Saturday, July 21, 2007

Students could earn as much as $500 a year for doing well on standardized tests and showing up for class. CCISD needs an incentive Program!

Schools Plan to Pay Cash for Marks

Published: June 19, 2007

New York City students could earn as much as $500 a year for doing well on standardized tests and showing up for class in a new program to begin this fall, city officials announced yesterday. And the Harvard economist who created the program is joining the inner circle of Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, according to an official briefed on the hiring.

The economist, Roland G. Fryer, who has published several studies on racial inequality in public schools, met this month with school principals around the city to push his program, which uses money raised privately.

Both Mr. Klein and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have been eager to hear Professor Fryer’s thoughts on how to reverse the persistent lagging of poor and minority students, who make up most of the city’s public school enrollment. But educators have been skeptical, saying students have to love learning for its own sake, not for cash prizes.

Now Professor Fryer will be the Department of Education’s “chief equality officer,” a member of the chancellor’s senior staff. The title is meant to reflect his primary focus — to improve the performance of black and Hispanic students.

The school incentive program is part of the mayor’s wider antipoverty initiative, which also includes other cash payments, all raised privately, to influence behavior and reduce poverty. Details of the various incentive programs were announced yesterday by Linda Gibbs, the deputy mayor for health and human services, at a briefing at City Hall. The incentive programs are expected to attract more than 2,500 families in Harlem; Brownsville and East New York in Brooklyn; and the Morris Heights and East Tremont sections of the Bronx, she said.

Cash incentives for adults will include $150 a month for keeping a full-time job and $50 a month for having health insurance. Families will also receive as much as $50 per month per child for high attendance rates in school, as well as $25 for attending parent-teacher conferences.

The city has already raised much of the $53 million it needs for the program, Ms. Gibbs said. The effort, which officials said was the broadest ever tried in this country to pay poor people to develop good habits, is modeled in part on one in Mexico.

Although Professor Fryer helped devise some of the broader incentives like the payments for high attendance rates, his main proposals involve payments to children for doing well on tests.

Under his plan, fourth-grade students will receive up to $25 for a perfect score on each of 10 standardized tests throughout the year. Seventh-grade students will be able to earn twice as much — $50 per test, for a total of up to $500. Fourth graders will receive $5 just for taking the test, and seventh graders will get $10.

Officials expect up to 40 schools to participate this fall, with a total of 9,000 students, in the pilot phase of the program, which will be monitored by Professor Fryer. After two years, they said, they will evaluate it for possible expansion.

Principals in the system’s empowerment initiative — who have more autonomy to run their schools — can choose to join the program.

Similar, smaller programs for cash incentives to raise schoolchildren’s performance have been put in place elsewhere in the country. In Chelsea, Mass., for instance, students can receive $25 for perfect attendance. And in Dallas, some schools hand over $2 for every book a child reads.

Despite the criticism of the program from some teachers and principals, some community leaders praised Professor Fryer’s idea yesterday as an inventive way to encourage students to do well in school.

“I’m willing to say let’s see what works,” said Darwin Davis, the president of the Urban League. “We are in a capitalist society and people are motivated by money across race and across class, so why not?”

But Mr. Davis also cautioned that the amounts of money being offered were relatively paltry in New York.

“I wish $50 could be enough for an insurance payment, but that’s not going to be the case,” he said, wondering aloud how many tests students would need to pass to buy the latest video game.

Sol Stern, a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, called the idea a “insult to every hard-working parent.”

Mr. Stern has said he would support paying teachers more to work in low-performing schools.

But he cautioned against giving too much credence to the notion that money would prod students. He said the mayor was being a “sucker for the market system.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Every child's Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activitie

By Edwin A. McCabe

I am, and want to be, the person I believe I can be.

I want you to see me, as I want to see myself, for what I can do, and not for what I cannot.

I do not want to be treated as “disabled;” I do not want my needs to be seen as “special;” I am who I am; they are what they are.

I do not want to be identified-labeled-by my appearance, or by my condition.

I have mastered, or will master, the challenges of my life; and will meet them my way.

I am a full-fledged resident of the city or town where I live; I am a proud citizen of the state and of the country in which I was born or to which I have come; and I am entitled to all of the rights and privileges, and subject to all of the obligations, that such residence and citizenship entail.

