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Friday, November 30, 2012

Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Autistic, Disabled Kids - ABC News

Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Autistic, Disabled Kids - ABC News

This happens all over Missouri.  The case below is from a due process in Lee's Summit


Student was assigned to the ED classroom at Underwood Elementary for Twenty-four (24) school days.  During this time, the Student was placed in the Room on at least Fourteen (14) different school days, ranging from 420 minutes a day in the Room to 70 minutes.  The Student was placed in the Room for an equivalent of over nine (9) full days (3,860 minutes – 420 minutes in a full school day) (DEX 50, p. 1503).  Of the twenty-four
(24) school days the Student was absent three (3) days, and received out-of-school suspension six (6) days.  (DEX 50)  There is only one (1) day during the 2003-2004 school year (24 attendance days) that Student remained in the ED classroom the entire day.  (DEX 50).

Twice Exceptional Children (2e) - Wrightslaw

Twice Exceptional Children (2e) - Wrightslaw

Eligibility for Special Ed: Grades, IQ Scores, Evaluations

Eligibility for Special Ed: Grades, IQ Scores, Evaluations

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Federal Data: Graduation Rates Reveal Achievement Gaps for KS & MO « KC Education Enterprise

New Federal Data: Graduation Rates Reveal Achievement Gaps for KS & MO « KC Education Enterprise

Training Lions & Tigers: Discipline and Children with ADHD

Training Lions & Tigers: Discipline and Children with ADHD

Behavior Problems & Discipline: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know by Sue Whitney and Pam Wright - Wrightslaw.com

Behavior Problems & Discipline: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know by Sue Whitney and Pam Wright - Wrightslaw.com

Doing Your Homework: Behavior Problems: It Isn't Okay Just to Teach the Easy Kids by Sue Whitney - Wrightslaw

Doing Your Homework: Behavior Problems: It Isn't Okay Just to Teach the Easy Kids by Sue Whitney - Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw - Functional Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? How? Who? by Stephen Starin, Ph.D.

Wrightslaw - Functional Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? How? Who? by Stephen Starin, Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Homeless support program to continue with changes after funding - KCTV5

Homeless support program to continue with changes after funding - KCTV5

R-3 settles civil rights complaint - Lebanon Daily Record : Local News: office for civil rights, lebanon r-3 school district, special education, advocates for lebanon r-3 special education,

R-3 settles civil rights complaint - Lebanon Daily Record : Local News: office for civil rights, lebanon r-3 school district, special education, advocates for lebanon r-3 special education,


DESE found that the Lebanon trailers were perfectly normal school buildings.  OCR did not.

In a resolution with the Office for Civil Rights, the Lebanon R-3 School District has agreed to move the two special education classrooms currently being held in mobile homes at the Lebanon Junior High School to its elementary schools.

An investigation that began last spring has finally culminated with the Lebanon R-3 School District agreeing to the OCR’s terms and signing a resolution agreement on Tuesday. The district has until March 1, 2013, to submit a plan about how the district will relocate the classrooms. The move must take place by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education visited the district September 28, 2012 and found the operations in Lebanon were typical of programs for students with disabilities.

They went on to add that it was clear students with disabilities were integrated with students in general education in a variety of settings.

Petition | Missouri State School Board: Examine the actual public comments submitted to MODESE special education | Change.org

Petition | Missouri State School Board: Examine the actual public comments submitted to MODESE special education | Change.org

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Update: DESE says Lebanon School District compliant when it comes to special needs students - ky3.com

Update: DESE says Lebanon School District compliant when it comes to special needs students - ky3.com

LEBANON, Mo -- In June, parents of special needs students in Lebanon held a meeting concerning the treatment of their children. It was led by the Advocates for Lebanon R-3 Special Education. 

They claimed their special needs children were being housed in two trailers behind Lebanon Junior High School for long periods of time. They went on to add their students were not properly being integrated with other students in the school. 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education visited the district September 28, 2012 and found the operations in Lebanon were typical of programs for students with disabilities.

