RE: [howardpubliced] info from frank aquino -- school bus problem -- dropping children off unannounced without confirming adult presence
- Dear Ray,
Welcome to the other side of the looking glass.
There was a time when this kind of disconnect appeared to be intentional and nefarious. The BOE was complicit in the efforts of the former superintendent to eliminate the pesky public from having a voice or even a view into the workings of our public school system... which may help you understand why the remaining members from that era will continue to be suspect in my mind.
At this time I suspect the disconnect is largely a "three card monte" trick that continues to be used by some folks at HCPSS with the (hopefully) unwitting participation of the BOE.
BOE members "think" they have developed a policy that represents the values of the community....they pass along this "directive" to their only "employee" -the superintendent- and charge him with implementing the policy AS INTENDED.... he and his staff develop regulations and procedures which may or may not represent the intent of the policy .... when the public finally becomes aware of a pattern of action which is NOT in line with the policy the public and the BOE think they have agreed upon a drustrating and insulting dance ensues .... the public "complains" to the BOE - the BOE points to the applicable "policy" - the public tries to point out that in spite of the existence of said "official policy" the "effective policy" is quite different.... the BOE says they'll look into it ... the HCPSS does some hemming and hawing .... time passes ... people forget .... HCPSS continues to do whatever they have decided to do in spite of the intent of the existing "official policy" ....
This dance is repeated on a regular basis like in the case of dangerous school bus incidents.
I'm willing to give most of the current BOE the benefit of the doubt that they are not INTENTIONALLY trying to pat us on the head while they allow HCPSS to operate on a different program.
Unfortunately I suspect there are still folks at HCPSS who continue to operate with an "unofficial" agenda and continue to use this sadly successful tactic --- and our elected BOE continues to "allow" it... or be "taken in" by it.
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 23:49:26 -0400
Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] info from frank aquino -- school bus problem -- dropping children off unannounced without confirming adult presence
> policy 5200 is a general policy and does not cover what happened to mySilly me. I thought a policy was a policy. Apparently I was wrong, and
> children but there are procedures in place with in each department.
a "general policy" is not a policy and doesn't have to be followed. It
seems that procedures are allowed violate a "general policy."
I am guessing that there are other policies where the BoE would object
if procedures violated the policy. Let's call them "real" policies.
How can the public tell which policies are "general" and which are real?
I suppose if we have documented proof of a procedure that violates a
policy, that demonstrates that the policy is "general" and therefore
safe to violate.
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