Parent of Special Needs Child Pleads for Help Only to Find Yonkers Public School District Invades Paideia School 15 in Yonkers to Manage Damage Control
By HEZI ARIS

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The Hezitorial About the Alleged Illegal Conduct by The Yonkers Public School District

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YONKERS, NY — February 19, 2018 — Yonkers Tribune has learned through sources in the know that a parent was desperately reaching out for help for her child with special needs who attends Paideia School 15. It seems a substitute teacher was left in control of Individualized Education Programs and the annual reviews. Parents were either not getting notices or getting them after the fact. One parent asserted the substitute teacher took the IEP’s with her which is not permitted by FERPA, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Buckley Amendment, a federal law codified to regulate and provide that educational agencies and institutions receiving funding under a program administered by the U. S. Department of Education must provide students with access to their education records, and some control over the disclosure of information from the records. Schools must have a student’s consent prior to the disclosure of educational records. FERPA is more restrictive than HIPAA, therefore, districts/counties that are FERPA compliant are also HIPAA compliant.

Overview of FERPA. Note that the IEPs should not have been taken by the substitute teacher because a copy of all IEPs are stored by way of computer access and never returned. Paideia 15 had two substitute teachers covering for two special education teachers that are out on leave. Neither are certified or licensed which is a violation of the children’s IEP’s. The district got around it in the 7th grade class by having a retired special education teacher “in” the class who does not know how to do common core math while the other unlicensed substitute teacher “teaches it”! The older woman has told the children that the “substitute” advised her she is not allowed by the “substitute” to help them or talk to them. The “takeaway” is that a certified teacher is telling the 12-year-olds that she is getting bullied by the substitute!

Way to go Dr. Edwin Quezada, Yonkers Public School Superintendent. Quezada keeps running to Albany begging for money surrounded by “our children” and inept Yonkers Parent-Teacher Association, so that the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees can authorize him with a 5-year, $1.5 million contract, while they continue to fill the school with unlicensed substitute teachers in special education classes for the long term. This is taking place while Dr. Quezada is immersed in litigation over his alleged sexual misconduct! ONLY IN YONKERS! Parents are evidently not educated over their rights and those of their children and the Yonkers Public School District takes advantage of them! At issue is the fact that IEP demanded protocol is not being followed! English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards (ELA and Math) are supposed to have a push in Special Education teachers. They do not do as they are demanded by law; Yonkers Public Schools are breaking the law when do not follow a child’s IEP. The Yonkers Public School District is breaking the law by having the two substitute teachers with no certification “teaching” the students Math and ELA and not engaging in a “Push In”.

Parents need to educate themselves and advocate for their children. Call the NYS Liaison Joanne Lanturno at 518-473-1185 to learn how. No question is too simple to be asked. If you don’t know something please ask.

Yonkersites must recognized that Paideia School 15 is not the only school in Yonkers Public School District violating special needs children’s rights. If any parent or guardian suspect their child’s IEP is not being followed please reach out to NYS Liaison Joanne Lanturno at 518-473-1185.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano insisted the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees get paid $15,000 a year to Yonkers Board of Trustee President Rev. Steve Lopez for his volunteer position. Is this Mayor Mike Spano’s conduct to gain silence via a quid pro-quo valued at $15,000?

So how many YPS kids are out of district because their parents got smart and hired lawyers?

Teachers are powerless to change directives allegedly imposed despite their being illegal and dismissive of federal law. parents must be earnestly engaged in demanding federal law be followed in meeting the needs of the Special Needs students.

And IT, Yonkers Internet Technology Department, best have a complete and unexpunged entries regarding every student’s IEP. Allegations suggest entries have been expunged. Can Yonkers City Hall assert otherwise?

A shoutout to those instrumental in advising the Yonkers Tribune of these allegedly illegal conduct by the Yonkers Public School District. Should the YPS District not comply, federal funding may be forever lost.

 

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eHeziParent of Special Needs Child Pleads for Help Only to Find Yonkers Public School District Invades Paideia School 15 in Yonkers to Manage Damage Control
By HEZI ARIS

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  1. Parent

    The Yonkers Public School District needs to wake up especially Quesada, our superintendent, who doesn’t do sh*t. Wake up; how do you hire unqualified people. Very shady.

  2. NO SHOW AT BOE!!!!

    Bunch of faceless hypocrites!!! Not one person showed up at the BOE meeting, not one! So tough hiding behind a computer screen, but no balls to show your faces!!!

      1. Pissed Off Parent

        The PTA is falling apart. Its terrible. They don’t want to listen to what anyone has to say. This year the teachers are even annoyed with them. No communication between the PTA themselves. They don’t get along. No wonder why more then half the board is leaving. Its horrible. It’s the kids that are the ones that suffer!! Then you have the Principle who is just useless. She puts everything on everyone else to do including the PTA. What the hell does the PTA have to do with kids IEP’s!!! They don’t advocate for us?? I think this year she just has given up. Between the IEP mess with 3rd, 4th and 7th & 8th. Then the whole police issue. All she says is that she has a boss and that’s it. Then you have Mr. Cohen who just yes’s you to death and doesn’t actually do his part. What a shame this school has become. Thoughts anyone??

    1. LOSERS

      This is always the case. It’s not the first nor the last time. To the parents of School 15 that took the time to hide behind their computer, SHAME ON YOU! You have failed your children.

    2. TuckahoeTom

      That’s why YO is the sh!t hole it is. No accountability leads to waste land. Good luck with your BS fight for everything righteous, in a city of slobs and good teachers that have become exhausted at the show from political crap! Glad that I moved years ago.
      Life’s too short for YO swamp. You too will see……

    1. Armour Villa neighbor

      Love it that the Principal at DiChiaro school has painted an illegal “Reserved” parking spot for herself on Chatfield Rd for her BMW…. such arrogance and a sense of entitlement.

    2. Attended

      Not one loudmouth parent from School 15 showed up at the BOE Feb 28th mtg-you deserve what you get- The chief School 15 loudmouth “Sarah” also was a no show-you people are a bunch no-balls spineless losers. You all had a chance to present your case but instead you showed your true colors of cowards.

    3. Donde esta

      For all the complaining School 15 parents did on this site not one not one showed up at the Feb 28th BOE mtg-you all showed your true colors-no balls cowards.

    4. tonedeaf

      Feb 28th report of gun at School 15-no mention anywhere-another prime example of coverups by School 15 and the YPS.

  3. Sarah

    Coming from someone with many years experience with School 15, I can tell you there’s been a great deal of stress put on both the staff and parents there. I’m not saying that I’ve had a great experience with all the teachers, but there are some who go completely out of their way to make children- and their families feel welcomed, despite not having them in their class. Much of the staff has been there since inception and know and taught entire families from pre-k through 8… I’ve spoken with quite a few of them and the situation has been taxing…not only this year, but in years leading up to this. This was no surprise, but sad nonetheless. The work environment, for them is harsh because of backlash from CSE and parents, as well as having so many children in rooms who are struggling with no building supports.

    School 15 may be predominantly white, located in a predominantly white neighborhood- but the special ed population is extremely high- and the resources there are none…nothing special. The building looks nice- except for the moldy ceilings, and children crammed into rooms.

    Teachers have to teach in closets, the hallway, a storage room or the cafeteria – like any other YPS school… they don’t get subs- or the subs show up with absolutely nothing to do with our kids… and the good subs(the ones who want to work) are removed and put in different schools.

    As for special ed… my ICT child has a teacher who has been out. No one has to tell me this bc of HIPPA laws and the district so graciously accepts no responsibility-(thanks Mr Rodriguez, for your letter)… their teachers next year are going to have to pick up the pieces for what was missed… how is that fair? And the YFT is completely aware of this issue… and the teachers are not happy- and they have complained about situations in the school- it seems to fall on deaf ears.

