Principal famed for helping all students aim for college cited by judge for failing to pay his own child's college costs Betsy Hammond Oregonian
Ouch. Betsy is again the "accountability" advocate.
Poor Mr. Ramos has had a character flaw revealed publicly. He will not last long in the current fed-up-with-bureaucratic-cheaters zeitgeist, though his crime is one committed by a lot of divorced men as their children grow older. One would think, with 100K+ and all those benefits, that Ramos has been doing some some sloppy personal budgeting--surely he is not banking that cash, but is over-extended with the expense of supporting two families? Gambling habit? Mistress? Who cares...
Without Ms. Hammond's article, Mr. Ramos would move into the privileged pantheon of retired school administrators, with a government appointment on his resume and a smile on his face, and draw a ton of taxpayer money for doing work he may have never done. Now, Ms. Hammond and her editors have changed his life.
Doesn't happen enough. I bet she got a lot of principals' attention today... : )
But, careful...Could be that a spiteful teenager created some of the issues that precipitated Mr. Ramos' errant priorities. My experience with divorces is that the kids can make it pretty hard on the parents--some are angry and tired of being in the middle and can be vindictive and cruel when they get some play in the game. There may have been times when Ramos would have paid, except that he felt manipulated by his former family and pressured by growing expenses. We don't know. Seems harsh to publicize his "criminality" without an explanation that he can never give us now without shaming himself further. Ouch.
But the hypocrisy in this school principal's conduct is self-evident and needs to be aired out. We will probably never know if, as a public servant with a ton of power over his teachers' livelihoods and his students' opportunities, he was predisposed to taking advantage of his staff or shortchanging some of his kids. We will never know if he had a habit of getting a little more extra pay when it was available. My experience is, the way the system works for Oregon's school administrators, we are often not getting what we pay for.
Accountability and oversight of public school administrators. www.teachingintheshadowoftheswoosh.blogspot.com
While that may be changing, you should be careful, Betsy...you, too, wield enormous power. And you understand the game well enough to know that, if Ramos were D-S-K, Jazmin's flaws would soon be in somebody's story.
What a mess. Pray for the children and volunteer to work in our schools. They are ours and we can fix them. www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com