Monday, December 14, 2015

SCRIBNER TALKS REORGANIZATION

Guess we missed the speech Scribner gave at the Board Meeting

Changes await and interesting that the focus went to Moss' side of the district but not Jackson where majority of schools are not performing.  So the push will be for central office to be out to the schools and mentioned the people who were with him, Washington, Traylor, and Breed- who have no business being there when they are the cause of everything.  Yes Washington and Traylor may be new but believe us... they did nothing where they were.. so no success to model.  So we shall she who survives the shuffle or do they just get new titles and more pay.
Dr. Scribner, you can't get better results when you don't change people.  You are correct, organizations get the results they get when they keep the same people and then recycle them.  Big task ahead and this will show where your leadership will go.  Either we do move or we get worse than we are.

video

THE NEW PEG LIST IS OUT AND IT'S UGLY!!

So now we see the fruit of the labor of the people who have high salaries and nothing to show.  Last year the PEG list was around 22 or so schools where students have the choice of leaving to another.  So basically the networks and the resources were not well spent because this year you have way more than last year.

We know Linares just paraded around her friends and kept them happy with raises.  So Sorum didn't feel the pressure to do what he was supposed to do.  A Joker!
Here are the people to blame for it all and yet we keep doing the same thing.













Let's recall what Ms. Moss asks Sorum each year and the admin

HERE ARE THE LISTS 2015 PEG SCHOOLS (39 SCHOOLS) Remember Math didn't count and still look where we are.. 




Wednesday, December 9, 2015

HONEYMOON IS OVER FOR THE SCRIBNER ADMINISTRATION

We began the Scribner tenure with the new blog thinking that we were going to be able to write a new chapter, only to find out that things have stayed the same and the old factions are still alive.  Some will say that he has been on the job such a short time but the effect and impact this is having on everyone is real and ongoing.  We didn't expect a miracle but we expected action that showed us we were going to move in a different direction.  Could it happen?  Anything can happen but at this point in the game, we are on the losing side.

Where do we start?

The two recent incidents at Arlington Heights and O.D. Wyatt have certainly shown us the lack of focus on our schools and their safety.  While you can't avoid necessarily incidents all together, it still shows that we are not focusing on the real aspect of a better learning environment.  There is no response from the administration nor the board, they basically turn a blind eye to their own self-image and interests.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Arlington-Heights-High-School-Locked-Down-After-Report-of-Off-Campus-Shooting-360477521.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/12/09/student-at-o-d-wyatt-high-school-stabbed-4-times/

We ask where the resources are going to support our students, teachers and staff?  How about some of that money from Camp Community Mr. Ramos going to this instead of your close circle of friends?  How about some talk about culture and climate with students and staff so that they can also benefit from the promotions you are doing?  This is where things matter, not the same self promotion most are doing with photo ops.  Dr. Scribner how about some photos with our custodians, our maintenance, the people that are doing the job and given low pay and bad working conditions.  They also deserve your attention and they still have not been heard on what their expectations are for you.  How about taking some time off away from Linares and let's work on building relationships.

 CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  But more importantly something not every student benefits from because it's all on the North Side.  Let's spread the love Mr. Ramos to all sides of the district.  Since conflict of interest is not big deal in FWISD, the few become richer!  Remember that Ramos is on the board of the organization who is receiving money from FWISD and his family and friends are employed through many of the organizations.  A cozy family!

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We have received inquiries into what Dr. Linares is doing at every event in FWISD, we thought she would take her vacation and she has not.  So it seems that the old never goes away and we still have the same things in place.  Rumor has it that Linares and Scribner know each other very well and that completely just brought the honeymoon to a halt because we are back to where we started once again.  Apparently there is some connection and it also speaks to the fact that she keeps hanging on and also how much influence she had on the hiring.  The board can say all they want about the process but if it's true then we have a tainted Superintendent who will only do more of the same.

For example, the district has only improved by 1% overall in relation to student achievement after all the programs and money invested.  All of this under Sorum who is still here and who has nothing to show.  Principals were given this information at one of their meetings and yet the district says nothing to the failed policies.  The same style of thinking let's continue to hope that things get better and our kids and staff are caught in the middle.  Where is all the fanfare for the new Board Team and how much more will get done since they went silent sucking Sutherland in.  Just because you hide does not mean the problems go away and it's a shame that we still see nothing better.  Still overload of principal meetings, too many tests, a sinking ship.  Yet the heavy loaded central admin and the money spent on the networks have resulted in nothing but 1% gain. So I guess the ship is sinking and the life boats were only given to the admin and the board because our children sure won't be saved.  The good ol boy system is still alive.




Tuesday, September 8, 2015

IT'S OFFICIAL-DR. SCRIBNER IS HERE!

This picture indicates that new superintendent Dr. Scribner is officially in the reins of FWISD.

We know that with anything or anyone, actions speak louder than words.  We heard some buzz words during the naming and they sounded positive.  We don't trust anyone on the Board nor administration whatsoever.

We will watch closely on his first days to see what message he brings to us who are tired of the same.
We want a work environment free of bullying, corruption and nepotism at large.

We will continue to provide information to help Dr. Scribner as he may choose to view all of the items we have presented in the last year.

Let Dr. Scribner know what you expect of him!



Saturday, August 29, 2015

A WEEK IN REVIEW AT FWISD

Well fellow educators we made it through one week.  Not sure how yours went but ours basically lame as always, more paperwork and extra stuff to do.  But enjoy my kiddos so I will shut the door as always and teach away... not in the drama.

