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dianebelles July 23, 2014 at 11:42 am
Mr. Dean I am sorry that you are angy. You say your are not but maybe you should read your ownRead More words. Like I stated previously everyone's experience is different. Just because you do not agree with us does not mean our experience did not happen. Please stop making this lovely young woman feel bad about her words. They are her words only hers!!!!! I just so happens to fully agree with her!! Again I hope your child and every child gets what they deserve. I also hope that you discover what your journey is all about. Good luck to you during this journey and May God Bless you and your family.
Jimmy Dean July 23, 2014 at 07:49 pm
Well allow me to retort. You keep calling me angry lol.. get off your high horse lady and open yourRead More eyes. I have my own opinion on this matter, yet you seem to keep putting me down for having an opinion at all. Believe me, I do not need to show anger at anyone. I let these people hang themselves when they are trying to weasel and lie. I have caught several of them on numerous occasions lying point blank to my face. Maybe if I hadn't overheard your crazy haired friend saying what she did about my child, what she thought was behind my back, and the other things she said about my child to another staff member, the wool might still be over my eyes and I'd still be taking what she says at face value. But her true colors were revealed, Judas Iscariot in the flesh. I never thought that she or any of them would betray our trust or betray a child. But, people like that can't hide their true colors forever.. eventually the paint will rise through to the surface. Maybe in 2007 and earlier, she was different? Who knows, all I know, is that now, today, change is needed and this move away from the KCSEC is welcomed by me. I don't get mad, I just waited and got even. These people need to crawl on hands and knees and beg for forgiveness before I'd ever even consider just loosening the knot. You had a good experience, Rebecca had a good experience.. good for you(I say this as nicely as I can, yet you keep putting me down for it). Like I said before, I have only scratched at the surface and only revealed a couple examples of the problems we've experienced and friends of mine have experienced. I'm sure its more wide spread than just a few students. Probably one of the deciding factors district 308 is dumping the KCSEC, for not doing what they should be doing for EVERYONE.. There is nothing you can do Rebecca, the damage those people have done is unforgivable, the trust is long gone and seeing the district dropping the KCSEC is music to my ears. I can't help but think that I helped to bring about this move away from the co-op, by bringing their BS out in the open and it even makes my day just that much more pleasant to think that I helped bring about this change. I have said all I have to on this subject and until the KCSEC is dissolved, I probably won't truly be smiling fully.. But, I do show an evil smirk at the whole ordeal, because nobody thinks its all just a game now. Through all the lies, bullshit, backroom deals and backstabbing.. I'm the one standing on top, because I see Oswego 308 leaving your precious co-op as the beginning of the downward spiral that your crazy haired lady started and I finished. peace out
dianebelles July 24, 2014 at 07:32 am
I am not nor have I ever been on a high horse. You have NOT said anything nice. I will stand by myRead More words and I am sure Rebecca will also. Just to let you know. You think this was all done to protect a friend. You are wrong!!!!!! I completely understand that you are upset. I needed to fight for things my children needed. In the end everyone worked together to get things done. You seem to take pride in thinking you have all the power. I will agree with you that words are powerful but you having all the power I think not. PLEASE STOP with your ranting. I am a 53 year old woman and do NOT take anything you have written personally but Rebecca is a young woman just starting her life in the adult world. What you are doing to her is a rude awakening to how some people make poor choices. I would be willing to meet with you in person to discuss your issues and to see if there is anything that I can offer you to make sure your children get the services they need. I am NOT speaking about anything that has to do with the coop. Just two parents with disabled children trying to make the best life for ALL children. Diane Belles is my real name. You can contact me at diabebelles@sbcglobal.net. The journey that parents take with handicapped children is a tough. I know this all too well. My oldest son just graduated high school and will be going to college in a few short weeks :( my youngest son is a senior. I have seen and experienced many bad situations so I do have knowledge how to get things as I did them myself. PLEASE accept my help it is for the children. At the end of this process I hope there will be something to be proud of again this statement has nothing to do with dissolving the cop so do not mix my words. This is just a parent to parent with disabled children helping on another. In the end this is what this is all about anyways the CHILDREN. I am hoping that you finally can hear my words. I would like to close this by letting you know that although the crazy haired lady, Barb, was NOT my friend she was my children's case manager however the close bond and understanding that we have made in a year she has become someone that I would be proud to call my FRIEND!!!!! "Jimmy Deam" (not sure if this is your real name) I look forward to hearing from you through my email. May God shine down upon you and ease your heart ache and may he provide what your family needs. With great understanding Diane Hentges-Belles
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ayar July 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Are you a type 75 [management], Paige ? It sounds like it. The "real agenda" in part is toRead More cut costs, I'm sure. $cha-ching$. @Linda, thank you for bringing up the very point I was bringing up next. Isolation. This one is for you, Dr. Koos http://digitalcommons.conncoll.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1030&context=psychhp
Marie G July 16, 2014 at 08:21 am
As a parent in 308 who will have a daughter needing a more flexible school schedule in high schoolRead More due to competitive sports, I welcome this addition. Colleges and universitis already offer courses online, so it would make sense that the high schools are structuring their educational offerings to mimic that of what collegs might offfer. I think allowing high school students to take classes online teaches them accountability and time management - something that is sorely lacking when they graduate and move on into the real world. I welcome this change, and hope it moves forward and continues into the future so that my daughter and others out there who need a more flexible education system are able to still get the classes and credits they need.
Jared Ploger July 17, 2014 at 08:51 am
@Linda Porter-I agree that this would be very beneficial for students obtaining college credits too.Read More I believe it is a goal but we need to push for that. What I hope this doesn't turn into is merely a way to alleviate crowding high schools. Proper oversight is key to the success of this program. Our Board may have issues getting the waiver, however, if we continue to limit parental involvement and move without concrete plans. If we do not receive that waiver, it will be because of those two issues. Guess we will be receiving an informal audit from the state.
