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“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
An email came in today from "Super"- a super guy who stands up for what is right against a school district that doesn't seem to care too much about kids
Dear Readers.... Recently Concerned Hamburger received an email notification from Google indicating that the Hamburg School District, through their attorney Dick Sullivan of Harris Beach~ a commercial real estate attorney moonlighting in education and constitutional law~issued a subpoena to Google demanding the identities of Concerned Hamburger, Super and Klozman. Immediately, Concerned, Super and Klozman, remaining anonymous, hired a constitutional attorney to quash the subpoena. You see readers~ we have the right in this country to voice our opinions and state the facts as we see them. For almost three years and approximately 300K page hits, Concerned Hamburger has been operating as a citizen journalist reporting on the antics of the public faces of the Hamburg School District. Concerned is dedicated to reporting, and will continue to write on the school district despite their efforts to silence me and others. It has been reported to Concerned Hamburger by many sources, that Dr. Joan Calkins has a vindictive and demonic alter ego. Joan's "other self " has reported thoughout the Hamburg Community that she will unmask Concerned Hamburger, and she will cause financial harm to the victims of frivolous and baseless lawsuits she and Steve concocted. Fortunately, turn around is fair play, and it seems that the plans of the District, the Bored of Education, Mr. Abramovitch and others will have unintended consequence never deemed fathomable on the onset of their witch hunt. Frankly, if the behavior of the the Bored of Education and Mr. Achramovitch was not so egregiously corrupt, there would be no material to report. Instead, you the reader~of which there are many~ have been give factual, and sometimes humorous, accounts of the insidious behavior. *Concerned Hamburger has already spent thousands of dollars attempting to protect their rights, and it is likely the the district has spent tens of thousands on this witch hunt. This latest stunt by Steve and Joan et. al. should shock the conscience of any reader. Taxpayer dollars intended to go to children to support a fair and balanced education in accordance with NYS Constitutional Law instead is being used to strip Federal and State Constitutional rights from private citizens- who are taxpayers. Steven Achramovitch ought to be fired immediately, and charges should be filed against each and every board member individually and collectively. A groundswell of anti-Joan and Steve support it growing across this community, and it appears this is only the beginning. Sincerely, Concerned Hamburger * modifications were made to the original post due to a readers feedback From Super...in Blue My comments from lasts nights Hamburg Central School Districts Budget Hearing
"It seems to me that Hamburg Central School District, Superintendent Steven Achramovitch, Dr. Joan Calkins, Patricia Brunner-Collins, Mathew Dils, Diane Reynolds, have nothing better to do with our tax money then involve private citizens in lawsuits and now you asking for more money … I feel it is Important to let all of you parents, community members taxpayers and Private Citizen know that Hamburg Central School District, Superintendent Steven Achramovitch, Dr. Joan Calkins, Patricia Brunner-Collins, Mathew Dils, and Diane Reynolds. Through Harris Beach have drafted me and Two other Private Citizens into the middle of there Law suit Involving Stephenson ,Stephenson and Kavanaugh by serving a Discovery Subpoena to Google Inc. On or about March 1th 2013 asking for the Records and documents including but not limited to Names, address, any registration information for blogger ID’S ,Blog or email addresses. A Subpoena that is both technically and substantively defective and therefore unenforceable. A Subpoena for production of evidence in a civil judicial proceeding must also be served on each party. This was not done. Additionally, while nonparty discovery is permitted in New York State, Civil Practice Law &Rules 3101(A)(4) requires that, when doing so, the discovery demand must state the “circumstances or reasons such disclosure is sought or required “ in this case the subpoena includes no such information.
It appears the actions of the district in having Harris Beach issuing the subpoena were designed to silence legitimate criticism of the district, its Board and Administration by chilling my and others, constitutional right under the first Amendment to write and speak freely … anonymously and with out fear of reprisal and intimidation. Something that the district did when it had Harris Beach send the January 27th 2011 letter ,that said “it would be” working with Google “ to obtain the contact Information IP addresses for anyone who had commented on the Hamburg educational ethics blog , for the stated purpose of and serving us with legal papers”. A blog that has been brought up in the public portion of school board meeting in the past .
If you have read the comments I have posted to Hamburg Educational Ethics, WIVB, WKBW, WGRZ, YNN, THE BUFFALO NEWS OR THE HAMBURG SUN 90% fall under IEP issues, adaptive Physical Education, special Education, the School District not following District Policy and Regulations or Public school board Meetings. And many are the same word for word .So why involve me in this lawsuit is it because I have been advocating for my disable child or for that matter every child in our district or because my life style. The district needs to be aware that in singling me out they are running the risk of a me filing a complaint with the New york state department of human rights.
The district has already spent thousands of dollars on this matter…(47 hours at $500.00 an hour =roughly$ 23,500.00 ).. So I am asking the school board to have Harris beach with draw this subpoena. I would also like the board to rethink having Harris Beach representation. We can’t afford 500 dollar an hour lawyer who cant even get A Subpoena for production of evidence correct. And as always a written apology from each board member would be welcome .
Keep in mind that this is a civil proceeding and the district is using our tax dollars. Hamburg Central School District, Superintendent Steven Achramovitch, Dr Joan Calkins, Patricia Brunner-Collins, Mathew Dils, Diane Reynolds, Gregory Wichlacz, Casey Newman and Thomas Bagley, are asking to be” awarded damages in the excess of the jurisdictional limit of all lower courts together with punitive damages and attorneys’ fees and the cost, the cost and disbursements of this action and such other and further relief as to the court may seem just and proper”
*** PUNITIVE DAMAGES…. Although the purpose of punitive damages is not to compensate the plaintiff, the plaintiff will receive all or some portion of the punitive damage award.
THAT’S RIGHT FOLKS Hamburg Central School District, Superintendent Steven Achramovitch, Dr Joan Calkins, Patricia Brunner-Collins, Mathew Dils, Diane Reynolds, Gregory Wichlacz, Casey Newman and Thomas Bagley are planning on walking away with money … and we are paying for it !
read it and weep folks this is whats been happening for the past two months"