Let us know how it went for you.

So we wanted to recap a few things that happened and as we prepare for the new super to officially start in some weeks.

A big celebration is Robert Ray.. is a gonner.  Well not in that literal sense but basically retired finally after many years of allowing the bullying and contributing to ruining peoples lives.  In the picture it shows the happiness but overall he gets to take the dead bodies with him and bury them forever.  Hopefully when he gets to the hot place in the after life he will remember the pain he caused.  So we celebrate to some degree.  Betty we love you but you are dead wrong on that man being a role model overall.  He told many lies.. Liners is just happy he is gone and he won't say much at the Palazzolo trial.  So at least less lies to go around.

Arlington Heights from what we gather continues it's traditional ruin the teachers they don't like and promote the ones they do like.  Take for example Ms. Sara Weeks throwing special ed kids to a closet.  Nothing has changed since the days of maltreatment of special ed kids with the restroom issues and not being allowed to leave their areas.  The throwing of the teacher out of a regular classroom to a closet allowed confidential student information to be left out in the open for anyone to see.  Guess this is how teachers are treated under Needham's watch.  Dr. Scribner you have a lot to work on with Ms. Weeks.  
Hopefully Dr. Scribner used sanitizer to cleanse from the poison of Sarah Weeks.

This is what she ordered done to special ed, in a closet.  


As always the district continues to stifle the Palazzolo case once again asking for a hearing of the hearing of the hearing to stall things.  So Brandt decided without a board vote to push for another motion.  So more money as he doesn't have enough with more than $30,000 paid monthly.  He needs a job so he will prolong it as long as possible since the Board doesn't care what is spent.  

Oh and noticed this on Sutherland's blog about how it is confirmed that teachers are being retaliated upon when they want to speak after a question was posed.  So they know it happens but do nothing.


So nothing new to celebrate----just the same old stuff.. affairs, bullying, etc.  So anyone have more information on the Jerry Moore-Karen Molinar.  


Also we continue with family hirings.. so it's just the same ole FWISD.

What say you?



Sunday, August 16, 2015

WHAT WE MISSED ON DANSBY CONTRACT WITH BOE

As we FWISD turns its attention to the new super in waiting, we thought we provide some information which may be old news but still significant to how the district avoids handing over information.

The district is so anti- Freedom of Information that any request just about is sent to the attorney general to decide whether it is privileged information.  Somehow they forget that we are a public institution beholden to the taxpayers so anything said or done except in executive session is public domain.  So we happen to stumble upon the contract Dansby had and what he got paid plus what we rolled over laughing is his letter of recommendation from the board LOL!

How many of us will get a severance package, a bad evaluation plus a good letter of recommendation?  Think hard!!!

So just some Sunday fun read......  let's drink up as we return tomorrow for some more fun stuff..



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOLE FINALIST NAMED FOR SUPERINTENDENT** UPDATE**

UPDATE

So he said the right things about top down approach is not the way to lead and then you see RAMOS behind him not even nod to agree.  Guess those are not the buzzwords they want to hear.




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Dr. Ken P. Scribner has been named the sole finalist for the post of Superintendent.  Looks good on paper and on much of the information available on him.  The one item that he is linked to that we will have to watch is Teach for America.  Hopefully he looks at quality and effectiveness rather than just to fill an empty seat.

Rest assured that we will be watching as the transition happens and hopefully he will be looking towards creating a better working environment apart from what the board has in mind.  He will need a strong backbone. 

He will propably be told not to read the blog but we will make sure that he gets an invitation to read it.  We have plenty of information that he will need to make his decision on the vision of the district.

Dr. Scribner,

*Re organize and have everyone reapply for their job at the admin level.  We need fresh people with new ideas that make sense but as long as the leeches are there you won't get far.

*We need pay to be adjusted to all and better working conditions.

*Really the best thing you can do is just get rid of them and we will see that we are moving in the right direction.

The board is dysfunctional but now they will tell you that they are united but know that there are skeletons in that closet and we have most of them posted on the blog.

You have Board President whose mistress works in the district

You have other board members who do not care about teachers and are self-seekers hence TCU jobs, family members who work there and basically a who you know type system that gets you hired regardless of your qualities.

You have people getting paid more than teachers with no education

You have current top admin having affairs aka Jerry Moore and Karen Molinar  ( yes we have two sources that saw it all)  How do they get rewarded, fired you say?  Of course not they get promoted.  It's the FWISD WAY  It's OK TO HAVE AFFAIRS on company time.

Some will say that we are just teachers and staff who are complaining but none can provide facts to counter the proof we have provided.

We have a culture of fear and retaliation within the system and we are losing people.

So take your time to find out who you will work with and know that they don't care who comes in all they want is to keep their job and more salary increases.

WELCOME! 

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT DR. SCRIBNER TO KNOW?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

RUMOR HAS IT A NEW SUPER HAS BEEN SELECTED... ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING?

We got word that one person has been selected.  Just throwing it out to see if anyone knows anything since it has been dead silent.

Let's hope it's an outsider and then see if he or she has a backbone to get rid of all the filth in the district.

HOPING!!

FWISD HAS TAXPAYER MONEY TO BURN ON THE TRIAL... THERE IS NO INSURANCE- PLUS ATTORNEY CARRILLO LIED

Oh the district should just fess up completely and end this but they like to keep on going and burning taxpayer money.

The big issue here folks is that so many lies are coming out of this and the board knows it along with administration and it's all coming out at hearings.

