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Betsy Combier

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Email: betsy.combier@gmail.com

 
The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Booker T. Washington Middle School 54, Grievance Brings Retaliation (cont.)

   Robin Brown, indicted   
CORRESPONDANCE AND COMMUNICATION

A Notice of Claim was filed against Mr. Vignola in June, 2002, but the lawyer I hired to file the complaint, Mr. Timothy Devane, told me in October that he had forgotten to file it. A defamation civil rights case was filed in Supreme Court on June 24, 2002, against Mr. Larry Lynch, Marie Williams, and the members of the Review Committee, and Supreme Court Judge Marilyn Shafer quickly dismissed the case and suggested that the City come after me for sanctions. She did not question the contract of the Corporation Counsel indemnifying the parents who had started the Review Committee to remove me from the PTA Executive Board, nor did she order any discovery on the truth of my claims of fraud and harassment, or defendants' claims of my alienating the Principal.

In 2002, I believed I had enough documentation concerning abuse of special education children at the school and we still had not received our $13,783.77 Barnes and Noble check, so I contacted the office of District Attorney Robert Morganthau. Ms. Joan Delaney and I spoke for several hours, and she took copies of all of my documents. She sent me a copy of her investigation, which was there was no reason to look at anything further. I was never able to speak with her again, as she never returned my calls.

At the beginning of November 2002 I received a letter from Mr. Thomas Hyland, Deputy Director of the Office of Special Investigations, thanking me for whistleblowing Mrs. Romandetto:

Letter from Hyland

In March 2004, the Booker T. Washington MS 54 School Report card shows that there were, indeed, many children never tested at all on one chart, and yet 100% tested on another.

Accountability:

We have contacted all of the people listed below at least once, or met with them personally, and therefore they know the situation described. We believe that Accountability is "answerability". We add:
"once informed of a problem that you in your official position could do something about, what is/was your response? What did you do to resolve the issue presented to you?"

Governor Pataki:
Reply to November 2, 2002 letter: I must wait for Commissioner Richard Mills to answer first.

New York State Regents:
No reply from anyone except the Honorable Harry Phillips 3rd:
His Note

Commissioner Richard Mills:
Combier's Petition dismissed in it's entirety
His decision 14,831 is invalid due to his misstating the facts, claims, and requests of my Verified Petition filed with his office on September 23, 2001;

Affidavit filed March, 2002
STATE OF NEW YORK
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
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In the Matter of Betsy Combier, on behalf
of herself and of E
from action of the Board of Education Officials:
Mr. Jamal Young, Director of Parent AFFIDAVIT
Advocacy and Engagement; the District 3
Superintendant, Mrs. Patricia Romandetto;
and District 3 Parent Advocacy and Engagement
Representative Ms. DJ Sheppard,
regarding the Grievance filed against Larry Lynch
and Marie Williams, the Review Committee
of MS 54, Harassment, Violations of the A-660s
and New York State Education Law

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TO THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION:

1: At all the times hereinafter mentioned, I, petitioner BETSY COMBIER (PETITIONER), am a resident at New York, NY 10021, in the County of New York, State of New York.
2: At all the times hereinafter mentioned, petitioner's daughter, E resides with me at the same address, and is a student in good standing, on the first honor roll, in the DELTA Program at Booker T. Washington Middle School 54.

3. Petitioner respectfully requests that the Commissioner add the information in this AFFIDAVIT to the Verified Petition, Addendums, REPLY and Memorandum of Law previously filed with the Office of Counsel, New York State Education Department Petitioner is sending this Affidavit to add recently received information to her Memorandum of Law and REPLY which supports her allegations concerning the misappropriation of funds by Mrs. Romandetto, Mr. Larry Lynch and Ms. DJ Sheppard in District 3.

4. Petitioner has previously alleged that Mr. Larry Lynch, Ms. DJ Sheppard, and Mrs. Patricia Romandetto misappropriated the funds raised by the MS 54 PTA at Barnes & Noble on December 13, 1999, and Petitioner states that she continues to support this allegation.

