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If Spokane school District wanted to create pilot schools that are innovated in education, then address your ideas to the tax payers and voters of Spokane. The school board sometimes forgets it manages the school district for citizens of Spokane. It is another way to circumvent the process like it did in 2007 school board elections. How is the school board going to oversee these pilot schools.? We should have an election to elect school board members to over see these schools. It seems to be a conflict of interest being an authorizer and over seeing the schools? Another way for our tax money to be wasted without the people's approval.
When I ran for the Spokane School Board in 2007, one of my concerns we were leaving our special education population behind. The focus was more on those who can graduate and pass the state test (normal students). No one at that time gave a damn. In December 2013, I filed a complaint with OSPI that MT Spokane High Schools made six resource students take the algebra test without working one algebra problem that school year. Also, special education student were being placed in life skill class because they were in special education without any reasoning or valid assessments. These students had to take the state testing. These kids were set up to fail not to have success. These were good kids. OSPI never investigated the complaint instead they choose to help cover up this wrong. Testing is only a symptom of greater problem; it isn't the problem. What really surprises me is this testing has been going on since the 90's yet we are just saying no. Why now? The signs were there all along, but many people parents, teachers, education leadership and even the news media choose to ignore the signs. We spent lots of wasted money, lost so much time, and sacrifice so many children for what? Where do we go from here?
I find it interesting that someone in Spokane School District is speaking out on testing. When I worked for Spokane school District, use to test the student quarterly with district test, practice and more practice, than the state test and then the district test. No one spoke out about the testing. I was working in Steven Elementary where an instructional coach was preparing students for state test. After giving instruction teaching to students about writing, they start to work on the writing. I saw one student struggling and asked the instructional coach if I needed to work with the student. She said no go work with other students. He is going to fail we need to work with students who are going to pass. I've seen other incidents where students, especially special education students were being left behind.
I don't know why your paper is writing or concern about what Spokane School District 81 does or doesn't do. You closed your eyes when the school district was discriminating against the hiring of veterans and not supporting the Troops for Teacher program. You closed your eyes when the school district was covering up verbal abuse/degradation, bullying, and neglect of special education student. You closed your eyes when they were ignoring the special education population. Your paper didn't think it was alright that students and teachers alike be treated in a fair and equable way. I've been fighting for over six years now to bring attention of the corrupt, unfair, and destructive system in Spokane school District 81 and in the State of Washington; I can prove it. Your paper use to be a paper willing to take on issues that no other news media would do in Spokane. Please go to endteacherabuse.org and watch my video where I returned my flag to protest what is happening in our education system. If you got tome read my story which I told to your editor in 2007. Are you about the truth or hiding the truth?
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