    As for the 7/8 substitute…. she’s still there and working, which should tell all of you what Yonkers thinks about you- us- these articles- our comments- it’s citizens…..but most importantly… what they think about their children…. if parents are THAT concerned about a substitute…. A SUBSTITUTE!!!!!!! Not a union member… not a full time teacher… this is a substitute teacher… then, for the sake of the parent and children’s sanity…what would be the most sensible thing to do?!?!?

    Which leads me to feel that all this bitching and complaining will be in vain- which sucks for us, our children, and the teachers/staff… they work in a miserable environment. These people really want to help our children (at least the ones I know) and they are so threatened by the district and losing their job and scared of saying or doing the wrong thing…that they sacrifice themselves/their sanity.

    I can say I would’ve taken my child out this year if my child was not waiting to get upstairs…and to participate in Shakespeare! But please…call Joann!!!
    Strength in numbers!!!

    1. Feb 28th

      Hope you show up at Saunders H.S. on 28 Feb 2018 otherwise you are just another yonkers parent who is just a windbag just worried about your kid and nothing else.

      1. Sarah

        Showing up at Saunders will be fun, incredibly intoxicating…and I can assure you all…an overall Tremendous disappointment…but I will be there. Yonkers BOE will be sure to NOT DISAPPOINT!

        The only one to fix this is the state and beyond. YBOE laughs at this. The letter sent from Rodriguez was deplorable, at best. The district boasts about a rise in graduation rates, while lowering the cut scores on Regents below the failure mark…so we’re pumping out failures and are proud of it… And I am a windbag?

        I put my call into the state. I called my senators and wrote to everyone imaginable. If we are annoying enough to enough people, someone will have to listen. I wrote into News 12 – did anyone else? Is everyone on this site being annoying to everyone and not just Joann? How about City Hall? How about everyone and anyone…I don’t care if it goes to their spam mail… we need to collectively join together throughout the district – NOT JUST SCHOOL 15 – because Yonkers is a BROKEN DISTRICT IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPAIR…and we need to write to the powers that be – is it Office of Civil Rights? A class action suit? Whatever it may be to get the Big Shots in City Hall to get that office in shape – bc it sucks and is not getting better any time soon.

        1. A Mothers love is like no other!

          Sarah,
          As one parent to another I can feel your compassion, frustration and the love for your child. Everything you have said is right. The fact that the sub was still there was very upsetting. It has to be demanded at tomorrows meeting that she be taken out of the class! If she leaves she will lose her big paycheck and the salary of Mr Burke. She is being protected by Quezada himself! The nepotism has to stop here!
          I also heard another parent talking today and it is alleged that the sub is out on disability. That is something to look into. What type of disability allows this woman to work all these months full time?
          I will be there as part of the village that has to protect our children!
          Sincerely,
          We are all in the same boat now lets rock it!

        2. Feb 28th

          Glad your coming Feb 28th Sarah-give em hell and make the powers to be squirm on their chairs and hold them answerable to the TAXPAYERS and parents.

  4. Expose the illegal actions of YPS be careful NOT to make it a WITCH HUNT!

    Parents,
    I know that this thread has made its rounds on the 15 circuit. Please go over your Childs IEP and what services your child is entitled to and what they are receiving.
    PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THIS A WITCH HUNT!
    There are Amazing teachers in this school and I speak as a parent of one of the children. Here is my personal experience with ICT and 15 and please note I have a Masters in Education.
    **1/2nd- we came in on the tale end so it was new to us. The SE teacher should be in the class more.
    **3/4th-I can truly say that in 3/4 th the Special Ed teacher loves to try and push the kids in self contained. Once she is put in her place she is nice and the kids like her. * 4th grade ICT teacher needs to retire!
    **5/6th- 5th Grade team was Incredible and EVERY kid in the school wants to be in those classes! That should tell you something! The support system is Amazing and SE teacher is compassionate and truly dedicated to the kids. This class should be what the model for an ICT class looks like! The teachers were supportive of each other and supportive of the children not just educationally but emotionally! *6th grade ICT teacher has her own “method” of teaching and does not understand the theory of team work. It affected the children very negatively our year. However, the kids did like her.
    * 7th and 8th major problem .. Meaning.. the 7th grade teacher has no flexibility with the children with IEP’s . She holds the children to one standard with no regard that children have an IEP. The SE teacher now out on disability did not understand that the parent was in control of the Childs education. He felt that he could direct the child’s future and that did not go over well.
    **** The 7th grade substitute teacher that is unlicensed and uncertified is stealing NYS state money! She is a bully to targeted children and to the “other” SE sub. YPS is given money so that a licensed and CERTIFIED Special Education teacher is in the class with our children on a daily basis! Her connection with the Superintendent Quezada is interesting to say the least! Parents, his nepotism and greed is what has cost your 7th graders their 7th grade education!
    8th Grade seems to work ok. Meaning there is no major concerns simply because we have bigger problems since there is no ICT classes anywhere in the high schools.
    **PARENTS NO ICT IN HIGH SCHOOL MEANS RESOURCE ROOM OR SELF CONTAINED CLASSES! IF ICT IS ON YOUR CHILD’S IEP THEN LAYWER UP!
    You would think Saunders would be the obvious choice for placement since the fact is it is a trade school. NOT THE CASE!
    *** Please Parents *** don’t panic and start pointing fingers at every teacher just because your child has an IEP. Sit down and go over the IEP and see if your child is receiving services they are entitled to.

    1. PS 15 Parent

      I can definitely say with validity what is stated above is true. I have a child with an IEP and fifth grade team in general are beyond phenomenal. Seventh and eighth grade team, ELA very strong teacher and goes beyond scope and she is there for them always. Science teacher challenges them, work is intense, social studies, all students like her, she incorporates current events in curriculum, so kids will be interested. Our principal is a fresh positive force and always there for kids. But very upsetting and disturbing how the district is violating and obliterating strictures/statutes delineated in NYS Education Law and no sanctions are imposed or have been imposed thus far. Parents should make every attempt to go to Wednesday BOE meeting. That room should be filled!!!

      1. Really

        PS 15 Parent; you made absolutely no mention of the man who runs the Yonkers Public School System that being Dr. Edwin Quezada who currently has a federal lawsuit playing out in White Plains for Title VII (retaliation) against a female YPS teacher-are you uninformed or do you just dont give a shit?

        1. Lame Ducks....

          This so not about Dr. Quezada. This is about an a district that is out of compliance way before Dr. Q was ever superintendent. We need to focus on helping the families of Yonkers public schools and not making it into a personal vendetta.

          This song & dance of a sexual harrasmemt case that know one seems to have accurate information is getting old, boring and annoying.

          Get a life! Moron.

          1. Arise

            That is just the point idiota the case against Quezada is not just a song and dance go online and read the 24 pages in Garcia v Yonkers Board of Education et al-if you are mentally deficient or cant read try to get someone to help you asshole.

  5. TuckahoeTom

    Shut up and go to Scarsdsale or Arsley and pay 30K+ in property taxes, that’s your alternative. YPS is corrupt and works against concerned parents and the good teachers. YPS central office has NO staff to properly handle the needs of a district as large as YO. It’s not changing any time soon, so just move. Oh, go to bank and apply for the equity line of credit to pay for Iona, Stepinac, Fordham, Maria, Good Counsel……..pathetic and sad.

    1. Reality

      Your stupid arrogance is the thing that’s pathetic and sad. Not everyone can afford upper Westchester taxes. And let me privy you to some news— upper Westchester has a prevalent drug issue. Just drive by Yonkers General Hospital around 8:00 to 10:00 am every morning . See what goes in there. Predominantly 15 to 18 year old girls waiting to get methadone treatments. And it is not what you think ethnicity wise. It’s the white man’s child. The snobs from upper Westchester come down here to hide their own secrets.