5. Petitioner stated in her previous documents that the Barnes & Noble check with the amount of $13,783.77 on it was made out to the "MS 54 PTA", as per a statement made by Ms. Nancy Stern, Community Relations Representative, to Petitioner on the telephone a few days before Petitioner filed her Memorandum of Law. However, a few days after Petitioner filed her Memorandum, Ms. Stern called the Petitioner once again, and told her that there had been an error, and that Barnes & Noble had made the check out to "MS 54" and had, for some unexplained reason, omitted the "PTA" on the check, despite the contract being made out to benefit the "MS 54 PTA" and had been clearly signed by Petitioner Betsy Combier, Co-President of the MS 54 PTA, and Meredith Millich, VP. Ms. Stern told Petitioner that she did not understand why the check had been made out to the school, but that it was a shame that the Principal and the Superintendant did not give the check to the PTA, as it was raised at a PTA event. Petitioner agreed, that since she had signed the contract for the school, and the PTA was expecting to vote on the allocation of funds for the school, that we, the MS 54 PTA, should have been given the check by Larry Lynch, or at least should have worked with Mr. Lynch on allocating the money to the children, teachers, administration, at the school for school-related needs. Petitioner told Ms. Nancy Stern that the check, even though made out in error to "MS 54", should have been used for school -related items, but Petitioner alleges that it was not: Petitioner made telephone calls to the vendors listed in Exhibit 2 of the Verified Answer, and requested, as part of her research into the Barnes & Noble money and her Verified Petition to Commissioner Mills, that the vendors send her original invoices and copies of the payments made for the items listed on the purchase orders. Petitioner respectfully submits the following information:

The Barnes & Noble check, made out to MS 54 for the amount of $13,783.77, for the December 13, 1999 fundraiser by and for the MS 54 PTA (contract was signed by Betsy Combier, PTA Co-President, and the organization's name was "Booker T. Washington MS 54 PTA"), arrived in the school mid-February.

Mr. Larry Lynch congratulated the PTA for raising a record amount for the PTA, but never gave the check to the PTA. He told Petitioner, PTA President, that Mrs. Patricia Romandetto had to see the check because she had to look at all checks which were over $2000. Petitioner protested, but was not successful in convincing Mr. Lynch to give the PTA the check. Petitioner was working hard at this time to make the MS 54 PTA a 501 (C) 3, but the process was not yet complete. Therefore, Petitioner did request that Mr. Lynch help her and the PTA get the check returned as soon as possible. Mr. Lynch agreed that Mrs. Romandetto would return the check intact "in a few weeks". (Verified Petition)

On March 3, 2000, Mr. Jose Moncion, Administrator of the El Camino Program at MS 54, faxed in to Carolina Biological Supply, a Science Supply Vendor for the BOE, purchase order #2BO5294 and #2BO5298. Some items did not get received by the school, and a tracking report was put on them. All of the items were shipped and invoiced under this PO# and on CBSC Order Number 1440688 from 3/06/00 to 4/24/00. Mr. Lawrence Lynch signed the Purchase orders #2BO5298 and #2BO5294 on 4/17/00 (Verified Petition). The copies of the two purchase orders faxed in to Carolina Biological Supply by Mr. Moncion on March 3, 2000, were unsigned (Appendix A).

The Payment Warrant Itemized Payment Statement #0151053638 was sent to Carolina Biological Supply on July 24, 2000, and received by Carolina Biological Supply on July 28, 2000. The payment warrant has a total amount of $11,952.76. The MS 54 PTA was not told any of the above because we did not have the invoices, Mr. Lynch refused to discuss anything about the check, its' whereabouts, or payments made, and the District 3 Superintendant and everyone in the Finance office would not return any telephone calls concerning the check.(Appendix A) The MS 54 PTA was never told where the check was or that there were disbursements which could be made from the Board of Education and/or the District 3 office.

Petitioner was told in May, 2000, by Mr. Lynch, that the check would not be returned to the school.

Petitioner, knowing that Mr. Moncion wanted to set up a science lab, and having already discussed with the members of the PTA the funding of science items, went to Mr. Moncion in May and asked him to supply her with a purchase order which she could give to the District to fund in lieu of getting back the Barnes & Noble check. Mr. Moncion gave her purchase orders #2BO5294 and 2BO5298. Petitioner did not realize that the items on the two purchase orders had already been ordered and shipped in March, 2000. She thought that the date at the bottom was the date that Larry had signed off on the ordering of the items, and that the ordering had occurred after 4/14/00. Petitioner alleges that the two purchase orders, #2BO5298 and #2BO5294 were paid by Board of Education funds which had no connection to the MS 54 PTA Barnes & Noble money raised on December 13, 1999 by the MS 54 PTA. At the beginning of February Petitioner called Ms. Nancy Stern at Barnes & Noble and requested a copy of the check, front and back. Ms. Stern told Petitioner that she must obtain a lawyer to request the check. Petitioner tried to find a lawyer to write a letter so that she could obtain a copy of the check, but she was unsuccessful.

