Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Ping-Pong Game Continues

Illustration of Indian Philosophy: Dr. Lamb Come Back Reincarnated

From: Linda Cobbe []
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:44 AM

To: lee

Cc:;; Candy Olson; carol.kurdell@sdhc.k12.fl; Jennifer Faliero; Jack Lamb; Susan Valdes; April Griffin;;;;;;;;; Connie Milito;; Gwendolyn Luney; Stephen Hegarty; Sharon Morris

Subject: Re: results of my filing professional standards charges

Lee - No one has ever denied that you sent Linda Kipley an email making charges against people at East Bay High School. The email you include from Linda Kipley at the end of your email to me tells you that there are no records of any "findings," which is what you had requested. There are no findings because no action was taken.

LInda, I got no Kipley response in February when I filed the charges. La Kipley did not email that she had received the charges; nor did she inform me that I had no standing to file.

Why is that? Is the constant aim of the Professional Standards cell block to stymie people?

The first peep I heard from La Kipley was when I emailed recently to find out the results of the charge. I got back this response:

In response to your request for this office's "findings on the unprofessional conduct of the three administrators involved in the dereliction of duty" in the "Kemp-case," no such records exist.

Pray be rational when you answer that question. And don't avoid it. Am I not correct cite it as an example of ROSSAC double-speak to tread a whiff outside the line of clarity to befuddle, not to enlighten, the recipient?

It shows that despite her home-ec credentials Linda is advancing apace in Jesuitical linguistics. How would a person know from this misleading response that the office of Professional Standards did not accept my charges in February?

The reasons for that are: Use a whole sentence before a colon.

1. You have no direct knowledge of what happened related to Steve Kemp;

Nobody does but the three incompetent administrators and Steve Kemp. The students were deeply retarded and housed in a junk-filled room and had no awareness of what was going on. Kemp should file a Professional Standards charge against these three renegades and Ms. Elia as well. That he hasn't does not dilute the fact that these administrators did not do the jobs that they are overpaid to perform.

2. You have no credibility for seeking the truth, and in fact, often repeat rumors and innuendo;

I don't think you know what you are talking about when you invoke "credibility," Linda. Let's talk about the word. "Credibility" comes from the Latin "credere," meaning "to believe." An offshoot formation is "credibility gap," which means "Public skepticism about the truth of official claims and pronunciomentos." You have my sterling credibility mixed up with the Board's and administration's credibility gap.

You say I have no credibility "for seeking the truth [and that I ]"often repeat rumors and innuendo." Right-o. I do. I will also report the wisdom of fortune cookies, messages left in a stump in the parking lot, semaphore from the ROSSAC pigeons on the roof, messages washed up on the beach in a bottle outside my balcony. and codes tapped onto walls in ROSSAC bathrooms. I plan to resort to a Ouija Board shortly.

With the board and administration's nail-down of the school board and ROSSAC doings by shutting the public out of discussions of the things that affect the public that should be in the sunshine, one must resort to other avenues of information. The regular press does not eschew rumors. This week's La Gaceta says, "Last week we wrote about a rumor concerning Jim Norman...."

Does my blog deny itself the privilege to report rumors if the regular press does? Are all blogs held to a higher standard or only the blogs that report school-board-administration rumors? And isn't this higher blog standard because the board and administration want no comment on their behavior except that which comes through your office, Community Affairs, which bleaches all blemishes and puts out fairytales about board infallibility and administration nobility to make them look like the acme of all excellence?

You earn your living, Linda, by taking ugly data from the school board and administration and distorting these data so that they make the board and administration look good. If you didn't do this intellectual donkey work, you would be out of a job.

You beat up on credibility daily by these tax-subsidized distortions. You know who else did this? Goebbels. He was a master of manipulating reality to make Hitler look like the savior of Germany. Goebbels was better at his job than the Community Affairs office of the School Board. He succeeded in his goal. Hitler became the fuehrer. You at Community Affairs are only marginally successful in your language-distortion racket. You should read Goebbels' diaries. The experience would make you and Mr. Heggarty more skillful manipulators of language and reality to make the board and Ms. Elia appear more wholesome. But first Mr. Heggarty has to learn to punctuate. You do know how to punctuate quite well: the only person in ROSSAC who does as far as I can tell. Nobody can be a credible propagandist until he or she learns to punctuate.

Your school-board and administration bosses must come to terms with blogs. We bloggers have dug in; we are here to stay. I just got email from a teacher asking how to start a blog. I told her how. Now we will have one more blog light shining on the board and administration.

I have an amazingly large habitual readership on my blog. And get this: fans come from Australia, Japan, Ireland, South America, all over. I have readers around the United States. That fact amazes me. But most come from the Bay Area. On mine and other blogs, they see a different reality about the leadership of schools than the Public Affairs Office puts out.

The Tribune is moribund. La Gaceta reports that it has lost twenty-five more staff. Tampa will soon be bereft of a daily paper as many cities increasingly are. The days of the print press are numbered. I said so fifteen years ago. People will turn to blogs even more than they do now for news. Deal with it.

