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By A.P. Dil­lon

On Mon­day, DaT­e­chGuy wrote about the sex­ual abuse cases tak­ing place in schools as high­lighted by Stacy McCain:

Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sex­ual crim­i­nals. Yes­ter­day he focused on Teachers

If you pay atten­tion to the news, it’s hard to avoid the con­clu­sion that America’s pub­lic schools are staffed by sex-​crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obvi­ously, we need to end manda­tory celibacy and let high school teach­ers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been cov­er­ing for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in read­er­ship in 2013 & 2014 so for new read­ers at DaT­e­chGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some sto­ries we cov­ered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this sub­ject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sex­ual abuse scan­dal rocks Boy Scouts of Amer­ica after $18.5m payout

Organ­i­sa­tion accused of cover-​up as it seeks to keep thou­sands of ‘per­ver­sion files’ secret

Oddly this sub­ject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

Read the whole thing. These sto­ries don’t involve men wear­ing White col­lars or fit anti-​gay nar­ra­tives, so the media

Over at my pet project, Con­Mom, I’ve chron­i­cled many sto­ries of abuse. I was pleased to see an Insta­lanche on the Con­Mom cat­e­gory Who is Teach­ing Your Kid?’, but sad at the same time I even have a cat­e­gory like that. Glenn Reynolds called it a ‘trou­bling col­lec­tion’ and he’s right. It’s disturbing.

Back to Re: Oh THOSE abuse stories

Here’s my con­tri­bu­tion to those hor­ror sto­ries, which for the most part, are going under-​reported in the media. If you’re not wear­ing a white-​collar or run­ning for office, these sto­ries are largely reported then for­got­ten. The spe­cific one I want to con­cen­trate on is one that made a top ten list at Huff­in­g­ton Post. It’s of a North Car­olina for­mer mid­dle school prin­ci­pal named David Ellis Edwards.

What earned him that top ten spot? He raped a boy in his office while the par­ents were out­side the room.

A for­mer mid­dle school prin­ci­pal in North Car­olina is accused of sex­u­ally assault­ing a stu­dent while the boy’s unsus­pect­ing par­ent was out­side the room.

David Ellis Edwards, 49, was arrested Fri­day and charged with second-​degree forcible sex offense, sex­ual acts with a stu­dent, tak­ing inde­cent lib­er­ties with a minor and crimes against nature, WTVD reported.

Deputies say that between 2009 and 2011, Edwards molested at least three boys between the ages of 11 and 14. At least one of the inci­dents allegedly occurred in Edward’s office while the victim’s par­ent sat in a nearby wait­ing area. — Huff­in­g­ton Post

The arti­cle goes on to say the police think there are at least three more vic­tims. It’s hard to know much more because “The inci­dent report has been sealed, due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of the alle­ga­tions.” That’s just as well, the kids involved need to be pro­tected. This guy, how­ever, deserves the 9th cir­cle of Hell and a white-​hot poker where the sun doesn’t shine.

Abuse isn’t lim­ited to just the sex­ual con­tact nature. There is a broader degree of what is and can be con­sid­ered abuse in schools. There’s a few other aspects to con­sider, like zero tol­er­ance — a topic I’ve piled into what I call “The Great Pub­lic School Exper­i­ment. Much of that zero tol­er­ance lunacy only goes in one direc­tion. Let’s not for­get the edu­crat idiot brigades, of which Arne Dun­can recently found him­self the star of in his defense of the Com­mon Core by say­ing those opposed are mainly ‘White Sub­ur­ban Moms’.

Another avenue of what can be con­sid­ered abuse is cor­rup­tion cou­pled with neglect, as we recently found out was going on in a NYC school. Via NY Post:

Stu­dents at PS 106 in Far Rock­away, Queens, have got­ten no math or read­ing and writ­ing books for the rig­or­ous Com­mon Core cur­ricu­lum, whistle­blow­ers say.

The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.

“The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said.

The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrig­er­a­tor or cot.

The library is a mess: “Nothing’s in order,” said a source. “It’s a junk room.”

No sub­sti­tutes are hired when a teacher is absent — stu­dents are divvied up among other classes.

A class­room that includes learning-​disabled kids doesn’t have the required special-​ed co-​teacher.

About 40 kinder­gart­ners have no room in the three-​story brick build­ing. They sit all day in dilap­i­dated trail­ers that reek of “ani­mal urine,” a par­ent said; rats and squir­rels nois­ily scam­per in the walls and ceiling.

NO GYM OR ART: With no phys-​ed or art classes, stu­dents are left to watch movies, includ­ing “Alvin and the Chip­munks” and “Fat Albert.

