Well Folks - we can thank Ms. Taymore and the School Committee for making Melrose Schools an example of what not to do when handling student civil rights issues. A local teacher attended some special SPED and Civil Rights training and they used the recent Melrose OCR cases as what not to do. I have included below what this teacher wrote in one of the other topics on this message board concerning this training she just received - needless to say she was thoroughly embarrassed during this training.We should all be embarrassed - why is Ms. Taymore still here in our school district? Ms. Driscoll - chair of the school committee - are you proud of such an example this school district is setting? You and others on the committee should be recalled and kicked out - you are all an embarrassment to the community!
"I teach in another town. This afternoon was a professional development workshop about SPED and Civil Rights law. The example of what not to do with regard to Civil Rights law was the Melrose Public Schools. The educational lawyer who ran the event used the Melrose violations as our model to avoid. She highlighted all the mistakes and "errors in judgement" made in dealing with the student, families, and OCR. So embarrassing."
The Human Rights Commission is a farce. The MHRC has done ZERO related to the OCR findings in the MPS. The silence of the MHRC has permanently damaged their credibility.
Well, according to my sisters, as t'were, the OCR (#1, that is--they haven't come up with any sort of "reasons" for #2 and beyond), was all just a "mountain out of a molehill...a 'misconstrued' statement of the 8th grade teacher" (who happens to be a sis). According to them, the United States Office of Civil Rights apparently just made stuff up. Go figure!
Now anyone who has ever had to deal with this office or its corresponding U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Civil Rights, knows that these departments will not even accept a case unless it is even more iron-clad than the thresholds for normal lawsuits. But the sisters have deemed it all just a vicious smear, which reveals more about how sincere anyone in this bunch is. Think about those who serve on the MHRC or the "Women's Commission" and you can extrapolate how sincere they will ever be about these heinous violations that in fact have been proven.
This was not worth posting on 3 different threads.
I would be interested in seeing a detailed description of the type of professional development our teachers are receiving. What actually goes on once a month on those 1/2 days and on all those prof. dev days? Are the teachers gaining new skills and insights into how to better serve our children or are they also sitting with lawyers and learning how to cover their asses?