Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP)

Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP)

Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP)

Uniform Complaint Procedure Notice

 

What is a complaint?

A complaint is a written and signed statement alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. If the complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, due to conditions such as a disability or illiteracy, the agency shall assist the complainant in the filing of the complaint.

UCP Complaints

A complaint regarding the violation of specific federal and state programs that use categorical funds such as Adult Education, After School Education and Safety, Agricultural Vocational Education, American Indian Education Centers, American Indian Early Childhood Education, Career Technical Education, Child Care and Development, Consolidated Categorical Aid, Foster Youth Services, Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans, Migrant Education, Nutrition Services, Regional Occupational Centers, School Facilities, Special Education, Tobacco-Use Prevention Education, and Unlawful Pupil Fees are considered UCP complaints. UCP complaints are filed with the district superintendent or their designee.

Williams Complaints

A Williams Complaint, another type of UCP complaint, regards instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils, and teacher vacancy or misassignment and may be filed anonymously. Williams Complaints are filed with the principal, or their designee, of the school in which the complaint arises. Schools have complaint forms available for these types of complaints, but will not reject a complaint if the form is not used as long as the complaint is submitted in writing.


San Juana Ochoa, Curriculum and Instruction Co-Director

San Juana Ochoa

San Juana Ochoa

San Juana Ochoa

Treasurer, Board of Directors

and

Curriculum and Instruction Co-Director

SanJuana Ochoa is currently a Vice Principal of Escuela Popular. She began at EP as a student in 1986 and soon after she was recruited by EP’s founder, Lidia Reguerin, to become an ESL teacher.

San Juana Ochoa

San Juana Ochoa


Dolores Huerta, Honorary Member, Board of Directors

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta – Member, Board of Directors

Dolores Huerta – Member. Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues to her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women. She has received many honors for her activism, including the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award (1993) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (1998). Huerta, mother of 11 children, was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.


Ezequiel Olvera, Member, Board of Directors Escuela Popular

Ezequiel Olvera

Ezequiel Olvera

Ezequiel Olvera – Member, Board of Directors

Ezequiel Olvera founded and runs the Gumball Foundation, a social entrepreneurial venture that teaches the values of creativity and entrepreneurship while helping students earn money for college. Using a hands-on approach, Olvera partners the students with local small businesses and corporate offices to manage their micro-venture. He founded the organization in 2009 and it has already garnered prestigious awards including the California Community Foundation’s 2013 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Award, the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2012 Social Enterprise of the Year and was nominated for an L.A. Emmy Award in 2013. In 2005, Olvera joined Antonio Villaraigosa¹s mayoral campaign serving on special projects. He also co-managed the campaign office andserved as an aide to the future mayor. Working on the campaign afforded Ezequiel the opportunity to meet labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Olvera graduated from UCSC in the spring of 2007 with a bachelor of arts in business management and economics and a minor in Latin American Latino studies. Mr. Olvera is also a lifetime member of the UCSC alumni association and part of UC Santa Cruz 50th Anniversary Leadership Committee, UC Santa Cruz Social Science Board and was the Keynote Speaker for the Multi Cultural Career Conference and Scholarship Benefit Dinner.


Rebeca Burciaga, Ph.D. Member, Board of Directors Escuela Popular

Rebeca Burciaga

Rebeca Burciaga

Rebeca Burciaga, Ph.D. – Member, Board of Directors

Rebeca Burciaga is an Associate Professor at San José State University in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. Dr. Burciaga has worked and conducted research with students, schools, and families for over twenty years, focusing on understanding and challenging educational practices and structures that produce and reproduce racial, ethnic, gender, and class inequalities, specifically with respect to Latina/o communities. She specializes the study of qualitative research methodologies including testimonio and ethnography. Her current research and teaching is focused on cultivating asset-based mindsets in teachers and administrators that work with youth of color.  Dr. Burciaga is a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles.  Her research has been supported and recognized by the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the American Association of University Women. Her most recent scholarship can be found in Equity & Excellence in Education, the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and the Educational Administration Quarterly. Rebeca’s work is strongly influenced by a dual understanding of education – one that recognizes the importance of education (schooling) and educación (values).Educación is a word in Spanish that extends the definition of education beyond schooling to include a way of acting with values such as respect, integrity, and community responsibility. The Mexican proverb, “la educación nace en la cuna” (education begins in the cradle), celebrates and legitimizes the important roles community and culture play in developing una persona educada and a well-educated person. I embrace both understandings of education and educación, thereby honoring what all students bring to educational settings.

Rebeca Burciaga

Rebeca Burciaga


Bernard Gifford, Ph.D – Secretary, Board of Directors

Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford, Ph.D – Secretary

Dr. Bernard Gifford is a professor at UC Berkley whose research interests include theories of computer-mediated, collaborative learning; the impact of networking and communications technologies on student learning activities and teacher pedagogical practices; the behavior of organizations during periods of rapid technological change; and the changing political economy of U.S. higher education.

Current research focuses on how standards-based, computer-mediated learning materials can reduce the achievement gap between mainstream students and students who traditionally have not been well served by conventional classrooms. His numerous books include Policy Perspectives on Educational Testing (1993) and Employment Testing: Linking Policy and Practice(with L. Wing, 1993). He is completing his latest book, on bureaucratic, policy, and technological barriers to effective use of technology-mediated instruction in universities.

Dr. Gifford holds a Ph.D in Biophysics from the University of Rochester. He currently heads the Distributed Learning Workshop, a nonprofit educational software collaborative that is developing standards-based, computer-mediated instructional materials in math.

Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford


Lori Ramos Ehrlich – Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Lori Ramos Ehrlich

Lori Ramos Ehrlich

Lori Ramos EhrlichVice-Chair

Lori Ramos Ehrlich currently Vice President/COO of Center for Training & Careers Inc (CTC).  CTC has been providing education and training services to the community since 1977.  Ms. Ramos Ehrlich is active in the local community and serves on many boards including Escuela Popular Accelerated Family Learning Center, San Jose Job Corps Advisory Council, the NCLR California Regional Board, and a member of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.

Lori Ramos Ehrlich

Lori Ramos Ehrlich