Wednesday, December 15, 2010


IT IS TIME SPRINGSTON BE FIRED OVER SPECIAL SERVICES AND A LACK OF VIRTUE

For some nearly four years now I have been pushing the issue of Special Services.  Any board member who tells you they care about this issue is a liar - bold face liar - plain and simple.  When I had the evidence in hand to file a formal complaint against Springston over his mismanagement of Special Services, Escobedo along with Presas-Garcia lead the battle cry to protect his then boss's wife Kathleen Jimenez.  Other board members simply decided opening a door on Kathleen Jimenez could cause problems given the failure of her predecessor, political appointee Art Rendon.  Such was Kathleen Jimenez's appointment - it was political.  In one of his many back door deals Escobedo got his boss's wife the job in exchange for Escobedo voting for Springston as superintendent.  This lesson is lost on the likes of Presas-Garcia, Longoria, and Saavedra - they do not get Escobedo is loyal only to his need for power.

Again every board member blocked my desire to file the complaint.  Not one would respond to my requests on how to formally file a complaint.  Had Presas-Garcia not played her dirty politics on this issue, the new Board would be sitting on a complaint with documents, dates, and disturbing events.  Now with no evidence on the issue, Presas-Garcia chooses to go down a path of outright lies, and deception which is going to get BISD sued.

I do not doubt Art Rendon inherited a nightmare in the same way Kathleen Jimenez inherited a nightmare.  But this does not justify incompetence. 

For years I have talked about how BISD and other school districts give athletes the necessary label to keep them from having to take the regular TAKs.  As we have known for some time BISD is top heavy with the number of students not taking the regular TAK.  Saavedra, who never met a child she did not see as a political pawn, has no interest in the reason or solving the problem - she simply wants to use the disability of the children as a tool to humiliate Springston - as they say evil is as evil does. 

If Saavedra had any sense of connection to the children or their parents she would know Brownsville has a big problem with mental retardation and border line mental retardation with the parents and grandparents of BISD children.  the learning disability rate of these parents and others is very high.  The more I get to know Saavedra I have  come to learn she is the person who simply has no need for humanity.  She has no connection to the problems because her purpose is to dictate what people need instead of listening and observing people in hopes of better identifying the problem with hopes of then finding a solution.

The other night while showing my video of Peru to a friend, his high school son asked if Peru is near Wisconsin.  So much for teaching world geography in high school. 

I suspect, but cannot prove, that one reason for the high level of mental retardation or border level retardation or other learning disabilities among the parents is all of the high level of home births by mid-wives.

I do not doubt a big cause for the high number of students exempt from taking the regular TAKs has to do with falsely labelling athletes so they can still play football, or example.  This is an outright fraud which should get the coaches and teachers fired.

But I am 100% convinced that the major problem is real learning disabilities which in some cases are inherited from the parents, caused during the pregnancy because of poor nutrition or use of alcohol or recreational drugs, and a lack of proper early childhood development.  Until we get a better handle on the disabilities of the parents, we are not going to address the disabilities of the children.

It is pure nonsense and dirty politics at its worst for Saavedra to simply demand she wants the number reduced of children taking one of the various modified TAKs.  If Brownsville for the reasons I mentioned does have a higher number of special needs children than allowed by the state, then Brownsville needs to justify the number and go to the state and federal government and demand more funding - not just remove the children from the rolls.  Yes, I agree some of the children are there for fraudulent reasons - but using those children as political pawns to humiliate Springston at the expense of the children who have real learning  disabilities is evidence of child abuse - assuming a BISD board member as a Board member could be found guilty of child abuse, which they cannot.

Until BISD has a Board, which it does not, a superintendent which it does not, or a director over special services, which it does not, who are going to begin with the question - why are so many BISD children learning disabled, nothing is going to change for these children.  After school help with homework is not going to fix the learning disability or its causes. 