Remember that the district contends that there is insurance based on the agreement with TASB and they filed a brief detailing that TASB and Fannie and Harper have oversight of the case in which the board has no say.

Then Sutherland comes out and says the same thing on her blog, the paper publishes the DA brief of which days later that person is put on leave.

At the recent hearing Brandt with TASB admitted that there is no insurance rather they oversee the case with district funds but nowhere in their agreement does it say that the board of trustees an elected body relieves their power to oversee the district in all matters to one individual.  Brandt then gives the orders to Fannie and Harper who are working on their own.  According to a board member, Fannie and Harper have not informed them of an appeal or anything to that matter.  Then in June the board was briefed about it but did not take any action because they ceded their authority.

So all Carrillo did was lie about it even when TASB has told the truth.  They keep harping the same tune and think that at least we are stupid enough not to see it.  Maybe the rest of the public doesn't care but we are being duped big time.

So we have liars and we hope that the judge sees it and brings it out in public to shame all of you on the Board.  RAMOS, PAZ, JACKSON, AND THE REST-  YOU STAND FOR NOTHING BUT YOUR OWN GAIN.  How easy it is to boast about your accomplishments when money is bleeding out and yet there is no information on how it fits into the budget.  Dr. Sutherland we are saddened by your silence and now we are left to fend for ourselves but know that we will call out everyone involved.  THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE and you have decided to reside with EVIL.

So now you get to read the legal jargon but proof of the lies.  Read the response from Palazzolo attorneys... it states what the district has done to itself...  read FWISD response and it's pathetic.. recycled garbage.  AVILA you are an attorney come on, you must be having a LOL in private.

BRANDT'S DESPERATE LATE NIGHT RESPONSE BEFORE HEARING:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwX084UXVSaFptVVU/view?usp=sharing

PALAZZOLO RESPONSE
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwb3BwY0tKTWtYNTg/view?usp=sharing

CARRILLO LYING AFFIDAVIT
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwNklJRmxxd1BvNHM/view?usp=sharing

Thursday, August 6, 2015

APPEAL UPDATE PLUS THE PERSECUTIONS BEGIN

Today a hearing was held in the ongoing Palazzolo case.  The headlines from this event is that the board was briefed and voted for the appeal that was filed in August of 2014 according to Carillo.

Then Brandt, the TASB lawyer, admitted that FWISD does not have insurance to fund continued litigation expenses for the case.  So again as we have said many times, there was no insurance.  TASB manages the RISK for the district and uses FWISD funds.  So this means that the district has to have money and they take care of everything.  It's like subsidizing your work to someone else so that you just sit back and tear down the district.

So now it comes out that many people were lying even Carillo in her affidavit.  Very disappointed with the lies but we shouldn't of been surprised.

So while TASB is taking care of spending much needed resources.. the district admin have alerted employees to stop talking to board members or face consequences.  If they do talk to a board member they need to alert their supervisor.  Yeah right!  You want us to tell them we talked to a board member and get a target put on us?

So there you go folks.. something to celebrate while we are at Convocation!!!!

Silence of the Lambs it appears


QUEEN BEE and the BOT COURT DISREGARD WORKER BEES

As if we have nothing more to do than sit there and watch the kingdom celebrate themselves when we could be getting ready for our students.
It has been decided that Convocation will be like the big party Johnson used to have and it will be August 21st the Friday before the first day of school.
Once again disregard for teacher's needs and a waste of time and money.  

We can at least thank Dansby for listening to us and giving us more time.  I guess the Board Members who say they are for teachers are no longer standing up for us
because admin is running the show.  Did anyone bother to ask teachers?  Where is UEA?  Why aren't they at least voicing opposition to this chirade and helping improve
the working environment?

Check the calendar and let us know how many days we are allowed to work in our rooms and then have meet the teacher and be completely ready.. of course we are expected
to work weekends because the bosses will say that rooms must be ready.

This is what non-education board members do to teachers because they don't understand what it takes to get ready.  Tobi what happened to being different and doing for teachers.  What you call micro-mananging, we call support and help because the Admin forgets what we do.
We are held accountable for pass or fail and yet we don't get support when we need time, yes time.

If you have not noticed the board is silent and united.  Yes folks the last voice we had has been silenced and so it's now up to us to raise our voices.  

Thank you President Ramos for being about us and giving us more to do.  We will sure give you the proper salute at the convocation and you can imagine what that will be.



Friday, July 24, 2015

The Good, The Bad and the Status Quo: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THE NEW YEAR

Well folks the new school year is approaching very fast but we wanted to just provide a review of what has been and more than likely continue to be the dark cloud over FWISD

While we can debate many things happening prior to the Ramos Presidency, one point that was made before he took over is that this was the perfect dictatorship.  Think about North Korea and the image portrayed to the world is not exactly what people are living in reality.  FWISD has begun that phase and the tiny bit of hope left is almost completely erased.  The one person that may surprise us if any is who they choose as superintendent and how the person either stands up or is just sucked up like the rest.

