Marcos Martinez, head of Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, on leave during investigation

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Is Marcos Martinez, principal at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy and the subject of our recent feature "A Hard Line," on his way out as head of the Westminster charter school?

Westword just received word that Martinez, chess instructor Dominic Martinez and director of curriculum and instruction Gabriela Guzman are currently on leave.

Virginia Longoria, chairwoman of the school's board of trustees, sent a brief statement via e-mail. "Marcos Martinez, Gabriela Guzman and Dominic Martinez are all on voluntary leave with pay while the Board of Trustees examines allegations regarding operations at the school," she wrote. "The school will not be making any further comment at this time."

It's not clear which allegations Longoria is referring to, but there have been many. Former teachers told Westword that Martinez runs the school as if he's a dictator. They say he fires teachers who disagree with him and chastises parents who do the same. One former teacher has filed a lawsuit against him, alleging that he discriminated against her because, although she herself is Latina, she is married to a white man and uses his last name.

Parents have voiced concerns, too. Some have circulated a petition seeking to oust Martinez that claims he is "intimidating" and "lacks proven skills to communicate." It also says he is "not objective and allows personal feelings to obscure what is best for the students." The parents claim that those who signed the petition are no longer allowed in the school. When contacted about the petition, Martinez declined to comment.

The school's charter is up for renewal this year. The nine-member board of the Charter School Institute is scheduled to vote on whether to renew it on February 21.

More from our Education archive: "Ricardo Flores Magon Academy: Why was embattled school named for anarchist writer?"

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Hillarious Mr. Martinez with the cover up of "Thebigpegbeat" It should be "Thebastardpigbaboso." What matters at this point is that his glory days are OVER! He is now under investigation. That explains why he has so much time on his hands to write these comments, because he is on administrative leave! Bahahahahaha

Tesskaiser
Tesskaiser

OMG let"s act grown here. You Want to see some perfect spelling, punctuation and grammer?How about a medical transcription major like me? LOL sadly enough, I'm in a hurry here and have a lot to say.Get over it all you pompous asses out there. Is that all correct?

My daughter was just awarded a green shirt and we LOVE and support the way this school is run.If you don't like the way it runs, send your child to a crappy ass public school and set them up for failure. We've been there and done that. Our child's last school is on acedemic probation their CSAP scores were so low.

Skyline Elementary, I'm sure there are plenty of openings there. LOL

Crybabies is right. Lord if my child missing recess as a consequence to her not doing her homework, or even for the parent not completing something, is just fine with me. That's how it should be.

Like life, there are consequences for your actions. Your child will learn that in or out of your care.

My child has never complained. About food, discipline, hours of operation, or about the fact that there may not be a flag. I could care less.

I care that my child is excelling and this school is perfect for her. 

I suppose at this point some idiot will have some crack to make about my paragraph formation yada yada (a yiddish joke). And I'm so damn brave I'm not using SPELLCHECK.

And now i'll scare you since my IQ is 129.  I'm smart enough to be a stay at home Mom. Until my youngest child is in Magon next year if all goes well.

Read the articles and form your opinion from there. This is a small school with a mission. Like think outside of the box, and it's ok to disagree with the masses.

I hate to tell u all I AGREE COMPLETELY.

The law states only companies with employees of 50 or more are obligated to offer FMLA for medical illness. (The teacher returning from maternity leave and the teacher with illness issues)  As a sufferer of chronic illness myself, I know my best bet is to work for a larger company if that necessity arises. Any company can fire me if I look at them cross-eyed in this "at will to work state". It's nothing personal.

I see a beauty in pride for the Hispanic race.  Is that a threat?  I'm a woman and I hear a whole lot of drama and pettiness. 

Mr. Martinez and the staff there deserve a thanks for all their special hard work and drive. They actually care about my child and hold me as a parent accountable. 

I guess that's a problem for some parents.

Take your child to the free tutoring offered so they can remain in their grade. That's what we do. Of course we could pay Sylvan a big chunk of change.

I do not care about their rental situation either. The school outgrew their surroundings.

I support Mr. Martinez 100 percent.

Corrections anyone???  I'm game.