I have lived a life of unremitting virtue and have nothing to apologize for in the credibility gymnastics competition. I take as gospel the rumor that Ms. Elia cusses out people in her office. That rumor has moved into the solidity of fact for me. I know from personal observation that Ms. Elia is a liar. That's not a rumor: it's a fact unfolded before my eyes shortly after Ms. Elia took up her job.

That the Professional Standards Office is the wasp nest of charges cooked up against teachers to make them afraid to speak up is a fact. The cooking up of charges against teachers has happened too many times for it to be an accident. That Ms. Elia, Ms. Kipley, and Mr. Valdez file charges against teachers like Steve Kemp for child abuse with the sheriff's office because Kemp assumed his First Amendment rights gave him the right to speak out on a blog is a fact. And that the administration with board collusion allows this vile practice to continue is a fact.

I am clear on the difference between rumors and facts. I am ready to take my graduate-level orals in that difference any day you want to assemble a ROSSAC Gestapo panel to test me. I will wipe up the floor with the floor with the punks.

As for the administration and board's credibility, let's review some of their record and discover why they suffer a growing credibility gap with the public:

1. The soiled, wretched DNA of ROSSAC solidified during the Erwin outrage that saw Dr. Lennard and his thugs Hamilton and Davis attempt to fire Mr. Erwin and deprive him of his pension because he asked the board and Lennard to shut down the crime spree on school grounds, which the administration and board wanted continued because logic says they were getting money under the table from it.

The Board punished nobody after Mr. Erwin won his Whistle Blower court case against a lying administration and Board. That board members were involved in the cover-up is the reason they punished no one, starting with Dr. Lennard. The board should have fired him.

2. Both Lennard and Elia cover up of the adulterous affair that Board Member Jennifer Falliero catalyzed with Mr. Hart, head of your office, until the administration and board got scared the seamy smothered scandal would get out and that the public would come down on them. So under Elia via Valdez the administration with board collusion fired Hart on a cooked-up charge of alcoholism and promoted the resident floozy pole-girl to board chair.

3. The attack on April Griffin, who when she first came on the board tried to get the board to do away with the long-term habit of no-bid buddy contracts--often to former administrators, resulted in her having to face the buzz-saw assault from Board Members Carol Kurdell and Candy Olson--both on the board when Erwin was savaged. These two administration clones lit into Griffin with the charge that she was being "disloyal to the staff" when she asked for a no-bid contract be pulled from the agenda for public discussion. This is the open government that the board and administration fights to keep from happening. They don't want citizens to know what they are doing. Kurdel and Olson never thought to consider that board members should be loyal the voters, not to the staff or Ms. Elia. In their attack on Griffin, they blurted out the truth that they were loyal to the administration and to hell with the voters. And the legal tax bloodsucker board lawyer Gonzalez exonerated no-bid contracts with a flood of rhetoric composed of legal piffle because he got a no-bid contract from Dr. Lennard.

Griffin is not long-term courageous. She wilted from the Kurdell-Olson assault. She surrendered and rolled over and became a moribund fixture of the Elia juggernaut, even assisting Elia in saving the board and administration franchise by lobbying the Alafai parents not to speak up at the podium when they came to protest the incompetent principal of Alafai, Ms. Smith's. remaining in that position.

4. The Smith Alafai brouhaha put on display the board and administration's coddling of administrators who mess up as compared to the savaging of teachers with Ms. Elia, Ms. Kipley, and Mr. Valdez's cooking up charges to terrify them into quiescence if they show a scintilla of independence. When an administrator messes up, as did Smith and the three special-ed administrators with Steve Kemp's manufactured "child-abuse" case, Ms. Elia and the board gathers round the malefactors of the administration genus and gives them comfort, support, and tax money to bail them out. The three special-ed incompetents are probably on their tax-paid way to Paris now for R&R to soothe their fragile nerves.

Ms. Elia proposed to spend $4500 each on Ms. Smith's and her assistant principal's psychological for psychological make-over classes at Eckerd to keep Smith on the job, but the Alafai parents said no way to that. So now Ms.Smith, rumor says, bivouacs in an office in ROSSAC until Ms. Elia can find her another, better-paid job for this certified loser.

Nothing an administrator does is too bad to warrant rehabilitation. Nothing a teacher does is too picayune to merit maximum punishment. Those are the invidious rules of the board and administration, both of whom hate teachers so badly that they won't cede them and students a place on the board agenda.

5. Ms. Elia with the board's complicity steals money for teachers' work in her "bonus" at the end of each year. It is based on the performances of the students that teachers are responsible for. This thievery was begun by Earl the Pearl Lennard and passed on to Ms. Elia as if it were a venerable perquisite that started at the beginning of the world. Ms. Elia tried to burnish her tarnished public image by "donating" this money to the school booster outfit this past year. Let's watch greedy Ms. Elia when the bonus appears in down economic times this year. I bet she keeps the unearned bonus and that the board says nothing.