Think about it, administration started making changes and hiring the people they wanted so that they could entrench themselves before the new person arrived, making it seem like the team is in place to support the new person.  Interestingly enough the people that are hired are people who have connections to someone in the district which goes along with the district mission:  We want you as long as you know someone on the inside.  For example,  ironic that Cherie Washington left for Dallas and in two years has risen to ASST. SUP level without showing any proof that she was effective.  Boyd was shown the door when his results weren't up to par but that doesn't go with the likes of the favorites sons and daughters of the FWISD.  So then Washington brings in Deborah Traylor from Dallas ISD which was a principal she supervised in her division in Dallas.  Deborah Traylor is another Sherry Breed, the rules apply to everyone else but them.  Mark my word, teachers or administrators who are under her, she can dress nice and profess she is about many things but the truth is she is a bully and breaks the rules to suit her and/or family.  Our source tells us that Traylor had a son at one of the magnet high schools in Dallas.  Her son could do no wrong because mom knew the policies and would find technicalities to get what she wanted.  For example, her son forged signatures on absence notes, left school when he wanted and when caught mom dared to tell the administration that they had no right to discipline her child.  Let's just say the name Traylor is cemented at the high school and hers as well.  So like we said the administration hires like minded people that are sucking up space rather than being effective.  Thank Cherie Washington, Tobi's child, for hiring trash.  Of course more creation of positions at the Director levels and central office just keeps on getting fatter and classrooms more crowded.

At least the North Side is happy with Ramos since he is bringing home the bacon for them.  Tobi doesn't care about the East Side which is dry.

A lot of you have commented on Dr. Sutherland and the hope of at least someone continuing the fight for openness in the district.  The perfect dictatorship has swallowed her up and it was a very strategic way that it was done.  The Ramos message of bringing everyone together seemed pretty good on paper but in reality it was a way to shut the voices down while they are hiring a new superintendent.  Remember last time we were all over their shady process and now, not even Sutherland speaks.  So we wonder if the policy of having an agenda items placed by a vote of two members, was it really a ploy to then give Sutherland what she wanted and that's that.  The comment made by Sutherland regarding Palazzolo kind of indicated to us that it was the case.  The district will not discuss the case until all legal matters are resolved which means that the tactic of doing nothing for as long as possible will never bring the case to executive session.  So basically Dr. Sutherland, they did play you really well because you got what you wanted and then they told you yes we will discuss it but until we decide and you were fine with it.  Also we knew the FEDS were about to begin to investigate FWISD and not just the issue of the agenda item but everything else and you Dr. Sutherland told them things were fine.  So in effect you allowed them to silence you for whatever gain you thought was enough.

We didn't get to view the board meeting which some of you have commented how idiotic it was.  The one thing left out completely is what the results of the district were, unless they did present them or as Moss indicated, are we ready?

The point is unless people are willing to voice the wrongs be it here anonymously or in other ways things will not change.  The voters are apathetic unless they lose money and so teachers were are left to fend for ourselves.  As the year approaches take the opportunity to let us know what it going on inside because otherwise no one on the outside will know.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TARRANT DA SAYS: TASB HAS COMPLETE POWER OVER THE PEOPLE'S ELECTED BODY IN THE FWISD





The Tarrant County District Attorney Sharon Wilson provided a response to a request regarding the legality of the appeal for the Palazzolo case.  The question has been how TASB moved ahead with the appeal without a board vote.  You can read the letter following the link but in summary:

*The TASB contract with FWISD back in 2010 when the issue ensued is valid until the case is resolved all together.  In layman terms, TASB can drag this case out for as long as it wants because it has full control of the case.  The Board does not have to vote on anything they do.

*DA Wilson states that due to the clauses in the contract the board has no say in what TASB does because in layman terms it sold it's soul to the devil.

Never in our life would we have thought that in the United States of America who prides itself in the rule of law and representation would we think that one entity, TASB, would have power over an elected representative body the FWISD Board of Trustees.  Taxpayers are funding the legal matters of the FWISD and the board cannot stop the process in any manner according to the district attorney.  Foremost that there is no violation of the open meetings act.
We have an authoritarian mentality in every aspect of the Board, the District, the City and looks like the state.  You swear to protect the constitution and yet the values professed do not protect the people who elected the board to work in the best interest of those it represents.  In this case there is no representative government whatsoever because the contract stipulates and is interpreted one sided.

We do need the TOMA suit to proceed so that we can get a second opinion from a different court or perhaps a jury if possible.  Brings to mind when you retain an attorney, they represent and do what they need but with your knowledge.  Yet you can break the contract when you feel your rights and best interests are not being represented.  How then can a body created by the State of Texas and given power to rule be dumbed down by one lawyer from TASB?

So much for one person, one vote.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwQjVKUkdXQ0JhMUwtelRzUEt1UkpLSkdaS2VJ/view?usp=sharing

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DR. SUTHERLAND OPTIMISTIC ABOUT BOARD DIRECTION

We just wanted to post Dr. Sutherland's comment about last night's meeting.  We hope she is right and that everything will be corrected as it should be.  We will give credit to President Ramos for a good start!

Good to hear that Dr. Sutherland will be on the audit committee and she is right that we need to clean up things.  We also hope that the Palazzolo case is settled soon so we can save money and move on.

What was your take?  let us hear from you

Monday, June 22, 2015

BOARD UPDATES IN THE NEWS: QUESTION ARISE ON AGENDA ITEM CHANGE AND TAX INCREASE

Well some big items made the paper, which we know is unheard of, not like Dallas where you know everything by the minute.

POLICY CHANGE FOR BOARD AGENDA ITEMS
So it was reported that this step may be tabled at the meeting tomorrow since we do have at least two board members who are against it and feel that it may be against the law to some degree but most of all that it keeps voters disenfranchised and without representation.  We appreciate Trustee Sutherland and Trustee Paz for standing up for the voices on this issue.  We cannot allow the current administration and other trustees to silence the voice of thousands of voters for personal feelings towards fellow trustees.  We ask for the leaders to lead on this issue.

http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article24505609.html

TAX INCREASE
As the district dips into the reserves to cover what they call expenses based on growth.  We all know that it is not the only reason, they have given raises to the top, hired more people and teachers are only getting 3%.  So the taxpayers are asked for 3 cent tax hike to pay off some.