  6. #Change needed

    The Journal News reported about the Transportation Director story this week. What an atrocity that Quezada set that poor lady up that relocated from Syracuse after she did his bidding and improved the transportation department. He is entrenched in the sexual harassment allegations case still in court and now the Transportation lawsuit begins. More to come folks.

    1. Feb 28th

      Actually that fraud “Rev” Lopez played a big role in getting that lady canned. Feb 28, 2018 at 7pm at Saunders H.S. to put these people on the spot.

      1. Disgusting

        Everyone needs to go to this meeting on Wednesday and voice their concerns, yes, put these people on spot. It can’t just be a few people. Elementary and high schools . All schools are affected. This man is trying to prove something at the expense of our children.

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      eHezi

      Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees Devoid of Ethical and Fiscal Authority Emboldened By Mayor Mike Spano’s Unchallenged Capacity
      HEZI ARIS

      EHEZI 7:00AM • JANUARY 21, 2018 BUSINESS, COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, FINANCE, GOVERNANCE, HEZITORIAL, HISTORY, LAW, NATIONAL, NEW YORK STATE, PEOPLE, POLITICS, WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY, YONKERS, NY 94 COMMENTS

      The Hezitorial Telling

      Indifference to the Safety and Lives of School Children

      Indifferent to Their Alleged Illegality Under Their Watch and Their Capacity

      It Is Not Their Money After All

      Charicature of a younger, better looking Editor-at-Large / Radio Host Hezi Aris.

      YONKERS, NY — January 21, 2018 —Yonkers Tribune has come to learn from sources in the know that a claimant is seeking reinstatement to the position she held as Yonkers Public School District Director of Transportation after having completed a probationary determination of her work meeting or exceeding standards and thresholds credibly demanded of her. The probationary time frame ran from August 2015 to October 2017. She was fired in December 2017. The claimant was terminated immediately upon her taking steps to insure students were not transported in buses that did not have the required authority, approvals, and certifications which was protected activity by her office as Director of Transportation as defined by New York Civil Service Section 75-B, among other laws, rules, and regulations. The claimant rightly notes that termination of her employ was made in bad faith, contrary to performance evaluations, and was made in violations of lawful procedure. The rationale for this conduct was that Yonkers Board of Education Trustee President Rev. Steve Lopez harbored resentment toward her because of her protected activity in barring any and all unqualified bus companies from transporting Yonkers Public School District students. Those acts violated the protections of Civil Service Law Section 75-B.

      The gist of the paragraph above is that the claimant was fired because she unraveled the relationships that seemingly impacted the sensibility and likely fiscal interests of Rev. Steve Lopez to such an extent that he had no qualms in dismissing the YPS Director of Transportation even if the bus companies engaged by the school district were not in compliance with lawful standards, thereby imploding the concept that it is all about “our” children to what it has long been, the sham that it is.

      Contract for Yonkers Public School Superintendent Edwin Quezada

      Besides the $265,000 annual salary, the new contract, running from February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2023, includes the following items, conveniently omitted from the Yonkers Board of Education official press release –

      http://www.yonkerstribune.com/2018/01/board-of-education-trustees-unanimously-approved-a-new-5-year-contract-for-superintendent-of-schools-dr-edwin-m-quezada

      The Conveniently Omitted Items are:

      * Health insurance for Quezada and his family and a $500,000 life insurance policy.
      * Use of a district vehicle and free gas.
      * A $10,000 yearly contribution by the district to Quezada’s tax-sheltered annuity.
      * 30 vacation days.
      * 285 days of accumulated sick leave that he previously earned and 15 additional sick days a week. And if he retires into the state retirement system he will be eligible to cash out up to 300 sick days at $300 a Day, or $90,000.

      What is most appalling is that the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees should find it credible to unanimously endorse a contract on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada when allegations and lawsuits have alleged conduct of Sexual Harrassment by him. (Read: How Often Must a Woman Say “No” Before Her Wishes Are Respected? By HEZI ARIS) Have the concerns and outcry of the #MeToo and #TimesUp tellings meant nothing to the sensibilities of the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees?

      The Board of Trustees are supposed to oversee the conduct of its personnel, including their employee Superintendent Dr. Quezada, its teachers, whom in lawsuits past and pending, it has not, and the safety of its children, which in the past and in claims and likely lawsuits, whose litigation will be borne by the Yonkers taxpayer, is dismissed of all and any concern. Yonkersites cannot forget that the City of Yonkers is self-insured and negative litigious outcome is thereby borne by the Yonkers taxpayer. Were the City of a Yonkers conducting its business on the up and up, which everyone, including those supportive of the “spin” ascribe to with glee, there holding onto a job, getting a job, qualified or not, show or no show, etc., the gig is up. #YonkersGigIsUp .

      Can anything presently be rectified? Immediately, not much can! There are no credible, uncontrolled personnel employed in Yonkers who will scrutinize these incendiary, self serving, debauched standards that will leave Yonkersites panting for a respite which will not come. Not even the Yonkers Inspector General has the cajones to defend the people under the aegis of the law.

      How sad that Yonkersites have been led to believe that to maintain their silence over aberrations of all kind, they would thrive. The truth long known is that some have, while those paying the taxes have gained little, other than paying the bills.

      Were it not for the few brave souls in Yonkers and/or those who work in Yonkers, have had to find the financial wherewithal to fight Yonkers Corporation Counsel, the so-called pit bulls of Yonkers City Hall and been squashed in the process. Those that survive will gain their due and will eventually be recognized for setting the City of Yonkers on a doable road toward success by every measure, including the history books.

      It is appalling to recognize the lack of interest, concern, or scrutiny outside forces have on the corrupt governance that is blantantly revealed almost daily without a peep from the outside world.

      Despite the depraved conduct of Yonkers City Hall and its minions of enablers, Yonkersites are correct in taking pride in who they are, because there is much to be proud of, though not that which government has stolen from its residents within the last generation. Sadly, Yonkersites will have to engage the legal system to gain remedy. They will also have to register to vote to vote those that can validate their worth to represent the citizenry in elected office. Perhaps the non-aggression pacts among the political party faithful must whither so The People may create a doable purpose and vision of their own choosing.

      Those on one side of the divide, whether taking cover under political labels, or taking cover under “the family and friends network”, ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual concerns, need to step up to the plate and speak up, which Yonkersites are now doing more and more.

      Yonkersites must have noticed that as Yonkers City Hall is challenged in their atrocity of conduct, they have doubled down in their desperation to hold on to power. They, as all Yonkersites realize, if not in the past, but certainly now, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is finished politically , as is his entourage of sycophants and enablers. As noted for more than a year now, term limits will pass the Yonkers City Council when introduced later this year so that Mayor Mike Spano and his minions will have at minimum a third term under their belt; that is, 6 more years of their conduct. The spin we read about in the last weeks that decry the need for Mayor Mike Spano to complete the task he began is the definition of “fake” news. What has he begun? Where is the success? How can a city on the verge of the need for a Financial Control Board be considered a success?

      Yonkers City Hall employs under 5,000 people. They have collectively, as controlled and directed to do so, derogatorily control the financial and mental health of a city of 200,000 residents to Yonkersites’ collective despair.

      Every Yonkersites knows the score. At issue now is what should we do, what can we do, and how do we get to were we want to be.