Superintendent Matthew Wendt. Credit: File photo
Louisa Growler June 12, 2014 at 07:52 am
The superintendent is absolutely on track with this one! At the building level, communicationRead More between co-op and district staff is pretty good. However, the coordinators and other higher-ups do a terrible job of communicating. Showing up for a meeting every few weeks is NOT communicating, nor is telling someone how they are going to do their job. The coordinators, I think, have gotten a little too big for their britches over the years, and the lack of true communication that has developed as a result (co-op telling district staff how to do their jobs and limiting the availability of necessary services, district staff getting frustrated with having their hands tied at the service level) is the death knell of this partnership. I feel sorry for all of the building-level co-op staff, and hope that the district will give them ample opportunity to interview for positions within the new district-run program.
Meta Damm Mueller June 13, 2014 at 01:22 am
The superintendent seems to have some communication issues. He leaves parents out of the decisionsRead More quite frequently.
Paige Koos June 13, 2014 at 10:29 am
A separation from the coop is long overdue. Coop's were created to assist smaller districts inRead More meeting the needs of kids with low incidence disabilities. If done correctly, 308 could separate from the coop and create programming that is far better than what the coop has provided the district to date. 308 would then "own" the responsibility of educating 308 students with disabilities. Indian Prairie district 204 never belonged to a coop. They always took responsibility for their own students. As a result, their student scores and programming are far better than 308. This is based on ISBE reports - not opinion. Good for Dr. Wendt and Mary Redding (308 special education director) for making a bold decision that will hopefully result in better programming for our students!
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ayar June 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I have to admit, while rudely put, the program would be better served if it were more than justRead More one, excuse me, "two" languages. For example, China owns a lot of our debt currently, [the money and the jobs] and the Asian population in the U.S. is also a significant one. Pulling in Mandarin Chinese as an additional "immersion" language would allow for a good opportunity for students to practice their immersion skills since both Spanish speaking and English speaking students would not hold an advantage over the other in the study of it. They would be on equal footing. Having students able to negotiate with China companies directly would be a significant advantage "for the kids".
Monica Ploger June 19, 2014 at 08:06 am
Hi, Ayar. Mandarin is absolutely a language choice we should have available in our schools! TheRead More purpose of the DL program, however, is to get the kids who are native speakers of another language to speak English. The best way to do that is to teach them to read and write in their native language as well (they outscore kids in English who don't learn this way by the time they leave elementary)...the half of the class that are native English speakers (like my son) benefit from also becoming biliterate (and outscore other English speakers in English by the time they leave elementary). There have not been enough native speakers of Mandarin coming into Kindergarten in a year in the district to have this particular type of Mandarin opportunity available, but that doesn't mean that we can't advocate for Mandarin at younger ages. You'll want to educate the public quite a bit though on the value of Mandarin. I say this, because I teach world languages in a middle school in Indian Prairie School District; and we tried offering middle school German, Mandarin, Spanish, and French for three years and didn't have enough students enroll in German or Mandarin any of those years in any of our 7 middle schools so now just offer the other two in middle school but all four in high school where there are more students. If you are looking for Mandarin for your elementary level child, there is a Mandarin Saturday school program (teaches traditional method) at Jefferson Junior High in Naperville (uses their space but not a district program.)
Ruby Reveles June 24, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Thank you to everyone in the community who signed the petition! It was submitted to the BOE andRead More Administration at the 6/23/14 meeting with a total of 2,108 signatures!!! Very impressive to have gathered that much support in only 3 weeks. We thank you for the support.
Dr. Todd Martens. Credit: District 308
JimmyJ June 21, 2014 at 02:16 pm
@Kyle....not sure how old you are, I'm 50. I've worked in the corporate world and done my share ofRead More ladder climbing. When it's about money and getting as much as you can it ends up being more about politics and less about the goal other than the goal of your own wallet. I left the private sector and now work in the public sector for about half of what I made before and I can tell you I am VERY happy. I don't need a Tesla or a Cadillac, I'm quite happy with my Hyundai. I don't need a mansion I'm happy with my condo. I look forward every day to helping the people I'm fortunate to see. Many are HS age. The reward is seeing then go from troubled kid to successful adult. It's not about money. The saying used to be there is no money in education. To a degree that's true, it's in administration and I don't know of any administrator who directly effects an ACT score, which isn't the sole measure of what someone knows. Six figure administrator salaries are not what determine the success of students. If an administrator is there solely to make money, they are misguided and should seek employment in a different sectors that's not to say they shouldn't be fairly paid. My guess is you are a parent or a student or grad of OEHS as you seem solely interested in that one school. That's fine. But OEHS is a part of the whole not an island to itself. I was here before OEHS was even a dream. Frankly I find a lot of us versus them attitude on that side of town which is unfortunate.
ayar July 9, 2014 at 03:50 pm
@JimmyJ - congratulations, you looked through the other side of the curtain and found the wizard ofRead More Oz and his smoke trail - the difference between the "an employee is a light bulb to be replaced when it burns out or gets too old" and the "employee is there to make a DIFFERENCE" is a real awakening. Sadly, I have to agree with a lot of what you said. Not in all cases, but I noticed a huge gap between the teacher and the Manager [admin] in terms of philosophy, which is sad since the goal is to educate the kids.
ayar July 9, 2014 at 03:53 pm
oh, and Kyle, when you get into 3 figure salaries, special contributions, and such we're notRead More underpaying. Not by a long shot. That's Corporate-level pay compensation. Like JimmyJ said, something else is going on.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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