I want, like you, to have my voice heard when I choose to speak.

I want my words, like yours, to be considered for the thoughts that they convey, and for no other reason.

I want to be judged by my accomplishments, by whatever the value of my contributions to my society, however humble they may be, however difficult they may be for others to discern or understand or appreciate.

I am tested, to be sure, by the condition of my body; or my mind, or both, and the quirks and oddities of my appearance, and the movements that come, and go, with my condition.

I realize that my mobility and grace of movement, my quickness of mind, may exist only in the realm of my spirit, but there they nourish and sustain me, just as yours do you.

I know and understand my mountaintops. They are not the same as yours; they are not the heights of Everest; they may be no higher than the curb of the sidewalk in front of my house.

I see my life’s goals, and the obstacles to achieving them, as clearly as you see yours, and I am, just as you are, excited by the thought of reaching my goals, at times frustrated by my inability readily to surmount the obstacles that keep me from doing so, and thrilled if and when, at last, I am able to accomplish what I have set out to do.

I am your neighbor, and if you will let me be, I may be your friend.

I welcome your presence, your company, and your assistance (when I ask for it), and I welcome your patience and your understanding, when you are naturally moved to give them to me.

I do not ask for your charity or your sympathy, because I want and need neither.

I love, I am loving, and I hope to be well-loved.

Just as you do, and are, and hope to be.

I understand, and accept, the inevitability that our differences will be noticed. I hope that, one day, our similarities will be as well.

And then we will celebrate, you and I, each in our own way…

Each other.


Including children and youth with:

* Uncertain housing
* A temporary address
* No permanent physical address

The federal McKinney-Vento Act guarantees school enrollment for anyone who, due to a lack of housing, does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence, such as a child or youth who lives:

* In an emergency or transitional shelter
* In a motel, hotel, or campground
* In a car, park, public bus or train station, or abandoned building
* Doubled up with relatives or friends
* In these conditions and is a migratory child or youth

Where can a child or youth without a fixed, regular, and adequate residence attend school?

* The school the child or youth attended before becoming homeless or was last enrolled (school or origin)
* The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is currently living

How can delays be avoided when enrolling a student experiencing homelessness in school?

* Enroll the student immediately
* Contact the previous school and ask that the records be sent electronically or shared over the phone
* Contact the principal, school counselor, or local homeless education liaison with any concerns
* Contact the local homeless education liaison to support unaccompanied youth when enrolling in school.

Children and youth living in these settings meet criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have special education rights.

Where can I get more help?........ P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, 877-455-3412,

Age of majority may signal a change in rights

Parenthood may be forever, but most moms and dads learn there are changes when a child reaches the age of majority.

The law provides for the transfer of educational rights at age 18 for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and are not under guardianship.

The law requires the following:

* At least one year before a student turns 18, the student’s IEP must include a statement that the student has been informed of the rights that will transfer to him or her on reaching age 18.
* Special education notices will then be provided to the student. They will continue to be provided to the parent(s) as well.
* All other rights given to parents transfer to the student, including students who are in correctional institutions.
* If the school receives notice that the student is under guardianship, no rights transfer to the student at age 18 and the IEP need not include a statement regarding the transfer of rights.
* The school must notify both the student and parent of the transfer of rights.
* The student or the school district may invite the parent to attend the IEP meetings as an individual with knowledge regarding the child.

* If a student is still claimed as a dependent on the parent’s income tax form, then the parent continues to have legal access to the student’s educational records.

Most youth with disabilities will not be under a guardianship, either because they do not qualify or because the parent has decided against it. Yet, a young adult may not feel comfortable making decisions on his or her own.

While not written into the law, there are best practices regarding majority rights that families may wish to consider as their child grows up.

First, it is wise for a parent to include the child in the IEP process while the child is young – as early as possible. That way, he or she will have a history of involvement and experience in making education decisions by the age of majority. In addition, federal law requires a student to be invited to any IEP meeting in which transition (post high school) services or needs are discussed, age 14 or younger.

Second, a student reaching the age of majority may want to maintain parent involvement in the IEP process. In that case, the student can write a letter stating that his or her parent should continue to participate in all IEP meetings and be involved in all education decision making and that the letter be inserted in his or her permanent file. Most schools are happy to do so.


