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School Board Deflects Attention from “Secret Deals”
July 25, 2007
This legalese can only be intended to confuse
and redirect attention away from the secret
deals, the off-IEP contracts that are the
concern of the City Council and the reason
the council voted to hold $530,000 in abeyance
until the practice is scrutinized.
This is NOT the practice the City Council is concerned about. The City Council is concerned about the home-grown secret deals -- the off-IEP contracts between parents and Tim Walker that result when Walker or one of his coordinators stop the discussion by the IEP team of teachers and specialists and prematurely declare the process in dispute.
Parents are then offered an informal meeting with Mr. Walker in his office where a contract that has been prepared in advance is offered. The contract contains an offer of services that are not written into the child’s IEP educational record and have in the past only been offered if the parent agrees to be gagged.
These deals began with the arrival of Mr.
Walker as Director of Special Education
and they bear no resemblance to the legal
process of Dispute Resolution, which results
in a follow-up IEP meeting to memorialize
the educational services agreed to. The
only other district I know of that uses
secret deals is Mr. Walker's former district,
It's time for the Board of Education to look long and hard at the motivations of staff and to demand transparency in order to restore public trust. Walker was brought in by former Supt. John Deasy in order to cut costs. I don't know whether Deasy understood the lengths Walker was going to, whether he was familiar with the details of the secret deals.
Members of the Board claim that they were told and continue to be told that they cannot legally see the deals. The State has no access to these contracts. Only Walker and the parents know what really goes on or how much money is at stake.
I personally am hoping that all of this
will result in some truth-telling about
the terrible state of our Special Education
program, which is the real reason for these
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