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Santa Fe Public Schools seeks approval of J. Steven Baca payment

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May 14, 2016 Santa Fe New Mexican Santa Fe Public Schools paid former Ortiz Middle School Principal J. Steven Baca the agreed upon $86,000, but SFPS did not get permission from the Public Education Department to make the payment. Kate Ferlic, Baca’s attorney, and the attorneys representing Santa Fe Public Schools filed a petition asking the “First Judicial District Court…

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Attorney Kate Ferlic says APS is taking advantage of Don Moya

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April 21, 2016 Albuquerque Journal Santa Fe attorney, Kate Ferlic, told the Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Public Schools is taking advantage of Don Moya’s poor health.  Moya, the former CFO of APS, has been on administrative leave since August 2015 when he was abruptly told not to report to work from former APS Superintendent Luis Valentino.  During Moya’s leave he was involved in…

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Don Moya extends leave due to injury

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February 17, 2016 Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Public School former CFO Don Moya extends his medical leave due to a motorcycle accident that caused him to break both legs and be bound to a wheelchair.  Moya’s attorney, Kate Ferlic, said the doctors have not cleared him to go back to work. A spokesperson for the Albuquerque Public Schools confirmed that Don Moya…

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Los Alamos teacher switching schools due to discrimination

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January 26, 2016 KOB Zeynep Unal, a teacher at a Los Alamos school with Turkish and Muslim background, is switching schools due to discrimination.  According to Unal’s attorney, Kate Ferlic, she was “verbally and psychologically abused at work.” “They made her workplace so difficult for her because of her Turkish origin,” Ferlic said.  Unal began having panic attacks from the stress…

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Public Hearing begins for J. Steven Baca

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January 21, 2016 Santa Fe New Mexican Attorney Kate Ferlic’s request for a public hearing for J. Steven Baca was approved 4-1, and in return the public had an rare inside look into government employee hearings.  During the 7 hours of testimony mostly from the district, Ferlic established J. Steven Baca was removed as principal of Ortiz Middle School after he…

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Steven Baca hearing delayed to give public more notice

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January 6, 2016 Santa Fe New Mexican The hearing for the former Ortiz Middle School principal J. Steven Baca was delayed in order to give the public more notice to attend.  Baca’s attorney, Kate Ferlic, said he wanted the public hearing “because he feels like the community needs to know that the actions taken against him were wrong.” Santa Fe Public…

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APS CFO returns with new title same salary

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December 30, 2015 Albuquerque Journal APS CFO Don Moya plans to return to work on February 15 but will have a new title, Financial Systems Architect.  The new title maintains the same salary, but the job description is clearly a demotion, states his attorney Kate Ferlic. “This is a significant change in responsibilities,” Ferlic said. “It is unfair to say…

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Don Moya reassigned at APS

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December 24, 2015 KOAT After almost 4 months of being on administrative leave, Don Moya was officially reassigned at Albuquerque Public Schools.  The CFO’s job title is now Financial Systems Architect, a job that involves “moving and lifting 25 pound boxes”, and according to Moya’s attorney Kate Ferlic, “pushing paper and sharping pencils.” Ferlic also told KOAT, “It’s a newly created…

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Judge Ellington recuses himself from Jason Wagner case

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December 16, 2015 Albuquerque Journal Judge Ellington announced today in court that he recused himself from the Jason Wagner case.   Judge Ellington’s decision comes two weeks after Jason Wagner’s attorneys, John Day and Megan Dorsey, filed a motion to recuse Judge Ellington because he showed bias against Jason Wagner when he refused to sign off on Wagner’s plea deal. John…

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John Day files motion to recuse Judge Ellington from Wagner trial

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December 2, 2015 Albuquerque Journal Defense attorneys John Day and Megan Dorsey filed a motion to recuse Judge Ellington from the Jason Wagner trial after Judge Ellington refused last week to accept Wagner’s plea deal. “The Court’s statements about its opinions as to its desire that defendant lose his law enforcement certification, and that defendant was somehow responsible for alleged…

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