On 11/05/02, Bluegrass wrote:
> It's good to hear from an intelligent KY administrator (retired-I don't
> blame you!). After teaching for 20+ years in a progressive, forward-
> thinking district in another state, I now find myself in culture shock
> here in Kentucky. The local building and district administrators
> generally are a defensive group who do not want teachers to think
> outside the box although they do pay lip service to the concept when
> writing their Comprehensive Improvement Plans. I'm just amazed at the
> ability of these local administrators to speak from both sides of their
> mouths. Whatever they think will tickle the ears of the hearers, is
> what they will tell them.
> I suspect these administrators are quite insecure in their educational
> and experiential backgrounds, and they are unable to accept teachers
> who they perceive as intimidating by virtue of either knowledge and/or
> solid educational experience. I don't think it's my fault that they are
> intimidated by me. These good folks have tried their hardest to find
> something wrong with me and with others like me; however, they can find
> no fault with our teaching abilities and consistently give us
> outstanding evaluations. They now resort to baiting me with comments
> made in an attempt to get me angry and to dance to their tunes. I've
> refused to take the bait by just saying nothing when a huge red-faced
> administrator yells at me while standing over my desk. I've perfected a
> cool, calm facial expression that just drives these good-old-boys/girls
> up the wall.
> We are a small district of approximately 2300 students; however, we
> have 660+ students classified as needing special education services. Is
> that the norm in the state? Should I believe that almost 29&37; of the
> students in this district are disabled, or should I believe that the
> district is heavily into overidentification of students with
> disabilities in order to bring in the big bucks from IDEA? We have an
> inordinately large number of special education students who have
> multiple disabilities (i.e. EBD/OHI, or LD/OHI). These kids bring in
> over $10,000 each to the district opposed to the regular education
> student's $3,000+ in SEEK funding. Is this an isolated incident in my
> district or is it a KY trend in planning the school budget?
> My particular school has yet to have one IEP produced using SETS. The
> other district schools are using SETS; however, our sp.ed. building
> coordinator is not especially tech savvy so I suspect that our foot-
> dragging is because she's not comfortable with any computer software
> programs. Even when KDE placed the IEP templates on their website, she
> continued to just download the forms and complete them in handwriting.
> When my youngest child finishes school here in a couple of years, I
> plan to say "good-bye" to the field of KY education. I figure there's
> an easier way for me to fill my waking hours--perhaps, web design or
> consulting. I'd love to be a Highly Skilled Educator (I heard them
> referred to as Hussie's recently) and be assigned to a district similar
> to the one where I'm now employed. What fun!
Hey Bluegrass and Rick! This one is for you! At the most recent
administrators meeting it was announced by the special education director
that my school was the only school to have no errors kicked back by the
state dept of ed exceptional children division. Furthermore if this
school can accomplish this goal all of the schools should be able to!
Guess what guys? Yep! We have no errors because we don't use the
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