They went on to add that it was clear students with disabilities were integrated with students in general education in a variety of settings.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Report: Test security is inconsistent among states - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Report: Test security is inconsistent among states - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff


And, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch back in April, in Missouri there were more than 100 reports of standardized testing irregularities, including cheating, that poured into the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2010 and 2011.
According to the paper, of the $8.4 million Missouri spends to administer the Missouri Assessment Program, nothing is spent on test fraud detection services.
It also affirms that Missouri education officials rely on a system of "self-reporting" that assumes teachers and administrators will come to the state when they know of possible abuse.
Under this approach, the article explains that, even when allegations of testing irregularities are reported, the state and school districts rarely engage in the kind of rigorous statistical review many say is needed.
The article says that Missouri has also dismantled a program due to funding reductions that had sent inspectors randomly into schools to ensure tests are administered properly.
That article also acknowledged that Mo. education officials say looking for "red flags" would add thousands of dollars to the testing contract at a time when the state has cut department funding.

$24 Million in Grants Awarded to 22 States to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities | U.S. Department of Education

$24 Million in Grants Awarded to 22 States to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities | U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $24 million in grants to 22 states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities. States receiving grants are: Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Springfield schools look outside the box for expansion options to deal with influx of students - kspr.com

Springfield schools look outside the box for expansion options to deal with influx of students - kspr.com


Just like Lebanon they are thinking of putting special education students in a separate building.  Lee's Summit did this, too.

School leaders say once the school board leases the property, the church will become a second campus for special education students, who are currently being spread throughout the district in small makeshift classrooms -- because their only campus is full.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice : Sj

Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice : Sj

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary


Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

How does our superintendent's salary hold up to the other school districts in the area?  It appears that our school board has done an excellent job of providing our superintendent with one of the top salaries in the state.  I am not sure what the meteoric rise in salary has been based on.  A 65.39% pay increase in just 7 years is very impressive.  But, then it has been reported by ShowMeInstitute.org and KMOV that superintendent salaries in the state of Missouri have been rising despite a recession and our school board seems to have been helping to contribute to this problem. The report from the Show-Me Institute reported in July 2010 that even during a recession the average superintendent salary was increasing.

So, how has our superintendent's salary done since she became superintendent?  The following data was collected from data that what was reported to MO DESE by the school district and was provided to the Show-Me Institute from a Sunshine Law request and is available from the Show-Me Daily Superintendent Contracts Report.

2006 - $137,589
2007 - $152,068
2008 - $164,428
2009 - $192,586
2010 - $207,393

The following salary information was obtained from a KMOV news story copy of the May 23, 2010 contract for our superintendent which was made after the April 2010 news story on KSDK that reported that the Administrators in Fox School District forfeited their own pay raises.  I find it interesting that our superintendent said that she was giving up her pay raise after she felt uncomfortable that the 47 administrators had decided on their own to give up their raises.  You must really watch the KDSK video news story to appreciate the excitement that the administrators made in giving up their pay raises.  So, it appears that the forfeiting of our superintendent's pay raise would be made during the 2012-2013 school year according to her May 23, 2010 contract.

2011 - $215,276
2012 - $221,643
2013 - $221,643

So, the problem with believing that the foregoing of the pay raise for the 2013 school year would occur in 2013 as shown in her May 23, 2010 contract was the recent announcement of our superintendent's pay for the 2012-2013 school year in The Leader which was reported would be $228,000.

From The Leader Newspaper:
2012 - $228,000

UPDATE: I finally received a copy of the 2012-2013 - 2014-2015 Superintendent Salary Schedule at 4:12PM on Monday August 6, 2012. My request for this data was made at 8:10AM on Wednesday August 1, 2012.  The school district certainly didn't want this information to get out into the community prior to the August 7, 2012 Bond Issue Vote.  Once you see the Salary Amounts you will understand why.


2013 - $238,785
2014 - $245,588
2015 - $252,391

It is important to note that the 2012 - 2015 Superintendent Salary Schedule includes an automatic 5% increase in pay each year for every year of service in the district regardless. This 5% pay raise is on top of whatever increase the teachers receive each year and is multiplied by the updated Administrators Base Pay Amount.


So, I have to ask the question:
When did our Superintendent forfeit her pay raise?

I suggest that you contact your Fox C-6 School Board Members and ask them to provide you with the documentation that shows when the superintendent forfeited her pay raise.  According to the data collected from MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and her May 23, 2010 contract and what was reported in The Leader newspaper recently, it does not appear that there was any pay raise forfeited.