Frequently Asked Question in Special Education

Q. What can I do to help my child have a successful year?

A. Parent involvement is the most important ingredient to your child’s success at school. Get to know each and everyone of your child’s teachers and let them know how they can contact you if they need to. Ask them how you can help. If your child is receiving special education services either through an IEP or a 504 plan, become as knowledgeable as possible about the process and your rights. The laws that govern special education can be very confusing and the language difficult to understand but we can help. Be sure to ask lots of questions and don’t forget to ask your child what he or she needs and if solutions are working. Try to observe any patterns or persistent types of behaviors and make a note of them for your meetings or conversations with teachers or your pediatrician. If your child is not receiving any special education services but you have concerns about whether he or she should, be sure to ask for a conference with his teachers or counselor ahead of time. Feel free to call us if you just want to do some research to learn more about suspected problems. Remember, get involved and stay involved. Develop good relationships with school personnel, as well as other parents at your child’s school and in your community. Find opportunities to participate in your child’s school activities and projects. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, even if it can’t be much. By getting to know your child’s teachers, you have an ideal opportunity to help them get to know your child – from the expert’s point of view – YOURS!



Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different color hair than the other family members. One child suggested that he was adopted. A little girl said, “I know all about adoptions because I was adopted.” “What does it mean to be adopted?” asked another child. “It means,” said the little girl, “that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy.”


Kid’s Quotes

“Stop talking on the phone and talk to me.” Erin-9, “Sometimes can you play with me instead of saying ‘no’?” Frank-10, “Don’t scream at me because I am small and I am not perfect.” Jessica, “Encourage me.” Billy-9

Partners in Policymaking

The 2008 Class is under way! Topics covered in this program include the history of the disability movement, self advocacy, independent living, supported employment, inclusive community building, natural supports, legislative advocacy, assistive technology, communication and team building and much more! Program participants will attend and participate in 8 two-day sessions between September and May in Richmond, VA. Expenses for training, lodging, meals, and travel are provided through the program.

For an application or for more information please call 1-800-846-4464 or email or the Parent Teacher Resource Center, 925-5785 or


Do you know a child with vision, hearing, speech and language difficulties or developmental delays? We will check to see if your child is developing on target.

Who: Children birth through 4 years of age

Where: Northern Shores Elementary

When: Saturday, April 28, 2007

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Cost: FREE

If you have any concerns regarding your 2 to 4 year old and cannot attend, please contact your local elementary school. Contact The Children’s Center if you have concerns regarding any child under 2 years old.

Please call 538-2523 if you need transportation.


Report Cards Distributed April 18


Suffolk Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.

Kevin L. Alston, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services

100 N. Main Street

P.O. box 1549

Suffolk, VA 23434

Phone: (757) 925-6750


Suffolk Public Schools Non-Profit Organization

Parent Teacher Resource Center US Postage Paid

Special Education Paid Permit # 18

121 Forest Glen Drive Suffolk, VA 23434

Suffolk, VA 23434

The Serpent IN the Garden January 14, 1996 Houston: CCISD board President Henry Nuss AQUIESCED. CCISD eagerly supplied pedophile with young patients -

If this was leaked to the media did the Caller Times tell us about this pedophile?

Did the Caller publish any stories on this matter?

And the CCISD Board did they inform the community?

The Serpent IN the Garden January 14, 1996 Houston: CCISD board President Henry Nuss AQUIESCED. CCISD eagerly supplied pedophile with young patients - even after he had been publicly charged.

CORPUS CHRISTI - James Plaisted was a respected child psychologist, a deacon in one of the city's largest Baptist congregations and the father of four.

He also was a child molester so brazen he escorted little girls into church and fondled them under his coat while listening to the sermon.

Parents knew. So did church pastors, school officials and state regulators. But few did anything to stop him, and those who tried were remarkably unsuccessful.

It took 10 years to get Plaisted behind bars. Only he knows how many children he molested during that time.

Last month, Plaisted - already serving a two-year federal prison term for luring a Texas patient to Boston to continue molesting her -was brought back to Corpus Christi in chains.

He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four girls and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

State regulators have yet to revoke his license to practice psychology.