      1. The three letters after my name are not DNA!

        https://pospislaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Complaint-Garcia-v.-Yonkers-Board-of-Education.pdf

        ^^^^ Here is the complaint against our Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools : Dr Edwin Quezada!
        Mayor Mike Spano did you read the complaint? I understand he is innocent until proven otherwise but it alleges he suggested an “orgy”? Yet, you decided to give him a raise of the taxpayers money? You need to fire all those kiss butts around you that advise you! How dare you raise our taxes every year but now you think it wise to offer a raise to a man “accused” of sexual harassment( you dont even wait for the outcome?)! Your pathetic and thank God that you are term limited in Yonkers. You may have screwed over the little people but the Unions you screwed over, have and will make sure your political career of nepotism and pathetic grasping at trying to hold on to power within two years time be just that a “TRY”. Republican or Democratic or any party voter will not put their faith in you again! Our schools are busting with children that do not even live in Yonkers. Mount Vernon did a summer reregistration and so will New Rochelle. No, you need those children in high numbers to take it to the State! You grovel with the minority children at your feet begging for more money. Every sell out surrounding you as in the YPS pathetic PTA, the Volunteer of the year that is gettin $15,000 and the almighty accused Quezada. I guess they are only Latino when their paycheck doesn’t count on it! Do the homework and you will see the connection between Quezada and Mosquea(the uncertified and unlicensed sub)ask about her nice paycheck and how she is now getting Burkes salary! Tomorrow will tell how the District is going to handle this. Are they gonna sweet talk the parents the way they did the parents on Yonkers Voice(the mothers desperate cry for help disappeared) not before I printed it! See, Hezi is not scared of them and believe me I would like to use my name and give my opinion openly but the sad fact is that the retribution to our children is scary. If our Mayor Mike Spano, not only gave Quezada a raise but leaves our accused superintendent at the helm of our school he is capable of anything. If you think we will forget.. try and run for another office and watch as your hopes will be dashed as they were when you wanted to run for Senate. “There was not enough time” NO! You didn’t have a stand a chance in hell! We dont want you or your Nepotism sucking off taxpayers dollars anymore! Less than two years and we will be free! Try and extend term limits and the voters will make it clear we have had enough. Any City Councilman that votes Yes will no longer have the support of the almighty taxpayer. While we are it City Councilman Rubbo it is amazing how much money you are making promoting your business and holding events for the council! Pathetic! Is there anyone out there that cares about the public and does not have an agenda??? Anyone?

  7. Concerned Parent

    Kids Are First Priority Everyone can waste a lot of time pointing fingers at Wermuth and teachers; however, this is not their doing. This started at the board and staff at 15 just having to work with what they were given. However, this didn’t work out – they tried to put unqualified staff in positions that no matter how hard they tried just could not keep up with a job that they were not licensed, trained or had the experience to do. It has now caught up to them, but worse, caught up to the children’s grades and education. This problem started months ago and no matter how hard the principal fought, never got corrected. Now let the ones who put staff into the school answer for it and correct it. It’s time to make “the leader” answer to why they were put there in the first place. We need to come together as a group to demand the answers and solutions before anymore time and lost education occurs.
    Stand behind our children because that is what this is all about. It is obvious that if we don’t advocate for our own, it will be the children who lose.

  8. FYI

    TO ALL YPS PARENTS:
    ACCORDING TO THE YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEB PAGE THE NEXT BOE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 28, 2018 AT SAUNDERS TRADES & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, 183 PALMER ROAD, YONKERS, NY AT 7:30 P.M.
    ACCORDING TO WEB SITE, MEETING IS FOR ALL PARENTS, TEACHERS, ETC. YOU NEED TO GO TO HOME PAGE AND SIGN UP OR REGISTER TO SPEAK AND ATTEND. MEETING IS TELEVISED.

  9. #Dictator strikes again

    Here’s something I just learned…The former transportation director is suing Quezada and BOE especially Lopez. WHY?? Well Quezada fired her after Lopez told him to. Why did he fire her? Because she blew the whistle about the district awarding bids to bus companies that do not meet minimal safety standards to transport children. Hmmmm. so now we have a superintendent and board that covers for sex stuff and puts our children in harm’s way? I thank god I can take my kids to school bit there are many many thousands of kids taking buses on Always East and others because Lopez has an interest. How much of my tax money will go to cover this up? Don’t believe me-look it up. It is public. Shelley Riley is her name. It’s a great story Hezi!

    1. Get Out and Resign , Nobody Likes You

      This whole district board are total idiots. So let’s see we have a sexual harasser that is our superintendent who only hires people that are connected to him. Our kids’ safety is at jeopardy, their education is being compromised because this idiot is putting non/qualified support systems to aid teachers in classrooms that I can say are bullying also, he uses scare tactics with teachers and administrators— I mean what else is there? Not to mention from previous articles , comments written about him state he is a racist also. Superintendent, what kind of a man are you? How do you look in the mirror every day with a clear conscience? What’s wrong with this mayor ? Hopefully the state will investigate and see what they have to do. Thanks again, Hezi for all the articles.

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      Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees Devoid of Ethical and Fiscal Authority Emboldened By Mayor Mike Spano’s Unchallenged Capacity
      HEZI ARIS

      EHEZI 7:00AM • JANUARY 21, 2018 BUSINESS, COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, FINANCE, GOVERNANCE, HEZITORIAL, HISTORY, LAW, NATIONAL, NEW YORK STATE, PEOPLE, POLITICS, WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY, YONKERS, NY 94 COMMENTS

      The Hezitorial Telling

      Indifference to the Safety and Lives of School Children

      Indifferent to Their Alleged Illegality Under Their Watch and Their Capacity

      It Is Not Their Money After All

      Charicature of a younger, better looking Editor-at-Large / Radio Host Hezi Aris.

      YONKERS, NY — January 21, 2018 —Yonkers Tribune has come to learn from sources in the know that a claimant is seeking reinstatement to the position she held as Yonkers Public School District Director of Transportation after having completed a probationary determination of her work meeting or exceeding standards and thresholds credibly demanded of her. The probationary time frame ran from August 2015 to October 2017. She was fired in December 2017. The claimant was terminated immediately upon her taking steps to insure students were not transported in buses that did not have the required authority, approvals, and certifications which was protected activity by her office as Director of Transportation as defined by New York Civil Service Section 75-B, among other laws, rules, and regulations. The claimant rightly notes that termination of her employ was made in bad faith, contrary to performance evaluations, and was made in violations of lawful procedure. The rationale for this conduct was that Yonkers Board of Education Trustee President Rev. Steve Lopez harbored resentment toward her because of her protected activity in barring any and all unqualified bus companies from transporting Yonkers Public School District students. Those acts violated the protections of Civil Service Law Section 75-B.

      The gist of the paragraph above is that the claimant was fired because she unraveled the relationships that seemingly impacted the sensibility and likely fiscal interests of Rev. Steve Lopez to such an extent that he had no qualms in dismissing the YPS Director of Transportation even if the bus companies engaged by the school district were not in compliance with lawful standards, thereby imploding the concept that it is all about “our” children to what it has long been, the sham that it is.

      Contract for Yonkers Public School Superintendent Edwin Quezada

      Besides the $265,000 annual salary, the new contract, running from February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2023, includes the following items, conveniently omitted from the Yonkers Board of Education official press release –

      http://www.yonkerstribune.com/2018/01/board-of-education-trustees-unanimously-approved-a-new-5-year-contract-for-superintendent-of-schools-dr-edwin-m-quezada

      The Conveniently Omitted Items are:

      * Health insurance for Quezada and his family and a $500,000 life insurance policy.
      * Use of a district vehicle and free gas.
      * A $10,000 yearly contribution by the district to Quezada’s tax-sheltered annuity.
      * 30 vacation days.
      * 285 days of accumulated sick leave that he previously earned and 15 additional sick days a week. And if he retires into the state retirement system he will be eligible to cash out up to 300 sick days at $300 a Day, or $90,000.

      What is most appalling is that the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees should find it credible to unanimously endorse a contract on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada when allegations and lawsuits have alleged conduct of Sexual Harrassment by him. (Read: How Often Must a Woman Say “No” Before Her Wishes Are Respected? By HEZI ARIS) Have the concerns and outcry of the #MeToo and #TimesUp tellings meant nothing to the sensibilities of the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees?

