No cost is too high for these school districts to keep a buck. And you can quote me on that.
I went to plenty of school board meetings last year and a few State Board of Ed meetings. All of the local school administrators and most (but not all) of their board members towed the line “We have no standing in the courts and we don’t want to sue parents. But, we assure you THIS isn’t about money.”
Well, that line seems to have worn out pretty quickly didn’t it? It didn’t take Lehman and Burden (the Dumb and Dumber of Oklahoma’s Educational System) long to decide, “You know what?… Let’s sue someone over 3393! We’re losing money here!”
“Yeah, yeah! Who?”
“Well, I was thinking the parents.” The “I” here really meaning his attorney Doug Mann because Kirby can’t come up with a big enough gaffe all on his own.
“Yeah, yeah Dr. Kirby. Sounds good. Count us in.”
So, I ask you… Are these school districts awash in so much cash that they are willing to spend their “hard earned” general fund on frivolous legal action? I mean, really? They must have a glut of teachers? A glut of school space? A glut of income SOMEWHERE in those two districts to warrant suing parents, right? They’re going to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of six figures to avoid forgoing the far lesser amount of money the State will spend on special education transfers (HB3393).
Think about that… They’re going to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of six figures to avoid forgoing a far lesser amount of money the State will spend on special education transfers (HB3393).
Ergo – No cost is too high for these school districts to keep a buck.
These school districts could have brought suit against the State of Oklahoma. It’s the State’s law. What have these parents done to the Districts? Oh… wait… the parents sued the Districts. Huh. Now, isn’t that interesting?
Could the Districts be THAT vindictive? Seriously?
Ask yourself… Why WOULD the Districts bring suit against THESE parents? What other reason would they have of singling out these parents and not including the State of Oklahoma?
Well, it could be to put fear into the hearts and minds of the families considering availing their special needs students of HB3393. Could be…
It could be they ARE that vindictive. Could be…
It could be they’re itching to get their asses handed to them by the public at large. Why they’d want their asses handed to them is anyone’s guess. Maybe they didn’t get enough of it last year. Could be…
It could be they simply want to piss off Oklahoma City so badly they’re willing to go to crazy lengths to get some attention from the chief muckety muck’s office. Could be…
I don’t pretend to know what’s going through Lehman’s and Burden’s minds right now. Glee? Euphoria? “Yeah, Dr. Kirby, we stuck it to those parents THIS time!” perhaps… But, I can tell you this, they’re messing with our kids’ futures again. Futures that were enabled in a lawful, good spirited, well intentioned, CONSTITUTIONAL way.
Many of us have seen DRAMATIC turn arounds in the past year for our students. Have these public school districts done ANYTHING to tout how much better their programs are today than when we chose to vote with our feet? Simply – No, they have not. Because their ability to serve our special needs children has NOT improved this past year. They’d rather fight for dollars than deliver on their mission. They’re accustomed to siphoning off inordinate amounts of money and ANY time ANY of their graft slips away… they are NOT above suing parents to try and scare the beejeezus out of the families.
What they are doing is 100% petty and outrageous.