""I think the Plaisted case is the model of what happens when the system fights with itself," said Susan Snyder, a Kingsville attorney and former prosecutor who tried to lock up Plaisted in 1992.

""Obviously, there have been safeguards in place to prevent this man all along, but either (state officials) were too lazy or too busy, or too scared of the politics of going and yanking this man's license," Snyder said. ""It's not the legal system failing. It's the people within the legal system that refuse to let the legal system work."

It's not as if no one tried.

Carmen Alvarado, the mother of the first child to accuse Plaisted more than 10 years ago, sought criminal charges against the therapist and filed an ethics complaint with the Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists. She alleged that Plaisted had fondled her son's penis during a late-night counseling session.

Alvarado called the Parkdale Baptist Church, where Plaisted, 46, was a deacon.

""They said they were leaving it in God's hands," she recalled.

""I don't think they were thinking straight at the time."

She went to other parents. She got no help.

In the end, it was just her son's word against Plaisted, who told a Corpus Christi jury in 1986 that the 6-year-old child was a habitual liar and a pyromaniac who derived sexual excitement from setting fires. It didn't help that a new prosecutor was assigned to the case just before trial.

The jury acquitted Plaisted; his practice continued.

""It made me mad because when I went for help, all I asked was for them to testify," Alvarado recalled. ""We lost because my son was the only witness we had."

""It was a very tough call to make," said another victim's mother. ""And looking back, I really should have crucified him, but I didn't. I chose not to after talking to my attorney. He told me it would just really traumatize my daughter."

The Corpus Christi woman, who asked not to be identified, said she did confront Plaisted and his wife, who were neighbors in 1984, when her daughter was allegedly molested while spending the night with one of Plaisted's daughters.

""He did not deny it," she said. ""He said he could have done it

in his sleep."

Plaisted's wife laughingly added that she and her husband often made love at night, and he would not remember the next morning, the woman said.

The woman, who was also a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church, recalled telling church officials later about Plaisted's molestations.

""But it didn't seem to make any difference," she said. ""The church really backed him up, and a lot of people left the church after that."

Plaisted's attorney, Doug Tinker, refused to allow the Chronicle to interview his client. The criminal defense lawyer, who earlier this year represented Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murdering Tejano star Selena, declined to discuss the Plaisted case.

The victims' families have since sued the church for negligence, but Parkdale's lawyer argues the congregation should not be held responsible for Plaisted's actions.

""It would be the church's wish to get this thing resolved without causing any additional hurt to anyone," said attorney Van Huseman. But he added, ""If a child gets molested in the middle of the service, how does that get to be the pastor's fault?"

Plaisted - a Nebraska native who served in the Army in Vietnam -came to Corpus Christi in 1982 with impeccable credentials, having earned his doctorate in clinical and child psychology from Auburn University in Alabama in 1981.

He quickly built a private practice, and over the years, developed a good reputation as an expert on brain dysfunction.

The Corpus Christi school district, along with local pediatricians, eagerly supplied him with young patients - even after he had been publicly charged. Members of the church also sought his help, and he had hospital privileges at the prestigious Driscoll Children's Hospital, a South Texas institution known both for quality care and charity.

Neighbors described Plaisted as pleasant, reserved, well-spoken. He was methodical, they said, and liked to work on projects around the house.

Plaisted recruited some of his victims from broken homes, showering the children with gifts, inviting them and their parents to Thanksgiving dinners. One 9-year-old girl who spent the night with Plaisted's daughter told prosecutors the psychologist molested her on the sofa in his living room while he and the children watched the movie "Home Alone"

on video.

He curried favor with his victims' parents by lending them money and refusing repayment, or by buying them air conditioners and other gifts. One mother even acted as a character witness for the therapist during the Alvarado trial, unaware that her own child was being molested.

""The bottom line is this guy had complaints filed against him at the psychology board - and they are serious - and the board doesn't notify the school about the complaints," said Jerry Boswell, director of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group funded by the Church of Scientology (SEE CORRECTION) that documents cases such as Plaisted's. ""And the school is still referring children to this guy."

Corpus Christi school administrators said they used Plaisted infrequently for psychological testing of students, although school records and correspondence indicate he was a consultant from 1983 until he was indicted for child sexual assault in late 1992.