How nice!!!   Guess we can't give our 2 cents here or else they will take them.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article25076050.html


WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE TRUANCY COURT NOW?
Governor Abbott signed the bill decriminalizing truancy.  While TEA will provide the rules on how to deal with truancy, we sure need to know if we will save 300,000 now that we won't need the court. Will we stop feeding the city?

https://www.texastribune.org/2015/06/19/texas-decriminalize-truancy-after-abbott-signs-bil/

ON THE SIDE

Here we have our taxpayer dollars at work in helping our youth make gang signs with our YAP program.  YEP folks.. that's how comfortable individuals are when the President is your ally and they only have 89 more students to train.  This is the 200,000 or more price tag.


WHERE ARE THE STAAR SCORES?
Have we missed something?  Did the district ever talk about the scores even to celebrate them?
Maybe it's on the Good presentations they will make and get their gold seal from the board on how great they perform.  Ms. Moss we need you to ask SOrum if we are ready and how ready are kids were this year.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TUESDAY BOARD MEETING: LOTS AT STAKE

The show on Tuesday will be very interesting as Ramos takes the seat and thus mark the Perfect Dictatorship.

Dr. Sutherland has been crucial in listening and voicing much of our concerns.  Let's not forget that she is but one member.  The rest of them are working closely to run the mill as they want and forget the many ailments of the district.

What we have found out in regards to how we treat and compensate employees is that the Board ceded most of the powers to the administration.  This truly makes sense when it comes to the decisions that have been made and how in the dumps we are as a district.  Administration gives itself raises without needing approval, people with no education make more than the people who are required to be degreed and certified.  No business or agency would hire someone with a GED at 60,000 without asking for more education.  Big corporations want an educated workforce and one that continues to grow beyond the normal requirement.  We at FWISD, don't care much about that because we keep the same people in their positions and give them raises without them gaining anymore knowledge through Continuing Ed.  Yet the same individuals say that they are about children and College and Career Ready but don't practice it themselves.  Even people who enter the workforce have to be trained and earn a certificate beyond a GED and then require future training just as teachers are required to have continuous training.

So we have very low standards for teachers but we forget that it's who you know.

Also Dr. Sutherland points out that the truancy court, our taxpayer money, is being sent to the city to try our students as criminals plus the fees they charge.  So our students are being treated as collateral which sounds to us more like servitude and slavery in its own right.  We allow the criminal system to define their future and lest we forget the prison pipeline, FWISD is the starting point.

Another big items is the reorganization which is presented as a means to centralize the PD for staff.  As mentioned it is telling teachers how to teach and when.  The TOP DOWN APPROACH



See what Dr. Sutherland has posted as agenda items and let your voice be heard.



Friday, June 19, 2015

MAKING SENSE OF RAMOS SUDDEN PRESIDENCY, GED IS THE NEW NORM

Tuesday it's going to get interesting at the board meeting, well we expect it to!

While the Ramos following is high fiving and celebrating the elevation to the throne many wonder how it was so sudden and what was behind it.

Well it so happens that due to the TOMA suit coming soon, our dear Norman Robbins who was presiding during the time of the entire debacle he can be held personally liable in both criminal and civil aspects.  He violated the Open Meetings Act when they set to appeal the Palazzolo case without a public meeting and vote as required.  In a previous post we provided the summary of judgement being sought and also the FWISD appeal.  So the board had to remove him quickly because of this and well the only puppet left is Ramos.  So they know they can control him enough that he was the quick scapegoat.

This Tuesday the board has the Palazzolo case on the agenda.  Things are getting heated and there is no one to blame but the board who continues to delay and not meet head on the responsibility it has.  So robbins:

Then the board continues to delay releasing the documents of the payments to the attorneys which once again they filed a brief on June 18 to the Attorney General asking to not have them released because it is attorney client privilege.  So now they want to make everything they talk about in session confidential even when it applies to taxpayer money.  Just release how much you have paid, no one is asking what you discussed just the amounts paid for services rendered.  They are sure hiding something!  Taxpayers should demand transparency.  The AG has already told you what you need to release and yet you keep stalling and paying more money to lawyers outside of the city.

FWISD APPEAL
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwUzBHQkJxazNfYXc/view?usp=sharing


https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/og/openmeeting_hb.pdf

REMINDER FROM THE PAST
The district lawyers denied early in 2010 that the Department of Education had any investigation into AHHS and yet the DOE sought information and had Palazzolo working with them.  Flat lies and here is the proof.. the FWISD letter and then the DOE letters.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwcUhzU2o5UGZvQm8/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwallOWE1KNUp5V1U/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwWE9WR2pVZ0xTek0/view?usp=sharing

GED NATION
So we continue to set the bar high for our districts requirements of educational standards.
We thought how can the district do so but then we have someone that is an example for all..  need we say more:..

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

RAFAELA HIRES UNDER MONGE'S BLESSING


UPDATED: apparently she has been working for the FWISD.  So not a newbie... Could it be that Rafaela moved her to the department.  Either way.. 

We better welcome the newest addition to the HCM or you will hear the wrath of Rafaela.  According to the source, "She hired Susana Mendez with Monge's benediction"  
Now you have a rogue employee running a department in charge of hiring new staff and maintaining the diversity of it which in this case.. not much since she is hiring Orlando's ex.  

