This entry comes from a person who works in the schools. I thought the analysis was so good that I just took out the name. lee
I personally believe that Professional Standards is used for the administration's benefit to scare teachers that irritate them.
Linda Kipley was in the newspaper a few years ago when she failed to report a case of a teacher sleeping with a student to the police (by law you must report it to the police). Her excuse was that they had to make sure that the report was true before ruining the teacher's reputation/career or something like that.
You might be able to google her name and find this article. But it is not an article about her. It is more about the case and it simply reports that the district did not report it to the police. The police was trying not to blame the district in its response to the reporters, if I remember correctly.
Now think about your the Kemp case. They went to the police without checking things out.
You see, I have come to believe that Professional Standards picks and chooses WHOM they want to cover up for and whom they want to scare.
They want to keep student/teacher sex cases out of the papers and so they try not to report it unless they have to, so they investigate that first.
But in kemp's case someone wanted to "get" you, so they did go straight to the police.
I am pretty good at figuring someone out the first time I meet the person. I've got Kipley's number all right. She is a big fraud. No qualifications and no professionalism, and she covers this up with perfectly coifed hair and what she considers nice outfits.
She's probably not even pulling the strings. She probably simply does as she is told by Elia or whomever.
Professional Standards is a hoax.
I truly believe what happened is that they cooked up a scare for Kemp but doubted from the beginning whether it would hold water, which is why they kept him on PAID suspension. They were trying to figure out if they could get away with firing Kemp. Somewhere along the line they realized it is not going to work (probably when the police dismissed the case), so they just shut up about your the Kemp case. They messed up, so they decided to keep him in the dark as a consolation prize to themselves. It is so sadistic. Sort of like, "Shoot! We can't fire him, so let's just leave him hanging for the rest of the school year! That will fix him! He'll stop blogging and then we'll put him back in the classroom. That will send him a message without us having to say it to him."
I bet you anything that was their plan.
Be suspicious of them all. In one hour I figured Kipley and the system out. It is all a bullying game. The ROSSAC people are bullies in a playground, and they bully who they think they can. Push back, and they leave you alone.
I am proud of Thomas for standing up to these turkeys. If you grovel, it just whets their sadism and makes them worse. The thing is, as I told Thomas, that they are less likely to pursue you because it takes energy; also they have no pattern for a teacher's defiance as they do for teachers who grovel. Groveling they can handle. They are used to groveling. What they aren't used to or prepared for is somebody defending him-or herself and jumping up and down. Jump up and down. It's the only strategy that works. Then file a Professional Standards charge against each of your torturers to put the icing on the cake. lee