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Ohio district data scandal yields $500M legal bill

It's not something new. Sometimes data is changed, so that a school district can collect funds. Sometimes, data is changed to make a school district, looked great which is what has happened to the district I am employed with. Besides fraud, money just seems to slip into greased palms here and there. Sometimes, those of authority are addicted to power and will do whatever they want. In this case, those who are really guilty are stay behind the scenes will probably not get touched, it will be those on the front lines that will get the full blast. Want more truth...more sting http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jul 7, 2013 | post #1)

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Wichita man facing gun charge loses teaching job

A school teacher today is an easy target subjected to violence. Assigned resource teachers are expected to check the halls and restrooms when there is lock down or risk losing their job. Classroom teachers are expected to lock their doors and crouched with the students in a very tight corner in the classroom. Of course, it is easy for someone to break in and shoot everyone. Furthermore,when classroom teachers are expected to take their students outside for recess, the students and the teacher become an easy target. At my school, I have to use a key to get back inside the building. Otherwise, the students and I have to walk all the way around to the front of the building to get back in. GREAT! Can you imagine how difficult it would be to protect one's students. In other words, what are teachers supposed to do with the weak gun laws that are currently in existence. http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jul 5, 2013 | post #1)

Children's obesity surges as schools fail to enforce junk...

Yeah, look at what they are eating! It's easy to gain weight from eating a school lunch, since it is mainly processed food. A person, who exercises regularly and watches his/her diet at home, but eats food from the school's cafeteria will gain weight! Try it and see! Years ago, lunch served in the school's cafeteria was more nutritional than today's. We need to go back to those days when we did not have an epidemic of obesity. http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jul 5, 2013 | post #1)

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Ex-teacher guilty of telling students to hit bully

There is more to this story! Elementary schools want to appear squeaky clean when it comes to maintaining discipline, especially bullying. A classroom teacher can be written up for not maintaining classroom management, which includes students' behavior. Of course, the scenario is to follow the classroom rules one has set and to contact parents when there is a problem. But, when that fails, the teacher is supposed to bring it to the attention of the building principal. Today's principal is buried in paperwork and more than likely is the assistant principal. They do not want to hear about it and if the classroom teacher can not take care of the matter, then his/her job is at stake. http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jun 23, 2013 | post #1)

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When special education prevents students from learning, w...

That's right! The title is correct! In March of this year, I accidentally stumbled across a lesson plan for guided reading written by a special education teacher working with a second-grade group. All of the students listed on her plan I had taught in first grade. It was very annoying for me, since the lesson plan clearly indicated their current reading level. It was a shock! They had shown little growth from where I had assessed them at the end of first grade. As a certified reading specialist, I know something about reading and the yearly progress average students should make by the end of the year. The exception would be for those students who are learning disabled. None of these students were. All on the list were OHI or "other health impaired." All of these students either met or exceeded the end-of-the year reading goal in first grade. So, why the delay? What purpose did it serve to keep students from meeting their true potential? Someone's job, that's what! As I looked at this teacher's lesson plan, she took one to two weeks to complete just one DRA book. It was obvious that she was trying to slow down their reading growth, so that they could continue receiving special educational services in the third grade. Now, maybe I'm wrong! Maybe, she is prompted to do this! WHATEVER! I know I could not live with myself, if I had to play that game! http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jun 23, 2013 | post #1)

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Arrogance is not needed in today's educational system par...

(Winkyn, Blinkyn and Nod) At first, Ms Nod tried to silence me! I was about to take the phone from her, but the parent spoke up and stated she wanted to come later that day. Now, this occurred the next day. All of the staff meet after the last bus has pulled away to give a farewell cheer and to hear some encouraging words from the principal. All of the staff members look forward to this. Of course, Ms. Nod, wanted to conduct the IEP meeting right away. I told her that all of us would be invited to this short celebration, since it is customary at our school. Ms. Nod actually stepped towards me in a threatening manner. I’m not sure of my facial expression, but I do remember thinking, “Good lord! Who in the hell do you think you are?” And, then, I thought, “Thank God, I don’t have a daughter like that!” Maybe, it was the look I gave her, because she did back off. Then, I smiled and walked away to join in the celebration. Everyone wanted to make sure that all staff members were there before conducting this celebration. No one asked about Ms. Nod, not even her buddies. I’m sure no one would have cared if Ms. Winkyn and Ms. Blinkyn showed up! Lucky for them, too bad for us, they were already there. Now, if they were such good buddies, why didn’t they mention Ms. Nod? Well, that’s because a wolf is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They only care about themselves. They would devour each other if they had to and that makes them unsuitable in working in an educational system. From the Desk of Margaret Brown books about hidden disabilities http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com (hearing disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ6SI/ref=s r_1_1?ie=UTF8& qid=1371313105 &sr=8-1&ke ywords=from+the+de sk+of+margaret+bro wn (visual disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ3N6/ref=s r_1_4?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-4&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (autism spectrum) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ0IY/ref=s r_1_2?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-2&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (understanding hidden disabilities) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00CA7IB3E/ref=s r_1_3?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-3&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own  (Jun 15, 2013 | post #1)

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Arrogance is not needed in today's educational system par...

