This school board member never voted to force any accountability by this superintendent when she took egregiously inappropriate actions to protect the teacher, further victimize the student.
CockroachHunter03/02/17 06:19 AM
Especially after the office of civil rights investigations of Melrose schools, Taymore has little credibility on discrimination issues.
Not to mention that Taymore falsely claimed to the Melrose Free Press that she had removed students' personal information violative of Federal FERPA laws, Massachusetts Privacy of School Records Laws: Their names, and outplacements and tuition costs, all still available on the IQM2 page on the school's website for all the snoopers to see. Would you want the whole city to know your child goes to a facility called Home for Little Wanderers or the Justice Resource Institute?
And where has Margaret and the School Committee been during these many months of open and egregious violations of State and Federal Laws?? Surely they were aware of the news article disclosing this serious violation. Did Margaret and her cabal ever care to even check to see that the violative information about our students is still up on there own website? Did our crack legal council and city solicitor ever follow up to ensure the information was in fact removed?? What is wrong with these idiots?? And why have they not fired the Superintendent and City solicitor for gross negligence and potentially exposing the city to multiple law suits?
On behalf of the taxpayers of Melrose I sincerely apologize for arrogance of Superintendent Cyndy Taymore, City Solicitor and alleged legal counsel for the school department and school committee Robert Van Campen, SC chair Margaret Driscoll and the school committee members. They all are fully aware of the continued illegal activity of publishing childrens' names and the facilities they attend including tuition costs on the Melrose Schools and School Committee websites and for months have done absolutely nothing about taking the private information down. For the children receiving education and services from Home for Little Wanderers, Justice Resource Institute and North east Behavioral Health and many other facilities dealing with SPED and behavioral health, we are sincerely sorry that these a$$es continue to arrogantly violate Federal and State Family Educational Rights and Privacy Laws. It is our responsibility to ensure our elected officials do not brazenly ignore the law, and if they do, we should be taking action if the City's legal counsel fails in his responsibilities.
Are you kidding me? This private student data is still on IQM2 on the school website and SC website? Taymore told the Free Press MONTHS AGO that she took immediate corrective action when alerted that they were in violation of Family Education Records and Privacy Act (FERPA). Presumably that means she took the private student information down. Apparently, she lied. Or was this another computer glitch?? HAha.
Not so funny for the SPED students and families whose personal information was and still is being exposed to the whole world and to any snoops that care.
Robert Van Campen is the city's liaison to the Mass State Ethics Commission appointed by Mayor Robert Dolan. He is supposed to be policing city employees who commit ethics violations.And Privacy of School Records Laws
Melrose takes awhile to wake up and hopefully not to long this time.Perhaps the solution is a new superintendent?
Melrose always does the proper legal thing. Now, with an abundance of caution they have two lawyers review every action. They never do anything against the law.
See, that's the problem. They spend zero time trying to comply with the law. They spend most of their time trying to dream up ways they think they can circumvent the law, and the rest is spent trying to figure out how to hide the legal fees they incur when they break the law and get caught. The only ones who come out ahead are the lawyers.
It is truly amazing and alarming that the Melrose schools superintendent can be actively and knowingly in violation of the law for over six months and not be fired by the school committee. Truly amazing, but again this is Melrose, where Civil Rights and respect for the law and children's rights take a seat in the back of the bus.
More violation from this administration and more money spent.
Melrose officials knowingly violating privacy laws that hurt children and then continue to take no action even though they have publically lied, claiming that they did? This is lawyer's paradise for suing the City and School Department for damages. The school's legal counsel and city solicitor should know this but has done nothing. Isn't that special? The Parents of the children exposed in the Melrose Schools Webpages are probably lining up Attorney Robert K. Crabtee right now. Another slap in the face to Melrose taxpayers who will pay for attorneys to defend these fools and the eventual settlement amount.
It's amazing how things change .When people let you down.