Maricopa teachers, teens walk out after firings

Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 14:26:16-04

Turmoil erupted Tuesday at a Maricopa charter school after two administrators were forced out of their positions.
The superintendent of Sequoia Pathways Charter School held an unexpected meeting where interim principal Nate Lamma and interim assistant principal Diane Silvia were either forced to resign or were fired.
"They were the heart of this school," said parent Tina McVaugh, whose daughter is a senior at the school.  McVaugh worries that this will disrupt her daughter's education.
Some teachers resigned after the walk out and meeting.

One teacher who resigned and did not want to be identified said there are problems with the administration in the district's other schools as well. Sequoia Pathways is run by Edkey, which has several charter schools in the state, including one in Mesa, where a teacher was recently arrested for having sex with a student.
At the administrative offices in Mesa, superintendent Doug Pike refused to speak to ABC15 crews and would not even clarify whether school will be in session as usual on Wednesday.
Some students tell ABC15 that in addition to the teachers resigning, some teachers were also fired. 
A student protest is planned at 8 a.m. Wednesday, with a parent meeting scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.