Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Salon.com asks if it's time to make public schools better

Teach your children well
Families are struggling to afford private school tuition. Isn't it time to talk about making public schools better?
by Sarah Hepola

Do education attorneys get paid for protecting bad employees for political reasons?

After teaching for over two decades, I finally began to learn, over the past eight years, about what goes on between school officials and their lawyers in San Diego. The lawyers, who are motivated to bring in business for insurance companies, have enormous power over school district decisions. Insurance companies don't get business if problems are prevented, or are solved without litigation. (Also, the companies will not be able to raise premiums if the schools don't get involved in litigation.) Until now, no newspaper in San Diego would touch the story. On March 2, 2009, however, the story began to come out in the nationally famous Internet newspaper Voice of San Diego. It's called "The Schoolhouse Lawyer Who Helped Hire His Overseer," and features Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz lawyers Daniel Shinoff and Jeffery Morris, and their former associate Diane Crosier, who runs the public entity insurance authority San Diego County Office of Education Joint Powers Authority (SDCOE-JPA).
-- Maura Larkins
March 3, 2009 02:16 PM PST

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