Who is Orlando?  Apparently he works in the district or does someone know?  Regardless here is cheers to your new position and what is your education level?  We only accept GEDs so if you don't have one then you don't qualify.

Thanks Board for approving such quality employees to be the face of the district.  Let's all drink to that!!

THE RUMOR THAT WON'T DIE ABOUT JOKER SORUM



It so happens that the FWISD ADMIN ANTS are restructuring the learning networks created by Sorum and installed under Dansby.  Linares making changes without waiting for the new super.

But what people are saying deep within the ranks is that the board is still considering Sorum for superintendent.

It has to be a Joke right?

* How many years has he been in charge of Curriculum?

*How many years of failure under him?

*He tried to get EL Paso job back when Dansby came in and he did not make it.  So if they don't want him why in the world would we?

*The Learning Networks were his idea and they failed.  They herd people like cattle with no consideration for anything except lining up their pockets.

We truly hope this is a joke because the board would truly be going against the public who wants someone from the outside that can take a fresh look and clean house completely.  The changes being made now is to try and save their own heads so that the new person feels obligated to keep things as is.  We are sure watching this move.

By the way Dr. Sutherland, where are we on the Super Search?  The longer we keep these jokers in charge the worse things will get.  Why won't the district discuss STAAR results and how things will be different this time?  Ms. Moss ask Sorum again if we are ready and see what answer you get.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

THE MONEY TREE IN FWISD IS SHEDDING MONEY FAST!

This posting is related to the legal fees to the one case that they have stalled and continue to fund lawyers without a contract approved by the board nor any other guidance.

As we know the Palazzolo case involves the original suit from the firing and then to add the Dansby debacle and finally the TOMA suit due to the board not approving in open session the appeal for the original suit.  So that means that lawyers have to be hired to provide the district with guidance but in all... the costs keep rising.  

Some will say well it can't be 5 million but as long as it runs it will end up being more than what the original jury deliberation was and the district has dug in at taxpayer expense.  Remember when they asked for 4.5 million for the budget, well because of all the suits.  

What is also ironic is that the district continues to withhold information related to who and how much they are paying for cases not only Palazzolo.  Requests have been made using FOIA and the district has yet to release the information even when the attorney general has indicated what they can withhold and the rest they need to release.  Also we thought that TASB lawyers were handling the cases and the recent letter by a firm from San Antonio raises questions about when they decided to get more attorneys if TASB was their chosen firm and the apparent contract that has expired and now are running on fumes.

We also included a summary of judgement to get the show on the road with all of these lawsuits.  You can read all documents below.

So President Ramos while you attend your self-invited coronation, do put that on your list of things to take care of and end once and for all.  You can't celebrate when things continue to be as they are..if you truly are serious about working and making changes, then show it.  Talk is cheap.. we've got plenty of that going around.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

WHO WILL HELP OUR LEARNING NETWORK STAFF? TOLD TO REAPPLY FOR THEIR JOBS

On Friday, Sherry Breed and company informed learning network specialists that they would have to reapply for jobs as they were restructuring.  Staff were told that they had to make up their mind by 8 AM on Monday.

So many questions but this doesn't surprise us because this is how they treat employees.  There are 30 that are needed for the PD department under Jerry Moore and the rest are going to needy schools or so they say.

Questions:

So if they are restructuring, are they being asked to go to needy schools or being forced?
If they are learning network specialists and must go back as teachers, will they keep their salary?  This sounds more like a demotion and more precisely a desperate attempt due to scores on STAAR and any other area.  So now you force people to go where they don't want to go and keep others from growing as potential administrators, etc.

What study or research was conducted to justify the moves?  FWISD is used to just throwing people everywhere and expect things to change without truly planning it.  Let's recall the reason for the networks, remember board members how they said this would definitely bring about support for the schools?  What were the results?  Did it work or not?  What happened to setting up systems?

Once again no plan in place and employees are the ones affected.  Why can't we restructure top admin with their big raises, apparently the lower end people get the blame for the state of the district and the top stay where they are or keep moving up.  Why doesn't this make sense.

JACKSON, SUTHERLAND, employees need you, where is UEA?.  Do not approve any additional funds for their crazy mess.  We knew from the beginning of this that it was top heavy.  The sad thing is that the good ones will leave for a place that treats them with dignity and not like a herd of cattle.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AUTOCRACY NOW RULES THE FWISD BOARD UNDER PRESIDENT RAMOS


As you read Dr. Sutherland's comment, the one that we are focusing on is towards the bottom regarding the policy change on how a board member can get items on the agenda.  First it was proposed that it would take 3 board members to agree to have an item placed on the agenda since the President of the Board and the Superintendent are the ones who create it.

So now the board is going to muzzle the speech of an elected official who was elected by the people not by the board.  What are they hiding?  If you think we have many items on the agenda, look at Dallas, they even have a briefing before the main board meeting..

So the people voted for their representatives only to have them cut off once they sit and represent their district.  So there is truly no representation any longer when this rule goes into effect.

