Thursday, August 6, 2009

BISD - THE MESS CONTINUES WITH BIZARRE TESTIMONY: BUT FIRST SOMETHING ON THE CITY OF BROWNSVILLE

This week the Brownsville City Commission declared itself hopelessly incompetent. After the fact they are now kissing ass and grandstanding with the people by publicly stating they will force a policy concerning contract review. It is total bullshit and overwhelming evidence this city commission considers transparency a joke and merely a term to be used to dupe the people. A badge of shame goes to any city commission who even uses the term.

The facts are clear. Cabler and Patterson screwed up. The city is looking at possible long-term and protracted litigation over the screw-up. And as is always the case no one is fire. This city commission has proven it will do nothing to protect the people. But then of course there is election day.

BISD - A MESS BEYOND HUMAN COMPREHENSION

First, Rendon cannot work with the parents,. If Gonzales believes this, he is prepared to buy a 21.4 million dollar bridge from the Port of Brownsville. I overheard the conversation where Rendon, begging for his life, begged the parent to drop the TEA complaint. The parent did not, and BISD was sanctioned.

After BISD complied with the sanction on paper, BISD abandoned the child. It is now my understanding the child is officially a drop out. A follow-up complaint is being forwarded to the TEA. The same family demanded last September that another child be tested for ADHD. I have the e-mails from Gonzales on the issue. He outright refused to do his job. The child lost a year unable to learn because he never received the help he needed.

Fast forward, the child was eventually seen by a pediatric psychiatrist in November. He was diagnosed with ADHD among other things. This is a very difficult disease to regulate. Just this past week during a 3rd hospital stay as incident to his mental health problems, a third attempt was made to adjust a combination of ADHD medications to provide the child a level of focus which will make learning a possibility.

Children with true ADHD once diagnosed can take a year to get back to learning. The medication adjustments are no easy task. BISD refused this child services. We documented for the hospital officials the evidence of BISD’s willful neglect of this child and they responded by providing us the name of Christopher Jonas, a Corpus Christi attorney who specializes in suing school districts. By chance his name came-up this week during the BISD hearings. Apparently he has already made a ton of money on BISD.

The most bizarre testimony from Gonzales, as reported in the Herald, was his defense that he was trying to bring the budget problems in Special Services under control by eliminating positions. I have not heard any of the testimony. But if BISD put forward the evidence related to the neglect of the children, and how much that has cost BISD, then the hearing officer had to have been asking herself "is this guy (Gonzales) serious? BISD is spending a fortune on Due Process hearings and litigation because of failures in Special Services, and his (Gonzales) solution for the budget problems was to cut staffing."

The only thing I can say in defense of Gonzales is, nothing is being done to correct the problems within Special Services. This is why I truly believe the Special Services problems are being used as a political weapon against Gonzales for reasons which have nothing to do with Special Services. This school board has made clear - it will do nothing to fix Special Services. This is sad.

Tomorrow - more of the real problem and how to fix it.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I understand BISD has four serious "corrective actions" it has been ordered to take by TEA. Could you tell us what those are?

BobbyWC said...

I do not have the file with me related to the one sanction I managed to get against BISD - but the order related specifically to the child in question and to all children - I think there wre defects in their policies or something - I do not remember for sure.

The one I am working on now has as its purpose to force a large enough financial settlement so as to allow the father to take the two children he has left in BISD to San Antonio.

Our research indicates that the Northeast school district in SA has a good reputation. They also work very closely with the Southwest Mental Health Center

http://www.smhc.org/

The father wants to move his two remaining children in BISD to a school district wherein they have a fighting chance.

http://www.neisd.net/


Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Northeast ISD is where Dr Higgans went to after she left Brownsville, she is remarried her name is now Dr. Judith Moening. She had been the director of SPED before Ms. Fox.

Anonymous said...

BISD needs to replace Rendon. Losing positions in the district for failure to service children is not acceptable. It is always this department who is in the hot seat and who takes the blame. I know that there are many great special education teachers, diagnosticians, and even administrators doing their best to service these chidren. So where is it that we drop the ball? Rendon?

Anonymous said...

It is not the responsibility of a district to provide money for a family to move. A parent does not have the right to choose a particular program for a child. That is up to the ARD committe/district.

BobbyWC said...

The family will not be asking for money to move. They have the right to sue and if the district settles the lawsuit why is it your concern or anyone elses concern what the family does with the money.

