Teachers union files formal ethics complaint against newly-elected CCSD trustee

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Education Association has filed a formal ethics complaint against newly elected CCSD Board Trustee Lisa Guzman. This is due to an apparent conflict of interest with her current employment and other relations.

Her current employment with the Nevada State Education Association and former affiliation with the Education Support Employees Association is what is causing this dilemma.

The CCEA posted on social media Saturday morning that the teachers union filed a formal ethics complaint against district a trustee Lisa Guzman.

This comes nearly two weeks after CCEA sent a letter to the board of trustees regarding various concerns — mainly Guzman’s employment with the Nevada State Education Association and whether her affiliation with the competing teacher’s union makes her impartial in matters pertaining to CCEA.

“She has been in every major action to harm our members, to harm educators, to harm children in Southern Nevada as far as getting resources up north,” said Jim Frazee Vice President of CCEA.

Vice President Frazee spoke about the issues during a podcast this week.

Lisa Guzman, District A Trustee

The union is asking Guzman to resign from her position or recuse herself from all votes involving unions that work with the school district.

CCSD parent Katie Busser worries her district is not being represented.

“I noticed that she was employed by these unions when she was running during the primaries and that is something that stuck with me, because it was listed as one of her qualifications,” Busser said. “She didn’t hide this. Why wasn’t this a conflict-of-interest then?”

Guzman recently resigned as executive director of the ESEA — a union for CCSD staff. But she is still the assistant executive director of the NSEA.

“I just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to be abstaining from this vote, due to my awaiting the ethics advisory commission determination so I just wanted to let everyone know so they know why I’m not asking questions and I’m not voting,” Guzman said prior to a vote on an agreement between CCEA and CCSD about pre-kindergarten to third grade teachers returning to classrooms when the district transitions to hybrid learning. That vote passed 4-2.

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