Emails Show Rison Appears To Have Meddled During Office Of Civil Rights Title IX Investigation In Montgomery Co.

Note: Joshua Powell attempted to hide these documents from us but they’ve recently come to light now that there’s a new school board and new administration for the district.

Here we are two years later still writing about Montgomery County Schools. A semi-rural, semi-Appalachian district that just won’t quit with the corrupt shenanigans. Good old boy back scratching, retaliation, retribution, discrimination, bid-rigging, spending scandals, resignations, transparency issues, lies, manipulation, audits, investigations, audio, video, police reports, lawsuits. It’s got it all.

Today we’re focusing on Phil Rison, recently retired, recently investigated by the EPSB, recently named by Joshua Powell as stalking people on his behalf. He’s the man at the center of that school district’s Title IX scandals and that’s what we’re about to touch on. Again.

Get caught up if you’re new to the mess:

  • A Look At Montgomery County’s Title IX Complaint [January 14, 2014]
  • Montgomery County Title IX Wormhole Gets Bigger [January 15, 2014]
  • Montgomery Co. Settled Its Title IX Investigation [January 27, 2014]
  • School District & Paper Team Up For Deception [February 27, 2014]
  • Sources Confirm Additional Powell Investigations [June 3, 2014]
  • Flashback To Montgomery Co. Title IX Investigation [June 9, 2014]
  • Scheme Unravels: Joshua Powell Gets Sued [July 31, 2014]
  • Montgomery Co. Title IX Mess Springs Back To Life [August 4, 2014]
  • More Title IX Problems Surface For MoCo/Powell [August 5, 2014]
  • MoCo Paper’s Coverage Bad For Joshua Powell [August 8, 2014]
  • Montgomery Co. Still In A Title IX Hot Mess [August 22, 2014]
  • Montgomery Co. Title IX Scandal Worsens Again [September 16, 2014]
  • Montgomery County Schools Corruption Uncovered: A Multi-Part Look At Collusion, Spin And Coordinated Attacks On Investigators [December 15, 2014]
  • Montgomery Co. Still Not In Title IX Compliance [December 22, 2014]
  • Joshua Powell Attempted To Go After EPSB, Furthering Perception Of His Own Retaliatory Behavior [April 23, 2015]
  • Another Powell Player Comes To Light [May 7, 2015]
  • Investigation Uncovers Massive Spending Scandal In Montgomery Co Schools Involving Phil Rison, Others [May 11, 2015]
  • Montgomery County Funds STILL Unreported In Title IX Documentation [June 1, 2015]
  • Eyebrow-Raising MoCo Title IX Data [June 2, 2015]
  • Rison Leaves Montgomery Co Schools [June 9, 2015]
  • Records Don’t Support Montgomery County Schools’ Title IX Booster Spending For Facilities Claims [June 15, 2015]
  • Montgomery Co Mess Gets Crazier, Your Support Is Necessary [August 2, 2015]
  • This Is What I’m Forced To Fight Against [August 4, 2015]

After reading all of that, you likely won’t be surprised to learn that there’s evidence to suggest Rison worked to sit in on Office of Civil Rights interviews, compromising the integrity of OCR’s investigation:




You won’t be surprised that there’s evidence Rison congratulated people for their performance during OCR interviews:


You won’t be shocked to discover there’s evidence of Rison attempting to postpone coach interviews with OCR:


And you absolutely won’t be surprised to learn there’s evidence suggesting Rison misled his underlings to believe it was appropriate to sit in on OCR interviews:


Wondering why that’s a big deal?

Prohibition Against Intimidation or Retaliation

An institution under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education may not intimidate, threaten, coerce, or retaliate against anyone who asserts a right protected by the civil rights laws that OCR enforces, or who cooperates in an investigation. Anyone who believes that he or she has been intimidated or retaliated against should file a complaint with OCR.

Having people present during OCR interviews could be an attempt to intimidate and/or coerce people cooperating with the investigation.

Doesn’t help matters that Rison also attempted to control the flow of information regarding the OCR investigation:


Still wondering why Montgomery County can’t have nice things?

Meanwhile, these folks are attempting to bully us into identifying our sources and your help is needed.