Fixing Special Ed, Part 1:
Supremes’ decision on special-ed
sets higher standards for care

Called ‘a recipe for financial disaster’ by
unhappy public-school administrator groups

If you’re the parent of a child with a disability, a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last March may have genuinely brightened your day.

Alternatively, if you’re a public-school administrator intent on maximizing school funding, your reaction could have been decidedly less positive.

March 22 was when America’s high court replaced an unquestionably low-rung legal standard for public schools’ education of special-needs children with a more demanding measure.

Parents and advocates for children with disabilities were ecstatic.

“I’m thrilled, because I think it really empowers parents to feel confident when they go in the door” to discuss their kids’ Individual Education Programs (IEPs) with school employees, said Amanda Morin.

Now, she said, parents can remind the school “that the law says that this program must be tailored so my child makes progress.”

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What is IVGID so intent on hiding?

IVGID management keeps financial information from its governing board
so that the public can also be kept uninformed, says board chair Wong

It’s not just public-record emails that Incline Village General Improvement District management is fighting to keep from the public.

Top IVGID administrators have also been stonewalling efforts by two trustees — including the IVGID treasurer — to see basic district financial records.

It was about an hour and a half into IVGID’s board meeting last week that the district’s fear of more financial transparency was explicitly acknowledged.

Doing so was IVGID General Manager Steven Pinkerton’s most voluble ally on the board, Chair Kendra Wong.

Board Treasurer Matthew Dent had just explained why his evaluation of the GM showed more “Needs Improvement” entries this year than last. Each trustee is required to fill out the annual evaluations.

“A lot that,” he said, “had to do with information I was requesting. Emails were either being ignored, or being responded to with incorrect information.”

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IVGID officials caught in false testimony

State’s top authority refutes district’s compliance claims

Functionaries of Incline Village’s local government repeatedly insisted last week that their sudden scheme to destroy all emails to and from top executives after 30 days had the State of Nevada’s stamp of approval.

The very next day, however, the state’s top authority on the matter explicitly denied their assertions.

“As Administrator I have not approved the Incline Village General Improvement District's current records retention policy whereby all emails older than 30 days are deleted,” responded Jeffrey Kintop, administrator for the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Kintop had been copied on the original email that first revealed IVGID administrators had promulgated a new “retention policy,” allowing them to destroy — or at the very least withhold — all public-record emails.

IVGID Clerk Susan Herron, executive assistant to General Manager Steven Pinkerton as well as his appointed public-records officer, had sent that original email to Tahoe resident Mark E. Smith, explaining why IVGID was denying him virtually all of the email records he’d requested.

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IVGID’s efforts to conceal
public records gets bizarre

Staff blandly admits felony-level destruction of email records

CCSD’s sexual-misconduct epidemic
shows need for bargaining transparency

Leading states define government labor-management negotiations as public meetings

CCSD’s systemic problem and
its expensive consequences

Part 8: District's internal financial controls revealed as effectively nonexistent

Police union ‘tricks’ LVMPD into more
millions for higher salaries, pensions

Negotiators taken to cleaners in latest LVPPA negotiations, new state law shows

CCSD’s systemic problem and
its expensive consequences

Part Seven: When reforms make headway, The Empire Strikes Back

CCSD’s systemic problem and
its expensive consequences

Part Six: What the Bramby Tollen episodes reveal about CCSD

CCSD’s systemic problem and
its expensive consequences

Part Five: Disgusted and puzzled, a highly paid consultant walks away

Is civil forfeiture a boon for law enforcement?

Attorney General’s 2016 report suggests it may well be

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