      The Board of Trustees are supposed to oversee the conduct of its personnel, including their employee Superintendent Dr. Quezada, its teachers, whom in lawsuits past and pending, it has not, and the safety of its children, which in the past and in claims and likely lawsuits, whose litigation will be borne by the Yonkers taxpayer, is dismissed of all and any concern. Yonkersites cannot forget that the City of Yonkers is self-insured and negative litigious outcome is thereby borne by the Yonkers taxpayer. Were the City of a Yonkers conducting its business on the up and up, which everyone, including those supportive of the “spin” ascribe to with glee, there holding onto a job, getting a job, qualified or not, show or no show, etc., the gig is up. #YonkersGigIsUp .

      Can anything presently be rectified? Immediately, not much can! There are no credible, uncontrolled personnel employed in Yonkers who will scrutinize these incendiary, self serving, debauched standards that will leave Yonkersites panting for a respite which will not come. Not even the Yonkers Inspector General has the cajones to defend the people under the aegis of the law.

      How sad that Yonkersites have been led to believe that to maintain their silence over aberrations of all kind, they would thrive. The truth long known is that some have, while those paying the taxes have gained little, other than paying the bills.

      Were it not for the few brave souls in Yonkers and/or those who work in Yonkers, have had to find the financial wherewithal to fight Yonkers Corporation Counsel, the so-called pit bulls of Yonkers City Hall and been squashed in the process. Those that survive will gain their due and will eventually be recognized for setting the City of Yonkers on a doable road toward success by every measure, including the history books.

      It is appalling to recognize the lack of interest, concern, or scrutiny outside forces have on the corrupt governance that is blantantly revealed almost daily without a peep from the outside world.

      Despite the depraved conduct of Yonkers City Hall and its minions of enablers, Yonkersites are correct in taking pride in who they are, because there is much to be proud of, though not that which government has stolen from its residents within the last generation. Sadly, Yonkersites will have to engage the legal system to gain remedy. They will also have to register to vote to vote those that can validate their worth to represent the citizenry in elected office. Perhaps the non-aggression pacts among the political party faithful must whither so The People may create a doable purpose and vision of their own choosing.

      Those on one side of the divide, whether taking cover under political labels, or taking cover under “the family and friends network”, ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual concerns, need to step up to the plate and speak up, which Yonkersites are now doing more and more.

      Yonkersites must have noticed that as Yonkers City Hall is challenged in their atrocity of conduct, they have doubled down in their desperation to hold on to power. They, as all Yonkersites realize, if not in the past, but certainly now, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is finished politically , as is his entourage of sycophants and enablers. As noted for more than a year now, term limits will pass the Yonkers City Council when introduced later this year so that Mayor Mike Spano and his minions will have at minimum a third term under their belt; that is, 6 more years of their conduct. The spin we read about in the last weeks that decry the need for Mayor Mike Spano to complete the task he began is the definition of “fake” news. What has he begun? Where is the success? How can a city on the verge of the need for a Financial Control Board be considered a success?

      Yonkers City Hall employs under 5,000 people. They have collectively, as controlled and directed to do so, derogatorily control the financial and mental health of a city of 200,000 residents to Yonkersites’ collective despair.

      Every Yonkersites knows the score. At issue now is what should we do, what can we do, and how do we get to were we want to be

  10. #SaveChildren

    I am glad people are speaking up. There is no excuse for what is happening in Yonkers Schools anywhere. It’s called a crime against humanity. I cannot understand why this is allowed to continue. Parents need to complain at the state ed and attned boe meetings since they are televised. REally bring attention to this. Our children are being harmed! All of them. There are no good schools! Theya ll suck. No sports, arts, scince, technology.

  11. Stop blaming and do something Quezada!

    I am a parent of both a 7th and fourth grader at 15. This situation affects both my kids and I have been back and forth sending emails and making phone calls to the Yonkers Special Ed Department since November and the one time they did respond they said they “were addressing the issue.”
    I have spoken with the principal Mrs. Wermuth on several occasions and each and every time she has been honest, matter of fact, and very committed about trying to rectify the situation. The real issue is that the Board of Ed continuously pulls stunts like this. The former principal Mr. Shapiro never allowed me to meet with him without an appointment. I have been able to get a meeting with Warmoth at almost any time. If she is on a phone call she will ask me to wait and not come back at another time just so that she can listen and address my concerns. I have never gotten a phony excuse from her or a dismissal like I have with the BOE and I do not believe that anyone who sits down with her will ever get a BS excuse. it doesn’t seem to be her style. Some things are beyond her control but it does not mean that she is not actively working to try and find a solution. Quezada has known about the situation and continues to ignore the pleas and request of parents. Dr. Rodriguez, the superintendent of the special education division has yet to return one of my phone calls. I love my children dearly and and am a vocal advocate for them, but the BOE continuously does a half ass job in helping them. Perhaps if Quezada spent less time worrying about covering up his sexual allegations and spent more time addressing the needs of his students things like this wouldn’t be happening. Quezada needs to step down. The Yonkers Board of Education needs a complete overhaul especially the Special Education department which has failed children with special needs time and time again.

    1. Supporter

      You are so absolutely right. Mrs. Wermuth is a positive force for 15, and does advocate for her students in the most positive way. The superintendent needs to be addressed and he has so much explaining to do. Bring Bernard Periazzio back!! I too have a seventh and eighth grader at this school and any issues I have had, she has always stepped in. And you are right about Mr. Shapiro, his tactics with solving problems was so lame and insubordinate in nature. Our family are full supporters for Mrs. Wermuth. Mrs. Wermuth, I’ll say it again, you are the best thing that’s happened to 15 and our kids love you, all the kids at 15 do. Keep rockin!!!

      1. #Dictator strikes again

        We need to support her because he will move her to another school if we don’t. I’ve been in this district for 24 years and have seen it all.

    2. Dont getmad, get results! Call the State now and file a formal complaint! Stick together and be a village!

      ^^^^ Do the one thing you haven’t and which will help your children…
      1.Call the State make a formal complaint! He cant hide from them and Ms Lanturno-516-473-1185. She will keep you informed of the outcome of her investigation! Do it this week so next week they will all be addressed!
      2. I know you all have a class email … send one out to all the parents involved and let them know about this article.
      3. You can only fight this in numbers and formal complaints to the state.
      4. That sub, Ms M has all the children’s IEP’s on her personal phone. Make sure she deletes it.
      5. Stick together on this! IEP parents have a legal fight and a stronger stance!
      Thank you Hezi, you are part of our village!

  12. Paideia 15 Parents - Demand Answers!

    As a parent of a 7th grade student at Paideia School 15, we Need to demand that Ms. Wermuth hold a meeting to address these issues with the parents. We need to know what is being done to rectify this situation. Parents have been complaining to you since October about this situation & you’ve come up with nothing but lame excuses. You claim to have our schools children’s best interest but really you don’t.

    School 15 has a great PTA & they work really hard to raise money & bring great enrichment programs & activities to the students. Unfortunately, Now it’s time to stop fundraising & start advocating for your students.

    1. Angry & Concerned

      To Parents Who Demand Answers From 15:
      I also am a parent of a seventh grader. I am beyond angry with this situation. Yes, I was a parent who complained also about this pending situation. But I also think that the meeting should be held with the “people” who are hiring these unqualified individuals, and I’m pretty certain that comes from BOE. Our PTA works endlessly very hard to make PS 15 fun and family-oriented for the kids, but , see again, the problems start down at headquarters. Answers should be answered by superintendent and team. Wermuth has to answer to someone too, those are her bosses. I think certain teachers should be addressed too, because if they knew these issues were going on, and if they knew that they had unqualified TA’s and imposter-like special-ed teachers in their class, then the teacher/teachers should have said something too or brought it to the attention of the Board, instead of letting our children’s grades demise and sweeping it under the rug, and blaming it on class behavior, etc. Personally, everyone needs to answer. Yes, I agree, a meeting should be held with principal, teachers, and someone of substance from the Board, not just a union rep either. A plan needs to come into effect to try and bring these kids’ grades up, especially in the classes where these quote, unquote, support staff were exposed to our children. Again, why would the YBOE send people with no certifications or proper qualifications to assist our kids, especially in the older grades? That’s the issue at start that needs to be addressed.

