Every child deserves the best in STEM, gifted or special education services that we can provide using the best scientifically proven methods of learning tailored to each child’s specific needs while keeping costs controlled.
With great trepidation and excitement, I announce my candidacy to run for ISD School Board Director Seat #5.
I am passionate and eager to help the district. I can contribute a skill set and perspective that is not currently represented on the Board. I was a child welfare state social worker; a special education teacher at Schools for the Deaf and Blind; I have fifteen years of experience working in financial management and as a forensic accountant; a licensed private investigator; a certified fraud examiner; a CEO; and of most importance I am a mother to six children and have been a foster parent. I value all children and want them to reach their full potential.
I understand if I gain a seat on the board I will be the lone voice for change among people who have been on the board for many years -who have run unopposed. I understand they will fight me and want to keep their homeostasis. I will counter this by being respectful, kind, and giving my dissent when necessary while sharing with the public the big decisions made by the board that impacts us all.
It is my goal to open the community's eyes to the harm the last school board has given to our children and eventually have the old school board replaced with new people and new ideas representing us. I look forward to the day when the school board matters and each candidate actually has a running mate!
WE CAN DO BETTER IN ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT!
Many people moved into Issaquah School District because of the accolades of the great school district; I was one of those people nine years ago. Five of my children have attended Issaquah School District School. As the years passed I became more concerned about the decisions of the school board. Parent concerns were not being listened to and resolved adequately causing large amounts of money to be spent on lawsuits; several schools and some classrooms had better equipment and better-trained teachers; Schools that used a “lottery” system are difficult to get into; Over a half of a billion dollars in levies and bonds have been asked for at alarming rates; tear down of buildings have happened where remodels should have been studied; and the eye-opening final straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the failure of the Issaquah School Board was when they denied services to my profoundly dyslexic child and we went to court to get services for her and for all of the other children in the district. I have been fighting the school district for services for dyslexic children for the last four years. The saddest thing to me is I am not the only one, families have had to move out of the district for SE services, home-school or send their children to private school on their own dime. (See affidavits below) This is not okay. As a district we can do better!
Under my leadership, big changes will happen in the Issaquah School District.
My plans for making this happen include:
1. Fiscal Accountability. No more bonds and levies. When possible remodel existing structures instead of building.
2. Complaint and Resolution Team. Conflict is inevitable; Issaquah School District has handled conflict by throwing attorneys at problems costing substantial amounts of money. Issaquah School District has a considerable number of complaints from parents and an obscene amount spent on attorneys. I would like to change how the Issaquah School District has been handling conflicts by addressing existing and potential conflicts before they need formal mediation and legal fees. I would like to form a complaint and resolution team in the district to make sure the children are educated, the parents are heard, and less money is spent on court fees. Education disputes can be expensive, but resolving conflicts don't have to be. My conflict resolution alternatives include forming a liaison team backed by the school board and the superintendent who is impartial to the district, the teachers and to parents, who will hear complaints and follow through to an agreeable resolution.
3. Equitable Educational Opportunities. No matter where a student attends school they should be able to access the same set of tools and services to achieve their educational goals.
4. Greater Transparency. Open lines of communication between the district and parents; make board meetings more appealing and encourage the district to engage in more conflict resolution and fewer lawsuits.
5. Special Education. Create district standards for testing, evaluating, IEP's and 504 plans to ensure each individual special education student's educational benefit.
Teaching a special education child is of utmost importance. The state and federal government give extra money to school districts to adequately teach each disabled child. Issaquah School District has a long record of ignoring special education children. This is blatant educational malpractice and is putting the district at great risk for lawsuits and potential ruling of repayment of funds to the federal government because ISD did not use the money for the betterment of the SE children, not to mention the long term ramifications to children who are not adequately taught. I have been fighting ISD for seven years now, getting nowhere and this is why I am running for School Board, so I can make changes at the top. My case with my daughter is so blatant educational malpractice it is disgusting.
You may say it is only Layna that has had this experience, sadly not! WE CAN DO BETTER!
Read these affidavits.
Please read my court case complaint that is supported by evidence and testimony.
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/fb11475c-0401-4668-9e0f-678d4d8cecaa/downloads/FINAL%20Opening%20Brief.pdf?ver=1560365907745 I am now in 9th district court acting as my own attorney.
Administrators and teachers knowingly gave educational malpractice to my daughter (and other children).
Issaquah School District can do better!
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