Tag: Kimberly Velez

The High Cost of Abuse

Special Ed OAH Hearing Stats

Last week, the Press Enterprise reported that a six-figure settlement was reached in a lawsuit against TVUSD over a drug sting. This was not the lawsuit that we’re involved in, which is still moving forward to trial, but an entirely separate case that we have been aware of from early on.

Special Ed OAH Hearing Stats

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The Notice of Claim that was received by TVUSD on May 7, 2013, includes the following narrative of the event.

School administrators of (redacted) Middle School intentionally and/or negligently in derogation of the law placed minor, (redacted), an eighth grader, special education student at (redacted), in danger/harm’s way by “deputizing” and involving him in an unlawful school directed drug sting operation on the (redacted) campus on December 5, 2015. The day before the unsanctioned “drug sting” (redacted), the minor’s mother, upon learning from her son that the administration was going to use him as “bait” the next day in an attempted drug sting devised to expel a suspected drug dealing student on campus, specifically spoke to (redacted), the Assistant Vice Principal. In this conversation, (the minor’s mother) told (the Assistant Vice Principal) that the school did not have her and her husband’s permission to use their son in such a manner.

Despite advising (redacted) administration that they did not want their son involved in this illegal school fabricated drug sting, these administrators, against the parents’ wishes, went ahead with their operation the next day (December 5, 2012).

It is interesting to note that the the incident happened only six days before the Operation Glass House arrests, when our son and 21 other students were arrested, 9 who were Special Education.… Read more

Indeed!

The following is a transcript of the closing comments made by TVUSD Board Member Julie Farnbach at the most recent school board meeting on June 2, 2015.1)While we have had no private communications with Farnbach, or any of the board members since they were sworn in last November, we fully agree with the content of Farnbach’s statement.

We the PeopleAt the beginning of every school board meeting, we pledge allegiance to the Republic for which this flag stands. For those of us who crammed right before finals then promptly forgot our civics lessons, a Republic is a government based on representation. Since a democracy fails to function as soon as a population outgrows the biggest venue in town, we elect representatives to make policy decisions on our behalf.

Except in cases where we must protect another’s right to privacy, this decision-making is to be done in full view of the public. The voters must be able to observe the process, give feedback to their representatives, and assess their decision-making in order to make an informed vote in the next election cycle.

Although as board members, each of us becomes the public face of the school district, our primary purpose here is NOT to represent district staff to the public, but to be representatives of the people TO the district. The school board exists to represent the people, the voters. We stand in for them.

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The People Behind the Scandal

God Save the Queen

Timothy Ritter, TVUSD Superintendent
2013 Compensation, $233,161
Email: tritter@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Telephone: (951) 506-7904

Tim Ritter is one of three people within the TVUSD who were aware of the undercover police operation that occurred for several months on Temecula school campuses. According to sworn testimony by TVUSD Director of Child Welfare and Attendance Michael Hubbard, Mr. Ritter is the person who authorized this operation.

Ritter’s term as superintendent has been plagued by multiple public scandals, financial improprieties, public investigation by the state of California, and open hostility toward critics.

Michael Hubbard, TVUSD Director of Child Welfare and Attendance
2013 Compensation, $142,501
Email: mhubbard@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Telephone: (951) 506-7983

Michael Hubbard is one of three people within the TVUSD who were aware of Operation Glass House, the undercover police operation that occurred for several months on Temecula school campuses. Hubbard was in frequent communication with the law enforcement officials responsible for this operation, and provided personal information about our son to the law enforcement officials several weeks before our son Jesse Snodgrass’s  arrest.

On October 30, 2013, Michael Hubbard was named as a defendant as part a a civil lawsuit filed against TVUSD in the Jesse Snodgrass case.

On October 21, 2014, the TVUSD discipline czar informed the school board how drones are being used at TVUSD school sites.

KVEQ3Kim  Velez, TVUSD Director of Special Education
2013 Compensation, $143,538
Email: kvelez@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Telephone:(951) 506-7981

On October 30, 2013, Velez was named as a defendant as part a a civil lawsuit filed against TVUSD in the Jesse Snodgrass case.… Read more

When Cornered Rats Attack

TVUSD staffer Chris Check's TVUSD Manifesto suggests that tinfoil hats are currently en vogue inside the administration compound.
TVUSD staffer Chris Check's TVUSD Manifesto suggests that tinfoil hats are currently en vogue inside the administration compound.