Here is the April 10, 2010 news story on KSDK that reported that the Administrators in Fox School District forfeited their own pay raises for the teachers.  I am really curious to know if this pay raise forfeiture ever really occurred for our superintendent or if it was simply a nice story to provide to the public to gain public support for the district and hide other issues going on within the district.

The June 30, 2012 school board meeting information packet had a copy of the 2012-2013 school year Administrators Salary Schedule.  However, the Administrator Salary Schedule DID NOT contain a salary schedule for the superintendent.  I made a request for a copy of the Superintendent Salary Schedule but have not received a copy of it as of yet even though I have received other information since making that request.

The pay schedule for administrators is based on the teachers pay scale.  So, anytime the administrators and school board approve a pay raise for the teachers, the administrators are also assured a pay raise.  The multiplier for the Administrators Salary Schedule is 1.5 times the highest teacher pay with a doctorate degree which for the 2012-2013 school year is around $97,706 dollars making the Administrators Base Pay Amount at: $136,060.

The salary schedule is based on the Pay Grade and Year Index values where Grade levels are 1 through 5 as follows:

1 = Assistant Elementary or Assistant Middle School Principal
2 = Assistant High School Principal
3 = Elementary or Middle School Principal
4 = High School Principal
5 = Assistant Superintendent

The multipliers range from 0.540 for first year elementary and middle school principals to 1.200 for 12 year assistant superintendents.  There are also Education Factor multipliers that are part of the Salary Calculation where the following Education Factors are:

Masters + 15   = 0.005
Specialist         = 0.010
Specialist + 15 = 0.015
Specialist + 30 = 0.020
Doctorate        = 0.025

The Salary Calculation is computed as:  (GYI + EF) * BASE = Salary.

The example given on the schedule was:  (0.820 + 0.010) * 136,060 = $112,930.

The Highest Paid Assistant Superintendent would be calculated as:

(1.200 + 0.025) * 136,060 = $166674

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

Monday, September 17, 2012

Awareity

Awareity

Lawsuits and Deliberate Indifference
Schools and school leaders are not exempt from the litigious society we live in. Therefore, all school personnel must be equipped to take appropriate actions when they know or should know about events of harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying, sexual assault, etc.

Recent settlements and pending lawsuits are establishing precedents school leaders should take very 
seriously to prevent devastating harm to their school’s bottom line, reputation and the community too.
For example, the town of South Hadley (Massachusetts) paid $225,000 to the parents of Phoebe Prince (who committed suicide after being bullied by classmates). This settlement did not include legal fees incurred when six former classmates were charged in connection with Phoebe’s treatment at school. More recently, the Emerson Board of Education (New Jersey) settled a lawsuit brought by a former student who said bullying linked to his perceived sexual orientation over a six-year period was ignored by school administrators. The student will receive $130,000 from the Bergen County School District.

A pending lawsuit filed by the mother of Seth Walsh (who committed suicide after being bullied by 
classmates) against the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) is one all school leaders should be watching closely. The lawsuit was filed using the results of a federal investigation by the Department of Justice and Department of Education that found TUSD “failed to act in an appropriate manner” even though the school was aware of the harassment towards Seth Walsh. Our greatest opportunities often occur during times of adversity, and making a difference for student safety will not happen until status quo approaches, excuses and acts of deliberate indifference are eliminated. Can your school afford a legal settlement of $130,000, $225,000 or more?

State to pay $4.4 million in landmark settlement

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State to pay $4.4 million in landmark settlement [The Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

Aug. 29--The state has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a landmark lawsuit filed by a couple who alleged the Department of Education failed to provide their daughters with appropriate autism-specific services during the girls' formative years in the 1990s.
Attorneys say the suit could have far-reaching implications for other cases filed on behalf of special-needs students who have not received a free, appropriate public education, as federal law requires.
"Clearly, school districts are on notice that a denial of meaningful access for kids can expose them to significant damages," said Susan Dorsey, lead attorney for the Levin Education Access Project, a nonprofit that assisted the family with the case.
"The rest of the country will be looking at this decision. It's a huge victory for children."