In December, 1999, Smart Apple Media sent a box of books to Marilyn Capaldi, the Librarian of MS 54, for her to look over and buy under her NYSTL allowance.She looked through the books, and decided to buy some of them. These books were invoiced on Feb. 8, 2000, on an imprest form also dated 02/08/00, but signed by Ms. Capaldi and Mr. Lynch on 5/25/00. Check #02452758 was sent to Smart Apple Media on or about 6/22/2000, as part of NYSTL or NYCIO. The MS 54 PTA never saw this invoice before reading the Verified Answer, and never knew that Marilyn had placed any orders with Smart Apple Media. This amount, $248.48, is suspect as having anything to do with the Barnes & Noble check.

The 2BO5299 PO has an invoice, #15853, dated April 20, 2001. The order was shipped 4/23/01 to Booker T. Washington MS 54, Attention Mr. Lenny Goldberg, Assistant Principal. He resigned and left the school in June and no one has seen the items listed on this Purchase order.

6. Petitioner has sent the Commissioner a letter dated October 1, 2001 from Mr. Richard Switach telling Larry Lynch to hold all PTA funds locked up and out of the PTA reach. Lynch proceeded to do this.

In a letter dated October 29, 2001, Mr. Richard Switach, Special Investigator at the Board of Education, stated that the check for $13,783.77 had been deposited in a Board of Education bank account but was available for disbursements whenever the MS 54 PTA requested them.

7.Exhibit 2 of the Verified Answer sent to the Commissioner by Mr. Paul Kotlyar and Ms. Blanche Greenfield included the October 29, 2001 letter from Mr. Switach to Petitioner, in which Mr. Switach states that there was $3000 in the Board of Education bank account, and this "remaining" money would be returned to the PTA "shortly. The MS 54 PTA never "loaned" the $13,783.77 to the Board of Education in order to have them use what they wanted to, and return the remaining amount. The MS 54 PTA was never returned any of the money. We were told that "all the money had been spent, there was nothing left to return".

8. Exhibit 2 also included a letter from Mr. Elliott Levy, District 3 Deputy Superintendant for Finance, dated December 14, 2001, after the above mentioned telephone call. His letter states that there is indeed $1,334.49 "owed to the Parent's Association. We will issue them a check for this amount as quickly as possible."

9. On March 4, 2002, Petitioner was told by MS 54 staff members that the "full inclusion" New Continuum District 75 children in the NOVA Program at MS 54, all of whom are not on the roster of the school, are being placed back in P811M in September against their will. They have never been given the services that they were promised, and their kids' potential for achievement has therefore been sabotaged.Petitioner alleges that this is due to financial misappropriation, as no one can determine what services children should receive if they are not listed as students in the school they are attending.

There is no data for P811M on the NYC BOE website.
The Charles Drew Complex is listed as having 1290 students, then as the New Venture School with 1097 students. No statistics or other data is available "at this time":

P811M Mission (Website - October 30, 2004)
Charles Drew Program

This profile was produced by GreatSchools.net, a nonprofit organization, at www.greatschools.net.

P811M is a special education school serving severely disabled students, ages 4.9 - 21.0. The school includes a Universal Pre-K, which has the capacity to serve both general and special education students, two Pre-K classes for students with disabilities, as well as inclusion programs at P.S.75 and P.S.163.. P811M students are categorized as having multiple disabilities, autism, severe emotional/behavioral needs and/or severe language/communication disorders.

10.Petitioner respectfully alleges that the worst possible segregation is being practiced at MS 54, in which the kids in the non-Delta programs, NOVA, El Camino, Manhattan Valley, and VISTA, are not being given the same services and supplies that the Delta children are, and the kids in the non-Delta Programs must see evidence of this every day. Mr. Lynch does not treat the kids in the non-Delta Programs with the respect they need and should be given. Petitioner alleges that the NOVA Program disarray she has cited in her Verified Petition and Addendums is worse than ever. The Principal, Mr. Larry Lynch, still has not drawn up a safety plan. Staff and Administrators for the school told Petitioner on March 4, 2002, that children at the school are not safe under the current Principal. The non-Delta Programs are receiving no textbooks, only sporadic xeroxes of texts.

11. Barnes & Noble must release the front and back of the check in order for the investigation of Mrs. Romandetto, DJ Sheppard, Mr. Elliott Levy and Board of Education officials such as Mr. Switach to continue, especially as it refers to missing allocations to MS 54. There is no accountability, and Mr. Lynch has never given any information that is listed in the A-660s as mandated he give the PTA.

