Principal Removed At Ogden*

Principal Removed At Ogden*

Today's news [*now includes sex abuse lawsuit against the school at the bottom of the page, thanks to Rod Estvan]

Ogden International School Principal, Vice Principal Abruptly 'Reassigned' DNAI: A temporary replacement will lead the Streeterville/Gold Coast magnet school until they find a new head.
At Chicago's Excel, a shorter path to a diploma Philadelphia Public School Notebook:  This story, originally published by Catalyst Chicago, is part of a multi-city partnership reporting on issues surrounding expanded learning time.
Vernon Hills, Lake Forest high schools among seven in Illinois to make list ChicagoTribune: Two Lake County high schools ranked among the best of the best in math, science, engineering and technology education, also known as STEM, according to recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.
Chicago Activists Speak Out Against Public Service Cuts, Offer Alternatives Progress Illinois: The recent proposal was announced just days before the Chicago Board of Education voted in May to close down 50 neighborhood schools in order to address the Chicago Public Schools' reported budget deficit and underutilization problem.
Emanuel welcomes audit of trash pickup — just not now Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel did little Tuesday to resolve a dispute with Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, saying he welcomes an audit by Ferguson of the savings in the city's grid garbage pickup system, but only once the city has finished rolling out the...
Districts Progress in First Year of Principal Initiative, Report Says District Dossier: The six districts are: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.; Denver; Gwinnett County, Ga.; Hillsborough County, Fla.; New York City; and Prince George's County, Md. As part of the initiative, Wallace commissioned two outside research organizations—Policy Studies Associates, Inc., and the Rand Corp.—to conduct five different evaluations.

Ogden School Sex Assult Case Complaint

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  • From Austin to Charleston, Students One-Up the Supreme Court | The Nation http://ow.ly/mPzHK

  • While the story on the removal of the principal and AP at Ogden mention the allegations of sexual molestation of a six year old student at the school, the story does not note that the family of the child filed a lawsuit. In that lawsuit both the principal and CPS are charged with violating a state law in that they had knowledge and reason to report an employee pursuant to the Abuse and Neglected Child Act.

    If Alexander wants a copy of the original complaint in that case I can send it to him.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    please send me a copy of the lawsuit at wileyg28@yahoodotcom.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I will send tomorrow I am out of my office and it is on my sever.

    Rod Estvn

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Principal, assistant principal at Ogden International School removed - chicagotribune.com http://ow.ly/mQCsd

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Why is this being reported by Huffington and local papers as a credit card abuse, not a child abuse scandal?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Why is this being reported by Huffington and local papers as a credit card abuse, not a child abuse scandal? Is this a cover-up of the cover-up?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Even in the law suit neither the principal or AP are charged with abusing the student who had autism, A teacher was charged with that, the administration is charged effectively with failing to report to DCFS and take other steps to protect the child.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Substance has a letter written by a child's parents regarding grade inflation, Ogden School and the dismal state of special education in CPS-hope it cracks open the hot mess in OSS/OSES-whatever acronym they are hiding under.....if a school with high income parents such as OGDEN treats children and parents this way what do you think is going on elsewhere?

    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=4388#comments

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The Tribune article indicates the issues are financial. Ogden has done a lot of successful fund raising. I'm sure a lot of parents are interested in where this is going.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I sent the filing this morning.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    nb i've uploaded the PDF to the original post, above http://ow.ly/mSdpU

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    But it seems you and Rod have known about this since the suit was filed in 2009. http://www.chicagonow.com/district-299-chicago-public-schools-blog/2009/12/tuesday-morning-school-news/

    What is the deal with the media only rehashing the 2011 story about abuse of CPS credit cards?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Both the credit card issues and sex abuse issues could have been involved. It is a common practice for CPS to settle cases involving sex abuse and failure of administrators to effectively deal with such horrible things.

    In every such case I have been involved in as part of the settlement agreement the family and the lawyer for the family agree to sign a non-disclosure statement. The records of the case are also put under seal.

    CPS just like the Catholic Church prefers that these things not get coverage. I do not think sex abuse is rampent in CPS, but it happens and school level administrators some times do not do the right thing for whatever reason. I do not know that this is what took place at Ogden and I will likely never know.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    So what exactly happened to that lawsuit? Was there any proof supporting the allegations against the teacher? Or are all male teachers treated as guilty until proven innocent?

    I read the article linked through DNA site, and to me, it sure looks like the money-hungry lawyer told the clueless immigrant mother that she could get a lot of money (for her child, of course!) if she sues CPS. And then they got to court, and weren't able to prove the case.

  • In reply to Gerber:

    OSES will send in a very well paid behavior specialist for a child with autism (child was labeled LD) and suggest that you massage her with lotion in order to calm her. If someone had told me this I would have thought they were lying but it happened to me.

    I said ,"No" and I'm a female. I am tenured and said, No, I am not opening myself to a lawsuit and who will be teaching the rest of my self-contained class (no aide)? No answer from the OSES "specialist" This child would crawl up on my lap while I was doing group work and would rub up on my leg like a cat. There are other things she did that I cannot say without identifying the school. I still have copies of my anecdotals six years later in case there is a lawsuit. The child transferred at the end of the year. SPED teachers need to be very careful, document everything and avoid physical contact with any student-especially if you are male.

  • In reply to Gerber:

    In reply to district299reader below:

    "This child would crawl up on my lap while I was doing group work and would rub up on my leg like a cat. There are other things she did that I cannot say without identifying the school."