Lee's Summit did this to my son.  I wonder if I should sue them.  I know of many other families that have had the same thing happen in Lee's Summit.  Maybe we should all sue them.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Another Republic family prevailed in lawsuit against school district | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Another Republic family prevailed in lawsuit against school district | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

News-Leader files lawsuit against Republic schools, says Sunshine Law was violated | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

News-Leader files lawsuit against Republic schools, says Sunshine Law was violated | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Republic school district paid $185,000 to settle suit by student | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Republic school district paid $185,000 to settle suit by student | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Locked Away: Students Say Seclusion Doesn't Help | StateImpact Ohio

Locked Away: Students Say Seclusion Doesn't Help | StateImpact Ohio

City schools avoid suit, hand over ‘seclusion room’ files | The Columbus Dispatch

City schools avoid suit, hand over ‘seclusion room’ files | The Columbus Dispatch

Faces of Autism: Does your school have a secret history of abusing disabled children? Find out here - National special education | Examiner.com

Faces of Autism: Does your school have a secret history of abusing disabled children? Find out here - National special education | Examiner.com

Beth Kassab: Rate of physical restraints in schools is alarming - Orlando Sentinel

Beth Kassab: Rate of physical restraints in schools is alarming - Orlando Sentinel

A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children - NYTimes.com

A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children - NYTimes.com

Won't Back Down - Official Trailer HD (2012) - YouTube

Won't Back Down - Official Trailer HD (2012) - YouTube

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MO State Auditor's Office

MO State Auditor's Office


Patrick Henry Downtown Academy
A rapid response to credible allegations of enrollment and attendance report tampering at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy found numerous discrepancies between the manual attendance records completed by teachers and the official attendance records submitted to the state electronically by the school's office personnel. A school employee testified under oath that the school principal directed her to alter attendance data when entering it into the electronic system. The overwhelming impact of these discrepancies was to inflate attendance, thereby increasing funding and attendance percentages. The principal was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and hearing.

Many other audits revealed missing monies, but insufficient documentation existed to determine what happened to the funds and/or to support a criminal proceeding.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Proposed Changes To State Regulations

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The Office of Special Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is proposing changes to the State regulations implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The proposed changes are available for inspection until September 19, 2012, in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 205 Jefferson Street, 4th floor, Jefferson Building, Jefferson City, MO  65102 during regular office hours.
Public hearings, in the form of a webinar, are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Written public comments on the proposed changes are being solicited and should be directed as follows no later than the close of business on September 10, 2012:
Bonnie Aaron, Director, Compliance
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P. O. Box 480 Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480
Fax: 573-526-5946

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Becoming a teacher without heading back to school : News : HeartlandConnection.com

Becoming a teacher without heading back to school : News : HeartlandConnection.com

To qualify for the program, the candidate must have a Bachelor's degree where they obtained a 2.5 g.p.a. or greater, and pass a background check. The program offers certification to teach 5-12th grades, in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education, English Language Arts, General Science, History, Math, Physics, Special Education, and a Reading Endorsement.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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se-ls07.18.12

The Office of Special Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is proposing changes to the State regulations implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The proposed changes are available for inspection until September 19, 2012, in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 205 Jefferson Street, 4th floor, Jefferson Building, Jefferson City, MO 65102 during regular office hours and are also available on the office website at  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Stop segregating special needs students -- parents voice concerns to administrators in Lebanon School District - ky3.com

Stop segregating special needs students -- parents voice concerns to administrators in Lebanon School District - ky3.com

Special ed demands go unmet | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

Special ed demands go unmet | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

The Tribune's View of June 15 suggests that if there were a problem with the smaller number of students receiving special education services in Columbia during the past five years, there would be an outcry. If that opinion were not so naive and tragic, I would laugh. Consider this an outcry! As an attorney who has represented hundreds of disabled children in special education situations over the past 22 years, I know a tremendous unmet need exists for these services in Columbia and most other school districts.

The Hidden Children - YouTube

The Hidden Children - YouTube

We are parents of children with special needs. Because of our children's disabilities, they have not been allowed to attend the elementary schools they should be attending. Instead, they have been seperated from their peers and placed in trailers at the Jr. High campus. We have made this video to share our frustrations, hoping that we could find some heroes that are willing to stand with us to help fix this situation.