School administrators have identified records of five students referred to him for psychological testing between 1985 and 1992. There are no records prior to 1985.

School board President Henry Nuss, who has served on the board for seven years, said he first heard of the Plaisted case when he was contacted by the Houston Chronicle last week.

""We certainly should be more selective in who we're using," he said.

After Plaisted was charged in the Alvarado case in April 1986, Robert J. Garcia, the school district's special education director, wrote to the state psychology board to ask about the psychologist's record. The agency's executive director replied that Plaisted's license had been suspended, but because the psychologist was in the process of suing to get it back, he remained licensed to practice. The letter gave no details about the nature of the complaints.

""He was given a clean bill of health by the only agency that had anything to say about it," said Dr. Adrian Haston, a psychologist who coordinates the school district's psychological services, and who, years ago, shared an office with Plaisted.

Haston emphasized that none of the schoolchildren referred to Plaisted were molested. ""And we never had anything untoward, any problems of that sort," he said.

Asked why the district would risk using a psychologist once accused of being a child molester, Haston replied, ""This is something the district did, and you can ask the director of special education why."

Garcia said in a recent telephone interview that he could not remember whether he knew about the child molestation charges at the time he wrote to the psychology board.

""All I know is we asked for what his status was and they said he could still practice," he said. ""We knew he was under review, but we didn't know what for.

""Look, the state board of psychologists, they're the ones that allowed him to continue to practice," Garcia added angrily.

""If anyone should be asked as to why this guy was allowed to continue, it should be the state board of psychology."

Pressed for further details, Garcia abruptly ended the interview and hung up the phone.

Although Plaisted was acquitted in August 1986 in the Alvarado case, the psychology board continued its investigation and ruled in November of that year that Plaisted had violated professional standards.

The board officially suspended his license for two years, but said he would be allowed to resume his practice in three months.

Meanwhile, Plaisted challenged the suspension in state district court in Austin, arguing the psychology board had unfairly considered allegations that had not been introduced during his hearing, denying him the opportunity to defend himself against them. The judge agreed, and in January 1987 reversed Plaisted's suspension.

While the board was investigating Plaisted's case, they were contacted by Corpus Christi psychologist George Kramer.

Kramer, who had hired Plaisted in 1982 before Plaisted was licensed, told the board to subpoena records of the state Department of Human Resources. It did, and found other instances of alleged molestation by Plaisted.

In April 1989, the board reached an agreement with the psychologist that allowed him to keep his license if he agreed to be supervised for 11/2years. Plaisted was to treat children only in the presence of an associate or in a location where he could be observed by a television monitor. He also was to pay to have Corpus Christi psychologist Joseph Horvat supervise his casework.

Horvat met with Plaisted weekly, but after a year - convinced that Plaisted was doing nothing wrong - he recommended the supervision be terminated six months early. The board decided to continue the supervision.

""I have found no evidence in any way, shape or form of any behavior on his part which could be in any way construed as unprofessional or unethical," Horvat wrote to the board.

Included in one of his reports to the board was a review of Plaisted's treatment of an 8-year-old girl - a child Plaisted was later charged with molesting.

The board's general counsel, Barbara Holthaus, acknowledged past actions taken by the agency were inadequate.

""With hindsight, of course it wasn't appropriate, because look at what happened," Holthaus said. But she said the board has since added lay people to its ranks and has a new, tougher state law giving it better enforcement powers.

""Now, if we get a report that a psychologist is molesting a client, we can go before a judge and say we want to temporarily suspend the license," she said.

Holthaus said the board has filed a motion to revoke Plaisted's license, but Plaisted is fighting it.

""It's all kind of moot, because he's incarcerated," she said.

Soon after Plaisted completed his board-ordered supervision, Corpus Christi police received new information from state child welfare workers that Plaisted had been molesting girls at his office, in church and at home in his hot tub.

Former detective Eric Michalak, who now works in Colorado, remembered taking the Plaisted case to a Nueces County assistant district attorney for prosecution.

""He wanted to get a warrant for the doctor and arrest him, because we had very strong evidence against him," Michalak said. ""We had multiple victims and you had a guy in the position he was in, where he had access to all these victims.