Remember many parent here are ESL.  Do you have any tolerance at all?  

Prime example of how you do NOT want your kids to act.

I think you got the gist of it right?  Or maybe you're not all that bright. I think you should attend classes as well.

If you don't like something BE THE CHANGE

Mr. Martinez knows.........

RFMA INFORMED PARENT
RFMA INFORMED PARENT

WOW!!! Maybe the RFMA parent should take her child's place at RFMA, it is very possible that she may learn something, possibly how to spell??  Or even how to act like an educated individual of some sort?? How ironic is her statement on ignorance yet that is all she displays IGNORANCE!! Many of the allegations against these people are TRUE and nothing but TRUE. The only problem Marcos has now is that people have finally spoken up and  others have realized that he is not who he claims to be.  He has preyed for years on the ignorance and fear of the very people he claims to be "helping".  And finally people can breathe and the children, although a bit confused they are at peace. And just for the record "NO, MR. MARCOS MARTINEZ, WE DO NOT TRUST YOU"!!!!!!!!!!!

Thebigpebeat11
Thebigpebeat11

WOW!!! You are a true dumb ass and are totally anti-education I am not sure who you are referring to but you sound more ignorant than anything. Why do you refer to a poster as a her how do you know its a her? That is the definition of ignorant talking about something you know nothing about. Please don't talk about some one elses education level when you sound like your on a third grade level it just makes you look stupider. I will talk about your educational level because in a IQ test I would make you cry. Then you want to talk about some ones spelling accuracy how many times did you use spell check? As a side note which of the allegations are "TRUE" and nothing but "TRUE"? Have you people ever formulated an intelligent argument? Please Wikipedia argument so you can at least look like you know what your talking about instead of looking like a mad person with some sort of strange vendetta. I am sick of all the weakening of America. Life is hard so is work so is school I wish this wasn't true but it is so maybe these kids and Teachers should start getting used to it life is not fun and easy all the time, unless you want your kids to be on well fair or some sort of Government assistance. The real world is hard and unforgiving and if you want your child to be successful you should be instilling discipline and harshness when the situation calls for it.  There are people and things that all of us don't like that we must do. Last time I checked this is still America and if these Teachers and Parents have such a problem with the administration there are other options out there for work and education. Then if every student left and no one would teach there then the school would shut down. This doesn't seem to be the case it seems like it is such a great school that people are willing to fight for it. Maybe the school is so good because of a man like Marcos who started it and has been there to this day improving it as he goes.  As it stands as a outsider looking in it looks like a couple of crying parents and some Teachers that were fired for the same things that would get you fired any where crying like a bunch of wusses ohhh he is to mean. Go tell your boss that if you are employed and see how far you get. I am truly sick and tired of all the babying going on this country. If we keep up all this pussyness Canada will take us over in no time. "NO  RFMA Informed Parent WE DO NOT TRUST YOU EITHER" For you own well being all caps and exclamation points make you look like a silly stupid junior high kid you truly sicken me.

soon to be former RFMA parent
soon to be former RFMA parent

"Stupider"? I believe you were trying to say "more stupid". You want to make someone cry with an IQ test? Your grammar makes me cry. Kind of like the grammar sent home in my child's Thursday folder announcements...hmmm. Maybe you should stop looking like a mad person with a strange vendetta. Examples of this would be calling someone names like "dumb ass".     

Thebigpebeat11
Thebigpebeat11

 I call it like I see it if your a dumb ass then your a dumb ass and you sound like a whinny dumb ass the worst kind of all dumb ass. Go see how far your grammar gets you when you get off government assistance and then lets match IQ's and bank accounts. Your sad all these people are sad and it sickens me that you dumb ass's are raising kids to be as stupid as you. Our country is a total mess and blame it on idiots like you and your future generations of tax stealing idiots.

parent at RFMA
parent at RFMA

All these statements against Mr. Martinez, Ms. Guzman, and Mr. M are false statements the school Ricardo Flores Magon Academy is at the top because of their hard work and dedication. Mr. Martinez has been there since the beginning and now that the school is the BEST are everything is when they are trying to kick him out, and put someone in else in else in his place, all this is just bull shit.  They have not been gone for a week and my son is watching 3 movies a day, and doing his homework at school, what are the teachers doing now than slacking and not doing there job, that all the teachers wanted is to have time for them. .... RICARDO FLORES MAGON ACADEMY IS GOING DOWN WITHOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. MARTINEZ, AND MS. GUZMAN... COME ON PEOPLE BE REALISTIC AND LOOK AT THE ALLIGATIONS THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE HAVE.