JRC lawyer: Electric shocks for students 'humane' – Anderson Cooper 360 - CNN.com Blogs

JRC lawyer: Electric shocks for students 'humane' – Anderson Cooper 360 - CNN.com Blogs

Marcy Rubenstein, Bronx Teacher, Accused Of Duct-Taping Student Irel Cuffee To Chair

Marcy Rubenstein, Bronx Teacher, Accused Of Duct-Taping Student Irel Cuffee To Chair

Advocate Claims School District Discriminates Against Special Needs Students

Advocate Claims School District Discriminates Against Special Needs Students

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Missouri Anti-Bullying Law

Missouri

Thanks to all of those who made me keep searching for Missouri's law.  This law was pressed in between a bunch of other statutes and very hard to find...but thankfully Missouri now has an anti bullying law with 44 others states.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Parents of special needs students say school district covered up abuse – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

Parents of special needs students say school district covered up abuse – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

Tony Attwood - Author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome - The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome. Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration

Tony Attwood - Author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome - The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome. Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration

This book is a must have.  Patty and Barb really know what they are doing.  They have both given me advice over the years and I appreciate all of the help that they have given me.  Barb helped me with a particular problem in middle school.  It didn't work out.  The PE teacher stated that he knew more about my son than Barb or I did.  What a shame that he wasted such precious time fighting me instead of helping my son.  Bullies come in all sizes.  The one's that have power are more dangerous than the ones that have fists.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

www.ucp.org/the-case-for-inclusion/2011/images/The Case for Inclusion 2012_Full Narrative_final .pdf

www.ucp.org/the-case-for-inclusion/2011/images/The Case for Inclusion 2012_Full Narrative_final .pdf


Just nine states have at least one-third (33%) of individuals with ID/DD
working in competitive employment, which best recognize and support work
as key to a meaningful life. These states include Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware,
Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

KABB Fox San Antonio :: Top Stories - 11-year-old Special Needs Student Arrested -- Grace White

KABB Fox San Antonio :: Top Stories - 11-year-old Special Needs Student Arrested -- Grace White

Harper: Restraint Guidelines Endanger Children : Roll Call Opinion

Harper: Restraint Guidelines Endanger Children : Roll Call Opinion

Treatment of special needs students stirs controversy | kens5.com San Antonio

Treatment of special needs students stirs controversy | kens5.com San Antonio

Illinois Mandatory Recess Bill Passes Senate, Moves To House For Approval

Illinois Mandatory Recess Bill Passes Senate, Moves To House For Approval

Police Handcuffing 7-Year-Olds? The Brutality Unleashed on Kids With Disabilities in Our School Systems | | AlterNet

Police Handcuffing 7-Year-Olds? The Brutality Unleashed on Kids With Disabilities in Our School Systems | | AlterNet

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Welcome to the United States Department of Justice

Welcome to the United States Department of Justice

Departments of Justice and Education Resolve Harassment Allegations in Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota

seMissourian.com: Local News: Sikeston teacher's arrest puts spotlight on electronic communication (03/28/12)

seMissourian.com: Local News: Sikeston teacher's arrest puts spotlight on electronic communication (03/28/12)

Legislative mixed bag in Missouri could mean funding cuts - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Legislative mixed bag in Missouri could mean funding cuts - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Mo. House backs cheating analysis for tests

Mo. House backs cheating analysis for tests

Parents, district employees weigh in on MAP testing - Columbia Missourian

Parents, district employees weigh in on MAP testing - Columbia Missourian

Missouri calls it quits on Imagine charter schools in St. Louis

Missouri calls it quits on Imagine charter schools in St. Louis

Monday, April 16, 2012

SEAP on Due Process

Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting
Minutes
March 2, 2012





Members in Attendance
Scott Montgomery
Diana Taylor-Soole
Sue Sharp
Laura Moseley
Lisa Slattery
Deena Ring
Jerry Neal
Lori Christensen
Angela Brown
Lauren Zeliff
Doreen Frappier
Heath Dillard
Tammy Pence
Dorothy Parks
Russ Brock
Martha Crabtree
Steve McDannold
Thurma DeLoach
Danny Tipton
Stephen Barr
Jamey McVicker
Members Not in Attendance
Jennifer Bax
Donna Cash
Karen Downs
Patricia Kopetz
Byron Koster
Ashley Krause
Judy Ray
Mary Kay Savage
Pam Schneeflock


Due Process – Stephen Barr (DESE Assistant Commissioner Office of Special Education) reminded the SEAP about the discussion at the last meeting. In the mean time, a bill was initiated by Senator Krause at the request of parents. The bill recommends due process cases be sent to an administrative hearing commissioner instead of the current three member panel.