12. On Thursday, February 28, 2002, Petitioner testified in front of the New York City Council Education Committee on her work exposing the actions/inactions of the NYC Board of Education officials to correct wrongdoing, as part of testimony given by parents on the question of Mayoral control over the Board of Education. A few minutes before the meeting began, Petitioner spoke with two people who work with Mrs. Romandetto and Chancellor Levy, and both people told Petitioner that she "better" take her daughter out of MS 54's Delta Program if she did not want her daughter to be hurt and/or harassed.

WHEREFORE, BETSY COMBIER respectfully requests that:
1. The amount of $13,783.77 be given to the MS 54 PTA by the Board of Education as money for the Barnes & Noble fundraiser on December 13, 1999 which we and the school were never given access to by Mr. Laurence Lynch, Principal of MS 54, and Mrs. Romandetto and DJ Sheppard, Superintendant and Office of Family Partnerships Representative in District 3.
2. All documents relating to the Transparent budgets and the 21st Century grant money for Extended Day for the 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002 school years be given to Petitioner in order that a true analysis of the allocation process be done, as this process relates to the money given MS 54 from the District, City, and State offices of the Board of Education.
3. The children in the NOVA full inclusion Program be given mandated services and alternatives to placement in P811M in September.
4. The Commissioner obtain compliance of the Board of Education and all offices (District 2 & 3, District 15) with Petitioner's Freedom of Information request, originally filed in August 2001.
5. Commissioner replace the current illegitimate Executive Board of the MS 54 PTA with the members officially elected on May 23, 2001, including nominating committee members, library committee, budget committee, and fundraising committee.
6. Commissioner rule on the question of Law whether Review Committees, as listed in the MS 54 Bylaws, are legal and constitutional.
7. Commissioner stop the harassment and divisiveness of Mr. Larry Lynch, Mrs. Romandetto, Ms. DJ Sheppard, Ms. Marie Williams, and Mr. Richard Switach toward Petitioner.
8. Commissioner take appropriate action to protect Petitioner's daughter from harassment, either physical or emotional throughout the remainder of this year and next year, while she is in the 8th Grade. If this protection cannot be guaranteed, Petitioner requests that the Commissioner find a non-public school which meets the Delta Honors Program standard of excellence and have the Board of Education pay for her tuition at this new middle school and High School.
9. Such other relief as the Commissioner deems just and proper.

DATED: March 5, 2002.

NY State Commissioner of Education Richard Mills, in decision No. 14,831, January 21, 2003, cited false claims such as I had not exhausted my administrative remedies (untrue), and that the MS 54 PTA Review Committee was set up at a General PTA meeting (untrue), as his basis for dismissing the Appeal; his decision was sent 16 months after the Verified Petition was filed, and he stated that the case had to be dismissed because the issues were not timely and therefore moot.

I replied to his letter, and below I list the responses:

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: Certified package with all documents sent on March 29, 2002; no answer.

New York State Assembly Education Committee Chair Steve Sanders:
Certified Letter December 6, 2001: No reply

On March 11, 2002 we met with Ayo Harrington, Mr. Sanders' Education Policy Assistant, and Mr. Stephan Kaufman.

Ms Ayo Harrington stated, for Mr. Sanders that:

1. It was entirely possible that the MS 54 PTA did not want the money (from the
Barnes and Noble fundraiser, $13,783.77); the former PTA President was
ousted by the parents, was obviously disliked by them, and had no right to speak
for the PTA because she was no longer on the Executive Board of the MS 54
PTA; all the research that the PTA President did to find the money
from the B&N fundraiser was unnecessary; the parents at the school did not
want to know where the money was anyway.

2. The Extended day money for the two years 1999-2000 2000-2001 had been
fully researched by Mr. Stancik, and Mr. Switach had looked into the
allocations as well, and all accounting was in proper order. If any further
investigation into the allocation of this money did occur, the MS 54 PTA
might not like what they found out.

3. She promised to get an updated IEP for JM's son.

4. The Review Committee got rid of a disliked President; nothing wrong with
that.

E-Accountability Foundation comment: The meeting started with Ms. Harrington telling us that I, the former PTA President, could not talk, as I was discredited and Ms. Harrington "knew all about it". Ms. Harrington was incorrect in her statements that the MS 54 PTA did not want the total amount of the check returned, we all definitely wanted to know where the check was; the parents wanted to know if the $260,000 in Extended Day funding was spent, and on what; JM never heard from Ms. Harrington or Mr. Sanders again; the Review Committee was established at a secret meeting with all members except for one from the Delta Program, and these parents represented 2% of the school population; no mention of the Review Committee, SLT, and fraudulent CEP.

