Summary of Events - A Culture Crisis.
While cleared from federal offenses, the report documented many instances of inappropriate and unprofessional behaviors by our superintendent
The full Rehman Investigation Report
This 228 page report details, so you can read it for yourself here
Resources for Families
Resources for Educators:
Summary of events, leading to our district's culture crisis
2016 - 2018 Tensions with Superintendent Began to Rise
Over the past few years, principals had become increasingly challenged by the educational leadership culture in the district. Many had experienced what they perceived as unprofessional leadership behaviors. Turnover among principals was high. Many community leaders had also came forward, with concerns about the district leadership.
Teachers in the TCEA (Traverse City Educators Association) are backed by a state-wide and national union, but principals and assistant principals in the TCAA (Traverse City Administrators Association) are not. They have fewer job protections than teachers, and the final arbiter of any issues with the superintendent (such as perceived poor treatment or retaliation) is the superintendent rather than an unbiased 3rd party.
Fall 2017 Board would not listen to principals' concerns
As problems and tensions became more difficult, the principals raised their concerns about leadership with the School Board. The Board engaged an investigator who spent time and money to look into only 3 of their concerns. The remainder of the issues went unaddressed by the Board.
Several community leaders also came forward with their own complaints, and sent letters to the Board about leadership issues or problems with the superintendent. (Some of these letters are outlined in the Rehman Investigation, which you can read here.)
Feb 28, 208 - Principal's 26/31 Letter of No Confidence
In Feb 2018, this culminated in the unprecedented action of the principals sending a letter to the Board where 26 out of 31 (84%) principals voted no confidence in the leadership of the superintendent, with only 2 (6%) voting against the measure and 3 (10%) abstaining.
Historically unprecedented, this was truly remarkable because it meant that most of the superintendent's direct reports were dissatisfied by superintendent/executive team leadership issues. This was essentially the entire leadership of the district's schools or 84% of them, putting their necks on the line, with no protection from retaliation in place. Some supporters of the superintendent (including current board members and candidates running for the board now), note that this is only 2% of the whole staff in the district including teachers, janitors, bus drivers and more. But this is a misnomer because 1) the larger staff was not surveyed in this case and 2) they are not direct reports to the superintendent, who work with him on a daily basis.
Bottom line: 84% of superintendent's direct reports or 26 out of 31 principals who are the leaders in this school district, took the historically unprecedented step of signing a letter of no confidence in the superintendent's leadership. And the Board did not do enough to address the issues.
You can read the full TCAA Principals Letter of No Confidence, click to see full letter here, but to summarize:
March 2018 - The Board failed to address the issues--and voted unanimously (7-0) to renew the superintendent's contract for 3 years with a generous pay increase
June 2018 - The Rehman Investigation
 Letter from TCAA to TCAPS board, 2/28/18
 “Confidential Investigative Report,” Raymond Davis, Thrun Law, 6/4/18