Tuesday, March 17, 2009

On the Trail of Dr. Hamilton




A reader sent me the list of lobbying clients of Dr. Hamilton. The reader was right on Broward but wrong on Marion County it appears. I infer the reader's being right on Broward because its board has not answered two emails I sent for public information.



I take it as a good sign that the inquiry to Marion had an attorney answer it. I think that means that the school boards are becoming more aware of the force of the open-records law.



When I first started asking for public records from the Hillsborough Public Affairs office, people told me I would not get the records, but I did pretty well. Sometimes I had to nag, but eventually I got what I asked for. Linda Cobbe handles this part of Public Affairs.



Now I have to find out the names of Dr. Hamilton's clients in addition to Hillsborough and Broward. This is an equal-employment opportunity case. They all claim to be equal-employment-opportunity employers. But they keep on hiring buddies, relatives, and sycophants without advertising the jobs. I need their admission that they did not advertise the lobbying job.



Then I have to see whether it is best to attack the scofflaws with Title VII or asking the federal government to pull their contracts because of their non-compliance with the equal-opportunity riders on the federal contracts. These contracts represent a lot of money. Money they understand. Ethics they don't. lee



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Mr. Lee Drury De Cesare 15316 Gulf Boulevard 802 Madeira Beach, Florida 33708

I serve as general counsel for the School Board of Marion County, Florida.
Florida Department of Education Associate General Counsel Paula H. Roberts forwarded me a copy of your February 21, 2009 email addressed to a "Dr. Smith." In that email you make reference to your two previous requests to the Marion County School Board for an advertisement for the "Iobbyist-for-the-county" job, "applications for the job that you gave to Dr. Jim Hamilton", a copy of Mr.' Hamilton's contract, the "secretary's notes on the board discussion of the job".

You state that you have received none of this information. In fact, on January 21, 2009 Kevin Christian, Public Relations Officer for the Marion County School Board, notified you that the Marion County School Board does not have a vendor by the name of Dr. Jim Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is not an employee of the Marion County School Board nor does he provide services by contract to the Marion County School Board.

The Marion County School Board does not have a "Iobbyist-forthe-county" position. It has not at any time accepted applications for such a position. There is no contract between the School Board and Dr. Jim Hamilton. The current School Board has discussed neither the position nor Dr. Jim Hamilton.


Mr. Lee Drury De Cesare March 9, 2009
Page 2
There are no public records available which respond to your public information request.
Yours truly,
~1J.1JuvWJ
Beverly A. Morris
BAM/jlg
cc: Paula H. Roberts, Esquire, Associate General Counsel, Florida Department of
Education (via facsimile 850-245-9379)
James Yancey, Superintendent
Bobby L. James, Chairman
Kevin Christian


My informant has come through. I will continue with the list. lee

The Special Ed Concierge has left a new comment on your post "On the Trail of Dr. Hamilton": according to this website,Lobbyist - James P. Hamilton, this is what it says:Lobbyist:James P. Hamilton 119 E Park AveTallahassee, FL32301(850)222-2591 View by Year:

All Years 2009 2008 2007 11 Principals:Florida Association of School Administrators Lifelock Inc Marion County Public Schools School Board of Brevard County School Board of Lake County The School Board of Manatee County School Board of Sarasota CountySchool District of Hillsborough County School District of Osceola County Schoool Board of Lake CountySt Johns County School District Publish this comment. Reject this comment. Moderate comments for this blog. Posted by The Special Ed Concierge to Lee Drury De Cesare's Casting-Room Couch at 1:55 PM

5 comments:

The Special Ed Concierge said...

according to this website,Lobbyist - James P. Hamilton, this is what it says:

Lobbyist:

James P. Hamilton
119 E Park Ave
Tallahassee, FL
32301

(850)222-2591 View by Year: All Years 2009 2008 2007

11 Principals:

Florida Association of School Administrators
Lifelock Inc
Marion County Public Schools
School Board of Brevard County
School Board of Lake County The
School Board of Manatee County
School Board of Sarasota County
School District of Hillsborough County
School District of Osceola County
Schoool Board of Lake County
St Johns County School District

Anonymous said...

You're darn tootin'!!! They only respond to money (losing some or gaining some). It is the only thing that makes them sit up and listen. Someone told me that Elia cares nothing about students which is why she wanted Spring Board. Her bonus hinges on how many students are enrolled in AP (college bound) classes, not how many pass an AP class. So she wants to cram them in AP classes and get more money. Spring Board is an attempt to get more students on the college bound track. Ask any teacher who uses it, and he/she will say that they have no clue what the Spring Board lessons are actually teaching students. The truth is that Spring Board is not teaching students. It is just helping to increase Elia's bonus. You are right that she has no ethics and only money moves her.

The Special Ed Concierge said...

Some readers may see the implication of my advice to Superintendents across the state. Find out what the latest trend of student promotion there is going to be, then get it written into your contract.


PRO on HCPS: Take Care Of The Pennies And The Dollars Will Look After Themselves:



"Free advice to school superintendents across the state:

Get wording into your contract with your local school board that pays you a bonus for every black student enrolled in the 'House Call Program"

Vox Populi said...

hey lee you sure this isn't one of those carefully worded deals??

as in 'the current school board' that caught my eye.
Could be that last year or the year before THEY DID or he WAS.
Damn you're good, woman.

Vox Populi said...

OMG in the newspaper I actually read that the students were 'excited that there were extra marshmallows' IF that is not a slap in the face to every REAL american with or without children I do not know what else would be.
I don't understand why we whine about elia rather than taking legal steps to remove her carcass from the throne.
Why not??