WE ARE WITH THE LEADERS 100% AND IF THEY ARENT COMING BACK THE SCHOOL IS NOT GOING TO EXSIST ANYMORE

Teacher
Teacher

 If they were insane claims why did Marcos settle?  If he was so right he would have fought it because that is in his nature.  But he knew he was wrong and now is dealing with the backlash of it all.  Karma is here and HE deserves it!

Former Teacher
Former Teacher

 So were you one of the parents he double charged for your child's FREE lunch?  Hmmm.. Marcos was given money from the state for each child's lunch then he turned around and double charged then and then refused to pay teacher their EARNED Bonuses!  Really you should look into your child's school!

Thebigpebeat11
Thebigpebeat11

I cant believe that in this day and age and kids being so out of control that we would worry about a teacher being to hard on kids. We live in a state where our public schools are a total mess and this man is truly trying to better our state and his own race of people. We need more people like this man he is not making excuses he is making answers. Especially in this day and age where everyone is making excuses for everything. This man should have got a raise not removed this is truly insane I hate to call this place home when a teacher with good motives is being chastised for being to hard on kids. Kids need discipline and especially at risk youth they need even more. Have we as a society really become this weak that teachers cant rule with an Iron fist teachers should rule like this. Schools and for that matter corporations and non profits by nature are dictatorships there is no such thing as a democracy in schools or nothing would get done. With out discipline and harsh teachers I would have never graduated from a prominent university. Please tell me that we as state have not become this stupid that teachers can not discipline. As a side note any of these whinny teachers could never cut it the private sector. I could never whine about my boss being to mean that is insane these teachers are grown people stop whining like a bunch of sissy jerks it makes our state look stupid and weak. I never could understand why are schools are in in the shape that they are in until I read this ridiculous article here is a man with a mission and results to back up his mission and he is totally being attacked for it. We are handcuffing are teachers and wondering why are kids are as dumb as they are. I guess this all part of the plan of dumbing down America get rid of all the good teachers and administrators and keep the ones who do nothing what a sad day for Colorado 

Former Teacher
Former Teacher

 Discipline?  Screaming in a child's face.  Not letting them use the restroom and where they eventually develop bladder infections.  Requiring teacher to come to work when they are infected with H1N1 or not giving them time to breast pump and they are leaking all over the place in front of children.  This is what you want schools to replicate? Your really are the ignorant one! 

rfma parent
rfma parent

My daughter came home to me one day crying telling me that chess teacher yelled at her in her face and had the whole class call her a cry baby.. My child has had a bladder problem since she was 2 years old i took the school letters from the doctor to let her go every hour but they wouldnt let her she had so many accedints and bladder infections.. I think that was wrong. mr. martinez will always call me complaining of her.. HE was always mad cause of her accidents..

former parent
former parent

Well, I believe it was about time for someone to launch an investigation regarding all the dirty job that these individuals were doing.

Thebigpebeat11
Thebigpebeat11

Whats this "dirty" job you speak of at least have the decency to back up your claim what a sissy attack you just made you are part of the problem of our country and our state a bunch of baseless claims because you have nothing better to do. You should be embarrassed about making an ignorant comment like that. Maybe you should go to Marcos school so you can learn how to make a argument its people like you that make this whole place a outlandish place we live in 

Guest
Guest

I hope they let Marcos, Gaby and Dominic go! That school will do fine without them! 

Tesskaiser
Tesskaiser

Apparently you don't realize this but they ARE the school

Thebigpebeat11
Thebigpebeat11

More ignorant comments please people have the common respect to back up your claims. Some one needs to launch  a investigation on you  so you can feel what its like to have your credibility and lively hood challenged. I am sick of this nation of complainers.

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