And for the record, a court can order BISD to pay for this child to attend a private school in San Antonio -

In fact based on a Supreme Court opinion just this term - the family can move today, enroll the child in a private school and then sue in hopes the courts agree with the parent.

the law and facts do matter to people interested in reality, facts and justice.

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

I think it would be interesting for the TEA hearing officer to find BISD failed to sustain their claims against Gonzales and then for the TEA to order BISD to pay for this child's private education.

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

Oh, 100% on this issue "That is up to the ARD committe/district."

It is for the law to decide where the child belongs.

You might learn something about reality before you dig Gonzales hole deeper

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

"They have the right to sue and if the district settles the lawsuit why is it your concern or anyone elses concern what the family does with the money."

Maybe it's because it was our money first? We are concerned that they are going to get the money in the first place.

Maybe if someone in the name of a helpless student is going to swindle our money away from us we want to make sure the money goes to the child and not to the parents or settlement fees.

Anonymous said...

What do you charge? Does my background matter?

BobbyWC said...

I charge nothing for helping people - I was raised we have a moral obligation to help one another.

Second, attorneys do not work for free. They have a right to their fees. Third, most not all cases involving children include a settlement for the parent and the child.

the court through a court appointed ad litem can authorize a portion of the money to be used up front for the child's education. This could include moving the family to a better school district.

A long time ago as an ad litem a got a judge to force the parents to but the child a home computer and printer and other things for school. It was a small settlement.

Given the fact the school district where the parent wants to put the child has had only one superintendent for 19 years, it is a pretty safe bet the school district is governed based on the best interests of the chlidren and not contracts and corruption, such as BISD.

I have never defended one side or the other in terms of the Board. I have always said it is about contracts. It will always be about contracts. It will never be about the chldren. We can vote out all of the current Board Members tomorrow and it will still be about contracts.

Any parent able to flee this flea invested city is fortunate.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Another thing in the law...frivolous lawsuit!

BobbyWC said...

And you know this because you have reviewed all of the documents including the chlid's medical records, e-mails between the parent and BISD, notes of all the meetings, and federal and state case law on the issue.

What bothers me more than anything else is, you are allowed to vote - it is because of people like you our democracy is increasingly becoming a failure

Bobby Wc

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that Rendon ran Faulk Middle School into the ground before he was promoted to Special Services. If Faulk was such a disaster, then why the promotion?

BobbyWC said...

I am not saying this is not true, but it seems it would have been a big deal at the hearings - it should have been a big deal at the time of the hire.

One way or the other I have never seen any facts to support this allegation. Rendon needs to go based on how he ran Special Services - and there the evidence is overwhelming

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Reading between the lines of what Mr. Johnny Pineda said ---Rendon needed a new position as he had ruined Faulk and his buddies Susan Galvan, Otis Powers, and Pat Lehman wanted him to have a good job they thought he could keep they chose Special Service. They didn't realize that he would transfer out the people who knew anything that was his first down fall. He replaced them with inexperienced friends from his previous assignments.

BobbyWC said...

Again I have only heard speculation about Rendon's experience at Faulk - you know the blame does not go to Rendon when a school Board turns a blind eye to such promotions.

I have heard many times that Lehman guaranteed Gonzales the job if he took care of Rendon. But again the blame cannot go just to Gonzales or Lehman - so long as they were all getting out of Gonzales what they wanted, they were willing to turn a blind eye.

Also I can say with 100% certainty that had Powers been reelected the gang would be a gang of 5 - Escobedo is fighting for contracts - he is being loyal to the people who put him there - he is now saying hey I went out on a limb to protect Gonzales and your contracts - you can trust me if I am elected to Cameron County COmmissioners Court. This should bother anyone interested in transparency - but it does not because it is about contracts and not the children

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I really don't care what the board did or didn't do except that it has really hurt a lot of students in BISD. Special Education was heading for trouble because of the large number of alternative certified teachers who had no concept of what Special Education was except that was where the vacancies were available. A long as the director the psychologist -Dr. Burns and the supervisors knew what was what things were not that bad. As soon as Rendon got comfortable he reassigned to regular education several of the supervisors sent Dr. Burns to a school and replaced them with his friends. Then they reassigned a large number of Special Education teachers who were not alternative certified back to regular education. These were the most experienced and best educated special education teachers for the most part. To be reassigned a teacher had to have a certification in an area of regular education.