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PPS Complaint Procedures

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PPS Complaint Procedures
Posted on 06/23/2020
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The Portland Public Schools (PPS) strives to be a school district where all students and staff feel safe and able to work and learn in an environment free from harassment. Over the past month, in listening to students, we recognize that we continue to have work to do to achieve this vision. PPS should always take allegations of harassment or discrimination seriously. We encourage anyone with complaints to share their concerns with Superintendent Xavier Botana or another district administrator. Superintendent Botana can be contacted at botanx@portlandschools.org or 207-747-8004.

Title IX, a federal civil rights law that guarantees all students support in the event of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination in schools or online classrooms, requires us to take any credible allegation and investigate it to the fullest.  Title VI, a federal civil rights law that prohibits race discrimination, and the Maine Human Rights Act, also require PPS to investigate credible allegations of race or national origin discrimination. The district also has its own policies and practices in place to address complaints about sexual harassment, assault and discrimination. 

We understand that some individuals may be uncomfortable speaking to district administration about their concerns, so here is a list of support services compiled by youth advocates that you can contact to report concerns.  You can also click HERE to learn how to file a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission.  Here also is a list of community members not formally affiliated with the school district who can serve as a go-between for your concerns: 

Pious Ali
Parents Empowered (Parent of current PPS student)
(207) 807-4283

Lelia DeAndrade
Maine Community Foundation (Parent of current PPS student)
(207) 807-5893

Blanca Santiago
Retired PPS Social Worker
(207) 749-4598

We will investigate all claims based on the information that we are provided and address the specific instances as appropriate.  We also want to take away any lessons from these complaints about our systems, practices and procedures that may be improved, based on what we learn in this process.