Truly ironic that the new President is going to allow this but as we know he has been bought already.
Remember Mr. Ramos when you came on board you were so disgusted with the lack of resources for your district that you made deals with Dansby to get what you needed.  Yes students benefitted but you felt that some sides of the district were getting more, like Needham, and you wanted your piece of the pie.  So now that you have gotten it and will continue to get what you want, now you will vote to stop another part of the district from benefitting from an item proposed by their elected representative just because of personal opinions.  Since you are teaching at TCU I am sure that you are letting them know exactly what you are about to preside over, there is truly no JUSTICE rather more CRIMINAL. We noticed you were in attendance at the TABS graduation where your benefactor Dr. Johnson was in attendance as the pet that you are.  Of course she gave you money for your campaign so you need to wag your tail.
 Also what a great government lesson this would be for our students and your own children.  Please let them know that it doesn't matter what the votes are, you have ways to get around it and since you are in charge and have the power you can muzzle anyone because you can.. that's what power does to you.  Glad that you are serving as a beacon of greatness for the North Side.

Oh and when you get to Camp CommUNITY let the students know the same thing.  BAM is in and BAM will do whatever he wants because now you got your piece and the hell with everyone else.  Don't forget that you sold yourself to the bond and all the special interests on the backs of our students.




UEA IS MIA- MIGRATION ON THE WAY!

How many of you have seen this website?  Looks nice, wording is ok.. somewhat convincing.  So you boast of 22,000 employees but 5000 or more of them in the FWISD have been screwed by YOU.

They don't stand up for anything.. they work hand in hand with the district to get a deal behind your back that may benefit you or that you ultimately have to take or they will let the district fire you.  Look at the recent firings of teachers and/or employees?  They are in bed with the district and have done it for so long.  Why don't they stand up and speak out against the bully environment that we have?  Why don't they work with us to get higher pay or at least allow us to do our job.

All we can say is that they are silent because they get your money from payroll, so they don't have to do more than collect and they convince others that they are the best.  Well there are options and one of them is ATPE folks.. attorneys on staff.. not just staff.. but actual professionals.  JOIN ANY OTHER JUST NOT WHAT YOU HAVE NOW!

Where are they now?

REMEMBER THEY SUPPORTED JACKSON....

RACIST RAFAELA GOMEZ BELIEVES "EDUCATION DOESN'T DEFINE YOU"


So much talk around this person Rafaela Gomez and we thought we'd give her a spot on our blog.

It so happens that not only is she making more than most teachers in the district at over $60,000 dollars with a GED.  Then she loves to tell people that education has no direct meaning because it does not define you.  So we continue to employ role models for our students that it doesn't matter if you are educated, FWISD does not appreciate it nor truly takes care of their employees.  

On top of that, she has made many racial comments of which she has been reported to Employee Relations and nothing has happened.  That is no surprise to us because many have gone to any agency within the district and you either get fired or bullied to leave.  Also because Rufino Mendoza, Director of Employee Relations, who was fired from the city for sexual harassment, hired by Dansby, is Trustee Ramos' wife's uncle.  So yeah family connections will surely help you in FWISD.  We need to do a family tree investigation to see if we are at least 1% related by blood to any of them.in hopes of not getting fired or at least get a raise.

So now teachers you will get a 3% raise, what do you have to say about that Rafaela?  oh wait you make 10 times more than even the average worker who is doing more than you are.  Yes Mr. Monge is entitled to an assistant but at that price?  Tell me what she does that merits it, not just because of a study because we are sure that the comparison was done for people who actually have more duties than she does and can assure you they actually went back to get at least an associates.

So thank you Mr. Monge for throwing it on our face that we are worth nothing to you and this district.

We don't know if this is her, only picture found.  Let us know 

We happend to run into this comparison online when she was a supervisor.  Sad that even our paraprofessionals who work more than 20 years only end up below 25,000 salary when they work with children.  Sad day.

Friday, June 5, 2015

TECHNOLOGY DEPT. APPROVES TO ERASE ALL TEACHER AND STAFF DATA WITHOUT RECOURSE AND CONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME

We have gotten word from teachers and staff that the IT department under the direction of Becky Navarre have gone ahead in some areas with upgrading the computers of many teachers and staff.

No consideration for their time as they are still teaching and dealing with students to then deal with a deadline that does not make sense.  They didn't get the time to backup their information and IT went ahead and erased their computers to update.

What a shame, without using other words, that teachers are already mistreated and now add insult to injury by imposing a deadline before school is over.

How does the Board and Administration respond to this?

Board members, can we do something about the mistreatment of teachers?  Is there no dignity at all in how we treat our teachers?

They have been working hard all year and now someone who has too much power can do what they want without notice.

Once again Becky Navarre is the culprit and she is ROGUE..


SWEET DEALS EMERGE FOR RAMOS AND STEINERT: CONFLICT OF INTEREST

We have been busy today with so many stories.. but if it wasn't for our board and company, we wouldn't have much to say about their incompetence and lack of integrity.

Let's start with our President from the Hood

If you recall he has a background in working with juvenile youth.. of which he only works two hours and that qualifies for a full day according to the standards with the Juvenile System.  But he is also very involved with Camp Community which is part of MCA a non-profit.  A camp is conducted each year where youth, we suppose, at risk youth are supported with mentors and basically positive.  This is where the Hood mentality is taught to the innocent ones who happen to go.  They are brainwashed into an ideal that keeps them from looking beyond where they are and move forward.  It's good to be grounded but not stuck and that's where our students end up.

The issue we have now is that Jerry Moore, the newly appointed Ex Director of Professional Development, coming from the failed department with Baldrige, has utilized district funds to send students to the Camp Community.  When we asked for the agenda item and/or contract between the district and MCA, nothing has surfaced.  Besides the contract not available, isn't this the same thing that happened to Avila?  A conflict of interest?

