IF THE AVERAGE PERSON SEXUALLY ASSAULTS SOMEONE, YOU GET THROWN UNDER THE JAIL AND MUST REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER! IF A MEMBER OF TPD DOES IT...THEY GET 3 MONTHS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE!

Is there corruption among the ranks of the Toledo Police Department?

Sgt. Brandon was put back on the police force by an arbitrator after being fired, and is in trouble again after he called a woman a ho, and would not file her police report.

Read about that here:

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/video?id=6996832

And now former Toledo officer only gets three months behind bars with 5 years probation, after he put his hand down women's pants and touched and rubbed their private areas, while he was conducting traffic stops.

Read more here:

http://www.wtol.com/global/story.asp?s=11079195

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out of control.
Officer McQueen is the same policeman who "arrested" a five year old at Spring Elementary while employed by TPS.

But until there is a public outcry it will be business as usual for the TPD.

Before you get all honked off at the PD you need to realize that they tried to fire each of them. Brandon was reinstated by an arbitrator after he appealed the firing. McQueen waited it out and resigned before being fired.

Don't blame the PD for any "special treatment" on McQueen. The prosecutor makes the decisions on how to handle these cases in criminal court, NOT the PD.

An arbitrator reversed the firing in the Brandon case and ordered the City to give him his job back.

You have this kind of thing happen - from a person with a history of poor performance who's still on the job.

You have children being taught by teachers who arent up to par, but theyre still around and cant be fired.

That's what you get in a Union town.

Whether they're affirmative action teachers or cops or firemen. When will we learn and say enough is enough? It's not just unions who perpetuate poor standards, dumbed down expectations, but all the racist black organizations like the NAACP and Urban League and other hateful groups that oppose quality and qualifications over color, exposing their insecurities and proving they're often not equal.

Hey, I'm a retired union man and as far as I'm concerned that's the biggest problem with the unions. They have gone from being an organization for the betterment of all workers to a group that's main job seems to be to protect the worthless scumbags who don't deserve a good paying job......and lining their pockets of course.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Jeepmaker I can totally see where you are coming from. Both of my grandfathers were members of union.

My father is a member of a union.

I would rather starve than take a job where I give anything to a union. Why? You summed it up here..."main job seems to be to protect the worthless scumbags who don't deserve a good paying job"

Now I'm all for using the current laws on the books to protect workers. However, I believe some trade unions still stay true to their original intent.

MikeyA

The Toledo Federation of Teachers was the first teacher union in America to participate in firing bad teachers. Originally, this was called the "Intern-Intervention Program". It has since been labeled "The Toledo Plan", and is admired throughout the nation, even in most of the world!! The "Toledo Plan" has won national awards for union-management cooperation, and for improving teacher quality. It is a model used for the entire State of California. TPS people have gone to Chicago in recent years to help them adapt the model for their use. Educators from Australia and the Republic of South Africa have and are studying it, and it is used in parts of Mexico!

SInce the early 1980s, first year teachers in TPS are evaluated by experienced teachers. The average percentage of new teachers who are not around for a second year is 8%-12%. In the three years BEFORE the Intern-Intervention Program, Toledo fired exactly ZERO first year teachers!

The Intervention part affects veteran teachers. I am in my 34th year. If I am identified as performing poorly, I can be placed in the Intervention Program with or WITHOUT my consent. Do I have a choice NOT to enter the program? I could resign or retire. The teacher may be placed in the Intervention Program by either the principal, or the union Building Committee, or both together. A joint recommendation is preferred. Almost everyone who has been placed in the Intervention Program has been done so by a joint recommendation. There are teachers in the Intervention Program every year. Most placed there resign, retire, or are fired within a year. Some improve with help. All of the evaluation is done by experienced teachers. The final decision to fire is done with the recommendation of a joint teacher-administrator board to the TPS Superintendent. Once a teacher is recommended to be fired, the teachers' union will NOT represent her/him nor defend her/him!!

