We’re Not In Kansas Anymore – How Education In Clark County Once Was

Beginning on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 I dominated the front page of The Winchester Sun for three consecutive days with an inside look at educating the disabled in Clark County. That is not bragging on my writing ability it’s a tribute to the hard work of the educators in this county. I interviewed scores of parents, teachers, students, administrators and average citizens. While I was only able to select a few stories for the series I have not forgotten a single person with whom I spoke. I’ve thought about them over the years and wondered how things were going for them now. I spoke with people spread throughout Clark County from the vastly poor to the exceedingly wealthy in every school district. I specifically asked about the good and the bad and of all I interviewed only two had complaints about the school system. Interestingly, neither wanted to classify the incidents as complaints because they had been so quickly resolved.

Today, it’s a rare event to find parents with a disabled child that doesn’t have a problem. It’s equally difficult to find an employee that doesn’t feel bullied, underpaid, overworked and overall dissatisfied with the progress or lack there of, in CCPS. The rumblings of trouble that began several years ago has now become a tsunami of turmoil. Knowing how it once was and how it is now fueled me to take my private battle public. Because of that some have spoken out against me with erroneous assumptions, ridiculous conclusions and flat-out lies.

Many of the individuals interviewed in these articles are no longer with the school system. I will leave it to them to explain why. You will also find familiar names such as Donald Stump. Although, he maintains the same position, I must say the Mr. Stump I interviewed in 2005 is vastly different from the Donald Stump that is now in office. If you care about educating the disabled in this county I urge you to contact Mr. Stump and demand an answer for the downward spiral.

The first article in the series appears below. It is scanned with the pictures and sections as it originally appeared in the Winchester Sun. I will post the remaining articles over the next two days so you may better understand why I aggressively challenge our current board members and superintendent. Sometimes we must remember where we’ve been in order to know where we are going.

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