    2. REALITY

      Please don’t get this confused. The principals have absolutely NOTHING to do with the assignment of subs or leave replacements in their buildings. It is the responsibilty of the personnel department to assign subs and the responsibilty of central office administration to make sure that certified teachers are in the classroom. The answers wont come from the principals…..they manage the schools with the minute resources they are given and are then forced to answer for things outside of their control. This is a deflection tactic that has been used for years so central office can point fingers and say “its their fault”. Demand answers from the people who are supposedly managing the district down at 1 Larkin.

      1. The Buck Stops at the Principals Office

        Stop with the sob story about principals-the bear responsibility but most if not all are more concerned about moving up the food chain at the YPS and getting ttheir next promotion-to simply exonerate principals is wrong.

    3. Change

      The problem with Yonkers Public School parents is that all bitch and moan and dont do anything-they have to appear in masse at the next BOE mtg and hold the trustees feet to the fire and put them on the spot.-the Yonkers Trustees are under the impression that they dont have to answer to the taxpayers-you have to change that mindset otherwise you are paddling up a river. You also have to get rid of Sally Pinto and her ilk because they are nothing more than flunkies for Quezada and the “Rev” Lopez both whom are carpetbaggers to Yonkers.

      1. Show Me A Hero, PLEASE!!!

        sally pinto’s gig is up this year! Question is who are they going to recycle as president of YCPTA for 2018-2020?

        This has got to stop! We can’t keep using the same people over and over again! So when Ycpta sends their nominations forms out, ARE YOU GOING TO STEP UP AND TAKE CHARGE? It’s time for new leadership!!!

    4. Deep Six

      One of the problems with many of the schools and the BOE is that when you e-mail them with a complaint they deep-six your e-mail into the garbage can and when you you call up to inquire about the e-mail you sent-the reply is what e-mail we never got it.

      1. Janet

        Whenever I sent a letter to BOE, it is sent via certified mail, return receipt. After receiving confirmation that it was delivered, I call the SE dept to confirm receipt. They always say they haven’t received it. I then fax & email a copy of the letter, and tracking number confirming receipt. Every time, this is what I’ve had to do.

        My experience with Wermuth at YMHS is that she was unresponsive, and refused to return my calls until lawyers were involved. They transferred Shapiro to YMHS, and Wermuth to Paideia. Shapiro has been a disappointment at YMHS.

    5. Rise Up

      To Demand Answers you hit the nail on the head-the School 15 PTA has to change their mindset and start demanding answers from both School 15 and the BOE accountability-enough of the nice guy stuff-you have to make Quezada who disrespects women realize that he is being closely watched and maybe just maybe he should resign along with the Rev Lopez who doess Quezada’s dirty work.

  13. ThirdWarder

    Stop the bullshit Mayor, you can take all the bows you want; $1billion in new development, one of the safest city in America and shit for a school system. Put that in your ‘State of the City.’
    Quit panhandling to the leeches – educate our children, all our children. Get educators and parents and professionals who know what a budget is on the BoE – not donors!

    “Their early failures are accompanied by the failure of those above them.”

    1. Inquiring Minds Want To Know

      Hezi, thanks so much for bringing out what needs to be known about the corruption going on in our school district, not that this was unknown. But, what is going to be done? I’m sure you will keep the parents of Yonkers privy to this info. But here is what I want to know: you have distinctly purported that our superintendent is immersed in litigation. How are his legal/retainers bills being paid or have been paid? Is it at the taxpayers’ expense? Because surely funds are not being utilized legally or correctly for Yonkers students.

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        eHezi

        I don’t have an answer to your inquiry. I suspect the City of Yonkers will foot the bill. It wouldn’t be the first time Yonkers City Hall is willing to exonerate the indefensible their conduct. In the age of the #MeToo movement, it would seem appropriate to not give Dr. Quezada a 5-year contract worth over $1.5 million when the could have given him a year by year contract.

    1. All the way back down!

      Not a hater. Love khader… for now. Sayegh is a nice fella but in all honesty he’s part of the problem. Let’s be real…. he’s one of spanos boy. So let’s keep it moving and bring someone in that has no ties with any of the politicians and school board trustees.

      MPAC???? What or who is that? Never heard of them. Have they or it done anything to help Yonkers public schools? Are they another political machine? I’m so confused as to why you keep saying MPAC.

    2. Transparent

      To All the way up-where has Dr. Sayegh been over the case against Quezada for sexual misconduct-nowhere to be found-why because he part of the corrupt system at the BOE-this case started against Quezada in 2014 with an EEOC complaint and then in 2015 moved into the New York Southern District Court-where has been Shelly Mayer? Andrea Stewart-Cousins?-Virginia Perez?-Shannae Williams?-Corozon Pineda Issacs?-Mayor Spano not one word out of any of them.

      1. No transparency here...

        Oh…. they’re around. Just pull a few kids together and bring out the camera!!! You will be amazed how quickly they’ll pop out.

        Mr. Khader- I know you’re reading this. I hope you bring the change we all have been waiting for. Challenge the BOE. Challenge YCPTA. Challenge YFT. Challenge our city council reps. and other politicians in Yonkers to do their best to end this crisis by advocating for our children. Break way from the “swamp”. We don’t need you in Albany begging for money. We need you here! We don’t need our children in Albany begging for money. We need our children here. Learning!

        I challenge you to take a tour of every school building in Yonkers. Walk through their lower floors. Walk through the cafeteria. Walk through the hallways. Walk through the gyms. Our school buildings are falling apart and yet we still haven’t heard any good news. I’m f*****g disgusted! We have all failed our children!!

        1. Fed Up

          Parents: we are all pissed and firing out. Let’s start doing right thing. Start calling the State, the number Hezi provided. This affects all the kids, even if they are not special-ed students. The comment above is true, we all need to attend next BOE meeting, bitching and moaning is not going to solve the problem. Like stated above, tell every parent you know. Khader, prove people wrong, step up to plate. Let’s see what you are all about, when campaigning, you promised you would make a difference with Yonkers education. Help your city out— help these kids.

  14. Janet

    If your child has an IEP for a 15:1 class, most likely there are 18 students in the class after the variance that allows an increase of 20%. When my child’s goals on the IEP weren’t being met, I was told they couldn’t help him meet his goals as there were too many kids in the classroom. They also frequently fail to have a push-in special Ed teacher for the general Ed classes. The CSE/CPSE frequently loses requests for evaluations, and have backlogs of >1yr, which is one of the reasons to get INDEPENDENT evals, paid by your insurance. If you’re uninsured, have the district pay for the independent eval if they cannot conduct the eval within 60 days from your request.

  15. Fatimah Joseph

    My family relocated from Brooklyn NY a month ago I have a special needs child in second grade with an IEP and it has a struggle just to get her in school. It has been almost a month that she has been registered and on a waiting list for a variance at school 16. I still dont have a start date for her. What can I do?

    1. Janet

      Please contact Student Advocacy in Elmsford 914-347-3313. My child’s teachers were frequently absent, often times there was no substitute, and they were sent to the cafeteria & library, with no instruction. He fell behind so much, his IQ dropped significantly, presumably due to the “Matthew effect”. Eventually, I had to have him transferred out-of-district as we were running out of time to get him the help he needed. He is 16, and I regret all the time wasted in the YSD.

    2. Here’s what you can do....

      Three options:

      1- call the state and report it.
      2- threaten with a lawyer/lawsuit
      3- call the mayor, city council president, or board trustee president… just for fun and annoy them. You’ll get fast results here.