(Winkyn,Blinkyn and Nod) Now, I have mentioned two of three. The third teacher, Ms. Nod, is a speech teacher. I will not use the words, “speech pathologist,” because that gives her too much credit. This is her first year at my school and I have to admit, she is the worse in her profession. She has changed her schedule more than what I would consider within reason. She cannot possibly work with more than three students in a group, which shows lack of control. Ms. Nod has had four interns this year and at every IEP meeting I’ve attended, she always makes a point of saying that her intern did the evaluation to determine ongoing services or the student’s permanent removal from the program. Now, what does that tell somebody? She is not doing her job! Ms. Nod plans for an IEP meeting for a mainstream student in my classroom on the last day of school. The last day of school! Are you kidding me? I receive an email the day before. I was HOT! When I managed to get down to her office, she was on the phone with the parent. So, she had not even made the appointment, yet. But, her email had indicated that she had! I have a voice and I was planning on using it! So, when I knocked on her door, Ms. Nod knew why I was there! I spoke loudly and said, “Is that so and so’s mother? The time given does not work for me! Ask her for a different time!” The scheduled time would be right after school let out. From the Desk of Margaret Brown books about hidden disabilities http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com (hearing disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ6SI/ref=s r_1_1?ie=UTF8& qid=1371313105 &sr=8-1&ke ywords=from+the+de sk+of+margaret+bro wn (visual disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ3N6/ref=s r_1_4?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-4&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (autism spectrum) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ0IY/ref=s r_1_2?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-2&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (understanding hidden disabilities) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00CA7IB3E/ref=s r_1_3?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-3&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own  (Jun 15, 2013 | post #1)

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Arrogance is not needed in today's educational system par...

(Winkyn, Blinkyn, and Nod) During our last faculty meeting, the principal wanted to create a committee to organize a yearbook for next year. Of course, that would mean, more than likely, working with the Ms. Blinkyn. No one volunteered. The principal was stunned! Now, Ms. Winkyn, Ms. Blinkyn and Ms. Nod (whom I have not mentioned) were sitting together. Of course, they had something to say which was, “Since we serve a transient population, why should we have a year book? Parents would not want to buy it!” The more seasoned teachers, such as myself, knew better. A few years ago, we did have a yearbook and it did sell. Finally, several of them spoke up. But, they still were not willing to serve on this committee. Once again the principal spoke about forming this committee and from the positive remarks these seasoned teachers had made, she was baffled about no one volunteering. I was tempted to raise my hand, but I could not stomach having to work with the art teacher. My job has enough stress. From the Desk of Margaret Brown books about hidden disabilities http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com (hearing disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ6SI/ref=s r_1_1?ie=UTF8& qid=1371313105 &sr=8-1&ke ywords=from+the+de sk+of+margaret+bro wn (visual disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ3N6/ref=s r_1_4?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-4&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (autism spectrum) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ0IY/ref=s r_1_2?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-2&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (understanding hidden disabilities) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00CA7IB3E/ref=s r_1_3?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-3&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own  (Jun 15, 2013 | post #1)

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Arrogance is not needed in today's educational system par...

(Winkyn, Blinkyn and Nod) The next arrogant teacher on the list is an art teacher. Her voice is so loud, that it hurts my ears. Since she comes into the classroom to teach art, no one stays in their classroom, because Ms. Blinkyn’s voice is so disturbing. However, I have! She has limited control of the classroom. One day, I thought I would help her with classroom management and she was rude about it. So, I left her to deal on her own, while I remained doing paperwork. So, I no longer interfered. She made it quite clear about her high intelligence, since she had it measured. Therefore, she felt she knew it all and did not want to hear from an experienced teacher. One day I was not in the classroom. It turned out to be total chaos. Apparently, my mere presence is what kept the students under some control. They had no respect for her and with good reason. She spoke to them as if they were stupid. She was mechanical in her teaching, which meant her sole purpose for serving at her present job was to work her way up the career line. Ms. Blinkyn like other backstabbing career seekers believed that teaching children was really beneath her and that’s why she did not care about the opinion of classroom teachers. The best art day for the school was when there was a substitute. This young teacher was more respectful and seemed to enjoy what she was doing. Many of us wished that Ms. Blinkyn would move on and maybe this young teacher would take her place. At first, I thought it was me! Maybe, I was being too critical about Ms. Blinkyn. But, later, I began to hear comments about her from others, such as, “That art teacher thinks she knows it all! I can’t stand her!” Those who did not voice their dislike showed it by biting on their lower lip or clinching their hands into fists, whenever she interrupted discussions at faculty meetings to voice her opinion, which was ALL THE TIME! From the Desk of Margaret Brown books about hidden disabilities http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com (hearing disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ6SI/ref=s r_1_1?ie=UTF8& qid=1371313105 &sr=8-1&ke ywords=from+the+de sk+of+margaret+bro wn (visual disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ3N6/ref=s r_1_4?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-4&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (autism spectrum) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ0IY/ref=s r_1_2?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-2&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (understanding hidden disabilities) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00CA7IB3E/ref=s r_1_3?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-3&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own  (Jun 15, 2013 | post #1)

