Wednesday, January 9, 2008

[LCSD] Is the Game Over?

From the Democrat-Herald:

LEBANON — The Oregon Department of Education has asked to meet with Superintendent Jim Robinson regarding complaints about People Involved in Education.

Ed Dennis, deputy superintendent of public instruction, said the department received one e-mail and one phone call complaining about PIE shortly after the Lebanon School Board’s Dec. 3 meeting, when members voted 4-1 to renew PIE’s contract to run Sand Ridge Charter School.

Both complaints, which were anonymous, said the Lebanon board had received information showing PIE was not complying with certain state rules and regulations and was not acting on the information. The caller and the e-mail asked the state to intervene.

“My hope is whatever the issues are, they can be resolved at a local level and there isn’t something that would require the state to get involved,” Dennis said this morning. “I don’t know if there is or isn’t at this point. That’s part of the reason I want to have a conversation with the foks down there.”

Dennis asked Robinson to meet with him Jan. 15 and bring the materials presented to the Lebanon board. He said he wanted to talk with Robinson before contacting PIE.

This could go anywhere - here's to hoping it goes somewhere.

Also, I say this with a healthy does of hope that Ed Dennis is right: he obviously has no idea who he's dealing with here.


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