None of the lawyers for the city or sheriff told their bosses that Title VII and government grants required equal employment opportunity in jobs. Gonzalez, the current school- board lawyer, who got his job with a handshake and who beats the drum for no-bid contracts, probably has not told the board about its obligation to the federal law either.
Gwen and Elaine came from Miami at their own expense to help out since I couldn't get many local women to go to confront Dick, including Helen Gordon Davis, whose husband said she couldn't go because "Dick is a friend of ours." I said Dick was a friend of no woman, especially the three he married.
Gwen Cherry and Elaine Gordon went on to the state legislature, where they worked for women's rights. Helen got elected senator from Hillsborough County and passed the potty parity bill, making it obligatory for future state buildings to have enough potties for women.
I graduated from Hillsbrough High in '51 with Dick Greco. Everybody is agreed in the Class of '51 that Dick was a jerk then and remains a jerk today. lee
Jennifer Faliero, District 4 School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida
I have comments and questions from a reader below of my Casting-Room-Couch blog that need answers. Voters especially need this academic-credentials data since you will run for re-election soon one assumes.
This reader’s questions require your USF transcripts. Give me email permission to ask the USF college-records office for these, and I will post a copy on my Couch blog for the benefit of prospective voters. Also helpful would be any academic honors you won at USF. Those, too, I will post.
In addition to intellectual fitness, I am concerned about your moral fitness for the job of chair of the school board. I am also concerned at your participation in youth guidance, especially the Ophelia Project for pre-teen girls. Your school-site adultery with Marc Hart, which the divorce depositions record, makes me fearful that you do not present the right moral role model for children and especially for pre-teen girls.
You also participated in the one-sided punishment of Hart's getting the sack and your getting the school-board chair job by a vote of the other board members not concerned about your adultery after the affair had run its course.
Please explain how you justify your participation as school-board chair and community youth-board memberships, given your deposed record of sexual immorality and other ethical lapses that do not present an appropriate role model for youth of the community. I will post these data on Casting-Room-Couch as well since the voting public will need this information in addition to your transcripts and other academic data.
I regret that in writing the letter of rebuke to the Tribune that you required editing help. Most people have good ideas--even those who can't read much less write, but they can’t put them down on paper because they do not possess the standard of literacy required of bona fide educated people: the ability to write literate prose. A person who must have an editor to make her writing meet standard-education requirements is not a literate person no matter what degrees stand after her name.
The ability to write down information with correct grammar and punctuation is the gold standard of literacy. Those who can’t do this task unassisted can't count as literate and should go back to school until they master language to this standard of literacy.
Remove the superfluous comma after “2002” in your biography; it splits a compound verb. Put one after “daughters”; the adjectival subordinate “who” clause is nonrestrictive since you have only two daughters.
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Brandon Chamber of Commerce
Brandon Kiwanis Club
Florida School Boards Association
Governor Charlie Crist
State Board of Education's Professional Practices Advisory Group
Glazer Museum’s Board of Directors
Department of Juvenile Justice
Hillsborough Education Foundation board of directors
County Council of Governments
Hillsborough County Value Adjustment Board
Lowry Park Zoo board
Hillsborough County Republican Women’s Club
Jennifer Faliero – School Board District 4
Jennifer Faliero is the 2008 Hillsborough County School Board Chair. She first was elected to the Board in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a budget of $3.2 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with 25,000 employees.
She advocates in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., for better laws that affect public education. Prior to her election to the School Board, she was a health care marketing and public relations executive.
In 2007, Jennifer was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the State Board of Education's Professional Practices Advisory Group. She serves on the Glazer Children's Museum Board of Directors. She has also served on the Hillsborough County Youth Advisory Council, Department of Juvenile Justice Board, the Hillsborough Education Foundation board of directors, the committee for Making Strides Against Cancer, Hillsborough County Council of Governments, Hillsborough County Value Adjustment Board, and Lowry Park Zoo board. She is a member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, H.B. Plant Museum, is an honorary member of the Brandon Kiwanis Club, and is involved in the Ophelia Project for Preteen Girls. Jennifer has been a member of the National School Boards Association since 2002, and served as the Hillsborough legislative liaison with both federal and state lawmakers for the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA). She also has served on the FSBA’s board of directors and advocacy committee.
As a private citizen, Jennifer worked with lawmakers to establish the state’s landmark school concurrency program, and since her election she has taken a lead role in developing the district’s pilot project to implement school concurrency. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from the University of South Florida in 1986. Hillsborough County has been her home since 1982, and she currently lives in Valrico with her two daughters who attend Hillsborough County public schools.
From: Linda Cobbe [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:13 PM
To: lee de cesare
Subject: Re: FW: [Lee Drury De Cesare's Casting-Room Couch] New comment on Some Ghost
All of the Board members' bios are on the Board web page.
Linda E. Cobbe
External Communications Manager
Hillsborough County Public Schools
901 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
Our mission is to provide an education that enables each student to excel as a successful and responsible citizen.