When this program was started, it was most controversial among unions and, especially teacher unions. Most unionists believed strongly that firing any teacher was the job of management alone. But, Dal Lawrence, the long-time President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, (now retired) stated that if teaching were to be respected as a profession, teachers had to take the lead in policing their own ranks the same way doctors and lawyers do. Mr, Lawrence was frustrated in his early years as a teacher and as the TFT President by having to teach with someone he knew was a poor practioner, hurting the students about whom Mr. Lawrence cared so much. If that person was a friend of that school's principal, or, often, another administrator, their incompetence was usually ignored. That teacher DID, in the "good ol' days" have a job for life. If there would be an attempt to fire an incompetent teacher, the union would insist upon "due process" rights, to protect the integrity of the system. The accused teacher would usually have her/his job saved because incompetent or ill-prepared administrators scewed up on the process!

Billy...on another note, I'm sure that I can never convince you that TPS teachers are among the best in the nation because TPS student test scores are lower than the suburban students, in general. Of course, several TPS schools are now rated "Excellent", but don't let that influence you pre-conceived notions, Billy.
Few of the suburban teachers would dispute that teaching urban children has a different set of challenges than does teaching suburban children. Few suburban teacher who have friends that teach in urban schools would question the hard work and dedication of urban educators. Compare TPS to other URBAN districts. TPS has consistently been among the top urban school districts in the state.

TPS teachers work very hard. TPS teachers care so much about the children whom they serve. So do our colleagues in the suburbs. The main reason our colleagues in the suburbs do not seek to change employment and teach for TPS is that they would work at least as hard, and then have people, most of whom never enter an urban public school building, or haven't done so this century, tell these dedicated educators that they stink!!

while employed by TPS brutally assaulted a female student at Woodward and would take pictures of the female students..While TPS claims no knowledge of this incident, I remember it because we represented the student in a hearing and filed a public complaint. with the district. Nothing was ever done.
The judge Amy Berling should be remembered when election day comes up and her name is on the ballot.

The Toledo Plan has been found to discriminate against minority teachers-black teachers, hispanic teachers, male teacher of all ethnicities, and the older first year teacher. Because it has been touted as the best thing since white bread does not make it so.
I grant you it may work in other cities or other countries but it is a complete failure as implemented in Toledo Ohio under the auspices of the Lawrence Dynasty. Dal Lawrence may be retired but his legacy carries on through his wife, Ms Francine Lawrence.
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Union people fire other union people, whoever heard of that? Union people fire other first year union teachers not the veteran teacher that the Toledo Plan is supposed to police. When was the last time a veteran teacher was fired or even placed into intervention since the Toledo Plan was initiated? The Toledo Plan is used to get rid of first year teachers.

As far as "urban" districts, what you mean is "black students." There is an African Probverb that states, "Don't call the forest that feeds you a jungle." You have made a good living off of "urban" children. What have the "urban" students gotten out of the deal?
17 schools in academic watch or emergency including your school Deveaux. One school in Academic Emergency or Watch for a decade.

Dal Lawrence may be retired but the Lawrency Legacy lives on in Francine.

First -- No unbiased analysis of the Toledo Plan has found it to discriminate against minority teachers. I, personally, would never be a part of any program that would discriminate against minorities. I would never defend any program that would discriminate against minorites.

Second -- TPS still has over 40% of its students who are non-minority students. Does that mean that TPS is not an urban school district? I am a product of TPS. I am concerned with the success of all TPS students, minority and non-minority alike. Do they not all count as urban students by "Twila's Definition" of urban?

Third -- I consider myself to be a product of an urban school district and having come from an inner city neighborhood. I grew up in the neighborhood between Bancroft and Woodruff and between Upton and Auburn. I guess that can't be "urban", because I'm not in a racial minority, and by "Twila's Definition", I would have to be!

Fourth -- DeVeaux dropping into Academic Watch is a one year phenomenon. A few years ago, before there was testing at the 7-8 level, DeVeaux was in "Academic Watch" based upon the scores at Start High School, the high school attended by most of our students. Start is now rated "Excellent". Standardized testing often has such one year distortions.

