The three stages: pissed off, flabbergasted, laughing
Very short recap … I got Pearlsky’s progress report. It is a report on how she is doing relative to her IEP goals over the last several months. It had things in there that the school has known for over a year that they are no longer allowed to do. I wrote an email to the Special Education Coordinator, cc’ing the teacher. The Coordinator asked around and did verify that no one is doing those actions. Here, ladies and gentlemen of the blog readership is the teacher’s entire response:
I made a mistake on the progress reports and accidently wrote on and sent out progress reports on the old IEP. I will send out the correct reports on the new IEP before the end of the week.
Sorry for this mistake and inconvenience
Let’s look at the last line first. He references his “mistake.” Now the first line defines said mistake “accidently [sic] wrote on and sent out progress reports on the old IEP.” Got that? He is saying his mistake was basing the progress report “on the old IEP.” He does not make any reference to the fact that he just made shit up.
I went easy on him. My response was sent to him, the Coordinator, and the Assistant Superintendent.
To recap what you are saying …
To write Pearlsky’s progress report you looked at her IEP.
You then wrote on the progress report fabrications about what she has been doing, based on what the IEP said she should be doing.
You are now apologizing for basing your lies on an old IEP.
You stated in the report that you were continuing to use physical restraints on Pearlsky and having her listen to her iPod when neither are true and passed these along as facts. The progress report is a fabrication, and you do not dispute that. Now you state that you are “sorry” for the “mistake” of basing your totally erroneous, made up report on “the old IEP.”
Note that the “inconvenience” you mention was my reading that you have been continuing to illegally restrain my daughter in ways that have permanently scared her body. I read this the first day of spring break and had no way of verifying that these actions were or were not continuing.
You have done many things wrong concerning Pearlsky, both physically and mentally, but these fabrications of facts on a legal document are different.
“Sorry for this mistake” is a meaningless sentiment and as it does not qualify as an apology, hence, there is none for me to not accept.
Thank you for the clarification.
Have I mentioned that I hate idiots?
Holy friggin’ cow.
I feel I should comment, but what can one say? You certainly did show a lot of restraint.
You must be kidding! On the other hand, given all the history I guess I am not surprised. Is there some sort of education authority beyond the school district that you can complain to? Either that, or find some really cool way to publicly humiliate the fool. I am all in favor of revenge.
Sadly – this guy’s path crossed with Pearlsky. Luckily – Pearlsky has a Dad who will put his idiocy to an end. Kids who do not have a “ferocious advocate” behind them will be thankful.
oh dear god, I’m speechless….
OH MY GOD, what a LAZY son of a bitch. Forget about making shit up, he couldn’t even bother to get his hands on the latest IEP?
Maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t, he’d be able to base his lies on the new IEP, and then it might be harder to prove.
So sorry to hear Pearlsky’s body has been scarred. I bet your faith has, too.
“Have I mentioned that I hate idiots?” ~~~ PLEASE tell me you included that line in your e-mail!!!!!
That guy has some freakishly huge balls.
Well, for his sake one hopes he does. Cause he ain’t getting any ladies with that brain of his.
Of course, him not spreading his seed? Going out on a limb here…but probably not such a bad thing for the human race overall when I give it some thought. 😛
This situation is a shit sandwich if I ever saw one. With that said, I find your response to be awesome. I can’t wait to read what he has to say.
You were very restrained in your reply and I commend you. If he were my colleague I probably would have slapped him! I seriously don’t know how you kept yourself from strangling him! The idiocy is just mind boggling….
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Wow…there’s another Claire! Like, OMG…my world just imploded.
You are too funny! I love the fact that you can still laugh. Many people ask me why I’m still laughing and I say because I have to! I am Australian and had to fight the Education Department here to send my severely disabled son who has normal intelligence to a school for kids with physical disabilities and normal intelligence. It might seem obvious, but to the department it was difficult. They wanted to send him to a school for kids with intellectual disabilities because it suited their ‘student-to-teacher’ ratio for the area! I fought a hard battle from which my son, Luke, and I were both war weary but he got the place at the school where he supposedly belonged. Unfortunately for him the teacher had no interest in learning how Luke communicated, even though I took in switches and a touch screen computer and demonstrated it to her. She left him sitting in the corner crying for 6 months, bored to death, and the school report she sent home implied he was autistic. He hadn’t had an IEP done yet (because she didn’t intend on teaching him, I’n guessing!) but she had commented that the only thing Luke likes doing was something I know he absolutely despises! I can honestly say that having Luke has taught me that 80-90% of people are totally shit at their jobs and don’t give a hoot, and that includes doctors, nurses and teachers. I watch them all like a hawk and have become the mother from hell, and I have to be or Luke would be dead – I know you know what I’m talking about! I walked away from that school with Luke in hand and homeschool him. I am a single mum with an ex-husband who doesn’t even bother to ask how his kids are going. Unfortunately he was in the 80-90% of people who are shit at their jobs – abusive to his wife and kids! So he quit.