This will likely be ignored by those who should care, but how else to go about making for a world in which sensible people respond sensibly to the events of the world surrounding them?
How cynical can those running a school district be?
The statement that follows is in response to a settlement made by the Washoe County School District in regard to a suit brought by parents of students with disabilities claiming that their children suffered abuse at the hands of a special education teacher employed by the District.
When approached, neither the District superintendent or the head of the District Board of Trustees would respond. The District issued the statement printed below:
“In a district release about the settlement, Chief General Counsel for the school district Neil Rombardo said, ‘This is part of our continuing commitment to ensuring that our school environments are safe and respectful at all times, for all students. We feel that settlement will help support that commitment, while limiting District exposure.’”
As is the District’s regular reaction to bad things going on in its schools, it spokespeople assure constituents that the bad was of the past and that everything possible is being done to make things better. The problem is that the bad has been going on for quite a long time and the promise of fixes only come when the bad is so bad that its revelation makes the District look really bad.
It does seem that this District cares a hell of a lot more about appearances than actually providing good education in a safe environment for all of its students. This has been the case for a long, long time and, it seems, the “new” administration will carry on the bad practices of the past. There needs to be a change of more than appearance. The Board needs to get down to the real work of ridding the District of what is bad, ineffectual, and plain dangerous to students. Cosmetic “change” is exactly that, on the surface. This conveniently hides what is just below where policies and actions are of real consequence and harmful to the human beings who are affected by our local educational system.