NO SPACE: With­out enough space in the main brick build­ing, kinder­gart­ners are taught in what sources say are rat-​infested trailers.

The arti­cle goes on to talk about the prin­ci­pal, Mar­cella Sills, who appar­ently shows up when­ever she feels like it but is paid well for her lack of attendance:

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When she is out, an assis­tant prin­ci­pal is left in charge. Yet Sills, who gets a $128,207 salary, also pock­ets over­time pay — $2,900 for 83 hours in 2011, the lat­est avail­able records show.NY Post

Your tax dol­lars — Fund­ing no-​show prin­ci­pals with six fig­ure salaries. The par­ents are finally speak­ing out, but one has to ask how long they’ve been doing so and had been ignored. That might be because no one is lit­er­ally lis­ten­ing. Par­ents used to have a way to have their voice heard at their schools via the PTA. Now, they are left to con­tact admin­is­tra­tors on their own or try to band together and make noise out­side of the school.

Con­trol and involve­ment in our schools by par­ents has eroded a lot since I attended pri­mary school. The PTA, as I have expe­ri­enced it, no longer is a Parent-​Teacher Asso­ci­a­tion that works to improve cur­ricu­lum, con­di­tions and set rules or guide­lines like the one my mother belonged to when I was in school. The ones I’ve come in con­tact with these days are more con­cerned with cov­er­ing all the things a school bud­get should be able to cover like bring­ing in speak­ers, teacher appre­ci­a­tion related activ­i­ties, hav­ing book and sci­ence fair and more. Don’t get me wrong, these things are impor­tant. The social aspect to schools for the kids and teach­ers is invalu­able. Hav­ing said that, the pri­mary func­tion should be engage­ment in the edu­ca­tion process, not social activ­i­ties. This is espe­cially appar­ent as we have seen how the Com­mon Core was imple­mented largely by stealth. One has to won­der what would have hap­pened if an engaged group of par­ents via a PTA were intro­duced to Com­mon Core before implementation.

One final thought on abuse in schools, or rather abuse of schools as the case may be. It seems the Depart­ment of Jus­tice has decided that dis­ci­pline in schools is racist. Via The Daily Caller:

Edu­ca­tion experts decried a new memo from the Depart­ments of Jus­tice and Edu­ca­tion that instructs pub­lic schools through­out the coun­try to cease pun­ish­ing dis­rup­tive stu­dents if they fall into cer­tain racial cat­e­gories, such as black or Hispanic.

The let­ter, released on Wednes­day, states that it is a vio­la­tion of fed­eral law for schools to pun­ish cer­tain races more than oth­ers, even if those pun­ish­ments stem from com­pletely neu­tral rules. For exam­ple, equal num­bers of black stu­dents and white stu­dents should be pun­ished for tar­di­ness, even if black stu­dents are more often tardy than white students.

Here is the rel­e­vant sec­tion of the let­ter:

Schools also vio­late Fed­eral law when they even-​handedly imple­ment facially neu­tral poli­cies and prac­tices that, although not adopted with the intent to dis­crim­i­nate, nonethe­less have an unjus­ti­fied effect of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against stu­dents on the basis of race.

Exam­ples of poli­cies that can raise dis­parate impact con­cerns include poli­cies that impose manda­tory sus­pen­sion, expul­sion, or cita­tion (e.g., tick­et­ing or other fines or sum­monses) upon any stu­dent who com­mits a spec­i­fied offense — such as being tardy to class, being in pos­ses­sion of a cel­lu­lar phone, being found insub­or­di­nate, act­ing out, or not wear­ing the proper school uniform.”

So, in a nut­shell, the DOJ wants quo­tas on dis­ci­pline. So if teach­ers have to dis­ci­pline any given race of child in their class, they then have to make sure they hit all the oth­ers present there? The stu­pid, it burns. I guess I missed the memo where the DOJ was now the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, which by the way, is uncon­sti­tu­tional in and of itself. Those quo­tas? Well, that is another exam­ple of more local con­trol being ceded to the fed­eral government.

Weasel Zip­pers ran this story from CNS about the DOJ want­ing to know about the race, gen­der and more of mis­be­hav­ing stu­dents. which is a straight shot to the dis­ci­pline quo­tas let­ter. All the DOJ has to do it be an approved party and they can get access to all of this data via the Depart­ment of Education’s National Edu­ca­tion Data Model (NEDM). How?

Com­mon Core.

The Depart­ment of edu­ca­tion made it a stip­u­la­tion that the states had to build Statewide Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Data Sys­tems (SLDS) when they adopted the Com­mon Core. States are required to send data col­lected via these SLDS’s to the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion as part of the agree­ment that went along with funding.