Fifth -- Twila, you state above, "Union people fire other first year union teachers, not the veteran teacher the Toledo Plan is supposed to police". What do you know about what the Toledo Plan was designed to do? Were you there? Were you part of the discussions? I was!! It was primarily to be an Intern Program to mentor inexperienced teachers who are too often poorly prepared to teach by often inept colleges of education. New teachers are helped by veteran teachers. If they do well, they stay in TPS. If they are poor practitioners and do not improve, they are fired (non-renewed). If this is done well, and almost all TPS teachers today have successfully completed the Internship Program, the Intervention component should have to be used sparingly, because those who are not competent were eliminated in their first year of teaching. I have told you to your face that you are a negative person. Here is proof yet again! You ignore the fact that if 8-12% of first year teachers don't make it through the Intern Program, that means that 88%-92% continue TPS employment. I see that as a very good to excellent rate of passing!! If TFT were really trying to "...fire other first year union teachers.." as ridiculous as that sounds on its face, I guess that TFT is not doing such a good job if 88%-92% get through!!

Sixth -- I know of two experienced teachers, personally, who were in the Intervention Program within the last year. One has since retired, which is one of the common outcomes to which I referred above.

Don't EVER let facts get in the way of your opinions, Twila! NO FACTS, PLEASE!! NEVER EVER!!!

Speaking of "black students," "urban students," dumbed down standards and affirmative action teachers...

White schools parasitized

...One principal is quoted as saying: "They [Black South Africans] hear that the [White] school has a 100% pass rate and they trust the white set-up far more than they trust township schools because there are no unions, no strikes."Black schools are therefore emptying and closing, whereas white schools are overcrowded. However, this is a self-defeating, temporary practice. As soon as there are too many black pupils in a school, the standards start dropping, discipline deteriorates and the results plummet...

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We suffer from the same curse here in the United States.

It appears blacks see prosperity on white farms in raped Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe ruins) and so seize them, kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, sleep on the tractor and leave the fields barren, and wonder what's not working...

Blacks see better education and results in the white schools and then invade and still don't make the grade and blame others for their failings...

Suburban schools targeted for minority hires

Suburban schools rule!

The saying as I heard it growing up is: "The best thing since SLICED bread", not "WHITE" bread, as you stated it. Now why would you use the word white here?

...by your equation of "urban" with "black students". I think that is an unfair characterization of what Dale is saying. Absolutely unfair. That's not what he was saying and you know it. We know that there are a lot of complex societal issues happening in highly urban school districts, whether they have white students, black students, or hispanic students, that absolutely take precedence over schooling. He's was just commenting that you should compare TPS with other large urban districts for comparison.

And it's interesting - I know the phrase "best thing since sliced bread", but haven't heard the "best thing since white bread". I'll have to tuck that one away!

Aren't both offensive officers people of black color? Does the TPD fear charges of racism since clearly the pigs in the spotlight don't have any worthy record to fall back on so they can typically abuse the race card. They give a bad name to good cops everywhere.

should I have said, "black" bread, "brown" bread or what you would have me say "sliced bread?" I used the terminology mainly because that was the expression I heard growing up.
You trying to start something? Because if you are I can go back to Facebook for the rest of the day where you can say what you want with people that you know or at least think a little like you do.
People not always try ing to start some "tihs."

I may have given the impression that I was taking Pertcheck to task for use of the term "Urban School" in place of "black students," I wasn't. The two terms are interchangeable on a local or national level. When you picture the word "urban" you picture a place of sickness, sadness and slackness. When you picture the word "suburban" you picture a place of happiness, problemfree, green lushness.

As far as the white bread comment, you heard sliced bread growing up, I heard white bread. It has absolutely nothing to do with race as Pertcheck tried to imply.

One of the things you tend to do is state your impressions and claim that your impressions are the impressions of society in general, or at least a large segment of society. When you describe "urban" and "suburban" we get your view, not the general view in society. It is not necessary for me to imply anything. You're the one who continues to equate "urban" with black. You just can't admit that some of us folks can have an urban experience growing up and not be a minority.

