Systemic –Refers to an entire system.
Systemic Neglect in reference to the Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs) means no one is monitoring the 20 ESCs and there are no real monitors over the individual ESCs.
Q. Who is suppose to oversee the 20 Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs)?
A. The Texas Education Commissioner of Education. The present commissioner, Michael Williams and the last commissioner, Robert Scott, support the ESCs and have allowed the ESCs to basically govern themselves.
Q. Who is suppose to oversee each individual Education Service Center?
A. Each ESC has an Executive Director and a board of trustees with a rubber stamp to approve the desires of the Executive Director.
Q. Why is the staff of each ESC so large?
A. There is no reason for having the outrageously large staffs. Much of the money to pay the excessively large salaries for the executive directors and multiple directors, consultants, etc….. come from sales of product to schools within each of the 20 regions. Most if not all of the executive directors are retired public school directors. The ESCs have become the retirement home for superintendents and other school personnel. Once employed by an ESC certification and/or qualification for specific jobs is no longer considered. Advancement in some ESCs depends more on who you know than what you know.
Q. Why are the travel expenses for ESC personnel so high?
A. Because there are no checks and balances for who attends conferences or if the content is ever used. Its more expensive, but fun for a group to travel out of state than to have a representative to come and present a program at the ESC.
Q. What are the goals of the ESCs?
A. The 20 ESCs were established to support school districts within a specific region of Texas. While this may have happened in the past, the present goals of the ESCs appears to be more monetary in nature.