You would want to take quick action rather than let it go on for so long."

The prosecutor was overruled by then-District Attorney Grant Jones, Michalak said. ""(Jones) just said, `We're not getting a warrant. We're taking our time.' He wanted the kids reinterviewed by one of the prosecutors.

""Any time you go after someone like that, there's a lot of politics that come into play," Michalak added. ""Instead of stepping in right then, and bringing it out in the open and taking it to a grand jury (for indictment), they delayed."

Jones contends that any delay in prosecution was an effort ""to tie the case down tight. We didn't want to lose him twice,"

said Jones, on whose watch Plaisted was acquitted in the Alvarado case.

Jones called it ""outrageous" the psychology board still hasn't revoked Plaisted's license.

""They should have done it in 1986," he said. ""What they want to do is wait around until you go to trial and you convict him, and then they come in behind your conviction and revoke his license. Well, what's he doing in the meantime? He could be out in the community molesting kids for two years."

Michalak said the case was finally taken to the grand jury several months later after he leaked the information about Plaisted's investigation to the local media.

""It was taking too long, and it wasn't being handled like another case," he said. ""And it was because he was so prominent in the community."

Plaisted was finally indicted in Corpus Christi in October 1992. He posted bond, closed his practice in Corpus Christi, and negotiated an agreement with the psychology board to place his license on inactive status until he could prove his innocence.

He then moved to Boston, where he enrolled in Boston University Law School and successfully completed his first year of studies by May 1994.

While in law school, Plaisted began calling a former patient - the girl whose treatment Horvat had reviewed in Corpus Christi. Plaisted convinced the girl's mother - who was also a patient of his - to bring the girl to Boston for additional therapy.

Plaisted's plans were foiled when a policeman setting up a speed trap in his neighborhood accidentally intercepted on his police radio a sexually explicit telephone call between the girl and Plaisted, who was using a cordless phone.

FBI agents were called in, six other calls were taped, and Plaisted was arrested on June 3, 1994, after he met the girl, then 13, and her mother at the train station and took them to a budget motel.

""The mother wasn't aware" of the molestations, said Adolfo Aguilo, an assistant Nueces County district attorney. ""The mother had a borderline personality disorder - she developed dependency on people -and unfortunately for her the person she developed a dependency on was Dr. Plaisted."

Sgt. Michael Harpster, a police detective from suburban Boston who helped arrest Plaisted, described him as ""very congenial, almost shy."

""He'd answer questions very courteously, but he didn't show any outward signs of knowing the seriousness of the situation," Harpster said.

Last January, Plaisted was sentenced by a federal judge in Boston to a two-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity.

The Corpus Christi conviction and sentence came almost a year later.

In the end, Plaisted admitted molesting four victims. But prosecutors say no one will ever know how many others failed to come forward.

""I imagine there could be several other victims. Through his practice and the church he probably had access over the years to thousands of children," said Aguilo, the Corpus Christi prosecutor who eventually secured Plaisted's guilty plea.

""To me, any kid that came in contact with this guy was a victim in some way or another," added Michalak.

When Plaisted was sentenced last month, it was a bitter emotional meeting for many of his young victims and their parents, who had been called as witnesses in case Plaisted decided against the plea bargain.

Parents said Plaisted stood up straight, held his head high and looked the judge in the eye. And when he saw the relatives of his former victims, he acted as if he were attending a reunion of old friends, they said. One parent said Plaisted looked as if he thought they were there as supporters or character witnesses.

""He turned around and gave the families a big smile," Alvarado said. ""I couldn't believe it."

Alvarado, who sued Plaisted in civil court, has received a settlement for an undisclosed amount. Her son, now a teen-ager, is still struggling with his past abuse, she said, and she continues to feel betrayed by those who would not join her in speaking out years ago.

""I told them if they had helped me in the beginning, none of this would have happened," she said.

Plaisted timeline

Key dates in the career of Dr. James R. Plaisted:

January 1983: Licensed to practice psychology in Texas.

October 1984: Investigated by Texas Department of Human Resources for allegedly molesting a neighbor's child.

April 1986: Charged in criminal case for allegedly fondling a boy during therapy.

August 1986: Acquitted by jury in Corpus Christi.

