Tag: Michael Hubbard

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

The People Behind the Scandal

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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

Allan Pulsipher is Not a Crook

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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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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.

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Rutz-Robbins Response (click to enlarge)

Notice of Intention (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

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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.

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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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Are Your TVUSD Students Under Drone Surveillance?

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Michael Hubbard, TVUSD’s Director of Child Welfare and Attendance

BREAKING NEWS: TVUSD’s Discipline Czar Michael Hubbard has informed the school board how drones are being used at our school sites.

This item appears on the board meeting minutes from October 21, 2014, just two weeks before Temecula’s voters gave the school board a massive makeover:

Staff Recommendation
Receive as information how drones are being used at our sites and any laws and FAA regulations associated with them.

Background Information
The use of drones has evolved from a military tool to a sophisticated piece of 21st century technology that has an expanded role in many areas of aviation. One such evolution has been the use of drones as an aerial photography tool.

Submitted By
Michael Hubbard, Director
Child Welfare and Attendance

There are some things you should know about Michael Hubbard, the presenter of the drone info. Hubbard is one of three people within the TVUSD who were aware of Operation Glass House, the disastrous undercover police operation that occurred for several months on Temecula school campuses. Mr. Hubbard was in frequent communication with the law enforcement officials responsible for this operation, and provided personal information about our son, Jesse Snodgrass, to the law enforcement officials before Jesse’s  arrest. On October 30, 2013, Michael Hubbard was personally named as a defendant as part a a civil lawsuit filed against TVUSD in the Jesse Snodgrass case.

Do you feel safer now?… Read more

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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State Finds District that Entrapped Our Son Misappropriated Special Needs Kids’ Money

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TVUSD punished again for financial improprieties

A year-long investigation by the California Department of Education (CDE) into the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s (TVUSD) special education department found a multitude of violations – click here to read the full CDE report (323 pages) –  including the following examples of improper use of funds designated for TVUSD’s special education students:

  • 40 school district staff members, who were not assigned to teach Special Education students, received a portion of their salaries from special education funds during the 2013-2014 school year.
  • A Temecula charter school to which TVUSD was required to provide Special Education funds received only 54.3% of the funds during the 2013-2014 school year.

In total, the CDE issued 226 corrective actions and has given TVUSD a deadline of April 15, 2015 to provide evidence that all corrective actions have been completed, including repayment of the misappropriated funds.… Read more

State Investigation Reveals 92% of Temecula’s Special Education Students Have No Future

Meltdown in Temecula as State Investigation Finds Massive Non-Compliance in TVUSD Special Education

Temecula, CA is home to the most famous special education department in the United States. However, it’s a distinction that Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) brass would likely not want, because it was earned after TVUSD allowed undercover cops onto their campuses, resulting in the entrapment of nine special education students, who were handcuffed in front of their classmates and hauled off to jail.

And now, TVUSD’s reputation is about to get even worse.

We are the first to report that last week, TVUSD superintendent Timothy Ritter received the results of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) year-long investigation into TVUSD’s special education department. The State’s investigation of TVUSD is something we had previously reported.… Read more

Snodgrass Public Statement on the End of School Drugs Stings in Riverside County

The Riverside Press Enterprise recently asked us to comment for an article they were preparing, and is out now, Schools get reprieve from undercover drug busts. We provided the following written statement:

It is fantastic news that there have been no schools in the Southern California region that participated in undercover school drug stings. We find these practices to be extremely abusive and pointless as they ultimately destroy the lives of so many students, do not make them any safer, and violate their civil rights. Hopefully, these shameful acts will be banned in every school district. We expect our schools to protect our children and not teach them how to buy drugs.

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