COOS BAY — A teacher's allegation against administrators has led to an investigation.
Coos Bay School Board chair James Martin said Peggy Stock, Oregon School Boards Association's legal, labor and PACE services consultant, has launched an investigation into Madison Elementary second grade teacher Michelle Newsum's claim that teachers were told to implement a "Walk to Read" program or they would lose their jobs.
"Many teachers are afraid to speak for fear of retribution," Newsum told the school board at its October meeting. "The teachers ... follow through with the mandate because their jobs have been repeatedly threatened if they don't."
At the time, Martin said the board had no choice but to investigate such a serious allegation.
"If it is [true], that's a huge problem," he told The World after the meeting. "If there's no truth to it and these statements were said in public, that's also a huge problem."
Martin hopes Stock will finish the investigation in time for the school board's meeting on Nov. 12, "but that's not a guarantee."
"It depends on her need for follow-up interviews," he said.
Stock could not be reached as of press time Monday.