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Re: “Fault Lines

Hi! Concerned -- the EV accountable whatever page does use reputable sources and data. The context of the data and the Interpretation leaves a bit to be desired. Especially when someone is not versed in school policy, laws or school finance it's difficult to really understand what is being reported. And, when my husband and I are called unethical, immoral, scum, we tend to take offense. I have never called anyone names or fallen into the trap of using anonymity to hide behind. My name is Connie Jensen - I'm in the phone book and my husband's full contact info in on the district website. I welcome all comers. I have attempted to speak face to face with anyone who has an issue with my work for the district. Unfortunately, I can't talk with ghosts. No one is willing to contact me or my husband to ask any questions. So, as you are checking your sources, please check the law about working as a contractor for a school district in which a person's spouse serves on the board.

Posted by clj on 10/02/2013 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

Hold on! It's not 'the board' that doesn't believe in its own product - only one member. Interesting how this is the same member who has never had a records request while every other member has. So, ValleyDawg, if you want to know the truth, stay away from the EV accountable whatever page and contact your board members directly. Contact information for all board members is on the EV website:

Posted by clj on 09/24/2013 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

Sorry - thought that was public knowledge. Guess it never made it to the EV accountable whatever page. Just a reminder to ask questions and check sources of information.

Posted by clj on 09/24/2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

so sorry to disappoint you - but you have the wrong board member. It's not us who are choicing their daughter out of the district. Check your facts. And, you're right, my husband doesn't believe in middle schools - but he believes in "middle school" kids and will help them regardless of the building a district houses them in. He sees first hand, every day, how the middle school model hinders a lot of kids. By the way, you know who I am - wish you had the courage to speak to me without hiding behind a pseudonym. Then we could actually have adult discourse.

Posted by clj on 09/23/2013 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

Yes, I was an online mentor for WAAT – my husband was for one year. That’s public record. Not sure what you mean by buying Mitch’s vote??
I am the one who brought the online component of WAAT to the district’s attention when Mitch and I were working for a company called Achieve Online mentoring struggling High School students to graduation. When Achieve was looking to expand in the Eastern Washington area, they asked if we knew of a district that would like to expand in this area. Naturally we thought of our home district. Since I was already working with a caseload of students who transferred from Achieve to EV Online, I was asked to stay with those students through graduation. If you would like to see the records (someone already did a records request for them), my pay was ALWAYS within state guidelines (I’m guessing you have no idea how many late nights and full weekends I put in above and beyond the pay I was allowed), my husband ALWAYS abstained from the vote that would approve my voucher (which included no benefits and I paid all my own taxes) and year-to-year contract (which is why I was voted off the island 2-2), and the vote GENERALLY was moved and/or seconded by Mike Harris and Roger Trainor….that is, until, they decided it wasn’t ‘right’ for me to be helping struggling students in this way. Interesting how their ‘decision’ was on the heels of some heated debate between themselves and my husband. If their goal was to hurt him or me – they failed. They only hurt kids that needed me.
Secondly – the figure you quote of $60-some thousand dollars INCLUDES Mitch’s board stipends (which every member receives) dating back to 2007 and my pay for over 4 years. Time to do some division to get a clear picture of what I was actually paid to provide this needed service to kids. The job was available to any person with education and mentoring experience. The fact that the parents of my students asked to have me stay with them until graduation speaks for itself.
Whether or not a student is online or in the brick and mortar schools, they are still EV students entitled to all the benefits. Plus, an online student receives as much state funding as a brick and mortar student.
Mitch is a math intervention specialist for 7th and 8th grade. Unfortunately, the only way he can work with 7th and 8th grade kids in the Spokane area is to work at a middle school because no other Spokane area district is bold enough to see the possibilities of looping with kids with a K-8 model.
I read an article recently that explains how online conversations are extremely dangerous because people will say things via computer screen that they would never have the gumption to say to a person face to face. It’s sad that so many of you with such intense opinions hide behind pseudonyms. I will be at Tuesday’s board meeting if any of you would like to look me in the eye and call me “unethical” “unprofessional” “immoral” or “scum” or tell me I have no “conscience”.
Let’s remember, in the heat of battle, we have one common ground: that we all love our children dearly. Do you really want them to read some of the things you have written?
Connie L. Jensen

Posted by clj on 09/22/2013 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

All I'm saying is that if my child was calling me for help, I would do whatever I could to make sure he or she was comfortable and happy - including finding a better school atmosphere.

Posted by clj on 09/21/2013 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

And, by the way Mr. Stewart, I'm not denying that some students choice out. Every district has students that choice out. However, no one has been harassed by administration and no one is in fear of retribution. THAT'S the smoke and mirrors. If you had been listening during the board meeting, you would have heard that we are choicing students IN faster than they are choicing a rate of 3 to 1. I'd rather have families that want to be here and be part of the progress than those that sit back and attack from the comfort of the gallery. If, indeed, your children on texting your wife to come "help them" during school - maybe it is time for a change -- for their sake.

Posted by clj on 09/21/2013 at 3:54 PM

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