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