We are funding the Camp with district funds for a select few without any discussion or approval.  This to benefit Ramos who is part of the Camp as an advisor and has done so for many years.  So we see a conflict of interest here big time.  So much for transparency.  It's ok to vote against Avila but you don't see that for yourself either.

On top of that here comes Steinert.  Remember that the district contracts with YAP to work with students and of course a hefty price tag for only a select number of students that go to pay for Mr. Ramos' inner circle because a good amount of them work for YAP.  Then YAP buys Santa Fe of which Steinert's best friend is a part of and now we can see why YAP has such a bigger price tag than any of the other programs that only serve a few of our students.

CORRUPTION! CORRUPTION! CORRUPTION!

Dr. Sutherland and Linda, can a request for information be made regarding Camp Community?  Where is the money coming from?  Who signed off on it especially when it's an entity that should be a vendor and go through the formal process.  How are students being selected, from which schools?  We have many questions

Check out the list of people who were there last year:  one being Claudia, the President's mistress and also that the child they have was conceived at Camp Community.. yes don't forget he has a child out of wedlock.


FWISD STAAR SCORES

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwb0dBRHhPclNldEE/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwRzZucWNtTEZEMlk/view?usp=sharing

We like the nice charts!!  Like a cute kitten


So the scores that the District won't release, to have time to make them look nice.. are here.

These are the overall results as reported by Admin.  No major changes..

LOL how they compare to Dallas ISD with double the students.  But regardless we still have more than half of our students who are not successful.  They move on the factory chain of failure.

What we want to see Ms. Arispe and others.. since you got a raise.. is what is the average scale score?
How many students barely passed?

Remember these are the passing standards set by the state... so if they just pass the test then it counts.. so the big issue is that just passing is not telling of how much growth nor how much more students need to pass.  Also the Advanced levels are nowhere close to being competitive in any way.
So with scores the same or not improving significantly, what will the board do?  Will they keep it as is and sink later?

What is very telling of FWISD scores is that, with the rate so low in passing.. that we can't get higher than what we have.... 

And the answer lies with the incompetence at Central in not having a solid curriculum, training and allow teachers to teach and do what they need to do.


Also take a look at the main reports the state sends, which we don't have access to, which tell how the district would have scored when the new phases are implemented all the way to the recommended level.  I am sure that is a telling story of how far behind we are.  But what do we know.. we don't get paid a high salary.. we just work all day with students.

FWISD CENTRAL ADMIN HAS GIVEN THE OK TO MERGE METRO AND MID LEVEL THIS SUMMER!!

Remember this from Dr. Sutherland's blog:

http://www.sutherlandforschools.org/Blog.html?entry=proposal-to-merge-metro-and

Well word has come to us that the merger will be happening this summer.  They are getting the trucks ready to haul everything even after the community said NO!  As always they are trying to be sneaky about it but we are here to sound the alarm!!!

Once again we ask who is in charge?  Central administration headed by QUEEN LINARES has no trouble going against the community and the board because she has no stake in the district.  She is interim and has no sense of accountability.  She surely showed how bad she would of been as a superintendent.  Latina or not.. trash is trash!

But this administration will be pushing along!!

We need everyone to email their board member and voice their concerns.

Mr. Ramos, we can use your expertise on this... you had concerns about it.. so use the power you have to stop this and not hurt our students.

Dr. Sutherland please inquire about this and let's stop the madness of this incompetent group.


RAMOS PRESIDENCY BEGINS BY SILENCING ITS OWN MEMBERS

What are your goals Mr. Ramos?:

On Ramos’ Twitter account, @JARamos_Jr, he needed only nine words to tweet his goals:
“1. Unite the board as humanly possible. 2. Hire a superintendent.”"

So it comes to light that a proposal for the next board agenda is that items requested for discussion on the agenda must have the approval of THREE board members.  Tell us how this will unite the board in a humane way.. which is possibly not the correct word to use for the type of HUMANS that are on the board.

This policy seems similar to the one Dallas has where if three members request to discuss an item it must be done by the president and so since Mr. Ramos is buddies with the outgoing board Dallas Board President Miguel Solis.. it makes sense that he would get advice from his inner circle.


This is part of the Dallas News report:

The three trustees sent Solis separate emails in late February requesting that the board discuss Miles and his performance at a school board meeting. District policy says a request from three trustees must be placed on an agenda within 60 days. That deadline was April 21.

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/decision-expected-today-in-dallas-isd-trustee-lawsuit.html/

Why is Ramos following the same playbook?.. Dallas has two divided factions which fits that policy for them...  The biggest difference is that they have a separate board agenda meeting and all is on the table and have enough time to discuss items.. we don't.. we just rush it in and hope it goes away...
We have one faction which is led by Needham so definitely it makes sense to quiet dissent all around.  This is an attempt to quiet all of the issues that are surfacing at the district from the bond, lawyer fees that the district cannot explain and refuses to provide an FOIA request.  Just like the trustees sued the board president in Dallas, we must do the same here by suing the board to be transparent about the abuse of power and money.  We stand with Dr. Sutherland and we must push to stop this nonsense.  So Ramos is taking over majestically because he is following what every other president has done... hush and tell everyone all is ok.

QUEEN LINARES stay out of this, you have done enough harm and buried the bodies.. remember that's what Jackson told a group during the campaign.

THE PUPPET PRESIDENCY STARTS
P.S. Mr. Ramos, your entire beginning has been a push by the mafia... you had no knowledge of anything education until you were taught.. you came to the election after being gone from the district and suddenly appeared... as you still own a place outside FWISD.  You can't stand on your own two feet.... and now mama Needham will take care of you.