Special Education Advocate Leaders (SEALs) are parent volunteers passionate about improving student achievement for all children. Find our group on FB - SEALs.
Feb 15 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Parents be on alert! Districts are trying to take custody of your child with special needs!
School districts like @CJUHSD and the @AltaLomaSD are using the legal system to intimidate parents into silence about their child’s educational rights. The law firm of choice is @F3Law
who has filed multiple legal actions against parents to remove the parent as the child’s guardian. Please private message if you would like to read the entire Court order which, goes into detail about how FFF filed a Motion to exclude the parent from making legal decisions about
Oct 28, 2022 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
Don English, man @CJUHSD appointed to fill Area 2 school board seat for the last year -- appears to have substantial conflict of interests. English is employed by @SBCo_Supt_Ted, therefore students, special ed and regular, who are expelled from @CJUHSD Board are sent for appeals
to SB County and guess who is involved in this student's appeal process -- Don English again.
POST FROM "STAND UP SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY"
Don English is involved in lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County by @ColtonJUSD for violating student privacy during expulsion hearing
Oct 8, 2022 • 16 tweets • 8 min read
I attended #WESELPA's Propaganda Fest at @CentralSD this past Thursday entitled: "Building Positive Relationships with Your School Community" - a training for parents led by Program Manager Anthony Farenga. It's was very troubling and just another way that the schools
think they own our children. I saw this in their core beliefs where Core Belief #1 was "teachers and parents have dreams for their students". I'm sorry but no teacher gets to dream about my child. They have no claim to their life and future. They need to focus on teaching them to
Jun 19, 2022 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Stop the Government from Silencing YOU!
CA SB 1100 gives control to government agencies like city councils, county boards and school boards to create and use their OWN policies and regulations to define your actions at meetings as “disruptive” and gives
them unfettered power to physically remove you if you violate their policies or regulations! This can be easily abused for the reasons below. Please take JUST 5 MINTUES to ensure that your rights to FREE SPEECH under the First Amendment and the California Constitution are not
Apr 23, 2022 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
A HUGE win for special education family and an embarrassing loss for #WESELPA attorneys from @F3Law -- A Federal Judge just smacked down attempts by the law firms of Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost to sanction an attorney who represents a family of a student with disabilities in
@AltaLomaSD. @F3Law continues to employ the sanctions tactic unsuccessfully, despite a unanimous decision by the #WESELPA Superintendent’s Council not to pursue a sanctions policy in the WESELPA.
I believe FFF is marketing these motions because they get paid by the
Feb 16, 2022 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
OBTAINING EMAILS/TEXTS ABOUT YOUR CHILD. Emails and texts are NOT considered "student records" but parents CAN obtain them via PUBLIC records. I've created a little background fact sheet so you can understand why that is. The main issue is that FERPA says only records that are
identifiable and are MAINTAINED are student records. The courts have defined "maintained" as in a physical file. So, emails and texts (and Google docs communications, etc), unless they are printed and put in a physical file, are not considered "educational records." However,
Jan 10, 2022 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Selpas need their own audit, independent auditor says-- See SEALs email to #WESELPA Administrator @RickyAlyassi.
Hope you had a nice holiday season. I wanted to let you know that this past Monday, the San Bernardino County Board of Education heard a report from an
independent auditor. During the presentation, I asked the auditor regarding the SELPA's responsibility to perform an audit. I asked the auditor if the audit presented to the County Board encompassed all of the programs of the SELPAs since SELPAs have their own board. The auditor
May 30, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENTS
Saturday, June 19, 2021 2-4pm
ONLINE PRESENTATION ON HOW TO RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD
It is clear that most school board members don’t really care about our special education issues. That could be largely due to the fact that they don’t have a child in
special education or some personal connection. Well we do and we need a voice on the board!
We need parents to run in our upcoming school board elections in 2022! Join us online Saturday, June 19th for an online presentation on how to run for your local school board presented by
May 14, 2021 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
ACTION ALERT-- Blow the whistle on WESELPA wrongdoing and speak up for children with disabilities
Please support children with disabilities and their families by speaking up on their behalf. You do not need to be in the WESELPA area to support our cause.
Please DM for email distribution list.
Suggested language (feel free to add your own details):
Dear School Board Members,
I wanted to express my disappointment in how your Superintendent voted on your behalf today at a meeting of the West End Special Education Local
Jan 29, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Special Education during COVID-19 Webinar
Please join us for an educational presentation about IEPs during COVID-19 and how the California Department of Education can be a helpful resource for parents.
Saturday, February 6, 2021 6:00-7:30pm
Click on the Registration Link below to
register and receive the link to the webinar: forms.gle/L5nqVNgBZfY4yN…
NOTE: We are asking people to verify that they are parents/caregivers by providing a REDACTED first page of their child's IEP.