    3. Dear Ms. Joseph

      Ms. Joseph- you can also contact Yonkers Special Education PTA (YSEPTA). I believe you can reach the president at 917- 251-3522. They might be able to assist you through this process. ;0).

  16. Outraged School 15 Parent

    It’s sickening and appalling to hear all that’s happening at my kids school. My son’s teacher is out on leave and has basically lost a year and has fallen behind because the substitute is just awful. I’m spending a fortune for private high schools. I have called state education department to voice concerns.

  17. all the way up

    johnnylimo is all the way up! mpac is all the way up! the issues in the schools would not be happening if Nader Sayegh and Christina Montero were in leadership positions. haters like antone and nuhko left mpac from their jealousy of johnnylimos success. nuhko is even selling his properties now. a lot of people are jealous of johnnylimo success in mpac

    1. All the way down!!

      Ummmm….. let me remind you that Nader Sayegh was Trustee President once and now he’s back on the board and yet nothing ever changed. Let me also remind you that Ms. Montero, at one point, was asst. superintendent and change never happened.

      In other words, are you implying that a “superintendent title” will make the difference in fixing Yonkers problems? If you ask me, they’re part of many of Yonkers public schools problems. They sat around and did nothing for years.

      As president of the Board Sayegh, technically, had more power than the sitting superintendents.

      People need to wake up!!! We need to bring in outside help!!! The nepotism and abuse of power in Yonkers is insane!!!!

  18. YFT says time up

    This is all a clear indication of Superintendent Quezada’s failure to the children in the district. He boasts about high school graduation rates when over 80% of the kids in schools aren’t reading on grade level. Math proficiency rates are even worse. Just ask the teachers and parents at School 15. Teachers have no math supports for kids that need the extra help. Nor the necessary training on working with special needs kids never mind on academia. Parents have no where to turn. These same kids magically get through high school with a ‘diploma’. Please tell us the unkosher recipe Yonkers schools are using not that it is a secret. The Special Education department has gotten much worse but yet there are tons of staff just hired. Why is there no one from Special Ed monitoring the classes at School 15. Why are there uncertified substitutes in classrooms? How is it kids are just being pushed through and placed in these specialized settings with no training or support personnel? That department shirks and deflects issues because it is the easy way out. They put the blame on the teachers. Yonkers is rallying for mo money so it can go towards salaries for uncertified friends and relatives.

  19. Special Education Parent

    Yonkers Public School Special Education has not been compliant for years. The illegal practices are so regular parents believe it’s part of the process completely unaware of their rights.
    Why are extensions approved by the state allowed to excuse illegal practices(instead of hiring qualified certified educators)
    Variances are common district practice used to over crowd Special Education Classrooms(instead of creating more special education classrooms, but parents are expected to fill buses to beg for funds that will not be used to create more classrooms, because while we visit Albany the Superintendent ask every principal to submit where they can make cuts for next year) Principals attempting to cut corners or try to execute illegal practices because they know parents are not educated…..like dividing ICT students among several classes. Parents being told they are not entitled to an annual review because their was no certified/qualified special education teacher keeping track of special education students progress (pathetic) Parents Request for Evaluations or Tri Annual Evaluations being 2 years behind (2 years behind from Request, or Consent Signed take your pick) Why is the need for more classrooms a laughable request? Yes the superintendent laughed at Dr Rodriquez requested for 19 new special education classrooms. The superintendent also on more then one occasion has tried to discourage parents with students struggling academically from submitting request for evaluations by stating “special education is like a life sentence” (How Dare He?)

    PARENTS EDUCATE YOURSELF, CALL THE NUMBER IN THIS ARTICLE AND SHARE YOUR STORY….ADMINISTRATORS DO THEY SAME….CHANGE IS COMING, WILL YOU PARTICIPATE OR BE AN OBSERVER?
    What side of history will be on?

    Here is some broad basics I’ve received mixed answers, but I have been told there are about 4-9 THOUSAND STUDENTS IN YONKERS SPECIAL EDUCATION, yet we have 1-0 qualified Speech, OT, Reading specialist in each school building(Does that sound productive?) and I’m including Title 1 math and reading services that are Federally Funded….not by City.

    The request for evaluations has doubled from about 200 to 400 Request per year yet there are still only 5 employees in the CSE department reviewing request (Does this sound productive?) this is why they are years behind!

    About 500 students most likely more are approved to receive education out side of the Yonkers district…..because Yonkers can’t meet that child’s educational needs. That cost 40,-60 THOUSAND a year per child. (Do that math……millions) so our neighboring cities who have invested in their special education community makes millions from Yonkers Special Education Students…..(shouldn’t we invest that here in Yonkers?)

    How many times can Administrators, Principals, and our Superintendent answer and end a complaint with “we don’t have the funding” How is this one liner an acceptable answer…..How many times will we hear….”I understand, I agree, My dream is……” when will we have the money? When will we see progress and growth for special education?

    I was not pleased by the Turtle paced progress our Superintendent has made, 1 employee here, 2 over there…..His progress is not good enough……but to hear he has sexual misconduct charges in litigation is disgusting down right yuck!!
    Times Up…Superintendent, you have not done enough time to resign, Times Up on your excuses, Times Up on your chats, Go home.

    The time is over for a principal who is not bold enough to put there foot down to get what teachers need, they need to resign, because change is coming,

    The time is over for teachers staying silent in fear of losing their positions…you know better then us of what violations has gone without notice, call the number in the article make your complaint. (Anonymously is fine)

    YFT submitt your complaints you possess made by dozens of teachers in October, get on the right scale. Justice will find its way to Yonkers, so I’m calling on you to do the right thing.(Anonymously is fine)

    Parents education yourselves join your SEPTA, question authority, don’t accept answers that don’t have answers like “that’s how it is”

    Step Up do your diligence even if it’s anonymous, take action.

  20. If parents only knew! Thank you to the teachers that go above and beyond and try to stop the wrongs!

    Well, I am amazed that this has gotten as far as it has. There is hope for our children but I am sure this fizzle out like any other important agenda. Hopefully, more parents will see this and realize its not just the special ed kids it all the kids. YPS uses Teacher Aides to help children with their reading and all schoolwork. IT is illegal for an Aide to do that! Only a Teacher Assistant is allowed by law to assist a child with work. Lord, almost all the YPS schools are guilty of this and have been for years! So, that teacher aide you gave that nice Christmas present too is illegally teaching your child because she does not possess the qualifications. The problem is not all substitutes! It is the contracts that teachers have that allow them to leave a classroom for almost an entire year and not have a replacement. Here is a quick fact:::: That Ms Mosquea after the 91st day will get a $20,000 check or close to it and then start making the salary of the special ed teacher she is covering for( Mr Burke )! EVEN though she has no license or certification! Wrap your brain around that one parents! Fact! There are many qualified teachers and subs that are above and beyond and worth every penny of their salary and then some. This should have never been allowed and I am hoping this situation is rectified. Or Quezada, your gonna have alot of “splaining” to do to the state! Don’t get me started on how the YPS had environmental waste companies come in last year for a price on removing the toxic chemicals sitting around uncovered in our high schools for the last twenty plus years! Maybe a copy of those estimates needs to make its way to this site. Oh, parents if you only knew! Hey, Paideia 15 parents ask about the gym teacher that the boys saw watching porn on his phone last year and the police were called. The police were not allowed to search the teachers phone but he was promptly moved to another school. Ask how many felons are custodians that Spano has on the night shift? Or for that matter that work in Parks and Recreation with our kids? Wake up parents these kids are our future! It doesn’t matter if the parents believe me; Quezada knows what I am talking about and he knows many of us know the truth! He needs to start acting like he is worth the half million he is getting and protect our children!