TVUSD staffer Chris Check’s TVUSD Manifesto suggests that tinfoil hats are currently en vogue inside the administration compound.

Inside the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s administrative compound, full-scale panic has set in. As we’ve reported previously, TVUSD officials have been showing signs of cracking, with public displays of erratic behavior and questionable judgment. This past Thursday, a 3,040 word manifesto from Chris Check, a TVUSD administrative staffer, was sent via TVUSD email to all school board members, District staff members, and school employees. Check, who fortunately is retiring at the end of the current school year, is a direct report of TVUSD Special Education Director Kim Velez, who is already facing a mother lode of legal issues.

Underscoring the bunker-mentality that has overtaken the TVUSD administrative compound, the attempted cyber-bullying appears to be heavily fueled by anger and paranoia, naming enemies in unrepeatable terms and engaging in unflinching defamation without any attempt to provide substantiation. And the use of the word defamation is not ours, rather, it comes from the Cease and Desist that was delivered to Superintendent Timothy Ritter and Chris Check, with copies being received by Velez, along with all of the board members, on the day after the maniacal manifesto was mass-delivered through TVUSD’s taxpayer-funded email system. This is the 2nd Cease and Desist Check has received.

As we’ve noted before, things get dicey when team Ritter is forced to face the temperature of the real world.

TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter has a serious issue.

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TVUSD’s Admin Pep Rallies Continue to Neglect Our Kids

TVUSD Director of Special Education asks, "who's the fairest of them all?"
TVUSD Director of Special Education Kimberly Velez

“Mirror mirror on the wall…” TVUSD Director of Special Education Kimberly Velez

After receiving a devastating indictment from the California Department of Education (CDE) in the form of 226 corrective actions, TVUSD Special Education Director Kimberly Velez seems to be mimicking the increasingly erratic behavior of her boss, Superintendent Timothy Ritter. Last week, Velez continued the recent trend of TVUSD administrators hijacking school board meetings and turning them into pep rallies aimed solely at the audience in the room.

[pullquote align=”right” color=”#EF7C43″ class=””]Kimberly Velez appears to be more concerned with saving face than protecting the children she was hired to serve.[/pullquote]

In a display that can charitably be described as bizarre, Velez used last week’s school board meeting to share a taxpayer-bankrolled PowerPoint presentation filled with multiple photos of her smiling for the camera, with big colorful letter grades plastered across the slides – nothing lower than an “A” of course. The message here? Even though the CDE gave Kim Velez’s leadership of TVUSD’s Special Education department an “F”, Velez thinks she deserves an “A”.

Had Velez been less concerned about gifting the taxpayers and her staff with pictures of herself, she may have found time to address some serious issues.

  • The nine special education children who were entrapped in the abusive drug sting, Operation Glass House, which Timothy Ritter personally authorized and has led to Velez being personally sued.
  • The pattern of changing educational documents, after being signed by parents, as identified in the CDE report.
  • The misappropriated special education funds that never made it to a Temecula charter school, also identified in the CDE report.
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Allan Pulsipher is Not a Crook

Allan Pulsipher, Dr. Prez
Allan Pulsipher, Dr. Prez

Allan Pulsipher, Dr. Prez

Temecula Valley Unified School District board members Allan Pulsipher (current president), and Kristi Rutz-Robbins have each received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. 

As we noted, Rutz-Robbin’s answer was priceless. Now, we’ve received Pulsipher’s answer.

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and

remove all doubt.”

Mark Twain

We’re speechless…read on.

Pulsipher Response (click to enlarge)

Pulsipher Response (click to enlarge)

Notice of Intention (click to enlarge)

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Kristi Rutz-Robbins Defending Her Throne

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KRR

Kristi-Rutz Robbins, Piled higher and Deeper (PhD)

Temecula Valley Unified School District board members Allan Pulsipher (current president), and Kristi Rutz-Robbins have each received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. Today, Rutz-Robbins provided her answer.