We are trying to preserve confidentiality. We have had many attempts by school
Jan 22, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Thank you to all who have made comments in support of children with disabilities in the #WESELPA. I urge you to continue our advocacy tomorrow. You do not need to be in WESELPA to comment. Your support is important as some of the decisions made at WESELPA may eventually spill
over to other areas.
Please send email by 9:00 am tomorrow to firstname.lastname@example.org
Two ways to comment:
1—Live via phone; send Karen Johnson email before 1/22 9:00 am, requesting to speak on Item B—Public Comments
2—Submit your comments via email before 1/22 9:00am to
Nov 5, 2020 • 15 tweets • 8 min read
From a SEAL...My public comments to @AltaLomaSD --Dear @ALSD_Super_Jim,
I am aware that ALSD is holding an in-person meeting tonight and unfortunately I cannot attend in person. I am requesting an accommodation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s stay home
order. I have individuals in my family that are considered “high risk” & therefore I am strictly adhering to the Governor’s orders. Please read the comments below into the record during public comment:
Dear @AltaLomaSD Board and members of the public,
I would like to take the
Oct 24, 2020 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
From a SEAL: “I looked at my annual tax bill and saw that I'm paying taxes to District via the County tax collector. The voters at the City of Temecula passed a bond initiative to increase facility needs @TVUSD.
The same law firms who have attorneys used for bond
measures at Districts have lawyers within their firm who go to due process, federal court against students with disabilities.
@IUSD, SanD ieguito HS, @TVUSD and other Districts have legal agreements in Special Education with Dannis Woliver Kelly that are approved by the
Oct 21, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Do you want your children or grandchildren back in school? Would you at least like the option? The leadership of @CentralSchoolD1 doesn’t believe you should have that option and has refused to apply for a waiver as other districts in the area have done. Many families need the
option of their children returning to school. In a recent tweet from @CSBA_Now, they shared that students across the state have been returning to the classroom this month and so far public health officials report no significant increase in Covid-19 cases. When it comes to
Sep 16, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Advocates for Angels: Meet the Panelists!
➡️Marc Levine: Marc is a retired Special Education Judge. He retired to help families of children with special needs. He co-founded Levine & Maybaum, LLP, a law firm that specializes in matters involving special education.
➡️Rita Fernandez-Loof: Rita has led efforts to improve education for children with disabilities and educate parents about their children’s rights. She authored legislation (SB 1327—Soto) to strengthen protections for children with disabilities attending private schools, which
The link below is from the #Fiscal Crisis Management Team (#FCMAT), an independent
organization that was called in by Independent districts within #WESELPA because of lack of trust and transparency. This report was done in 2010 and the same issues still exist in 2020.
This report talks about the contingency fund (#Xpot)* that is used for legal fees, p29.
Sep 16, 2020 • 13 tweets • 8 min read
Public comments @ #WESELPA Program Advisory Committee (#PAC), the #SELPA spedheads from Advocate Peter Atwood:
“Some arithmetic: It captures the prevailing attitude that the #WESELPA reimburses 100% to litigate against kids, while only reimbursing 30% to actually do something
for a kid. Ricky [#SELPA Administrator], and the rest of you, so long as the #SELPA makes its priorities that clear with its checkbook, any talk about wanting to work with parents or to do anything for kids is idle chatter. I have two outstanding cases with you all.?
Sep 5, 2020 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
@CSBA_Now or California School Boards Association is a membership-driven association that provides policy resources and training to members and represents the statewide interest of public education through legal, political legislative, community and media advocacy as stated on
CSBA's website. @CSBA_Now offers
Premier Business Affiliate memberships to law firms that school districts use to litigate against families with disabled students. In particular, one law firm @F3Law Fagen, Friedman & Fultrust, is a Premier Business Affiliate at CSBA. This Premier
Aug 28, 2020 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
September 1, 2020, will be day 3 trail against special education student - @UplandUnifiedSD using taxpayer dollar intended for education students, paying a private law firm with our taxpayer dollars to fight not support a young girl with reading disability.
We are passionate about exposing the use of private law firms in Special Education at Districts like @UplandUnifiedSD (CA) and @TVUSD (CA).
Comments to SB County Bd of Education: “My name is Gil Navarro. I have been a student Advocate for over 25 years. I am appalled in reading the following article from our local newspaper. A coalition led by Public Advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union formally
complained that the SB County Superintendent of schools, @SBCo_Supt_Ted, had allowed Districts he oversees to divert #LCFF funds into other purposes, including campus police.
I have recommended to the San Bernardino County School Board Members that they hire FCMAT ( Fiscal Crisis
Jul 11, 2020 • 27 tweets • 8 min read
Update From Stacy Henry, Board Member Area 5 re: @CentralSD:
I continue to attempt to keep the Citizens and Taxpayers within the Central School District updated on the happenings in the district and where we are financially. Here is more information regarding the district, and
my take on how it impacts our children and taxpayers.
Beginning next school year, we are projected to deficit spend. In 2020-21 we will deficit spend by $1,881,047. Simply put, we are projected to spend more money than we will take in. It will force us to use the funds we have