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Arrogance is not needed in today's educational system pa...

(Winkyn, Blinkyn and Nod) Dealing with someone’s arrogance in the teaching profession robs one’s right to be heard. Our country is based on democracy and it should hold up in the teaching profession. The push has always been for new teaching talent. But, in reality it’s just a way of saving money. Hey! I heard that when I was a novice teacher, but I was certainly not arrogant. I knew I had a lot to learn and I was willing to listen. There were several new teachers, whom I will refer to as Winkyn, Blinkyn and Nod, in our school building this year and all of three are CRAP! One was hired as a special education teacher working with pre- k students in a self-contained classroom. During the previous year, Ms. Winkyn worked as paraprofessional. She would bring a reclining chair to sit outside and study, while the children played. Their played was totally unsupervised. They were outside for an extended period of time than the regular classroom. Since she never could remember the code to get back in, she would use a stone to keep the outside door ajar, which is a security hazard. When Ms. Winkyn was approached about these infractions, she simply made a rude remark. She actually believed she was untouchable. From the Desk of Margaret Brown books about hidden disabilities http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com (hearing disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ6SI/ref=s r_1_1?ie=UTF8& qid=1371313105 &sr=8-1&ke ywords=from+the+de sk+of+margaret+bro wn (visual disorder) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ3N6/ref=s r_1_4?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-4&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (autism spectrum) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ0IY/ref=s r_1_2?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-2&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own (understanding hidden disabilities) http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00CA7IB3E/ref=s r_1_3?s=digital-te xt&ie=UTF8 &qid=137131330 6&sr=1-3&k eywords=from+the+d esk+of+Margaret+Br own  (Jun 15, 2013 | post #1)

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A sign of bad parenting: Send one's child to school duri...

One would THINK with the catastrophe that occurred with the Moore Public Schools in Oklahoma, one might be concerned when sending one's child out in the pouring rain to school and especially when an announcement was made regarding a tornado warning. Yes, folks! That's what happened yesterday. Students arrived in my classroom soaking wet, while expecting the possibility of a tornado at any time. I guess the parents really want to make sure their child gets his/her free breakfast and his/her free lunch. Or, maybe, which is considered unethical, just maybe they hoped something would happen and the thought of collecting had them overwhelmed. After all, most of my mothers do not work. Many of them spend their day watching television and spend time gossiping about what is wrong with the school system. Many spend up to one hundred dollars a month of cigarettes, but they cannot seem to afford a pencil or a glue stick for their child. Parents, who children tend to struggle in school, may want it that way. After all, there are supplemental social security benefits for children who have difficulty learning along with other benefits. I guess for those mothers who do not work, it's a way of bringing in some extra cash. So, when it comes to quality education, cleaning up bad parenting is the key. Read the following book to learn more about how to get rich by being a parent (the current scam): http://www.amazon. com/Desk-Margaret- Brown-RICHEST-eboo k/dp/B00C7WRWRI/re f=sr_1_5?s=books &ie=UTF8&q id=1370695775& sr=1-5&keyword s=from+the+desk+of +margaret+brown http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jun 8, 2013 | post #1)

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Stupid is as stupid does, Lex's mother part two

I have to move to another classroom by next week. That means everything packed and ready to go, while I am still teaching my class. Well, I really needed packing boxes and so I sent home a note asking parents for packing boxes. Yesterday, Lex's mother showed up at the end of the day and brought five packing boxes. She offered to help with the packing next week. She told me that she does not want her son on any medication. In fact, she feels that his problem is to do with food allergies. Now, I do appreciate her consideration in helping me move. So, I did her a favor. I gave her some advice. She wanted her son on the honor roll for this last quarter. Well, that's not going to happen. In the past, Lex's grades in reading reflected his IEP goals and not the criteria developed by the school system. Recently, she signed Lex's IEP papers and according to his NEW IEP, Lex's reading grade is based on the school system's criteria. This means Lex will get an "E" in reading for the fourth quarter and this will continue next year, unless he is reading on grade level. Lex's mother was astonished. I guess she figured she had time to play around with what is wrong with her son, rather than admit he does exhibit signs of having an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or perhaps a form of autism. Now, Lex's problem could simply be he is vitamin deficient, like his body does not process vitamin A and he needs to consume a daily natural food source of vitamin A. His problem could also be related to wheat products. However, Lex's mother was aware that her son had a problem after he entered Pre-K. So, why the long delay? Has she been receiving social security benefits for her son and since he did pass the TOWRE, he no longer qualifies? Now, she must take on the parenting role of getting her son caught up! Of course! Bad parenting equals bad choices! http://www.amazon. com/Desk-Margaret- Brown-RICHEST-eboo k/dp/B00C7WRWRI/re f=sr_1_5?s=books &ie=UTF8&q id=1370695775& sr=1-5&keyword s=from+the+desk+of +margaret+brown http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jun 8, 2013 | post #1)

