Taxation without representation
Well ok then......
I have paid Federal Taxes since 1974. You may ask how, but where I grew up you got a job while you were in school and learned responsibility. I have paid property taxes since 1977, and specifically to DISD since 1992. My husband is a naturalized citizen who moved to Dallas with appropriate visas and was given a work permit and Social Security number within a few days of his legitimate arrival. He speaks English as his 4th language, and I need to humbly say, he is better in English than I am. I am a 4th generation born U.S. citizen, and a product of public education, outside of Texas. We do not qualify for any government assistance raising our kids because we have a combined income of over $36,000 per year. We are not a minority, although we are regarded as members of the demographic group that comprises less that 5-6% of the school population. Since we are not qualified because of income or race, my children are specifically not given what 95% of the children are offered.
Both of my children have rights by act of Congress referred to as IDEA. My older boy has been identified by the DISD as ADD, but the school will not provide him appropriate help to succeed and feel happy in school. Last year he attended Dallas Academy and had a sense of joy and self esteem that was stolen from him at the DISD elementary school, where the children are allowed to hollar gay slurs and tease him for having glasses. When I told the teacher, that particular time, the teacher said he was causing the problems. When he retaliated, he was suspended but the child who causes problems for many others as well, is not. I tried to have that child tested for the Magnet schools, but the school district would not consider the right of my child to be accomodated,stating that Magnet schools are not for "special needs" so he was just barely judged unqualified, so he had no option to either get the help he needs, or to have placement in a school where the children are not bullies and tolerated because it is culturally accepted. I say he had no option to have the help he needs, because he was not allowed into the afterschool tutorial because he was serviced because of his disability, and there are many other kids who are not identified as disabled, but worthy because they are poor and/or non English speakers. Essentially my child was also not tolerated for the after school extracurricular programs, because it is designed and has rules that only the children allowed into tutorial are tolerated in the other programs, because there is not enough staff or space to go around, so to speak, and others are "more needy" than we are.
My younger boy was labeled as Autistic by the DISD, but the DISD will not consider the fact that he needs help with English as his FIRST LANGUAGE!!! I have been told that since he has Autism he, by definition should not talk, and that in the DISD most of these kids just get worse and he is a waste of taxpayer money to service. The head of the Speech and Occupational Therapy for the entire district stated that she has never seen or heard of a child like mine, therefore the lies the teacher made up to cover the facts are considered true, and the assertion that I as a parent state that this child can, and has, developed speech is a lie. In short the school traumatized this child and has unlimited taxpayer funding to generate lies and false documentation to distort the truth and hide the facts of his behavior in the classroom, such as hiding under the table in the class is a normal school activity. Also the parent needs to understand that since the school is addressing the concerns, they are not obliged to do anything except have meetings and talk about doing anything, but not necessarily do the correct or appropriate thing.
The school generated a bogus progress report to cover-up the unsatisfactory progress, and altered timesheets and logs, and generated other documents that appear forged. I have tried to have the progress report that I was given on report card day returned to his Cumulative file, but to no avail. There is a paper they had me sign that included very small font and at least 50% faded print that had me essentially sign that I understood everything about special education law and the rights I have, so to release the school from any responsibility. I never signed that form at the other ARD meetings, only at the campus that is responsibility for the lies and cheating. That elementary school is a feeder into Lang, and is just one of many schools that uses Felony Violation to counteract the attempts of the parent to advocate for their children.
I have tried since January 2009 to have the false records corrected and have had not response. I contacted my Trustee and she thanked me. I guess since I have concluded that the school has unlimited funding to continue the lies and purjury and will hire 2 lawyer from Bracewell & Giuliani to state that my child has no reason to be educated correctly. But they will not educate, only talk about how I need to go to Due Process and prove it.
In short the only thing the school will do to spend money my tax dollars provide, and the Congress provides as Title I and IDEA funds, is bring the lawyer into the ARD and forcibly manipulate the documents to distort the truth and assert more and more lies so to cheat in the Due Process just to be able to get away with not servicing a white child commonly referred to as "retarded" [BTW he is not retarded, but in fact he is reading and talking at age 5, thanks to private help that I provide myself.] Hey at least they are spending it on my child in some manner. Right?
So I have a few options. I can pay taxes and send my kids to private school. The right for FAPE in Texas is moot simply because I need to PROVE that the school lies and distorts the documents and there is no justice and no legal access for taxpayers being wrongfully treated by taxfunded agencies, like the DISD. The TEA is just as corrupt and the State Legislature will not represent the people by giving citizen fair opportunity for a Due Process Hearing that is not corrupt and outside the TEA, and give the responsibility to the State Hearing Officers. The system will pay for the hearing officers with tax payer dollars, and they will pay for the school to defend their right to abuse the ethical system with unethical tactics and malicious hateful activities to get away with not effectivly educating the children, and Leigh Ann just says "Thank you"
So if you need anything legitimate the only thing to do is move out of Dallas. I tried to tell Belo, and the response is this is not NEWS. it is same ol same ol, and nobody cares. Not news.
It is history, indeed ... Taxation without representation.