6. Without a murmur of dissent from the board, Ms. Elia piled another class on teachers two years ago without notifying them or discussing the move at all. Ms. Elia's fans say this move shows her financial prescience that softens the economic downturn for the schools. This move took place long before the downturn. Ms. Elia did not have anything in mind with this gesture other than asserting her dominance over teachers. Ms. Elia is the stereotypical bully, and the administrator job gives her the chance to exercise this pathology as often as her psyche needs to do so.

Ms. Elia forced teachers to inflate grades in ways that would make performance numbers go up artificially. This move vitiated students' chances to get into good colleges and insulted the professionalism of teachers. Inflated grades to cook the books means Ms. Elia gets more "bonus" money. Ms. Elia bought the Spring program that had failed in other venues. She paid millions of tax dollars for this gimcrack garbage from hustlers' trying to make a buck off education. She did not consult with the board or with the teachers who had to implement the Spring toy, which has turned out to be a loser in Hillsborough County just as it was in other places.

Ms. Elia's title would better be dictator than superintendent.

I could go on. But I have laid out a representative picture.


3. You have no standing to file charges.

Hold on. I want to see the Professional Standards literature that I have asked for three times before I accede to this claim.

An email from you with allegations about employees would not generate a Professional Standards investigation. Certainly, the superintendent had no involvement and undoubtedly had no idea who Steve Kemp was, let alone that he has a blog.

There is nothing that goes on in the schools that Ms. Elia is not involved in. I warrant she inventories the mop closets. Total control is her megalomania. She was hip deep in the Steve Kemp case.

People who work in schools are obligated by law to report possible abuse. Child Protective Investigations is obligated to investigate and they call in law enforcement. When CPI and law enforcement investigate an employee, Professional Standards gets involved. They would be negligent if they allowed someone to remain in a position involving children while CPI and police investigate abuse allegations. If your grandchildren were possible abuse victims, would you want the person under investigation to remain in their classroom?

This sounds mighty pious, but then one asks why do the newspapers report so often that the school people don't report abuse?

I hope that clears up your confusion. I have attached several documents related to Professional Standards procedures.

Ah, Uncle Freud was right. Diction gives us away. Your accusing me of "confusion" is a not-subtle stab at ageism. You want to suggest that Alzheimer's has afflicted me because I am an old lady.

If I thought this was malicious poignard, Linda, I would rat you out to Mother Cobbe. Mothers don't want their daughters to grow up to be mean to sweet, helpless, little old ladies such as I.

I don't see the promised Professional documents that you cite. Here is what I request under the public-records law:

1. Linda Kipley's job description;

2. The criteria for filing a charge;

2. The official outline of the Personal Standards' office's duties that Hillsborough School District uses.

3. The certifying agency: Is it the Office of the State Education Commissioner or who?

4. If so, what is the URL so that I can read how this office evolved?

Lee Drury De Cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802

Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Linda E. Cobbe

External Communications Manager

Hillsborough County Public Schools

901 E. Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33602

813-272-4602 (O)

813-493-6964 (C)

813-272-4510 (F)

Our mission is to provide an education that enables each student to excel as a successful and responsible citizen.

"lee" <> writes:

Linda, I filed the charges against the three administrators involved in the Steve Kemp case of frame-up for child abuse. I don't think they filed a Professional Standards charge against Kemp. I think Ms. Elia did when she picked up the rumor. She used apocryphal information to hang a charge on Kemp because he has an education blogs, and blogs commenting on anything about the schools are an anathema to the administration and school board. I asked our office for the emails that I infer cover the time that Kipley should have received the charges from me. I await those.

My records say I filed the charges. The administration cannot get away with claiming no professional charges were filed when they were. That trick was played on me when I filed against Dr. Hamilton for using the emails for his personal pursuits. I fell for it then but have smartened up to board and administration tactics in which persiflage is a signal strategy; don't expect me to fall for it again.

I have asked three times your office to send me the literature on the Professional Standards Office. Every business has a copy of such procedures in its central procedures manual. If the school system does not have one, it's management is highly remiss in professionalism. Lee Drury De Cesare

-----Original Message-----

From: Linda Kipley []

Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 1:50 PM

To: lee

Cc: MaryEllen Elia; Candy Olson; carol.kurdell@sdhc.k12.fl;; Jack Lamb; Susan Valdes; April Griffin;;;;; Linda Cobbe; Ken Otero; Dan Valdez; Lewis Brinson; Gretchen Saunders; Wynne Tye; Cathy Valdes; 'Connie.'; David Steele;; Stephen Hegarty

Subject: Re: results of my filing professional standards charges

Dear Ms. DeCesare:

In response to your request for this office's "findings on the unprofessional conduct of the three administrators involved in the dereliction of duty" in the "Kemp-case," no such records exist.

Linda A. Kipley

General Manager of Professional Standards

Hillsborough County Public Schools

2920 N. 40th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


813-840-7186 Fax

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You wrote: "Why is that? Is the constant aim of the Professional Standards cell block to stymie people?"

YES!!!!! That is the constant aim! You are dealing with liars and actual criminals. If they were not running the schools, they would probably be in jail. These criminals simply lucked out in finding jobs where their criminal behavior is gladly covered up. Any other profession or job would have them fired or even arrested for their behavior.