It's smoke and mirrors when the Brecksville Board of Education “explains” Section 19 titled Least Restrictive Environment. This section of the contract deals with students who have special learning needs.
For petty reasons, Mr. Ziegler said that the change in the language, to remove the whole section, was for the purpose of “avoiding small grievances” and because IEPs are “already written.”
Mr. Ziegler, ignorant to anything having to do with special ed. or education, should know that IEPs are written every 364 days and take roughly 2-5 hours to DRAFT per child, but he doesn't.
Additionally, Section 19 protects the rights of all students, but it focuses on those with special needs by providing TIME for teachers to meet these needs through structured best practices; i.e., regarding testing, student scheduling, observations, teacher collaboration, IEP writing, training, and class size.
Mr. Tryon and the rest of the Board have been asked multiple times to explain the phrase "advisory only" in Section 19. The residents and staff members who’ve asked have consistently been met with five stuttering Board members who give clueless expressions or issue warnings of ULPs (Unfair Labor Practice). Additionally, Mr. Dosen, with genuine insensitivity to students with disabilities, said this, "We’ve spent about as much time talking about special ed. as we did talking about alcohol, which was none." Are you SERIOUS? OUR STUDENTS and our teachers deserve better than that.