Cynthia reviewed what she discussed at the last meeting. There have been concerns about the length of time it takes for the hearings to be scheduled and the perception that hearing panel members may be biased since one is picked by the school and one is picked by the parent. The third person on the hearing officer panel is the chairperson and must be an attorney. Multiple options were given to the SEAP for their consideration and they were asked to provide their recommendations.

Subcommittees met from 12:45 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. - The subcommittees discussed the due process issue.

The monitoring subcommittee felt that the Department should retain the three member panel and suggested that more training be provided for all panel members.

Jerry Neal (Representative of Higher Learning University of Central Missouri) made a motion that the administrative hearing commissioner or whoever hears the due process case should not have worked in a school district for at least five years and should not have worked as an advocate or consultant or have had the parent or family member as a client in the past five years. The motion was seconded. Motion passed.

Lisa Slattery (Springfield Special Education PTA) made a motion that no changes be made to item #8 of Senate Bill 595 (wording below). The motion was seconded. Motion passed.

8. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, when conducting a due process hearing, the administrative hearing commission shall conform all of its practices, procedures, filing deadlines, and response times to the requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Lisa Slattery made a motion to continue with the three member panel. The motion was seconded. Nine panel members voted in favor while six members voted against. Motion passed.

The panel discussed the need for more training for all hearing panel members; at a minimum, training should be provided every two years. Jamey McVicker (Firefighter) made a motion that due process panel members receive training every two years. The motion was seconded. Motion passed.

MO audit critical of Education, Social Services and Health and Human Services - kspr.com

MO audit critical of Education, Social Services and Health and Human Services - kspr.com

seMissourian.com: Local News: DESE, Jackson release details on MAP 'testing irregularity' (04/06/12)

seMissourian.com: Local News: DESE, Jackson release details on MAP 'testing irregularity' (04/06/12)

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Turner Report: Stouffer: In Missouri urban schools, teachers show up every other day, kids can't read

The Turner Report: Stouffer: In Missouri urban schools, teachers show up every other day, kids can't read

Swedeborg OKs selling classroom trailer for $1, free removal by buyer on Pulaski County Daily News

Swedeborg OKs selling classroom trailer for $1, free removal by buyer on Pulaski County Daily News

Lee's Summit has a few of these trailers.  With an $8.6 million administration center, a $12 million aquatice center, and an updated Miller Center that was not good enough for the administration, but is ok for those kids that no one wants to deal with, it looks as though Lee's Summit could afford something better than trailers.

We have $250,000 band uniforms and astroturf on the football fields.  Not too mention all of the other things that are really not needed.

We have the second highest tax levy in the area.  We spend the least amount of money per student.  Our teachers are not the highest paid.  Where does all of your tax money go?  To capital projects. 

We may not be offering the best services, paying our teachers the best wages, spending what other districts do on our students, but our buildings, band and football fields look good.  And the adminstration has a building with all of the bells and whistles. 

Waynesville school embezzlement case turned over to state prosecutors on Pulaski County Daily News

Waynesville school embezzlement case turned over to state prosecutors on Pulaski County Daily News

Part Three: Ten Commandments For Educators Who Teach Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Part Three: Ten Commandments For Educators Who Teach Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

America Via Erica: Coxsackie-Athens High School Valedictory Speech 2010

America Via Erica: Coxsackie-Athens High School Valedictory Speech 2010

Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Missouri fails to check for standardized test cheating

Missouri fails to check for standardized test cheating

"If you don't look, you don't find," said Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing. "You are void of embarrassment by not asking tough questions."
Missouri education officials rely on a system of self-reporting that assumes teachers and administrators will come to the state when they know of possible abuse.
Under this approach, even when allegations of testing irregularities are reported — as they were 41 times in 2011 — the state and school districts rarely engage in the kind of rigorous statistical review many say is needed.
The state has also dismantled a program due to funding reductions that had sent inspectors randomly into schools to ensure tests are administered properly.
State education officials say looking for red flags would add thousands of dollars to the testing contract at a time when the state has cut department funding.
"There is a cost to that," said Sharon Hoge, an assistant commissioner at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "We have tried to rely on self reports in our districts in Missouri. I'm not telling you that means there are not things possibly that are going on that we don't know about."


Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-fails-to-check-for-standardized-test-cheating/article_bba8c338-1763-5883-b6c2-7bdac952328d.html#ixzz1pZjpy5If

seMissourian.com: State News: Missouri fails to check for standardized test cheating (03/19/12)

seMissourian.com: State News: Missouri fails to check for standardized test cheating (03/19/12)

Despite dozens of incidents of testing irregularities, Missouri education officials spend nothing on test fraud detection services and have dismantled a program that had sent inspectors randomly into schools to ensure tests were administered properly.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Show Me State Autism Advocate Wants on the School Board | International Coalition for Autism and All Abilities

Show Me State Autism Advocate Wants on the School Board | International Coalition for Autism and All Abilities

Sherri Tucker, renowned throughout Missouri as a strong special needs advocate and activist, is making her second run for School Board in Lee’s Summit R-7 district.
Nine hopefuls are vying for one seat on the Board. Tucker is the only candidate with experience and knowledge regarding the unique needs of students with different abilities.
While the other candidates have all the expected positive credentials (and the usual ties to the public school system), Tucker’s candidacy stands out with her experience as an advocate for students, responsible spending, and educational oversight.
In this story in the Lee’s Summit Journal, Tucker’s mention is listed as simply: “Sherri Tucker, co-founder of the Lee’s Summit Autism Support Group. Tucker ran for the R-7 school board in 2008, arguing that the district was not providing adequate services for its special-needs children.”
Of course, with limited space, the publication cannot mention all of the accomplishments and activities Ms. Tucker has been involved with over the years (see below this post), that many Missourians have become aware of. All of it has been centered on helping others, ensuring that families with special needs are included in every aspect of our culture, from the legislature on down to every day issues, but always putting education at the forefront.
Sherri Tucker became a friend of our President Emily Malabey several years ago. Malabey had this to say about Ms. Tucker:
“I first knew Sherri was going to be a great ally and friend when I heard she had both angered and impressed some powerful people, including a few legislators. Sherri is fearless. She is on a mission and is unafraid to fight for what’s right. Sherri is one of the most honest and sincere people I have met, which is unfortunately a rarity in this world. I know firsthand that Sherri is talented, has a sharp attention to detail, consistent vigilance, and an advocate’s heart. One of the few but important ways we can improve our education system is by getting advocates for students into the systems so we can improve them from within. Our School Boards and administrations throughout the nation are severely lacking in student advocacy or a working knowledge and understanding of the needs for diverse student populations. Of course this means to include students with different abilities who have been neglected for far too long in the education system (despite laws that are in place to ensure otherwise). Sherri Tucker will be one promising anchor in the system to help ensure the system works for all students.”
According to Malabey and several others in the community, people have been asking Sherri Tucker for several years to run for public office. According to autistic advocate Mel Johnson, “She wants to be on the School Board but she is perfectly capable of running for higher offices as well. She cares about the kids in our schools and that is the kind of person everyone wants on the Board.”
Some say that her candidacy “is probably scaring the heck out of the establishment.” But it shouldn’t. By all accounts from several individuals who know or have worked with Tucker, she is “fair, easy to work with and a smart, thoughtful individual.”
According to Dan Brown, father and advocate, if the Board members are decided fairly (by what you know and not simply who you know), Tucker should have a good chance to begin advocating for students from the position of School Board member.

Sherri Tucker Accomplishments and Credentials:
Secretary and President of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
Placed two years in a row at State Competition and went to National Competition for DECA
Secretary of OEA (Office Education Association)
Placed at State Competition for OEA
Treasurer of the Women’s Choir
Judge for Kansas DECA State Competition
Former Member of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Special Education Advisory Panel
Chairperson for the Monitoring Committee of the SEAP
President and Cofounder of Lee’s Summit Autism Support Group
Cofounder MOAFAA (Missouri Advocates for Families Affected by Autism)
Member of the Circles of Support
Organized annual Resource Night for families affected by autism (Over 100 families and over 30 service providers attended)
Parent of two Lee’s Summit High School graduates
Former Board Member of the Hawks Ridge Homeowner’s Association
Parent Educator and Advocate
Works with legislators for positive changes in education
Visits Jefferson City to personally discuss legislation with legislators
Speaks with National legislators to discuss positive changes that need to be made and legislation that needs to be written
Works with other groups in Missouri on education issues
Works with, and consults for, national special needs and educational organizations

