Mobile Co. Superintendent Martha Peek responds to lawsuit
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Mobile County Superintendent Martha Peek is reacting to a recent lawsuit filed against her by the Alabama Education Association.
According to court documents, the AEA is accusing Peek of "barring" members from school campuses. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, August 3 and the judge heard arguments Monday, August 7.
Following a special called meeting with the Mobile County School Board today, Peek said this is still an active lawsuit.
"Simply what this is about is safety and security in our schools," Peek said, "it's not an attempt to bar anyone specifically".
She went on to say that MCPSS is one of the largest school systems in the state of Alabama and that they have always had policy "911" on the books. The policy requires outside entities to submit a letter in writing before visiting schools. She said they started reinforcing the policy this year because it was the first time they had a week of professional development. With the additional workshops, they decided to review school system policies.
"We are Inundated by dozens of people who want to come into our schools for a variety of reasons," Peek said, "this is about safety".
A week before the lawsuit was filed, Jesse McDaniel with the AEA told Local 15's Jasmine Williams that they had been banned from the new teacher's orientation. At the time, he said he believed this was because he was "talking to the media" about the school system's budget woes. Peek denied those claims.