of guilt supercedes any and all responsibilty of the SDUSD and/or CDE to accept any and all levels of accountability.

Thank you for reading Chapter 7(d)!

Next week in Chapter 8(a) we begin to tie all the previous steps together by breaking down the 1st request under that “Nature of Complaint” banner on page 2:

“Describe the reason for your complaint. Include the specific allegations with names, dates, places, witnesses, etc”

Be sure to pass this on to ALL your SDUSD Stakeholder friends and colleagues for ALL chapters.

And remember the 2023 resolution for ALL San Diego Unified School District Stakeholders especially for ALL SDUSD Employees…


Together we can Make This Better!!!

See you next week for Chapter 8(a)!!!


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