About seven weeks after putting her on paid administrative leave
, Portland Public Schools
this week fired Diana Fernandez
, director of the district's department for teaching English as a second language.
The change comes on the heels of a Nov. 30 decision by the Portland School Board to make wholesale reforms to the ESL department
, which has been plagued by numerous state and federal findings
of severe deficiencies. The department has been out of compliance with federal and state rules regarding English-language learners for 13 of the past 17 years.
Last March, Fernandez filed a civil rights complaint with Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries
against PPS alleging discrimination. A spokeswoman for BOLI says this morning the complaint was dismissed Aug. 27 for lack of evidence.
Fernandez did not immediately return a call for comment.