Friday, February 8, 2008


Looks like the Board dragged "The Gonz", kicking and screaming, to admitting he linguistically avoided making a promise to provide a "Know Your Rights" brochure to all employees who face a trip to "Professional Standards".

Boy, did he NOT want to write that letter to Bart Birdsall.

Conclusion: If you are exonerated of any wrong doing, heck, if there is not even enough evidence to support a charge, you will NOT receive any documentation that you are cleared!
Time for a specific policy change.
Come on Gonzie would it be so hard to consider the PR of such a letter? Have you become so insulated and calloused by your profession that you forgot what a little "mercy" will do for the spirit? Where you too busy taking notes to hear the public perception reflected in the PTSA president that spoke?

First time in a while I cheered for Ms. Valdez.

By the way: the blogs wouldn't be necessary or so successful (as evidenced by the District blocking it and blogs being referenced at board meetings and in the media) if employees thought they were getting a fair break and were without fear of retribution (Doug Erwin).

Nice touch, supporting your CTA adversary. Talk about questionable representation!

For my perspective: Any employee needs to have an out-of-county labor attorney in mind just in case they need one.

To that end: Any Out-of-County Law Firm is welcome to post their contact information here.

Ms. Faliero's "make your point" to Ms. Griffin showed just how deeply she feels the heat over recent events. Or the veneer is cracking. Not even Mr. Lamb's whispering could quell her urgency to adjourn. Note that the chair has never said that to ANYONE else. Could Ms Faliero have been "hurrying" to confer with her mentor and come up with a response for defining "personal attacks"? Maybe she just couldn't hold "it" much longer.

Ms. Griffin HAS a point: there are systemic problems that need to be addressed. Next time "Sheryl" crosses THAT line "Chrissie" needs to reach back, open up a guitar case and pull out a Tele.
"Its Only Rock and Roll"

Maybe I'll send her a "prop" for just that occasion.

What's really bad is I just realized I wasn't sure if Ms. Kurdell was there or not.

All this took place in the last hour: public comments. Stream 'n' Scream!


concerned said...

Could they go after educators that write blogs painting the SB in a poor light or "venting" about the current state of the Hillsborough County Schools? Like... you and eskay espresso... etc.???

What grounds? I noticed that they block some blogs through school computers as well. So, they know you’re there. Can they find out who these bloggers are, create some sort of case, and send you off to professional standards??? Could they take our jobs???

Suzie Creamcheese said...


Thank you for expressing your concerns.

I am always aware of these concerns in everything I do. There is a gulf between "incorrect" and "libel". There are precedents protecting "Free Speech".

Showing a political entity in a "poor light" hardly fits any legal criteria.

Consider the firestorm that would be created throughout the blogosphere and media in general if any retaliatory action was initiated. Remember how quickly the Board caved when the Ag guy spoke? I'm sure they would implode over the lawsuits that would fly their way. I would insist on a "Creamcheese Senior High School" as central to any settlement!

Once again I invoke the courage of Doug Erwin to all those who have something to say. He cut some of the low hanging obstacles for us. He deserves our respect and thanks.

Everybody knows that certain blogs were blocked as a result of a committee meeting. This indicates a hasty response by some lazy and fearful people. It also cut off a very valuable communication tool since ALL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER EMAIL IS, BY LAW, ARCHIVED FOR PUBLIC ACCESS. Not everyone wants to blow a whistle in public.

As far as losing our jobs, they can fire you or make you quit if they want to (Doug Erwin).

Knowing this: tread purposefully and carry your lawyer's business card in your wallet. Open your wallet and get it out before you open your mouth.

Anonymous said...

Col. Jessup - "the Gonz"

Santiago- teachers, parents, students and any "complainer with reason", usually one new to the culture and does not know their place yet - no matter what their rank

Col. Jessup speaks:

"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.... You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."

Anonymous said...

does the board meeting replay work for anyone else or is it just my computer?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't work on my computer either. My computer is brand new too.

cable guy said...

Stream was Down on Saturday...Up on Sunday

cable guy said...

From stream n scream, make sure you go to the archive and that you have quicktime installed.