October 1992: Indicted for sexual abuse of three Corpus Christi girls.

December 1992: Closed Corpus Christi office; moved to Boston to begin law school.

June 1994: Arrested by FBI agents for luring a 13-year-old former Corpus Christi patient to Boston.

January 1995: Indicted by Corpus Christi grand jury on three counts of aggravated sexual assault for incidents years earlier involving the same girl.

January 1995: Sentenced to two years in federal prison in Boston case.

Dec. 7, 1995: Sentenced to 40 years in state prison by a Corpus Christi judge after pleading guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

AN ACT~relating to security in public schools.

S.B. No. 11

relating to security in public schools.
SECTION 1. Subchapter D, Chapter 37, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 37.108 to read as follows:
Sec. 37.108. MULTIHAZARD EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN; SECURITY AUDIT. (a) Each school district shall adopt and implement a multihazard emergency operations plan for use in district schools. The plan must address mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery as defined by the commissioner in conjunction with the governor's office of homeland security. The plan must provide for:
(1) district employee training in responding to an emergency;
(2) mandatory school drills to prepare district students and employees for responding to an emergency;
(3) measures to ensure coordination with local emergency management agencies, law enforcement, and fire departments in the event of an emergency; and
(4) the implementation of a security audit as required by Subsection (b).
(b) At least once every three years, a school district shall conduct a security audit of the district's facilities. To the extent possible, a district shall follow security audit procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center or a comparable public or private entity.
(c) A school district shall report the results of the security audit conducted under Subsection (b) to the district's board of trustees.
SECTION 2. Subsection (a), Section 37.203, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
(a) The center is advised [governed] by a board of directors composed of:
(1) the attorney general, or the attorney general's designee;
(2) the commissioner, or the commissioner's designee;
(3) the executive director of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, or the executive director's designee;
(4) the executive director of the Texas Youth Commission, or the executive director's designee;
(5) the commissioner of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, or the commissioner's designee; and
(6) the following members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate:
(A) a juvenile court judge;
(B) a member of a school district's board of trustees;
(C) an administrator of a public primary school;
(D) an administrator of a public secondary school;
(E) a member of the state parent-teacher association;
(F) a teacher from a public primary or secondary school;
(G) a public school superintendent who is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators;
(H) a school district police officer or a peace officer whose primary duty consists of working in a public school; and
(I) two members of the public.
SECTION 3. Section 37.205, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 37.205. SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAMS. The center shall conduct for school districts a safety training program that includes:
(1) development of a positive school environment and proactive safety measures designed to address local concerns;
(2) school safety courses for law enforcement officials, with a focus on school district police officers and school resource officers;
(3) discussion of school safety issues with parents and community members; and
(4) assistance in developing a multihazard emergency operations plan for adoption under Section 37.108 [specialized training for the staff of alternative education programs and juvenile justice alternative education programs].
SECTION 4. Subchapter G, Chapter 37, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 37.2051 to read as follows:
Sec. 37.2051. SECURITY CRITERIA FOR INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITIES. The center shall develop security criteria that school districts may consider in the design of instructional facilities.
SECTION 5. Section 37.208, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 37.208. ON-SITE ASSISTANCE. On request of a school district, the center may [shall] provide on-site technical assistance to the district for:
(1) school safety and security audits; and
(2) school safety and security information and presentations.
SECTION 6. Subsection (b), Section 37.215, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
(b) The center [board] shall biannually prepare a budget request [for the center] for submission to the legislature.
SECTION 7. Subchapter A, Chapter 46, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 46.0081 to read as follows:
Sec. 46.0081. SECURITY CRITERIA IN DESIGN OF INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITIES. A school district that constructs a new instructional facility or conducts a major renovation of an existing instructional facility using funds allotted to the district under this subchapter shall consider, in the design of the instructional facility, security criteria developed by the Texas School Safety Center under Section 37.2051.
SECTION 8. Sections 37.206 and 37.213, Education Code, are repealed.
SECTION 9. (a) Not later than December 1, 2005, the Texas School Safety Center shall:
(1) develop a school safety program that includes assistance to school districts in developing a multihazard emergency operations plan as required by Section 37.205, Education Code, as amended by this Act; and
(2) develop security criteria for the construction and renovation of school district instructional facilities as required by Section 37.2051, Education Code, as added by this Act.
(b) Not later than March 1, 2006, each school district shall adopt a multihazard emergency operations plan as required by Section 37.108, Education Code, as added by this Act.
SECTION 10. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 11 passed the Senate on April 6, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 29, Nays 0; May 26, 2005, Senate refused to concur in House amendments and requested appointment of Conference Committee; May 27, 2005, House granted request of the Senate; May 29, 2005, Senate adopted Conference Committee Report by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.

Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 11 passed the House, with amendments, on May 23, 2005, by a non-record vote; May 27, 2005, House granted request of the Senate for appointment of Conference Committee; May 29, 2005, House adopted Conference Committee Report by a non-record vote.

Chief Clerk of the House




Monday, July 02, 2007

The Kenedy Pasture Company: A Civil Action in the Making?

The Kenedy Pasture Company: A Civil Action in the Making?


A Civil Action in the Making?

Why must we flex our muscles?
Nueces County, CCISD, 105th Judicial District Attorney; how many kids were locked up without an attorney?

  • There is no excuse for violating the basic human rights afforded under the United States Constitution.
  • How many kids were locked up by a court of nonrecord?
  • Not even with a parent's consent unless the parent has been given the opportunity to consult with counsel.
  • How many children taken into custody were advised of their Miranda Rights?
  • Oh yeah, Plaisted and every CCISD kid for whom, he provided service

What do we want?

Go do some homework, we want responsive representation with transparent operation.

We want to not be railroaded for tardies or for absences when the District does not practice due diligence in interdicting but is very diligent in recording the events and adamantly prosecutes and collects half of the fine. When the people cant pay the kids are picked up from class and taken in handcuffs to the court of nonrecord. The Parent is contacted and ordered to appear immediately. When the Parent arrives he or she is told to pay or your kid goes to jail and sometimes the parent is threatened and / or locked up as well. I have never seen a kid who has been provided counsel but I have witnessed many a kid go to jail.

And this from non responsive legislators who have enabled the School Administration to blame the parent when they allow children in their custody to roam at large unaccounted for and the District in coordination with the Courts of non record get paid (profit) from it.


"Court Appointed Rolodex's". Nanotechnology and "Confessing Error" in a dog and pony show who operate like they are in a Kangaroo Court.

Nanotechnology at work right before our eyes finally an acknowledgment of what has been going on for quite a while now. The information in those "Court Appointed Rolodex's", there is gold in them hills. And this is going to start becoming available when? and for who? We have came to a narrowing of the road here in this alligning of energy fields. I can see it now we got Mikal who who is the adversary of my adversary John Cornyn. We also have the Honorable Judge Manuel Banales who needs to align with Mr Watts and vice versa. Does he want run for mayor unopposed? I would rather see him correct the errors and run for Governor or Ascend to the Texas Supreme Court. Now, John Cornyn has "Confessed Error" and I assure you it wasn't out of fairness but in the essence of knocking the checkers off of the Table because he was going to lose. And Carlos Valdez & John Hubert "Confess Error" on appeal from the 105th. Hubert & Valdez "confess error" so they can conceal Mary Cano. And that is as painless as it gets.


CCCT Political Pulse

Mikal Watts seeks to round up list of Democrats for self, others

By Jaime Powell

A Monday noontime fundraiser at Vietnam restaurant for U.S. Senate hopeful Mikal Watts was a who's who of the local bar association and judiciary, including five district judges. Watts, who is living in San Antonio, told the crowd that "nobody knows Mikal Watts better than Corpus Christi."

Watts, a Democrat, who is seeking the seat held by Republican Sen. John Cornyn, asked the gathering to dig through their Rolodexes and e-mail address lists because he hopes to compile a statewide database to reach Democratic voters that can be used by all Texas Democrats.

"That way, when Judge (J. Manuel) Bañales runs for mayor he can use it," Watts joked, to uproarious laughter from the crowd and a big grin from Bañales, who was sitting on the front row.


If you need an attorney.....if he is any good he will tell you watt an "Ander's Appeal" is? If he tells you not to worry about it.........FIRE HIM !!!