New York State Assembly Education Committee: no reply except from Assemblyman Scott Stringer to Certified letter/email sent March 29, 2002 to all members.

Assemblyman Scott Stringer, 67th Assembly District: to a political lobbyist/campaign pollster friend of the PTA President: "do not listen to anything she says, she is not credible"

Office of Oversight and Investigation :
Letter to the Oversight Committee on March 5, 2002 was never answered.

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum: no reply to Certified letters and package sent to her via a personal friend who worked on her campaign.

New York City Urban League President Dennis Walcott, now Deputy Mayor for
Education and Policy under Mayor Bloomberg: no reply to Certified letters and email.

Gifford Miller, Speaker of the New York City Council: go to the Office of Special Investigations.

Office of Special Investigations: we sent your complaint to the New York City BOE Office of Special Investigations' Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Richard Switach.

Mr. Richard Switach, Chief Financial Officer, NYCBOE Office of Special Investigations: sent the grievance to Mrs Patricia Romandetto to take care of; the PTA President has raised too much money and does not know what to do with it, therefore must be stopped from further fundraising until she gives the money to school needs; the PTA Executive Board Treasurer can file his year-end budget in October, and he showed me his signature card at the bank.

E-Accountability: Mr. Jose Valerio, one of the members of the Review Committee and PTA Treasurer, refused to sign a signature card at the HSBC bank at which the PTA account was held. Manager Diane Porteous signed and notarized a statement to the effect that he had never presented himself in order to get a signature on record.On October 2, 2001 Mr. Valerio insisted that he did have a signature card, and took the Executive Board over to HSBC at 94th and Broadway, to show us his signature card. The building was being torn down, and the HSBC branch was no longer there...for more than 1 year. Mr. Valerio told us that they had forgotten to transfer his card to the new branch at 96th and Amsterdam. Mr. Switach would not alter his belief that Mr. Valerio had told him he did, indeed, have a signature card.

Eva Moskowitz, Chair of the Education Committee of the New York City Council:
"Sorry, but we cannot do anything to help you".

New York City Board of Education, Ninfa Segarra, President :
Certified letter to her and the entire Board August 12, 2001: No reply

Chancellor Harold Levy:
Certified letter sent July 16, 2001: no reply

October 5, 2001 we called the Chancellor's office and asked to speak with him, however his Secretary told us that he never speaks with parents but that we could send a fax asking for a STAY on the Review Committee, in accordance with the A-660 Regulations stating that an Appeal may be made to the Chancellor's office for a STAY, and the Chancellor must reply in 7 days: no reply.

Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Michael Bloomberg: letters, emails, and Certified Mail: September 9, 2002; October 8, 2002; November 13, 2002; March 18, 2003; September 3, 2003: no reply. In September, 2003, Chancellor Klein took the Delta Program off the list of programs within schools which must teach the required curriculum; in October, took all the failing programs off of the list and made Booker T. Washington MS 54 a school which did not have to follow the set curriculum model of Everyday Mathematics and Month-by-Month Phonics...despite the school being cited by NYSED as a school "Requiring Academic Progress" in Grade 8 Math, and demonstrating the arbitrariness of the list of 1000 schools.

Mr. Chad Vignola, Chief Counsel, DOE Office of Legal Services: sent an email to all the members of the New York State Assembly Education Committee, Chancellor Levy, Burton Sacks, Board of Education, the Speaker of the Assembly (Sheldon Silver), Carl Campanile of the NY Post, and Celeste Ford of ABC TV, stating for the record:

Subj: Response to complaint letter
Date: 3/31/02 4:36:40 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: hlevy@nycboe.net
To: s.com, BSacks@nycboe.net, NYCBOEMEMBERS@nycboe.net, barrar@assembly.state.ny.us, speaker@assembly.state.ny.us, sanders@assembly.state.ny.us, breenaj@assembly.state.ny.us, arroyoc@assembly.state.ny.us, clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us, contej@assembly.state.ny.us, dinapot@assembly.state.ny.us, eddingp@assembly.state.ny.us, engles@assembly.state.ny.us, finchg@assembly.state.ny.us, greenea@assembly.state.ny.us, johns@assembly.state.ny.us, kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us, labrios@assembly.state.ny.us, lavellej@assembly.state.ny.us, littlee@assembly.state.ny.us, magnarw@assembly.state.ny.us, paulina@assembly.state.ny.us, scarbow@assembly.state.ny.us, scozzad@assembly.state.ny.us, strings@assembly.state.ny.us, sullivf@assembly.state.ny.us, sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us, tonkop@assembly.state.ny.us, weisenh@assembly.state.ny.us, ccampanile@NYPOST.com, celeste.ford@ABC.com, CVignol@nycboe.net

