I only write about, my experiences. Ive been told I spread mis information. My response to that is,
Its not misinformation, its the true account of whats happened to me. Its not hearsay or assumption (if I assume something, I’ll tell you). I am just putting out there how broken our district is. I started this journey as just, “I want to pop popcorn for the kids”. I was fighting to continue to engage the kids, because the secretary didn’t want to do her job. I was also starting to learn in school site council, the secretary and her friend decided everything, the principal was being fooled also, because he trusted the secretary. But then he got to where he allowed it. The more I realized, the harder they tried to stop me. The thing about it was, the more they tried to stop me, the more it actually fueled me. I didn’t understand why? If Im doing something, getting such positive results ( attendance was higher then it had been, and dropped since I stopped),Teachers, students and parents were happy, why is it ok for the secretary to stop that?
I spoke with the principal, but when he chose to allow the secretary and her friend, misuse funds, hide all balls from students, steal pta mail, lie to parents and create a position through their control of school site council, to basically do her job because she didnt, I went to the district.
Districts initial response was to go after the Teachers who I volunteered for..?.. Seriously, it made no sense to me. So after I filed a complaint, I faced major retaliation at school. So after I filed another complaint, Mr Duenas called me and we had, I thought a positive conversation. (He was actually an old principal of our school. So I thought he would care). What Mr Duenas did, was call the principal and tell him to go after PTA financials. So after a meeting, that pta informed principal Ive been audited and no problems, Mr Duenas next direction to principal was, disbar PTA. Wow. I told him I would step back allow someone else to run it, asked him not to punish the kids. But the kids did not matter to any of these people. Trying to shut me up was more important.
It was upsetting to me the representation of PTA in our area. At least the leaders of district and county, show poor representation. No disrespect to all the wonderful hard hard working pta members. But they are supposed to advocate for the kids, these woman told me to stop, let it go, leave it alone. It was very upsetting.
The journey just kept continuing, every step I couldn’t believe the lack of care, when it came to what was allowed that negatively affected the school and students. 2 years in, major fraud, principal and secretary quit as I got more and more PROOF. Yes I said PROOF!! Apparently proof doesnt matter.
Ive sent numerous emails over this time to all the Board and district. Dept of education. Ive spoke with several district employees. Ive met with, mr Bassett, Mr wong, Boozer, Mrs P Brown, and Mr Lightle. Every time leaving more beside myself then the last.
Mr Lightle is the only person that has ever done anything to correct something that was negatively affecting the kids. He is the one that came in and made them give the balls to the kids something simple as that. Nobody else cared. He did. There were several Injustice he corrected. He is the only one at the district that has actually done something.
But even with him it came to a point where he couldn’t help because his hands were tied by the district and all he could come in and do was explain the district’s truth to me. At that point I explained to him that I wasn’t done with my fight please don’t take it offensively because there’s nothing more he can help me with.
It’s been three years since I started this journey it started out as something so simple but his turned into a major dysfunction all the way to the top. I never started out to be where I am today I never even thought anything past disagreeing with the principal. But every step of the way another step was laid down in front of me. All I see is so many people that control the most important thing in the world but have no real care concern to take care of it. These people truly are in it for the money and not for the kids. I wish I could show everybody through my eyes what I have seen so they would understand that I’m not miss informing people that these Heroes to some people are failures for our students.
These people know the system they know the process they know how to follow the process perfectly and make it impossible for us to get the help that we need to stop them. Because how is it I’m just someone out to do good things to help all the kids, when I go to tell my story reaching out for help I get attacked by people telling me that I’m wrong. If they cared about the kids they would be contacting me with concern asking how can they help me to fix it. It’s usually the people that aren’t at the schools with the kids making bad decisions. Because when you’re at the school with the kids you’d see what was going on and would know what I’m saying is true. I always said I’m doing this for the students and the teachers if ever one of them tell me that I’m wrong or I need to stop I will. But that hasn’t been the case. I’ve even been attacked by our board members because of the other board members responding to my emails.
I have been beside myself so many times through this whole journey. I can’t believe that so many people who affect education are doing so many bad things. I started out with what I thought was a small conflict at our school and has turned into major fraud and dysfunction at the district and now even all the way up to the Board. I completely understand why we are in the shape we are in now after seeing it all first hand. And then when trying to get things fixed, like harassment, retaliation, misuse of funds at school level, misuse of funds at district level and so many negatives affecting the school. And then when trying to get help from the people who could help, I realize how much those people are in it entirely for the money, not the students. The district will allow any thing as long as it could continue to collect their checks, promotions and raises. What happened to all the people who care about the students and their future, oh yeah the district chased then all away. There are so many more details to this journey. I didn’t want to drag it out. But if you want to know more details about any of it, let me know I will be glad to share.