Friday, January 15, 2010

When at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try, Double-try Again

Secretary Smith:

This is another reminder that the Hillsborough County schools have failed to implement the bullying law by leaving out the staff and teachers that the law cites repeatedly as protected by the legislation as well as the students.

Board Attorney Tom Gonzalez announced in a public meeting at the behest of Board Member Candy Olson that the bill did not apply to staff and teachers, only students.

I filed an ethics charge against him with the Florida Bar for this distortion of legislation to fit the administrative goal of the board and administration to deny teachers and staff the protection of the bullying law so that the board and administration could continue to terrorize teachers with the threat of job loss if they made any suggestions or criticized the administration's and board's running of the schools.

You had the schools submit a plan to implement this law. As pubic information, I would like a copy of this submission from the School Board of the Hillsborough County schools so that I can post it on my Web site.

I would also like to know what you will do to see that the Hillsborough County board and administration carry out the bullying law as the House wrote it.

Lee Drury De Cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802

Madeira Beach, FL 33708

From: MacMenomay, Jennifer []
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 11:15 AM
Subject: RE: information

Dear Ms. De Cesare:

Representative Frishe received your email and asked me to look into this for you. HB 669 was passed during the 2008 legislative session and was signed into law by the Governor on June 10, 2008. The bill “Creates ‘Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act’; prohibits bullying & harassment of any student or employee of public K-12 educational institution; requires school district to adopt policy prohibiting bullying & harassment; provides immunity; provides restrictions with respect to defense of action & application of provisions; requires DOE approval of school district policy & school district compliance with reporting procedures as prerequisites to receipt of safe schools funds.”

You can view full text of this bill at the link listed below:

Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you need any additional assistance in the future.

Kind Regards,

Jennifer MacMenomay

District Aide

State Representative Jim Frishe

125 Indian Rocks Road North, Suite A

Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770-1727

(727) 518-3902 Phone

(727) 518-3904 Fax

From: Jim Frishe []
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 10:44 AM
To: Frishe, Jim
Subject: FW: information

From: lee de cesare []
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2:34 PM
Subject: information

Will you tell me if the bullying bill (HB 669) covers students as well as staff and teachers in the schools? If you are no sure, could you get an Attorney General opinion on this issue?

Thank you.

Lee Drury De Cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802

Madeira Beach, FL 33708

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