"lee de cesare"
Linda, can this reader below get these data through your office? Lee
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I would like to know where I can find Fallerio's education and experience previous to sitting at the helm of this board. Where does she get off treating others as if she is some type of Rhodes Scholar? Perhaps you know, Lee. I wonder what kind of grades she earned at a four-year institution, if she attended. Online, mumbo-jumbo degrees don't count to me. People who truly value the experience of higher education do it the best way, attending on campus, interacting with professors and classmates face-to-face. I doubt she wrote this little piece of propaganda alone. If she did, I would love to know how long the editor spent fixing it up to make it “presentable.”
On another note, I can't respect my "superiors" if they lack a college-level literacy at least, which almost every one of them proves to lack. I receive emails and see communications from assistant principals, principals, Elia, the school board, communication specialists, what have you, and the errors are egregious at times. The hypocrisy is overwhelming. “We at the SDHC demand all students be literate and college ready, but most of us at ROSSAC couldn’t write a complete thought free of comma splices and other gratuitous mistakes to save our lives.” What is their solution to facilitate the perception of college-level literacy? Hire people to make us “look” smart and literate.
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Answer to reader's question about the location of Marc Hart's deposition in the divorce case involving Ms. Faliero: Mr. Hart or his lawyer has it I assume. I saw the part that dealt with the infidelity with Ms. Faliero. If he gives it to me, I will put it on the blog. But he has two young children whom he loves and who could eventually see the blog, so I don't think publishing it on my blog is a good idea because of Hart's children. lee
The following is a complaint I filed with the Professional Standards Office that jumps on teachers for the least little thing. It's Elia's Gestopo, headed by Linda Kipley, whose academic credentials consist of a pre-Cambrian home-ec degree. She also shows signs of a ripe sadism, which makes her relish her job.
Hamilton was the chief doer of the dirty work along with Earl the Pearl Lennard and Davis to run Mr. Irwin crazy, fire him, and strip him of his pension when the Mr. Erwin reported repeatedly about the criminal activity on campus by insiders. I believe it was Davis who recently fled ROSSAC because La Elia was displeased with him. That's divine retribution in my book.
When Hamilton's retirement time came, he was loath to leave the scene of his many triumphs over underlings in the school system, so Elia created him a job at $140,000 a year with a bloated title to tide him over until he stopped having the heebie jeebies about loss of power. She put his name on the job before the description went on the books a clerk told me. She did not advertise it. Nobody knew about it until it appeared out of the blue and whizzed by on the Cover-up Consent Calender.
Did board members ask for justification of this job creation and for handing it to Hamilton before it went on the books? No. Did these board we-are-an-equal-opportunity-employer scofflaws ask Elia if she had advertised the job?
When Hamilton's nerves had calmed down, Ms. Elia lured him into overdue retirement (I think he camped out in replacement Otero's office meanwhile) by improvising him yet another job as lobbyist up in Tallahassee for $65,000 a year, making him a double dipper into the tax-payer kitty as are board potted plants Lamb and Ethridge.
Who's in Tallahassee besides all the Panhandle wits? Why Ms. Connie Mileto is there as the school system's Chief Information Officer and Munchkin Charmer. Hamilton, you recall, is reputed to have guided kindergarten-prepared Ms. Mileto past the qualified applicants for this job, paying I think now $140,000 a year and perhaps a wardrobe allowance like Palin got.
Though my reading of Freud suggests that Mileto is not delighted to see the old-fool-like-an-old fool specimen with a gallon of IV Viagra in a Winn Dixie shopping basket turn up to blight her social life with livelier Tallahassee legislative dudes the physiology of whom is in roaring good order, I bet Hamilton is in hog heaven. Hog heaven is the only heaven for which Hamilton has the physiological bona fides. lee
To Ms. Linda Kipley, Professional Standards Gestapo Cell Block:
I repeat a complaint that I filed with your office six months ago against Dr. James Hamilton for use of the school emails for personal preening. Mr. Heggarty claims I never made such complaint. I cite Dr. Hamilton's emails that follow as basis for my complaint then and now:
To: All Principals and Site Managers
1. Cap’in, Cap’in, and can you hear me?
The slurred-pronunciation of "Captain" should be "Cap'n," not "Cap'in." Dr. Hamilton apparently does know quotation-marks protocol for quoted material.
2. I can hear you Mr. Scott, but I can’t see you, touch you and feel you!
A comma follows the first "you" for direct address; a comma follows second "you" for items in a series.
Cap’in, Cap’in, I think it’s the dilithium crystals! I just can’t get ‘er to give me more power!
"Cap'n," not "Cap'in"
3. Well Scotty, where am I?
Comma after "Well" for mild interjection
4. Cap’in I think that you’re molecules are spread across the universe, ‘cause the transporter is jammed!
"Cap'in" should be "Cap'n." "Your" should replace "you're," which is contraction for "you are." Mr. Star-Trek-Scott-Hamilton hasn't mastered homophones. The comma after "universe" cuts off a restrictive trailing adverbial dependent clause.