This. Is. Priceless.

RutzRobbinsResponse

Rutz-Robbins Response (click to enlarge)

Notice of Intention (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

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Tonight’s Board Meeting: More Campaigning on our Dime

TVUSD Special Education Director Kim Velez
TVUSD Special Education Director Kim Velez

TVUSD Special Education Director Kim Velez

We remember the last time a TVUSD administrator tried to present an overview of the California Department of Education (CDE) Verification Review of TVUSD’s Special Education department. Last fall, during election season, former board member Richard Shafer had the following to say:

(T)he California Department of Education did a verification review and we got an oral report back. We’re waiting for the final report in writing, but their oral comments to our staff, they praised our district for outstanding services to students, praised our teachers for being highly familiar with students, their needs and what was outlined in their IEPs, praised our general education teachers for being knowledgeable of students’ IEPs and services, praised our district for having exceptional child find procedures in place to identify students with special needs. The CDE found our files to be highly compliant with meetings being held on time, student being invited if appropriate and goals in all areas of need. The CDE stated they were exceptionally pleased with the level of service, compliance and commitment to our staff, and office to provide appropriate levels of service to students. We’re still waiting for the written report on that.

My job is to, my biggest thing that I do is to hire the superintendent, and we’ve got a good superintendent.

Video here.

Shafer’s overview was glass-half-full, to say the least, as the written report was much less charitable, specifically outlining financial improprieties and altering of documents for starters.… Read more

Meet Ritter’s Mousketeers

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Tim Ritter and his Mousketeers

Tim Ritter and his Mousketeers

TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter has a serious issue. He can’t face criticism, which is problematic for any person whose livelihood is funded by taxpayers, and who is responsible for the well being of our children on 180 days of each year.

He goes to great lengths to hide from critics, but in instances where he hasn’t been able to find shelter from words that make him sad, we’ve seen his behavior turn erratic and bizarre. While Tim Ritter has a tremendous amount of shortcomings, this is his Achilles heel. And it’s unacceptable for any school district’s superintendent.

At the April 21, 2015 school board meeting, Rittergate was publicly revealed:

According to (Craig) Johns, the district became in breech of its own policies by hiring Lindsey Jean Ritter, daughter of TVUSD Superintendent, during a board meeting held on October 1, 2013.

[…]

Johns went on to say that through the investigation the group discovered Lindsey Ritter has convictions including a “plea of guilty, nolo contendere (no contest) and/or a finding of guilty by a judge or a jury.”

“Court records confirm that Lindsey Ritter was charged with penal code 487 1-3,” Johns said. “Pertaining to one of two felonies with which she was charged which is grand theft. On January 17, 2012 Miss Ritter was sentenced without going to trial for … felony reduced to a misdemeanor. Sentencing included the repayment of $18,676 worth of restitution to the San Diego court system and probation.

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Valley News Editorial Says What Voters Already Know

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There’s a new must-read editorial piece from Kim Harris at the Valley News that underscores the obvious.

Things are bad at TVUSD and the school board can no longer put the blame on the former members. Moving forward, they will own whatever happens, and the clock is ticking.

You Know What to DoTemecula Valley Unified School District seems to have no end to its problems. The Snodgrass incident, failures to English as a second language learners, shortcomings in the Special Education program, the Karen Hayes controversy and the hiring of Superintendent Timothy Ritter’s daughter in spite of her criminal record all show shortcomings within the district.

While mistakes are sometimes made, let’s face it, these constant missteps create doubt in the minds of those who voted the board into office and affects the confidence of the parents whose kids attend the schools within the district. The dramas that go hand-in-hand with constant legal battles, rumblings of disgruntled employees and chatter of failings at the state level, do nothing to help students learn, it detracts from it.

Elected school boards should reflect the values, beliefs and desires of the local community. I have to believe that Temecula residents want more than what they have been given by TVUSD Board of Governors in the past few years. I certainly don’t think that the voters who live in the district expected to end up with the problems currently faced by this particular group of elected officials.

Instead of the barrage of legal problems and accusations of wrong doings, our board should be focused on what they are supposed to be doing and that is representing the public voice in public education while setting the standards of achievement and ensuring that the taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for their buck.

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