I can’t speak for other states, but in North Car­olina, that includes juve­nile record via USDDC is the Uni­form Sys­tem of Dis­ci­pli­nary Data Col­lec­tion. CEDARS is the SLDS for North Car­olina. Those oppos­ing Com­mon Core and upset about the data col­lec­tion have been told we are over-​reacting. I assure you, we’re not. The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Instruc­tion in NC has made denials about data col­lec­tion, of which were promptly refuted by yours truly.

It also should be men­tioned here that Arne Dun­can effec­tively stripped the med­ical pri­vacy rights of stu­dents out of FERPA (Fam­ily Edu­ca­tional Right Pri­vacy Act) last year. This is impor­tant to know, because whether your kid vis­its the nurse or the school psy­chol­o­gist, that data is being col­lected. All the DOJ needs to do is access it. By the looks of these dis­ci­pline quo­tas, they may just have found their way in.

A.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

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Only $157 is left to go to this week’s pay­check that mans just 6 tip jar hits of $25 (actu­ally $26) will get us to a full pay­check for 2014

I would appre­ci­ate your help.

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Then I’ll worry about catch­ing up for the slow­est month we’ve had in the last 6.

Also if we can get 57 14 more sub­scribers @ at $20 a month the bills the prob­lem will be solved on a more per­ma­nent basis.

It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

Can you be one of them?




By A.P. Dillon

On Monday, DaTechGuy wrote about the sexual abuse cases taking place in schools as highlighted by Stacy McCain:

Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sexual criminals.  Yesterday he focused on Teachers

If you pay attention to the news, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that America’s public schools are staffed by sex-crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obviously, we need to end mandatory celibacy and let high school teachers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been covering for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in readership in 2013 & 2014 so for new readers at DaTechGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some stories we covered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this subject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sexual abuse scandal rocks Boy Scouts of America after $18.5m payout

Organisation accused of cover-up as it seeks to keep thousands of ‘perversion files’ secret

Oddly this subject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

Read the whole thing.  These stories don’t involve men wearing White collars or fit anti-gay narratives, so the media

Over at my pet project, ConMom, I’ve chronicled many stories of abuse. I was pleased to see an Instalanche on the ConMom category Who is Teaching Your Kid?‘, but sad at the same time I even have a category like that. Glenn Reynolds called it a ‘troubling collection’ and he’s right. It’s disturbing.

Back to Re: Oh THOSE abuse stories

Here’s my contribution to those horror stories, which for the most part, are going under-reported in the media. If you’re not wearing a white-collar or running for office, these stories are largely reported then forgotten. The specific one I want to concentrate on is one that made a top ten list at Huffington Post. It’s of a North Carolina former middle school principal named David Ellis Edwards.

What earned him that top ten spot? He raped a boy in his office while the parents were outside the room.

A former middle school principal in North Carolina is accused of sexually assaulting a student while the boy’s unsuspecting parent was outside the room.

David Ellis Edwards, 49, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree forcible sex offense, sexual acts with a student, taking indecent liberties with a minor and crimes against nature, WTVD reported.

Deputies say that between 2009 and 2011, Edwards molested at least three boys between the ages of 11 and 14. At least one of the incidents allegedly occurred in Edward’s office while the victim’s parent sat in a nearby waiting area.  – Huffington Post

The article goes on to say the police think there are at least three more victims. It’s hard to know much more because “The incident report has been sealed, due to the sensitivity of the allegations.” That’s just as well, the kids involved need to be protected. This guy, however, deserves the 9th circle of Hell and a white-hot poker where the sun doesn’t shine.

Abuse isn’t limited to just the sexual contact nature. There is a broader degree of what is and can be considered abuse in schools. There’s a few other aspects to consider, like zero tolerance — a topic I’ve piled into what I call “The Great Public School Experiment. Much of that zero tolerance lunacy only goes in one direction. Let’s not forget the educrat idiot brigades, of which Arne Duncan recently found himself the star of in his defense of the Common Core by saying those opposed are mainly ‘White Suburban Moms’.

Another avenue of what can be considered abuse is corruption coupled with neglect, as we recently found out was going on in a NYC school.  Via NY Post:

Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.

The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.

“The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said.

The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot.

The library is a mess: “Nothing’s in order,” said a source. “It’s a junk room.”

No substitutes are hired when a teacher is absent — students are divvied up among other classes.

A classroom that includes learning-disabled kids doesn’t have the required special-ed co-teacher.