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More stupid parenting

Recently, the school had a day of indoor and outdoor fun activities. The school was open for volunteers as well as sending out invites for the parents to come and stay the day I had three parents that showed up and stayed most of the day. One in particular is Lex’s mother. She is having a difficult time trying to understand ‘why’ her child is struggling with his academics. He is receiving special educational services and she was recently informed that he is inattentive and not able to focus. He will have a very long IEP for next year. His common phrase is, “I’m so confused.” It is obvious to anyone that Lex has a neurological problem, simply by watching the way he walks down the walk. You see, Lex does not walk, he leaps. His feet cannot stay on the ground. He bumps into other children when he comes back down to Earth. I have to keep an eye on him, but he is NOT the only child in my classroom with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Of course, on this particular day, Lex showed his usual signs of not paying attention while walking. He is bumping into other students. He cannot keep his feet on the ground. His mother did not address the issue. She simply ignored it! I wanted to say to his mother, “Take those blinders off! Do you honestly think this is normal? Take him to see a neurologist or his pediatrician or his primary care physician! After all, you do have medical insurance. So, why not use it!” As previously mentioned, Lex is struggling with his school work. Mother’s quick remedy for this is to blame the classroom teacher. “Can’t he be placed with a teacher who can teach differently? I don’t want him to end up like my two brothers, who both dropped out of high school. Also, I will not be able to help him do his homework next year. I have been accepted into a nursing program. It takes Lex an hour to do his homework,” puffs Lex’s mother. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT! A MIRACLE! I have spent a total of four hours with this parent in a closed-room session with the school social worker, the school psychologist, the special education teacher and the speech pathologist who all shared their data concerning her child clearly indicating the need to take him to see a medical professional. Of course, this was prior to her visit in my classroom. We have a strong shift in our educational system and it’s called, “Academic Rigor!” There has been a strong need to increase GED programs in many localities, as well as more alternative programs. The trend for these alternative programs is growing and will continue to grow as long as academic rigor is being pushed and swallowed. I feel that Lex’s mother will eventually take those blinders off and deal with her son’s problem. But, I’m not sure as to when that will be. More information about students that struggle can be found at: http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00CA7IB3E/ref=s r_1_2?ie=UTF8& qid=1370176695 &sr=8-2&ke ywords=from+the+de sk+of+Margaret+Bro wn Or go to: http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (Jun 2, 2013 | post #1)

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Special Education for ADHD or retention

Children who continue to receive special educational services will more than likely not graduate from high school, but receive a letter of attendance. Read more, sometimes retention is a better choice... http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com/an-american- public-school-teac hers-life.html  (May 26, 2013 | post #1)

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(Part 3) If a child can not see to learn, let's just blam...

So, do I have it out for most parents? DAMN RIGHT I DO! Most parents should know to take their child to see an eye care professional every two years. But, for those who depend on the use of the Snellen Eye Chart and receive a note from the school nurse telling them about their child's eye sight and they decide to ignore it, should have all parental rights taken away! There is no excuse! There are nonprofit organizations that will help those who cannot afford glasses or the cost of seeing an eye care professional. Of course, there are parents who have been made aware of this free service, but they want more. Some want the child to be taken to the doctor’s office and then returned home. There are those who refuse to sign the voucher for this service, because they do not want to reveal their income. Well, let’s add a few more checks for bad parenting. However, there are those parents who really care and must rely on the use of the Snellen Eye Chart, because they do not know any better. No one told them that the Snellen Eye Chart only checks for far-sightedness. It does not check for astigmatism or for any reading difficulties, such as having a visual processing disorder. For more information check out the book: http://www.amazon. com/From-Desk-Marg aret-Brown-ebook/d p/B00C8DZ3N6/ref=s r_sp-atf_title_1_1 ?s=digital-text &ie=UTF8&q id=1365341035& sr=1-1-wordsplitte r&keywords=fro mthedeskofmargaret brown http://www.fromthe deskofmargaretbrow n.com  (May 18, 2013 | post #1)