    Yes, exactly! I have a child with autism (PDD-NOS) and I recognize some of the signs. Mine is often clueless about social norms. It took a long time to explain that he should not try to kiss people on the lips, or kick them when they say hello to him if he does not want to be spoken to at that moment. And when he goes into a full-blown meltdown, the only way to stop it is to sit on the floor with him on my lap, hold him tightly, and baby-talk to him. Of course, I'm his mother, and people usually don't think about the sexual abuse when they see this.

  • In reply to Gerber:

    I just reread my post below and want it understood that in no way am I saying that the child was at fault. CPS misdiagnosed, misplaced and did not deliver a FAPE for this child-happens way too much with low incident-too expensive to diagnose, place and deliver the appropriate services. CPS counts on parent non-involvement, non-tenured teachers in self-conatined classrooms and resistance to special reevals by case managers/support teams.

  • In reply to Gerber:

    Alexander linked the original complaint, the lawyer's name is on it. Call him and find out what happened. The lawyer however may not be able to discuss the matter.

    What was very interesting about this case was that there were apparently were CPS employees that were witnesses for the "clueless immigrant mother" in relation to the incident depicted in the complaint.

    I would also add that apparently Gerber must consider me to be part of the money hungry lawyer process because I refer some families that raise these types of issues to lawyers on occasion. I do not refer cases where there are no adult witnesses to any alleged incident and neither I nor Access Living get any fees or donations for such referrals.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Gerber:

    In reply to Rodestvan:

    Do you typically refer people in child abuse cases to lawyers who specialize in corporate and commercial litigation? That is why I think that Ed Ruberry sought out the mother for what he thought would be an easy case, and that she did not know enough to hire someone who specialized in sexual abuse.

    Also, what is your take on the whole situation? Per that linked article, it sounds like the kid was kissing the teacher, not the other way around. Do 6 year olds even know how to french kiss, as the lawyer alleges?

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    -as a mandated reporter you are legally required to report- teachers need to do their own reporting and not back down when an administrator says I'll take care of it or the CO is taking care of it....it is especially confusing for non-tenured teachers....if a principal will not call DCFS or the police you call....you will be interviewed by DCFS and the police will file an appropriate report....if you have not been spoken to by either agency then the principal is not doing his job...if you are assaulted by a student ask for a copy of the incident report and the incident number....principals need to stop hiding child abuse and employee abuse....

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    parent complains to 125 or network against principal who is mandated to report to DCFS about them, network then reduces principal evaluation in part due to the parent complaining--how fair is that?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    not fair at all but a perfect example of the "toilet bowl" theory which has always been alive and well in CPS...

  • CPS Budget Cuts to Slam Some South Side Schools, Principals Say - by Casey Cora on July 10, 2013 7:09am / DNAInfo
    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Becky Carroll has said the district's new "per-pupil" budgeting formula would result in "winner and losers," with some schools getting more money and some receiving less by the time the first bell rings next school year.

    Now, many parents and principals from schools in Bridgeport, McKinley Park and Chinatown fear they'll be sitting squarely in the losers' camp.

    More at:
    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130710/bridgeport/cps-budget-cuts-slam-some-south-side-schools-principals-say

  • The issue is that having these special and cluster programs in 'regular' schools is overwhelming for schools, principals and staff. CPS just dumps the students, does not follow up--they do not even answer the phone, they take money away and make you fight for everything to support these students of great need. Then, they blame the principal. There is just too much going on with compliance, scheduling, safety, watching and observing staff and teachers, evaluation, transportation, etc. These poor and needy students are dumped on schools without proper funding or staffing, and principal have to fight for everything to support these needy children as well as all the other needy children in the building. Every student and school seems to be a loser due to Rahm now.

  • Yes "every school and student seems to be a loser" but children with disabilities in CPS have been losers for years. The deplorable conditions in special education and the constant begging/advocating/arguing/threatening that the special education teachers have to go through on a daily basis has contributed to a twenty-five year SPED teacher shortage in CPS.

    Now the trend is to dump all of the children into inclusion/gen ed rooms as a way to save money.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    And that is why after being in SPED for 20 years, I decided to leave. I could go at 55 with a reduced pension and I did. I just didn't have any more left to try and fight the good fight. SPED is, and has been, the ugly stepchild in CPS. I put a few feelers out and was promptly hired in a suburban district as a SPED teacher. The difference is like night and day, and this isn't considered to be one of the "premier" suburban SPED districts! District supports are incredible as well as in the schools. It's like living my dream! I absolutely love my job - it's a pleasure to go to work every day.

  • Interesting letter on sped failures by CPS by parent at Ogden: http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=4388#comments

  • Re to Gerber I have referred families to major PI firms that have not taken cases because they did not believe it was likely to win. In turn the families went to other lawyers in some cases who are not PI specialists.

    This was really a personal injury case more than a special education case.I saw the same complaint you have and if it were my child I would have litigated too, the parent learned of this from someone on staff at the school from what I can tell.

    The most common PI cmpliants I see are related to diabled kids being beaten on school property and CPS failing to intervene to stop repeated attacks. Very few of the cases are won if they go forward because of tort immunity orovisons for public schools. The case we are discussing was more complex because the accused was an employee and DCFS was not notified even after the parent went to the principal.

    Rod Estvan

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