About 40 kindergartners have no room in the three-story brick building. They sit all day in dilapidated trailers that reek of “animal urine,” a parent said; rats and squirrels noisily scamper in the walls and ceiling.

NO GYM OR ART: With no phys-ed or art classes, students are left to watch movies, including “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Fat Albert.

NO SPACE: Without enough space in the main brick building, kindergartners are taught in what sources say are rat-infested trailers.

The article goes on to talk about the principal, Marcella Sills, who apparently shows up whenever she feels like it but is paid well for her lack of attendance:

Image via NY Post

 

 When she is out, an assistant principal  is left in charge. Yet Sills, who gets a $128,207 salary, also pockets overtime pay — $2,900 for 83 hours in 2011, the latest available records show.NY Post

 

 

 

 

Your tax dollars — Funding no-show principals with six figure salaries. The parents are finally speaking out, but one has to ask how long they’ve been doing so and had been ignored. That might be because no one is literally listening. Parents used to have a way to have their voice heard at their schools via the PTA. Now, they are left to contact administrators on their own or try to band together and make noise outside of the school.

Control and involvement in our schools by parents has eroded a lot since I attended primary school. The PTA, as I have experienced it, no longer is a Parent-Teacher Association that works to improve curriculum, conditions and set rules or guidelines like the one my mother belonged to when I was in school.  The ones I’ve come in contact with these days are more concerned with covering all the things a school budget should be able to cover like bringing in speakers, teacher appreciation related activities, having book and science fair and more. Don’t get me wrong, these things are important. The social aspect to schools for the kids and teachers is invaluable. Having said that, the primary function should be engagement in the education process, not social activities. This is especially apparent as we have seen how the Common Core was implemented largely by stealth. One has to wonder what would have happened if an engaged group of parents via a PTA were introduced to Common Core before implementation.

One final thought on abuse in schools, or rather abuse of schools as the case may be. It seems the Department of Justice has decided that discipline in schools is racist.  Via The Daily Caller:

Education experts decried a new memo from the Departments of Justice and Education that instructs public schools throughout the country to cease punishing disruptive students if they fall into certain racial categories, such as black or Hispanic.

The letter, released on Wednesday, states that it is a violation of federal law for schools to punish certain races more than others, even if those punishments stem from completely neutral rules. For example, equal numbers of black students and white students should be punished for tardiness, even if black students are more often tardy than white students.

Here is the relevant section of the letter:

“Schools also violate Federal law when they even-handedly implement facially neutral policies and practices that, although not adopted with the intent to discriminate, nonetheless have an unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race.

Examples of policies that can raise disparate impact concerns include policies that impose mandatory suspension, expulsion, or citation (e.g., ticketing or other fines or summonses) upon any student who commits a specified offense — such as being tardy to class, being in possession of a cellular phone, being found insubordinate, acting out, or not wearing the proper school uniform.”

So, in a nutshell, the DOJ wants quotas on discipline. So if teachers have to discipline any given race of child in their class, they then have to make sure they hit all the others present there? The stupid, it burns.   I guess I missed the memo where the DOJ was now the Department of Education, which by the way, is unconstitutional in and of itself.  Those quotas? Well, that is another example of more local control being ceded to the federal government.

Weasel Zippers ran this story from CNS about the DOJ wanting to know about the race, gender and more of misbehaving students. which is a straight shot to the discipline quotas letter. All the DOJ has to do it be an approved party and they can get access to all of this data via the Department of Education’s National Education Data Model (NEDM). How?

Common Core.

The Department of education made it a stipulation that the states had to build Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) when they adopted the Common Core. States are required to send data collected via these SLDS’s to the Department of Education as part of the agreement that went along with funding.

I can’t speak for other states, but in North Carolina, that includes juvenile record via USDDC is the Uniform System of Disciplinary Data Collection.  CEDARS is the SLDS for North Carolina. Those opposing Common Core and upset about the data collection have been told we are over-reacting. I assure you, we’re not. The Department of Public Instruction in NC has made denials about data collection, of which were promptly refuted by yours truly.

It also should be mentioned here that Arne Duncan effectively stripped the medical privacy rights of students out of FERPA (Family Educational Right Privacy Act) last year.  This is important to know, because whether your kid visits the nurse or the school psychologist, that data is being collected. All the DOJ needs to do is access it. By the looks of these discipline quotas, they may just have found their way in.

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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Only $157 is left to go to this week’s paycheck that mans just 6 tip jar hits of $25 (actually $26) will get us to a full paycheck for 2014

I would appreciate your help.

Olimometer 2.52

Then I’ll worry about catching up for the slowest month we’ve had in the last 6.

Also if we can get 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis.

It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

Can you be one of them?