These children all the way through high school need smaller classes and a lot more individual attention.  They need the proper diagnosis of their problems.  They need teaches who understand learning disabilities do not equate to a diminished intelligence. 

BISD needs to find grant money which will allow them to start testing the parents of the children entering 1st grade if the teachers suspect a problem.  I would personally like to see testing for all parents who dropped out of high school.  If we can identify the learning disabilities of the parents, it may be easier to identify them in the child.  It will also allow for the creation of a plan which incorporates the parents' limitations when it comes to being a partner in their child's education.

None of this will happen because Escobedo, Longoria, Presas-Garcia and Saavedra  want to use the special needs children as pawns, and Colunga, Aguilar, and Pena are unware there is a problem, or see a cover-up as a necessary evil to protecting Springston. 

Like I said, there is no place for virtue in politics - just self preservation and corruption

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Take a rest this is the most absurd post you have ever done. It would impossible to test parents. It is hard enough to get the permission to test the students. This can not be done with out written permission. Most districts have trouble keeping up with the testing required by Federal Laws with out testing parents. The best advice I was ever given by a principal was that we could not control what happened or had happened outside the school building but we should do the best we could while the student was with us and try to meet all of their needs.

BobbyWC said...

I can say you are simply dead wrong - one I never suggested it should be done without the consent of the parent

two any principal who believes what is happening in the home is not important is an idiot - a complete and total idiot and should not be in education

until we solve the problem of the parents who cannot help their children BISD will not move forward for these children.

You lack even the most remote critical thinking skills

universities (not UTB because it is anything but a university) work with school districts to get parents and children tested. UTB should be using BISD as a place where their students can get clinic experience in testing both children and adults.

Your mind set is one of defeat - when you claim you cannot worry about your neighbors weeds - are you setting yourself up for a yard full of weeds.

Exactly how do you propose BISD address the inability of the parents to help their children if we have no interest in the reason why the parents cannot help their children?

BobbyWC said...

To anony - I refuse to believe you have ever been employed in a school - you are way too ignorant to have actual experience.

BISD on this issue is in a crisis -if it does not prove a need for a higher % of learning disabled students within its ranks it will lose funding - funding aside we should be doing whatever is needed to identify the needs of these children and act on those needs.

There is grant money to bring in a tester for the parents - it is not about money - it is about the will of the school district to act.

No one can force the parents to help - but I can assure you I currently work with enough parents who given the chance would take any test which would help their children.

Many of these parents have dropped out of the GED program or UTB after being unable to learn in a regular classroom - they are smart -

they are not entitled to accomodation in taking the GED or tests at UTB without proof of their learning disabilities through testing - they have no money

Juliet garcia is 100% aware of the problem and does not give a rats ass - she does not understand that there is a correlation between the high failure rate at UTB and the learning disabilties of the students which were never diagnosed.

Doing nothing means abandoning innocent children - it means never helping these parents get a chance at a GEd so they can get a better job and better provide for their children.

Yes you cannot help every child or every parent - but to simply say we canot worry about the home is proof you are a complete idiot or have never been in a classroom.

The problem begins with people like you and ends with incompetent administrators at BISD - until we have a board which cares (at this time we do not) and an administration competent enough to address the problem nothing will change.

A simple grant will get the program rolling - the idea of applying for such a grant eludes Springton - his energy is on survival having failed to realize he has already died - his removal is a formality in the eyes of the new majority

Anonymous said...

