On 10/19/02, catbird wrote:
    > On 10/07/02, bluegrass educator wrote:
    >> This is my 23rd year as a teacher -- 4th year in KY -- I feel
    >> that there are too many masters in the individual KY school
    >> districts -- the principal, the SBDM Council, the Director of
    >> Special Ed. -- just who's in charge? -- I've never experienced so
    >> much confusion, so little assistance (yes, even old timers like
    >> me need assistance in a new school), so few people who know
    >> answers to my questions, so much b.s. spread so thickly, so
    >> many 'good old boys and girls' running around trying to look
    >> important, and so-o-o-o-o little pay for my work, efforts, and
    >> experience. Yes, it is discouraging, at times; however, I keep
    >> doing what I know is legal and ethical and despite my not having
    >> tenure, I still am employed. They tried very hard to get rid of
    >> me, but they soon learned that it's illegal to hire an
    >> uncertified person as a special educator when a fully certified
    >> special educator is available. I think I cost too much money, and
    >> they'd prefer to have saved money rather than hire a qualified
    >> person. Perhaps it's just this way in my particular district;
    >> however, I hear similar horror stories from other KY teachers in
    >> different regions of the state. I will close by saying that I
    >> have worked in districts where there was more professionalism.
    > I hear you Bluegrass! I am treated horribly in the district in
    > which I am currently employed by administration but have the
    > respect of my fellow teachers parents and students. My principal
    > has sunk to a new low but I will continue forth and try to keep up
    > the front. Good luck to you, hang in there. I have not taught in
    > a system like this one before it is full of snakes in the grass.I am a retired principal from KYs educational system. I am very
    familiar with KERA, SBDM's, accountability system, etc. ...and you
    have every reason to be depressed...

    Per the SETS program. I began writing SE software a couple of years
    ago...a couple of couselors and SE teachers were using it...when I
    finally found out that STI had a contract for the entire state (They
    do have us over the barrel because they have the attendance software
    that is used (mandated) throughout KY.) I immediately gave up on KY
    and started writing SE software for TN special educators. Nearly a
    year has gone by...and my pilot systems love my software!!!

    I was able to sit through the SETS training in our district a few
    months ago...and all I can say to you is "Good Luck!"'re going
    to need it...It is too difficult to use, not user-friendly at all,
    and it's objective seems to be to keep a thumb on what you (the
    teacher) is doing, not on assisting you with a very difficult
    documentation task!

    By the way, I recently heard from a KY counselor who was using my
    program and now dealing with the SETS program. She said, "If I had
    not used your program and experienced how easy it could be, maybe I
    wouldn't know how difficult this (SETS) program is."

    I have offered to meet with Ben Couch (OET) to show him the direction
    SETS needs to go to be user-friendly...but, I haven't heard from
    him. Too bad!

    Good Luck!