Tuesday Morning School News

Strike Over for Suburban School Teachers Fox Chicago
The strike is over and classes will be back in session today in
Prairie Hills School Dist. 144.

Districts Cautious With State's "Race to the Top" Statehouse News
Illinois school districts are taking a wait-and-see
approach to the state's pursuit of up to $400 million in federal
education grants.

Sticker winner: Artist putting his stamp on every car in city Sun Times

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Muhammed, 16, a junior at Lawrence
Hall's Therapeutic Day School, designed the winning 2010 Chicago
vehicle sticker.

Slain Chicago boy's ex-baseball coach calls for new ways to stop violence Tribune
Ashton attended the sixth grade at Ruggles Elementary School, 7831 S. Prairie Ave., said Chicago Public Schools officials.

Suit: Teacher Kissed, Touched Autistic.. Fox Chicago
The mother of a six-year-old autistic, epileptic boy is suing
Chicago Board of Education and a teacher, claiming the teacher
inappropriately kissed and touched her son.

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  • On behalf of Access Living I would like to express our complete disgust with the situation described in the law suit against CPS and Ogden school. Moreover, having gone to the Ogden School website a short time ago and discovering that the teacher being accused of the molesting was still listed as being on the Ogden faculty was even more disturbing. According to the suit it was other teachers at the school that reported this teacher's acts to the principal and DCFS. Does any one out there know if Brian Pfaff the teacher accused of the molestation is currently teaching at Odgen.

    Access Living is simply sick of reading stories of severely disabled students being sexually assulted. The last law suit over a similar incident invovled the assult of a ten year disabled girl on a bus who attended Coonley School by a boy that was filed on April 17, 2009. In that case CPS and Laidlaw Transit were sued for negligence. I can cite a list of similar cases going back to 1999, in many of these cases CPS settled for damages and required the families to sign a non-disclosure agreements. Really this is sick.

    Rod Estvan
    Access Living

  • Why didn't the Ogden principal (or eye-witness teachers) report the French kiss and molestation to DCFS? Did the school/CPS know that Brian Pfaff had been charged (wrong word?) with sexual abuse before, in 2002? These allegations are according to the filed suit.

  • Because the Ogden princial was/is too busy knocking down the old school, expanding the 'new' high school and chasing the poor out as he taks over Carpenter. Ogden is NOT interested in special education students--they bring down AYP!

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  • From the best of what I can understand some teachers at Ogden did report what they saw to DCFS and to the principal, or at least that is what the filing in the case indicates. What the results of any investigation related to those reports have been I do not know. But here is what I find to be some what frightening.

    Ogden parents as a whole are better educated and middle to higher income. As a group they were extremely active in relation to the expansion of Ogden in order to create a high school program. According to every report I have read numerous Ogden parents attended hearings related to Ogden International High School and the utilization of Carpenter School for that school. Yet not one Ogden parent or staff person is willing to discuss the issues around this alleged case of child molestation. That I think is disturbing.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Correct, they did report it to DCFS - BUT it took about a week after the teachers told the principle about the French kiss (from filed suit) for the DCFS report to be made. No?

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Why would these parents want to discuss this molestation issue Ron? Really. These parents have no problem kicking out the Carpenter children AND they would prefer NOT to have special ed students and omg, LRE in their precious school. It is where the elite meet and Ogden and its new hs, is only for the elite. Just look at the $$$ they are getting to convert an old elementary school into a high school. That takes bucks and power.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    True that.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    See the suit filed: http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/15/School.pdf

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    It took a week to report it to DCFS?! It's required to be reported immediately by ANY teacher. Why did they wait for the principal to report it?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Who was responsible for hiring teacher Pfaff at Ogden?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Oh yes, there is more than $50,ooo in damages here. Problem is, the tax payers have to pay for all of this CPS incompetence.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Yes, and that mom's taxes paid for it too. Sad.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Thanks for the link to the complaint in the Odgen school case. If the statements in the complaint are found to be true at trial or CPS reaches settlement with the family the principal of Odgen school should be terminated along with Mr. Pfaff. The complaint makes it very clear that the principal was involved in a cover up of an ongoing pattern of abuse of a child by one of his teachers.

    This if proven to be the case is the ultimate crime for an administrator. If the alegations are unfounded I think the lawyers from Bollinger Ruberry and Garvey must be insane, I doubt that is the case.

    Rod Estvan
    Access Living

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the principal from Ogden willbe well protected. Ron will see to this. Just like he does for turnaround death man Don Frynd.

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