That is a great idea it gets to the root of the problem.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your posting and I have agreed with you on many issues. However, I totally disagree with you on this publication. You have great knowledge of public law and political strategies. Your readers enjoy your publications but your arguments on this posting make you look as ignorant as the newly elected BISD board members. You come across like an individual that lacks knowledge in the area of special education. Let me give you an example. The TAKS has nothing to do if you play football. According to UIL guidelines, a student who is enrolled in a school district in this state or who participates in a University Interscholastic League competition shall be suspended from participation in any extracurricular activity sponsored or sanctioned by the school district or the University Interscholastic League after a grade evaluation period in which the student received a grade lower than the equivalent of 70 on a scale of 100 in any academic class. Furthermore, the TAKS is administered during the spring semester when football season is over. Special education data will also show that referrals for placement of students in special education at the high school level are low or non-existing. Most students who are identified and placed in special education happen at the elementary level of education.
As per Saavedra demanding that the number of student taking TAKS Modified be reduced, has nothing to do with her knowledge about special education. Saavedra wants to impress people by demanding the reduction of student taking an alternative state evaluation. The simple fact is that the district is at Stage Two on AYP regarding the two percent of students taking TAKS-Modified. For years the district has been more concerned with state accountability than on meeting the district’s AYP two percent of students taking TAKS-Modified. Yes, BISD is a State Recognized District but if AYP Stage Two is not address the district will loss federal funding.
Believe me there is more than TAKS or midwifes when addressing the labeling of students as learning disabled. If you want to target a determining factor, language is on top of the charts. Children who lack skills in the English language are more likely to be identified as children with a learning disability or mental retardation. There are guideline regarding the evaluation of students who are not English proficient for the purpose of determining a disability; however, these guidelines are often disregarded and the children are placed in special education.
In any public office or educational system, if you investigate the system faults will be found. I am sure that faults existed in Special Services prior to the administration of A. Rendon. However, not to the degree that Rendon managed and administered such office. The children with disabilities in Brownsville did not deserve such a political appointee to manage that department. Just like you stated, “there is no place for virtue in politics - just self preservation and corruption.”

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your posting and I have agreed with you on many issues. However, I totally disagree with you on this publication. You have great knowledge of public law and political strategies. Your readers enjoy your publications but your arguments on this posting make you look as ignorant as the newly elected BISD board members. You come across like an individual that lacks knowledge in the area of special education. Let me give you an example. The TAKS has nothing to do if you play football. According to UIL guidelines, a student who is enrolled in a school district in this state or who participates in a University Interscholastic League competition shall be suspended from participation in any extracurricular activity sponsored or sanctioned by the school district or the University Interscholastic League after a grade evaluation period in which the student received a grade lower than the equivalent of 70 on a scale of 100 in any academic class. Furthermore, the TAKS is administered during the spring semester when football season is over. Special education data will also show that referrals for placement of students in special education at the high school level are low or non-existing. Most students who are identified and placed in special education happen at the elementary level of education.
As per Saavedra demanding that the number of student taking TAKS Modified be reduced, has nothing to do with her knowledge about special education. Saavedra wants to impress people by demanding the reduction of student taking an alternative state evaluation. The simple fact is that the district is at Stage Two on AYP regarding the two percent of students taking TAKS-Modified. For years the district has been more concerned with state accountability than on meeting the district’s AYP two percent of students taking TAKS-Modified. Yes, BISD is a State Recognized District but if AYP Stage Two is not address the district will loss federal funding.
Believe me there is more than TAKS or midwifes when addressing the labeling of students as learning disabled. If you want to target a determining factor, language is on top of the charts. Children who lack skills in the English language are more likely to be identified as children with a learning disability or mental retardation. There are guideline regarding the evaluation of students who are not English proficient for the purpose of determining a disability; however, these guidelines are often disregarded and the children are placed in special education.
In any public office or educational system, if you investigate the system faults will be found. I am sure that faults existed in Special Services prior to the administration of A. Rendon. However, not to the degree that Rendon managed and administered such office. The children with disabilities in Brownsville did not deserve such a political appointee to manage that department. Just like you stated, “there is no place for virtue in politics - just self preservation and corruption.”

Anonymous said...

Hey Bobby, why not sent this information to the District. I am sure they have a grants department and maybe you can email them.

I agree we have to start at the root of the problem and that most definitly starts at Home. Let's get someone to listen.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Sylvia Atkinson is the administrator of the Grants Department.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bobby, then send it to her.