    1. Worried

      How is this allowed — that a quote, unquote special-ed teacher with no qualifications, certifications in education is allowed to pose as a special-ed teacher and work with kids? Is there some connection there with the superintendent? No wonder the seventh grade IEP/general-ed class math grades were extremely low– not low– below failing. Rumor has it 26 out of 30 children failed the current math midterm in that specific class where that specific “special-ed teacher” is working. Report cards just went out — parents check it out. Where is the teacher? What is he/she doing to remedy the situation? Is he/she offering extra help or do parents now have to endure another expense with retaining tutors? This is totally administrative — not the principal either. This obviously commences down at the Board. Superintendent Quezada, did you not take an oath to serve our children? Do you have children? Would you expose your children to this crap? Do your job.

  21. Infuriated

    Only the special-ed? Some of general-ed/mainstream teachers should be monitored, as their redundant pragmatics of teaching serves as no positive or viable foundation or stability for the kids. As a parent who has child/children attending 15, I am deeply disgusted and saddened that my child/children are probably not to par or even grade level in one/more core subjects. Has the state been contacted as of yet? I can say with certainty that 15 does possess some teachers that are solid and positive mentors, but not all. Their special-ed teachers in the upper grades I can definitely say need to be investigated, and accountability for any such said violations should be administered to the fullest. No qualifications are needed to fill in for special-ed teacher positions? Superintendent Quezada, are you kidding? Who made you God; do you really think you can do this, get away with this? Where are you finding these people? Our children’s education and academic statuses and futures are being destroyed by your mere ignorance and selfishness. Hard working people who pay Yonkers School taxes are paying these clowns’ salaries, including yours. Parents — wake the hell up and start voicing your complaints. Call the Board, call the State. What a scandal– but that’s Yonkers.

  22. "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." — Frederick Douglass

    Broken system filled with politicians acting as leeches on every dollar they get from tax payers. Paideia 15 is supposed to be the top of YPS and is filled with children of those employed by the City as in city hall, YPD, YFD an other city jobs. There have events are like no other. They had a police escort for their walk to raise money and for their little Halloween parade around the block. Does any other school have the children escorted by the police? They have an annual BBQ,which in past years has included a “dunk the teacher and Principal water tank” They get silly string, popcorn, cotton candy and a DJ! What other school has this. NOW THE REALITY! Most of the children are “cookie cutter” children meaning there is no learning disabilities, so no problem. The school is 90 percent white! The minorities are mainly the special ed kids. There is a ICT class in every grade. They also have self contained classes. Their new Principal Wermuth was a High school Principal with no special ed training! FIRST MISTAKE! ICT is not required by the State so the fact that Yonkers is even attempting it could be considered honorable. That said, if a child’s IEP states that they need inclusion and Yonkers does not have it the parent can lawyer up and Yonkers has to pay for the child to go out of district. I too saw the “cry for help” from the parent on the Yonkers Voice Facebook page and knew when it disappeared that the head honchos made a a beeline for the school and the parent. PARENTS EDUCATE YOURSELF! If there is a special ed teacher missing from your Childs class ask that what qualifications the teacher that is covering possess if they are there a long time. Ask your child how many times they are getting speech. If it is supposed to be three and they get it two the school owes you the missed speech sessions. There is a website that I am sure Hezi can supply where you can look up the teachers name to see if they have a license. Use the state number provided in this article. They are there to help! I know one of the substitutes addressed in the article is: Ms Mosquea. She is the one bullying the certified teacher . She walks around as if she owns the building and If the PTA over there would get their heads out of their ARSES long enough they would know that. Well, its vacation week but I know the powers of be will read this site so hopefully if nothing else they will provide a licensed special education teacher for those children and fire the bully. Second safest city? Kids in the Ghetto are killing each other on a daily! Who is reporting the stats? Our graduation rate went up? NOW ask how many of those that graduated can write a paper or know how to do a math problem? Illiterate college students are the reason that Common Core was established in the first place. We are giving half a million dollar contract to a man in litigation for sexual misconduct? YONKERS IS BROKEN AND ONLY WHEN WE START TO STICK TOGETHER WILL THE POWERS OF BE GET THE MESSAGE! Sally Pinto and Karen Beltran have been around way to long and should resign! They let a volunteer get $15,000 and kids have no books? They have nothing to say? Where is the outrage? Where is the panel Khader was putting together for Special ed? Will it be a filled with those with an agenda for the children or political reasons?

  23. Quepasa is failing frog

    Damage control will never work. The teachers are all tenured and veterans while Board of Ed is all outsiders and useless. Amazing how ridiculous and clueless they are. Nobody believes a word and they don’t know crap. Teachers are in charge. Parents listen to teachers only and yes they are being guided at Paideia 15 by the great teachers.

    1. Optimistic

      Oh how true that is — teachers are in charge. I think some of these teachers need to take a step back, do what they were hired to do– that is teach. Let the administrators do their jobs. The new principal is a positive force for this school. She knows what’s what. Change is what is needed. Some of these teachers are not used to positive intervention, and the issues get swept under the rug, at the expense of these kids academically, mentally, socially. If failing rates are high, teachers, don’t you think something should be done? You guys can’t do it all alone. You need a viable support back-up system. Do you think someone not qualified or holds proper certifications should be exposed to our kids, let alone collecting a lucrative paycheck? I’m glad this article was published and it is out in the public eye. Now, parents, especially those in younger grades who still have more years at this school, can take the appropriate steps in aiding to fix this problem. Remember, once the state gets involved, and more parents voice their complaints/concerns, the school and district has the burden of proving these claims, and the state can’t go away.

  24. YFT member

    The YFT knows the deal with the co-integrated inclusion classes. It’s not working at Dichiaro school either that’s why we keep requesting committee on special education reviews. That department is as useless as the guy with sexual harassment allegations Quezada.

    1. Outraged

      YFT member where is outrage over the the sexual misconduct case currently playing out in Federal Court in White Plains against Dr Quezada by one one of your own co-workers-the YFT is bunch of spineless and gutless bunch of hacks.

  25. Me

    At school 15 I think that it is not right that the first grade special ed teacher is only there for half the day. They should be there the whole day the kids need the help the entire school day not just half. The inclusion classes are so big that the general ed teacher and aid can not help them all. They need to do something about that.

  26. Nothing new!

    Good luck, Hezi! You can tattoo the states contact info for reporting or inquiring about a child’s rights to special education accommodations, and they still won’t call!!! Why not? Well, various reasons. Some don’t know any better. Some are currently on the “payroll”. Some just don’t want
    To be burdensome. Some don’t care at all. And some are okay with the usual response from BOE, “we just don’t have the funding”.

    We don’t have the funding and yet Mayor spano found a well to give Dr. Q a 5 year contract and Lopez $15,000? We also locked into this YFT contract that allows teachers to be out “long term” without leaving work for the students to do and yet the state/city expect these children to be ready for these ridiculous CC testing come April.

    1. Disgusted

      We have teachers out because of serious illnesses and truly injured at work. I was a long term sub and was capable of getting the curriculum and materials and teach. The district also can’t retain subs and many of them are being used to cover preps because art, music, library and gym have been so limited. Don’t blame the YFT. If we didn’t have the union things would be a lot worse!

  27. Concerned School 15 parent

    My neighbor just shared this news story while I am appalled I am not surprised. We both have kids there and the school has gone from bad to awful. The special Ed there is really bad because kids are misplaced and nobody cares. Calling the Supt. Quezada has been a waste of time. Parents have given up. Hoping state will help.

  28. Dr. Spock

    The special education department is a disaster as we all know. Please do tell how much money goes in to board of Ed salaries in the special education department. My heart goes out to those children and their families. Dr. Quezada is a horror and we are paying for his sexual harassment allegations. Really Yonkers you can’t find better?

  29. Disgusted

    Yonkers is always breaking laws in regards to special ed. When a letter is submitted for a child to have an educational evaluation, by law they need to respond to that request in a certain amount of time. They have children who have been waiting YEARS for evaluations. Parents don’t know their rights and Yonkers abuses that. The state is well aware and looks the other way.

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