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Carter Paysinger

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Education| Tagged Beverly Hills High School

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Beverly Hills High School ..., 12 Aug 2015 [cached]
Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger announced his retirement Tuesday and plans to seek a seat on the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education in the November election.
Paysinger, the school's first black principal, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the district in July, alleging he was the target of a "malicious campaign of discrimination and retaliation" by the district because of his race.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, Paysinger said his working conditions were "appalling" when he filed the lawsuit and have worsened since then.
Paysinger called the school board's plan to hire a search firm to find a new principal "completely transparent."
"As I said in my complaint, the board threatened that if I filed a lawsuit, I would lose my job," Paysinger said.
Paysinger's attorney, Reed Aljian told City News Service "the board retaliated against Mr. Paysinger in response to each of the complaints he submitted with the district, all of which alleged board misconduct, and it threatened to remove him as principal if he chose to file a lawsuit, so he was prepared for this eventuality."
"The district's problems are at the board level and cannot be addressed by a high school principal," Paysinger said. "With the continued support of the community, if elected to the board, I will be in the best position to effect the changes that we desperately need."
There will be three seats up for election in November. School board President Brian David Goldberg, who plans to seek re-election in November, told City News Service, "I welcome Mr. Paysinger to the political process and look forward to a spirited debate regarding our district and how best to move it forward."
The 58-year-old Paysinger graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1974 and was a longtime teacher and coach before becoming principal in 2010.
Posted in Education| Tagged Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger, Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education, black, election, lawsuit, November, retirement
Carter ..., 27 June 2015 [cached]
Carter Paysinger.
Carter Paysinger.
Retiring Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger on Friday signed a $685,000 settlement of his federal civil rights lawsuit against the Beverly Hills Unified School District.
Paysinger, the only black to be principal in the history of the school that opened in 1927, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the district in July, alleging he was the target of a "malicious campaign of discrimination and retaliation" by the district because of his race.
"This is a huge victory for everyone who has ever suffered in the workplace and a great day for the employees of the district and the community as a whole," Paysinger said in a statement.
"Now that my case is resolved, I can focus all of my attention on seeking election to the board and continuing my goals of moving our district forward to the highest level of excellence."
Paysinger announced on Jan. 27 he would retire as principal, effective Tuesday, move to Beverly Hills and seek a seat on Board of Education in the November election.
"I cannot be more proud of Carter," Aljian said.
Paysinger submitted four complaints to the district, alleging racial discrimination, retaliation and violations of California law, according to his court papers, which alleged the district "responded with hostility, anger, and more abusive discrimination and retaliation."
Paysinger contended that the district retaliated by initiating a "knowingly meritless investigation" of him that included "false, misleading and defamatory" reports, leading to a "meritless complaint" with the District Attorney's Office over alleged financial self-dealings in connection with a summer sports program he was involved in.
Paysinger had sought unspecified punitive and general damages.
Paysinger graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1974 and was a longtime teacher and coach, including being the school's football coach from 1990-2008, before becoming principal in 2010.
Paysinger is president-elect of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, the governing body for high school sports in most of Southern California, other than the Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego County.
Beverly Hills High School, 7 Feb 2013 [cached]
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From Tri Star Pictures in association with AFFIRM Films and Mandalay Entertainment, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL is directed by three-time Emmy winner Thomas Carter (COACH CARTER) and also features three-time Golden Globe winner Laura Dern (JURASSIC PARK, Enlightened); Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield); and Alexander Ludwig (THE HUNGER GAMES).
Carter Paysinger has served Beverly Hills High School as a teacher, coach, department chairperson, athletic director, and principal. In Carter's first year as the principal, Beverly Hills High School earned its highest API academic ranking in the history of the school. Carter is currently also the president of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, the governing board of high school sports for the entire state of California. Carter lives in Los Angeles with Karen, his wife of thirty years, and their eighteen month old son, Chandler.
Carter Paysinger in ..., 28 Oct 2015 [cached]
Carter Paysinger in Beverly Hills
Carter Paysinger in Beverly Hills
In his 2014 memoir, Carter Paysinger describes his 1972 trip at age 14 to Beverly Hills High School as "the most important day of my life."
"Where I lived, in South Central Los Angeles, we had low-slung houses and chain-link fences and lots of giant billboards," he writes in Where a Man Stands. "But as we drove down Santa Monica, those gave way to spacious homes, majestic lawns and men with rakes and hoses fussing over sidewalks."
More than 40 years after getting a "multicultural" permit to attend Beverly Hills High, Paysinger is one of the most recognized men in town. He's no TV star - he's someone's former coach, teacher or principal. When the stocky, jocular Paysinger walks down the street, kids in cars yell "Hi Coach! and parents stop him on the sidewalk to chat.
Now Paysinger is challenging an entrenched white school board, which some critics say is weighed down by fiscal mismanagement; is micromanaging the jobs of educators; interferes in the superintendent's duties; and is emotionally chained to a costly and losing battle to stop the MTA Purple Line subway from tunneling beneath Beverly Hills High.
Can Paysinger, a popular leader, break a racial barrier in one of America's richest cities to become its first black school board member?
With the election set for Nov. 3, he stands in the backyard of a spacious home surrounded by teachers, residents and alumni. "Anytime you have a board of education that is routinely voting against their own superintendent and his staff, there's a problem," he says. "The interference and micromanaging has to stop."
Even before Paysinger jumped into the race, the insular community that dominates school politics had been uneasy.
In mid-2014, Paysinger sued the district for workplace retaliation, naming as defendants the district and school board member Lewis Hall, one of the incumbents Paysinger could unseat on Nov. 3.
But in the next breath, Hall slams educators who have sued the district - Paysinger is not alone - saying, "People see Beverly Hills as rich, and feeling entitled, and there's an option of being able to get money from us, because we're Beverly Hills and supposedly rich."
Both Hall and Paysinger could win spots. Theoretically, the three challengers - Mel Spitz, a businessman and former school board member; Isabel Hacker, who has held multiple PTA positions; and Paysinger - could grab all three seats, ousting Hall and another incumbent, Noah Margo.
Making the racially intriguing contest especially tense is the fact that Paysinger recently won a settlement of $685,000 from the Beverly Hills School District. That arose from his complaint in U.S. District Court that Hall had launched an illegal retaliation scheme against him when Paysinger was principal at Beverly Hills High.
Paysinger had recommended against rehiring the school's track coach, and the superintendent and school board agreed and made the final decision.
Paysinger claimed that, in retaliation, Hall launched a wrongful probe against him, then leaked biased, damaging information to the Los Angeles Times.
Paysinger says such micromanaging of educators' duties by elected politicians is rampant, but the larger problem is that the board "has completely lost its way and is completely dysfunctional."
The picture he paints in his book, published by Simon & Schuster and co-authored by his longtime friend, former school board member Steven Fenton, is that of a once-great district. At his August campaign kickoff, Paysinger said, "We can be the best. ... We've been there before, we know what it looks like."
Hall and some of his board colleagues routinely overstep boundaries, Paysinger alleges.
Word has recently spread, Paysinger says, and as a result Beverly Hills is "not attracting the best and brightest."
Within a few blocks of the manicured real estate where Paysinger launched his campaign, and on the same August Sunday, Hall made his own pitch for re-election.
Hall claims that "this entire controversy began when Mr. Paysinger chose not to renew the contract of our former track coach, Jeffrey Fisher. But in truth, it was Paysinger's boss, the superintendent, who made that call - and the board agreed.
Paysinger, Spitz and Hacker reject the idea that the board is some kind of victim.
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