5. Well Scotty, I’ve got an important message to get to all of the principals and site managers, so put down that bottle, and stoke those engines and get me back in one piece so I can get it out by the end of the day!!!!!!!!
Comma follows "well": mild interjection. No comma after "bottle": don't separate a compound verb with a comma. Only very young children, comic books, and grown-ups stuck in arrested development use plethora of exclamation points as does Dr. Hamilton.
From: James Hamilton
Subject: Back in Margaritaville
Well fans I am happy to report that the Ca'pin has survived the failure of the Dilithium crystals. While atomized across the vast reaches of space between Margaritaville and the Starship Enterprise I encountered two Klingon birds of prey lying in wait in cloaking devices. I even had a photon torpedo fly through my parts while I was waiting for Mr. Scott to reassemble my parts.
Commas should enclose "fans" for direct address. "Ca'pin" should be "Cap'n" for elision of letters. A comma goes after "Enterprise": introductory adverbial clause. "Even" is a misplaced modifier: it goes before "a photon."
They are now reassembled and I have landed in Margaritaville again. While on my way over to Louie's Backyard, I thought it would be helpful if we took a brief moment to return to Lawson Land and remember that we have more of our hard working people getting paid tomorrow, and some will need help understanding their check.
Comma goes after "reassembled": compound sentence. "It" lacks antecedent. Dr. Hamilton should hyphenate "hard working": two words before a noun acting as a single adjective. "People" should be "people's": possessive before the gerund.
And don't tell them it's them SO and SOs downtown because my phasers are not on stun, Mr. Spock.
"Them" should be "those." "Them" is a solecism of such gaucherie that it places the author in the pits of illiteracy.
Madam: This is the second formal complaint I have referred to your office against Dr. Hamilton. I do not trust your own professional conduct since your participation with Ms. Elia to terrify Bart Birdsell at the behest of Joe Stines, of the Hillsborough County Library system. The purpose of the search of Mr. Birdsall's email files was to trap him in some fugitive error that violated the Professional Standards policy of the school system to give the superintendent an excuse for firing him. This reign of terror's involving the fear of firing keeps the school employees silent when they see wrongdoing. They are scared for fear reporting it will boomerang and result in their being fired. Whistleblowers suffer crucifixion in the school system. You found nothing punishable in your fishing expedition in Mr. Birdsall's files, the school lawyer's telling you that Birdsall had a free-speech right send emails from his home to Mr. Stines.
You changed your stories about why you hauled Birdsall in and failed to send the letter of apology that you promised him. Instead, you sent him an ominous registered letter with vague allusions to his undefined wrongdoing and vague allusions to his putative punishment for undefined wrongdoing in the future.
So your own professional conduct is under scrutiny in my formal complaint against Dr. Hamilton. I shall call immediate attention to anything I consider an infraction on your part and look forward to our interview to discuss this charge in detail in your office.
Dr. Hamilton's illiterate, vulgar emails cited above disgrace the professional standards of education. His tone of offensive familiarity toward people whom he addresses goes athwart protocols of professional conduct in an educator. Mr. Hamilton's tone says that he reigns imperial boss of the school domain and that his underlings must sit and listen in helpless acceptance to his ignoble use of school employees as captive audience because crossing him would jeopardize their jobs, although his low behavior does not jeopardize his majestic level of employment.
Apparently, Dr. Hamilton has gotten away with such boorish behavior with impunity so long in his role as Rasputin to Dr. Lennard and now Ms. Elia and his sponsorship of a cushy no-competition $120,000 job for pet Ms. Connie Mileto that he assumes his arrogant behavior's universal indulgence is a form of entitlement. The reference to Margaritaville suggests his approval of drunkenness: unsuitable, certainly, for the leader of the young students in his charge.
I want to ask that the coarse professional standards of Dr. Hamilton's low level of grammar and punctuation assure his eviction from his job in education. Such performance from a fellow making at least $120,000 or more with bloated perquisites coming from taxpayers who trust his guidance to ensure that students in the system exit their secondary education able to use correct grammar and punctuation is not acceptable.
How can a fellow who demonstrates such illiteracy as does he guide young people in literacy? That's the illiterate leading the illiterate. Nor is it acceptable to use vulgar allusions to Margaretaville in professional statements as model communication for young people in their quest to get a job in a world not receptive to the soused illiteracy that Dr. Hamilton's emails recommend.
Dr. Hamilton's personal use of the school email to inflate his ego and to showcase his contempt for his recipients and derision of the inconvenience of people deprived of timely receipt of their paychecks because of the administration's incompetence recommend that Dr. Hamilton suffer firing posthaste.
Please tell me when to appear in your office to discuss this formal complaint.
To thwart another claim that you never got this email, I shall distribute it widely.
lee drury de cesare
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