Growing up, I had several of my friends incarcerated. I was threatened by gang violence. When I saw a police car, I went the other way, even if I had done nothing wrong. I envied those who had more material things than I did. I have long moved past these youthful impressions and events. However, I resent the fact that you won't admit that people like me can be considered to have grown up in an urban environment, even though we are not considered part of a minority group.

Now, if all you want is to communicate in a situation where no one will challenge your beliefs, I guess you should seek a different forum than here. "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

I will get out of the kitchen when and if I decide to not when you and others may want me to. What I do on SB is generally based on how much time I have to devote to the SB mentality.
You had an "urban" childhood which to you equates to incarceration, gang violence and other ugly things, I had an "urban" chilhood which did not equate with incarceration, gang violence or ugly things. I think we are of the same decade, you may be a few years younger but you surely are lightyears away from what I think is the "urban" experience.
Remember the African Proberb.....Don't call the forest that feeds you a jungle."

Is that ebonics or something?

When will blacks practice what they preach instead of acting like ungrateful illegitimate children, whether here or in Africa? Jeremiah Wright and other hateful black brothers of Obama/Soetoro/Obama come to mind.

Aid for Africa?

Repatriation not reparations!

Those are extremely rude and mean-spirited comments, DBA. I will ask for you to engage in rational, reasoned debate, not spewing hate speech and vitriol, please.

you not be so condescending when you say this? You out of anyone should know how funny it is when you lecture people how they should act and what is racist and what is not. You should not be lecturing on these topics. I think we would all agree on this.

Chris, who is your comment addressed to? Are you saying that I am being condescending toward DBA?

Junior High School is a perfect example of a non urban school in an "Urban" district. Ten years in either contiunous improvement , Academic watch or Academic Emergency not quite being able to make the hurdle over student improvement. Haven't you been a part of those years as a teacher? School year 2008-2009 in 8th Social Studies only 23.7% of the students passed, Science 30.7% passed, Math 39.5% passed and reading 53.4% passed. This school is not high poverty so what do you attribute these pathetic statistics to? Also did you retire or are you still teaching?

One problem is that we are now measuring success based upon test scores only. Overall, test scores at the middle school level trail those at both elementary and high school statewide. WIthout a detailed analysis, no one really knows why this is. We do know that, at every level, these tests are developed independently. If I could answer why DeVeaux is in "Academic Watch" while Start, where most of our students go on, is rated "Excellent", I'd be writing an article for an education publication or even a book. As I stated above, I'm sure this is a one year anomaly. Such anomalies are common in testing. We'll see next year.

Again, you must state exactly what you mean when you say that DeVeaux is a "non-urban" school. We are smack in the middle of a city. We have a mixed population with a growing number of students on free and reduced price lunch. Exactly what, in your opinion, would make us more "urban"? Of course, as usual, you state things off the top of your head without checking facts first. DeVeaux has never been in the classification "Academic Emergency".

I am 62 years old. I started teaching at the age of 29. I am in my 34th year of teaching.

You hardly even know me. You jump to so many conclusions. I never said that my urban upbringing was bad. That's your analysis of a part of my experience growing up. I had a strong, supportive family. My father grew up on Nebraska near City Park. He completed high school, but never went on to college. My father was as lacking in prejudice as a human being could be, and a great example to me. My mother grew up near Mulberry and Moore. She never completed high school because the Great Depression hit her family so hard. She married my father when she was 17 and he was 20. Yet, they both left no doubt that their children were expected to go to college and be professionals.

I would not trade my upbringing for anyone else's. I tell my students that everyone has problems in their lives. Those who succeed see their problems as challenges to overcome. Those who do not succeed see their problems as excuses to fail. I relish the challenges I had. They were greater than some faced, but much easier than others faced. Just as with our most recent Supreme Court Justice, Ms. Sotomayor, I really believe my challenges give me a better insight to understanding this thing we call life than a more comfortable childhood has given others.

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