Dear Ms. Combier,
I have referred your email letter for review and reply. Someone from Chad Vignola's office will be in touch with you shortly. Feel free to contact his office directly. I regret your evident displeasure with the school system and will attempt to respond appropriately.

Harold O. Levy
Chancellor
New York City Board of Education
110 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718 935 2794
718 935 3383 (fax)

My reply:

Dear Chancellor Levy:

Thank you very much for your rapid reply to my email! You will also be receiving a copy of the information I emailed you by mail, certified return receipt requested tomorrow at your office, as will everyone else listed above plus other elected officials. I spent all night at the 33rd Street Post Office.
Perhaps you do not remember sending me the same email you sent today, in December, when I sent you the Johnnie-Mae story and the Special Education situation at MS 54? I had just placed the story about Timmy's harrowing experiences in The West Side Spirit, and you emailed me that you would contact Mr. Chad Vignola. I am sending you your email to refresh your memory:

Subj: Re: Fwd: Special Education in District 3: Timmy Allen's story
Date: 12/31/2001 2:58:18 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: hlevy@nycboe.net
To: s.com, NSegarr@nycboe.net, IHamer@nycboe.net, IImpell@nycboe.net, jerry@cammarata.com, GBrooks@nycboe.net, Chancellor@nycboe.net CC: CVignol@nycboe.net
Sent from the Internet (Details)


I have asked Chad Vignola to look into these allegations.
Harold O. Levy
Chancellor
Board of Education
City of New York
110 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-935-2794
Fax 718-935-3383
-----Original Message-----
From: s.com
To: Segarra Ninfa ; Hamer Jr. Irving ; Impellizzeri Irene ; jerry@cammarata.com ; Brooks Greg ; Chancellor ; Levy Harold

Sent: Mon Dec 31 17:34:04 2001
Subject: Fwd: Special Education in District 3: Timmy Allen's story

I have been awaiting some kind of contact from Mr. Vignola, and as of today I have not received any email, telephone call, or otherwise.
I appreciate your telling me that you have contacted him, and indeed, as I stated in the document I emailed and mailed out yesterday, I will speak with anyone at any time about resolving the problems in District 3 and in MS 54. However, I do not consider telephoning/emailing me a part of the solution, although I very much appreciate having your earI know that nothing has improved at Booker T for the non-Delta parents. And, here is the crux of the whole matter: at what point do you, as Chancellor, say to a Principal and a Superintendent, "enough is enough"?
We parents want our kids to be safe, be high achievers, and have excellent teachers. It's that simple. We don't understand how people who seem to not want that stay in positions of power, and I'm referring to Mr. Larry Lynch, Mrs. Romandetto, even Birdie Blake-Reid, or anyone else. There are classrooms out there with no supplies, no books, nothing. This hits us moms very hard, right in the heart.
In sum, Mr. Levy, I am totally, 100% interested in what you plan to do with the information I have sent to you, as my only interest is to help the children. Is your reply to the information that Mr. Vignola has the answers? The reason that I have now widened the scope of my informed public, both by my mailing as well as by my new Website www.NYCeducationAccountability.com which will be up probably in two weeks is because I am very, very concerned about the well-being of all 1100+ kids at Booker T. I would be very interested in your letting me know what you plan to do as Chancellor.

Once again, thank you!

Betsy Combier

Subj: RE: Reply to Chancellor Harold Levy's email
Date: 4/1/02 10:15:59 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: CVignol@nycboe.net

1. It is my understanding that you were removed by your fellow parents as PA President at MS 54 last Fall for improprieties.
2. It is further my understanding that you questioned use of certain monies from an MS 54 fundraiser. That matter was fully investigated by Office of Special Investigations staff under my purview and your complaint was found without merit.
3. The issue of Mr. Allen was handled to the parent's satisfaction back in December/January when the issue first arose; there was nothing further for my Office to follow up.

In short, I am unaware of anything further that need

 
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