- OCR Resolution Agreement for Not Following Civil Rights Laws
- Cease and Desist Orders Against People Who Question District Actions
- Board Meetings Not Videotaped and Available For Broadcast
- Violations of Board Policies, Federal, State and Local Laws
- Questionable Use of Taxpayers' Funds
- Educator Certification Issues
- Failure By Board To Respond To Patrons' Concerns
- Retaliation Against Anyone Who Questions The Board and Their Actions
- Superintendent Does Not Want Community To Know About Resolution Agreement With OCR.
- Taxpayer Dollars Used To Pay Attorneys to Fight Against Lawsuits When If They Followed The Laws, The Money Could Be Spent On The Education Of District Students
- DESE Passes The Buck Back To Parents To Complain To Board and Nothing Gets Corrected On Behalf of Students
- Community Only Reads All Of The District Generated Positive Public Relations Articles
- District Boasts of Awards They Have Received (Questionable Data To Back Up These Awards. Would An Award Even Be Justified If The Recipient Stated Up Front That They Are Being Monitored By the Department of Education Office For Civil Rights For Non-Compliance Of Civil Rights Laws?)
After I read their list of similarities, I had to laugh because of how similar the problems are in Lee's Summit R-7 compared to Fox C-6. You can see that there are quite a few.
They stated in their email that there are many more.
First, you have to understand that many of the school districts in our state are represented by only a few law firms. Many of the attorneys in these firms have worked with or for the same firms before splitting or starting their own firms. Therefore, the same strategies and tactics are employed by nearly all of the districts in the state on legal issues. Plus, there are quite a few books out there as well on dealing with the media as a school district superintendent with useful tips on what and what not to do. It's all about controlling the image and perception of your school district. It's the superintendent's job to make their district look good.
For example, there have been a lot of online libelous and defamatory attacks made against citizens who voice their concerns about our school district in online forums. And, what I find interesting about some of the comments made by these anonymous posters is that they seem to have access to information that only our top administrators would know about. For example when cease and desist letters were sent out and how someone made a reference about something happening before they were even sent.
Could it be a coincidence that these "anonymous" people have access to this information or are they just school supporters guessing? It's quite obvious that a few people in our school district don't like some of the questions posed at school board meetings by a few citizens in our community.
It's kind of humorous that the Character Education Trait of the month for June at Fox is Perseverance. That's the word that will hopefully be remembered by our school administrators and school board members as to how change is invoked in our community. I have been thanked by many teachers and staff for my efforts on calling out our school district's administration and school board. There are a few others in our community that are not afraid to speak out. They should be thanked as well. Hopefully in the end all of this effort will bring about a positive change within our school district.
Not Just A Statewide Problem