Wednesday, August 24, 2011


SORRY FOR THE LATE POST - BUT WHAT'S UP?

I spent most of the morning at Hanna getting a special needs student who had dropped out enrolled. I will tell you everyone I dealt with at Hanna was 100% professional. The principal came by and did a terrific job with the student in letting her know everyone was going to start with a clean slate, but that in the end it is up to her to succeed. At one point there were 4 administrators working for this student at one time.

I have given the principal at Hanna a hard time when I believed she had messed up, so I must today make clear she gets an A+ for how she conducted herself today and how her staff worked to help this student. If the child does as she was told, she will succeed and graduate in May.

THE COURT HOUSE

I cannot get into the stories now, but will post them tomorrow. I spent an hour and 1/2 at the court house looking at files in several cases. These stories are good and show just how bad the corruption and influence peddling is at the Cameron County court house.

ERNIE HERNANDEZ

The BV is fair - I have to agree 100% with Erin Hernandez Garcia - the latest story by the Herald against her and her father was based on a vendetta. I am not saying the story is false. I am saying the decision to go with the story is based on a vendetta.

The Herald ignored all of the evidence against Enrique Escobedo until they decided they wanted Ruben Peña to win the county commissioner race - all of a sudden all of the garbage they knew about Escobedo for a year became newsworthy. Then during the BISD race the same information became not newsworthy and the Herald ran cover for the corruption by Escobedo and others during the BISD campaign.

It is very dangerous when a newspaper acts like a two-bit tyrant and uses the power of the press to manipulate how the public perceives someone. I have no use for Ernie Hernandez or his moronic daughter Erin - in my opinion they both lack even the appearance of a moral compass. But, this does not mean it is okay for a newspaper to be selective in how it reports on elected officials. It is very dangerous to our democracy when a newspaper chooses to act like a dictator and use its pages to destroy those politicians it dislikes while turning a blind eye to the corruption of the politicians they favor.

Erin Hernandez wants to be a JP judge, but seems to have zero knowledge of the law.  The First Amendment protects newspapers from liability related to stories of public figures unless you can show malice.  Further, all the Herald has to show is substantial truth and they are protected.  Erin in her stupid comments made know to everyone she has no respect for the law or the First Amendment.  She also made clear she has thin skin.  I think she killed her chance at ever being elected to anything in Cameron county.  But to be clear - I agree the decision to do the story against her and her father was based 100% on a very dangerous vendetta which does not serve democracy.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

And you base your thoughts that she can never be elected to any office in Cameron County on our history of rejecting people who do wrong? Like her father, who played very loose with the rules as a city commissioner? I wish.

Mescalero

Anonymous said...

"all of a sudden all of the garbage they knew about Escobedo for a year became newsworthy"

What did they know? And how do you know they knew?

Anonymous said...

Hope all principals take note on how to get things done.

Not easy sometimes.
Especially at the beginning of the year.

Tell that kid to get a tutor or a good mentor to follow through on what needs to be done. Or use you to verfify, etc.

Anonymous said...

I was glad they were exposed. Hell, after I read the article, I still wonder how Ernie H. got elected.

Anonymous said...

Bobby,
When are you getting rid of "DR." Escobedo's mug?
I love reading your blog but I can't stomach that cara de yo no fue(?).
Please remove it.
Your loyal reader. :))

Anonymous said...

It was certainly very commendable for the high school principal to assist in enrolling the student back to school. However, when you have a campus of 2,500 or more students and you have four administrators involved with one student it just does not seem right. Could it be that their attention over the student was because you were there especially on the first day of school? Don’t get me wrong, their actions were admirable.

Anonymous said...

He got more votes than Cortez

Anonymous said...

Bobby, well Cadillac Caty Garcia has done it again. The medical proposal went the 5th highest bidder. It is over $ 500,000 dollars in cost. Cadillac Caty Garcia has won and is in power. Where is Rick Zayas and Ruben Cortez? Their silence is guilty of some wrong doing. We need to form a PAC against Cadillac Caty Garcia or let her win a all cost. PAC should be remove Cadillac Caty Presas-Garcia/

BobbyWC said...

let me qualify - bt administrators I mean non teachers - in special ed you have a counsel - a case manager - someone else I do not remember and the principal - the principal was there only long enough to reinforce with the student that there would be a clean slate and that her staff is there to help

Does this help clarify?

Bobby W c

Anonymous said...

As per your clarification. I am assuming that an ARD was held to update her individual education plan that required an administrator, special education teacher (case manger), general education teacher, and perhaps a CTE teacher (based on her course of study)at the meeting where the staff encouraged the student to stay in school and meet her requirements for graduation. The campus principal visited for a few minutes and welcome her back to school.

BobbyWC said...

On the insurance deal I will presume it was a good agreement based on the 6+0 vote - further Blue Cross and Blue Shield and ING have too much to lose by being party to overt corruption

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

I said non teachers - special ed students have their own counselor - there were some course issues which needed to be addressed and the case manager had the answers so he was brought in - the other person was there for only a few minutes - I think he was there to help her around campus the first day, and then finally the principal made a very short and professional appearance

bobby WC

Anonymous said...

"special ed students have their own counselor"

In a time in which the educational system promotes inclusiveness for all students including children with disabilities. I am surprise that one of our high schools might still have a system where counseling/guidance services are not inclusive. Students with disabilities often will not seek services from educational staff members (especially if that staff member has been identified and designated as a person serving special education students) because of the fear of other students identifying him/her as a student in special education. Most schools have inclusive counseling/guidance services that helps avoid such situation and promote students with disabilities to seek and receive the services available to all students.

BobbyWC said...

these counselors are experts in what is available to these students - we cannot expect every counselor to be an expert

Further, this student was being offered regular classes wherein she would get extra help

So I have no idea what you are talking about - there is no denial of access to regular classes - they are just better equipt to provide the students the help they need - which includes regular classes

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

"these counselors are experts in what is available to these students - we cannot expect every counselor to be an expert"

If "these counselors" are expert why did she/he need to bring in the case manager to answer course issues. When the educational system provides and inclusive couseling/guidance service to all students, all counselors are expected to be experts on graduation requires for all students including special needs students. The question was not of denial of access to regular classes but of how services are being provided in an era of inclusion and not segregation. I am not critizing the services at that particular high school. However, in a time of inclusion as advocated by advocacy groups why is there seperation of services for students with disabilities especially when other schools are providing the inclusive services at those particular schools.