District 8 Marta Perez Condones Administrative Assistant’s Disrespect for M-D Schools Police

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According to Dr. Marta Perez’s webpage, she states that one of her core values is Integrity. The passage further states “We build positive relationships through honesty, respect and compassion, which enhance the self-esteem, safety, and well-being of our students, families and staff.” Well, Dr. Perez recently held a traffic safety meeting at Lamar Louis Curry Middle School in which her Administrative Assistant criticized the hard- working men and women of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department. This occurred in front of other employees within the school district as well as members of another police agency.

The Miami Dade Schools Fraternal Order of Police (FOP 133) recently invited Dr. Perez to the monthly lodge meeting to clarify the comments made during this meeting, as they could have been misinterpreted. Dr. Perez did not respond to the invitation to attend this meeting. The Miami-Dade Schools Fraternal Order of Police will not sit by idly and allow our members to be besmirched by other employees, especially in a public meeting and representing elected officials. The officers of this agency are proud and productive employees who are tasked with protecting society’s most vulnerable citizens, our children.

Many of the members of this agency are proud graduates of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. We are very shocked that an elected official in this school system, who has a track record of molding M-DCPS students into productive citizens and employees, would allow her employee to paint our members with a brush of disrespectful jargon.

We have been negatively and unjustly criticized by the District 8 School Board Member’s Assistant, that, according to their own core values, claim to build positive relationships through honesty, respect and compassion to enhance the self-esteem of students, families and staff. The Miami-Dade Schools Fraternal Order of Police challenges THOSE core values of the District 8 office. As always, there is an open invitation for productive dialogue to Dr. Perez and her staff.


Al Palacio


Dr. Marta Perez Declares Support for M-D Schools Police >> See Position Statement