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3 Responses to Show Me State Autism Advocate Wants on the School Board

  1. ICAA says:
    Thank you for your service Ms. Moore! We hope to see as many advocates as possible getting into the education systems’ hierarchy. It is one way to ensure we are “minding the gap” in education. Advocates like you and Ms. Tucker, as you pointed out, will help to ensure all students’ needs are put first. We at the ICAA believe that is what the education systems should be focused on. Please let us know how your Board run goes. Good luck to you and keep in touch.
  2. vernon p. says:
    maybe advocates are what we need. maybe they will protect the kids from protected teachers who abuse students like the ones shown here on the front page for instance.
    • Mrs. Rose Moore says:
      I am also running for School Board Trustee in the Clark County School District, here in Las Vegas, NV which is the 5th largest school district in the nation and number 50 at the bottom of the totem pole in education and graduation rate. I have been advocating for disabled kids for 38 years. We are the best to have on any School Board with the knowledge and experience we have, not just for the disabled but all children in the K-12 public school District. I congratulate Sherri Tucker for running and hope she wins.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In-District Autism Consultant Training - Project ACCESS - Missouri State University

In-District Autism Consultant Training - Project ACCESS - Missouri State University

To receive In-District Autism Consultant training, individuals must have completed six days of autism specific training; i.e.: the two-day Introduction to Autism, followed by the four-day Working with Autistic Students in the Schools (WASS) or the four-day Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism (EIYCA).

This means that no matter what your child's doctor might say a person with 12 days of training decides if your child has educational autism.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Who Decides If Your Child Receives SSI?

My son's SSI was denied today. They based their information on a 30 minute consult and what the school district report said. In Missouri the Department of Education makes those determinations. REALLY!!! The same people that screwed up his future have now decided that he is capable of supporting himself. Can you say injustice?!!


They stated, “The medical evidence shows that you are impaired, and that your activities are restricted by your condition. While you have little or no work history, you are still able to perform work that is not very demanding." Where will we be finding that job?

Feds Crack Down On Schools Skirting Disabilities Act - Disability Scoop

Feds Crack Down On Schools Skirting Disabilities Act - Disability Scoop

What’s more, under the recent law, a student may be eligible for special education services even if they are already performing well in school so long as they have an impairment that “substantially limits a major life activity,” according to documentation included in the Education Department correspondence.

Given the expanded definition of disability, districts now have an obligation to evaluate a wider swath of students for special education services, the Education Department told schools. And, such evaluations are supposed to be quick and simple. In the guidance, federal officials are urging schools to ensure that their evaluations don’t require “extensive analysis” in order to determine whether or not a disability is present.

State Special Education Rates Vary Widely - Disability Scoop

State Special Education Rates Vary Widely - Disability Scoop

Report critical of teacher policies | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

Report critical of teacher policies The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

Conway elementary: principal on leave - ky3.com

Conway elementary: principal on leave - ky3.com

seMissourian.com: Local News: Mother of student in Cape choking incident considering pulling him from school (02/02/12)

seMissourian.com: Local News: Mother of student in Cape choking incident considering pulling him from school (02/02/12)

Broad Changes Ahead as NCLB Waivers Roll Out

Broad Changes Ahead as NCLB Waivers Roll Out

State Board of Education to consider NCLB waiver request

State Board of Education to consider NCLB waiver request

Missouri Education Watchdog: Should Parents be the Target Group for Polar Bracelets? Forget the Students, It's the Parents who Need to be Tracked.

Missouri Education Watchdog: Should Parents be the Target Group for Polar Bracelets? Forget the Students, It's the Parents who Need to be Tracked.

Missouri Education Watchdog: Keeping An Eye On The Prize of Quality Legislation

Missouri Education Watchdog: Keeping An Eye On The Prize of Quality Legislation

Missouri Education Watchdog: STEM Students Need Their Privacy

Missouri Education Watchdog: STEM Students Need Their Privacy