Tag: Temecula Special Ed Scandal

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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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

Shame On You Tim Ritter

Timothy Ritter and his supporters

Tim Ritter must go. Immediately.

Ritter’s term as superintendent has been memorable only for multiple public scandals, financial improprieties, public investigation by the state of California, hypocrisy, and open hostility toward those who dare criticize him. He is an enormous liability to the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Six months ago, the school board election was more than a message. It was a demand. Remarkably, board members who were elected two decades earlier were forcibly removed by the people to whom they reported; the people whose taxes paid their wages and benefits. As the school year is coming to an end, the board must take a look at what a 2015-16 school year will look like should Ritter remain in the corner office, and there are simply no good scenarios.

Timothy Ritter and his supporters

Under Superintendent Timothy Ritter, TVUSD’s school board meetings have turned into a bizarre mash-up of the Jerry Springer Show and the Mickey Mouse Club.

The current situation is not tenable, and Ritter is sadly reduced to coaxing loyalists from Great Oak High School, where he is the former principal, to act as his cheering section at school board meetings. It’s also worth noting that Great Oak High School is the only TVUSD high school that was declared off-limits from the now-discredited sting, Operation Glass House, which Ritter personally authorized. Because of Tim Ritter’s inability to face criticism from the public, he has pathetically turned the school board meetings into a bizarre mash-up of the Jerry Springer Show and the Mickey Mouse Club.… Read more

RITTERGATE

God Save the Queen

One word, Rittergate.

According to (Craig) Johns, the district became in breech of its own policies by hiring Lindsey Jean Ritter, daughter of TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter, 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. We believe this condition was overlooked because of Mr. Ritter’s influence over this board, and more specifically, Board President Allen Pulsipher.”

One more word, hypocrite.

God Save the Queen

Jodi McClay

On Friday, in what can only be described as an act of astonishingly bad judgement, TVUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Support Services Jodi McClay attempted to defend Rittergate via an emailed statement to the Press Enterprise newspaper.

In McClay’s statement, she mentioned that “drug crimes” would preclude a person from employment at TVUSD. This would seem to disqualify the 22 former TVUSD students who were arrested in the now-discredited and ironically named sting, Operation Glass HouseWe take McClay’s implication very personally.… Read more

Are TVUSD’s Superintendent and Board President Attempting to Undercut New Board Members?

All Signs Point to Bunker Mentality

This Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Governing Board meeting, multiple documents will be proposed for updates. One document that has caught our attention is N.4. PROPOSED REVISION TO BOARD BYLAW 9010 – PUBLIC STATEMENTS.

In this document, paragraph #1 currently reads as follows:

The Governing Board recognizes the rights of Board members to freely express their views and encourages open discussion of issues during the Board meeting. The Board believes that all Board members have a responsibility to express themselves, whether in agreement or disagreement with the other Board members, in ways that support the Board’s ability to govern the District.

If the proposed changes are accepted, it would be changed to read as follows:

The Governing Board recognizes the responsibility of Board members in their role as community leaders to participate in public discourse on matters of civic or community interest, including those involving the district, and their right to freely express their personal views. However, to ensure communication of a consistent, unified message regarding district issues, Board members are expected to respect the authority of the Board to choose its representatives to communicate its positions and to abide by established protocols.

All public statements authorized to be made on behalf of the Board shall be made by the Board president or, if appropriate, by the Superintendent or other designated representative.

The proposed changes to this document could easily be interpreted as a message to the new board members to “keep your mouths shut and know your place.” If this is the case, the irony is that the new board members actually hold the majority.… Read more

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