Sunday, April 15, 2012

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Being Clear on the Real Issues around the Lowell Investigation

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Being Clear on the Real Issues around the Lowell Investigation:


Being Clear on the Real Issues around the Lowell Investigation

I just wanted to make a couple of things clear on this issue and then move on.  I'm going to rely on the words from the Times' article of March 23, 2012 by Brian Rosenthal to make several points abundantly clear.

It is a very dangerous thing to have people in authority who have legal responsibilities then look away or shrug when behavior issues between staff and children are brought to their attention.  It is a danger to the accuser, the accused, the child(ren) and to our district.  Everyone needs protection and attention must be paid.

There are two huge reasons why this particular case is concerning.

One, we have past history - damning, troubling and ultimately, costly history - that this district has turned away from these kinds of investigations.  From the Times' article (bold/color mine):

The release of the report comes as district officials have recently acknowledged their current policy regarding 

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