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DENVER -- The first day back-to-school for teachers isn’t usually as boisterous as it was at Denver school Monday.

Close to 50 teachers, parents and students stood on the corner near Grant Ranch School in southwest Denver showing signs of support for a long-time teacher. They say she's about to be fired.

The teacher came under scrutiny for allegedly changing the words on a ‘continuation’ ceremony certificate for a student who is dyslexic.

Denver Public Schools would not confirm the firing, but did say through a statement:  “We are following all required legal procedures and cannot disclose the fact, or underlying basis, of employee disciplinary action.

"Please know that Grant Ranch School is committed to providing a positive school culture with highly effective teachers that provide support for all students."

Related: Mom says teachers bullied her son

 

14 comments

  • Anonymous

    Greg, dig deeper, there is a story here. Why would the administration fire a veteran teacher? Look for the cover up. Look back through your interviews and listen to the Peter Boyles Show. The answers are out there.

    • Anonymous

      Dig Deeper Where? IEP’s are legal Documents …, Choices were given to these Teachers if you didn’t agree with a Child & this Continuation Certificate don’t sign it.., well they Altered it .., this is a Smart Teacher that is well liked but based on this Choice of hers it’s effected her career and she wants the Kids with IEP’s to take her Fall .., there are rules in life and choices and consequences .., You cannot break Rules and think that you are Untouchable it will come back and get you…. As far as her Future I really don’t care… But for the Future there will be Awareness on the Importance of IEP’s and accommodations that follow all IEP’s and Awareness that our Educators have a Teacher Code of Conduct to Follow in there School & District and Community … We are given Choices in all our lives and sometimes those choices we make are not always the best based on our own beliefs and we Fall… But Others cannot take the blame for our decisions … These are life taught lessons…. Stop with trying to Blame others for someone Else’s mistake … Take the fall on your mistake and learn and move on…The Kids with IEP’s and the Administration @ Grant Ranch cannot take the fall on A Teachers Choice… No one twisted her arm and told her to do this it was her Choice…, Fall from it Get back up and learn. From it and move on

      • Anonymous

        You act as though you know that she didn’t meet his IEP. IEP’s are legal documents but the document that was altered is not. There are choices in life and I would have done the same thing. Some times morals are more important. We try to teach our children morals and what is right. I guess you just toe the company line and don’t care about what is right. Not sure what your trying to teach your children. I would suspect survival at any cost. Sure glad we have people like you in this world, so we can fall back on prison personal.

    • Anonymous

      No one has ever said she was a bad Teacher… She was given Choices … But based on her choice it has impacted her future as a Teacher.., Sometimes when we make choices it’s not always the best and she thought she was untouchable and that is a big misconception.., so based on this choice there are consequences life can be unfair… She was told if she didn’t agree she could by pass even looking or signing that continuation document …, she could have just left this Document alone .,, but because she didn’t her Choice it will bring Awareness to the importance of following the Rules and regulations of Special Education and and an IEP.., an IEP is not a piece of paper it’s a Legal Document.,. The law was broken based on Choices and when the law is broken there are consequences…. This is really not all that complicated to understand / remember she was given several Choices…,

  • CommonSenseFairy

    The solution to this is SO simple. All they have to do is talk to every teacher he has had. The other 8th grade teachers, the 7th grade teachers, the 6th grade teachers, his 5th 4th and 3rd grade teacher and so on. If they all agree that he never put forth any effort in class, then there you go.

    • Anonymous

      My Son had an IEP as well at Grant Ranch… And was in the 8th grade you really don’t understand the lack of Effort that was not given to these Kids by these Teachers… That’s what the issue is …. It’s to Bring Awareness to all Schools and Educators the Importance of An IEP and Special Education before A School Year Starts to Know and Understand who the Kids will be in your ClassRoom with IEP’s and to make sure you have the tools to accommodate those needs … The Teachers at Grant Ranch failed to read and accommodate they Got Lazy and they thought they were Untouchable and could by pass these accommodations and Ignore the Kids with IEP’s … There are Laws that Protect all Kids with an IEP it’s not just a piece of paper it’s a Law Abiding Document that Serves and Protects to give these kids a fair Education!!! No one ever Said or claimed that Ms Peel was a bad Teacher she just failed to Obey the Law of an IEP she made a Choice to Alter a School Document she also was told that if she didn’t agree with this Continuation Document she didn’t have to sign it… If she was given those choices she should have left her name off of it and passed on signing and altering it.., Pretty Clean and understanding Choices … So based on her Choice it has now played a part in her life and career and future as an Educator Also with this Choice will Bring Awareness to Follow the Rules and Laws Of an IEP and the importance of all Education for Everyone.,.. It’s a very Unfortunate Choice that was made on their part and DPS takes pride in there Educators having Integrity and Following Teacher Code of Conduct and Respect to all Children and Staff and the Community in which you Teach and Educate In… The Teachers of Grant Ranch will for sure be reading and following Rules of IEP’s so this never happens again .., Best Of Luck To You and understanding an IEP.,. Your a Smart Girl and if you plan on being a Teacher you will come across IEP’s and you will remember this incident and you will follow the rules and hopefully make good Choices…Your Favorite Teacher just made a bad choice that wasn’t acceptable

  • Anonymous

    That still does NOT give that teacher the right to deface the ‘continuation’ ceremony certificate. PERIOD, there is NO excuse here. As a teacher you have the power to grade the students accordingly, and if that student did not do well enough to “continue” then that student should have been graded that way. Not to mention the Teacher was instructed NOT to modify the document in any way after asking permission to do so, and did it ANYWAYS! You do something like that in ANY other job, You’d be suspended pending termination. Get off your high horse egos and actually think about the actions taken by the teacher..The student will succeed or fail in their own due time…but that is on the Student and the Parents…it is the teachers duty to grade the student accordingly and also make accommodations to students with special needs. END OF STORY!

    • Anonymous

      If you only had the facts it would be end of story. Get off your high horse and get the facts. Once you know all the facts you might have a different view of this story.

      • Anonymous

        An IEP is a Legal Document…. I’m sure there are lots of a Facts … But based on this Choice that was made to Alter a School Document has had consequences… And since this Choice that was made it will bring Future Awareness the Importance a Teacher has when they Educate a student with an IEP there are accommodations to strictly follow there are rules and regulations … An IEP is a legal school document that has rules.., when you fail to follow or accommodate there are consequences … When you break the law or Rules you are faced with consequences it applies to Everyone .., These Teachers thought they were Untouchable that they could do what ever they wanted and they did / that to Me indicated Lazy…, My Son as well was in this class with an IEP and his accommodations are never met in his education as well they also altered his Certificate ..,, these teachers were given a Choice by Administration if you don’t agree with the Continuation Certificate don’t sign it.,, So now because of this Poor Choice this Teacher faces consequences and would like to see the Kids with IEP’s take the fall for her choice where is the Integrity !!! An IEP is not just a piece of paper it’s a Legal Document with Rules and there will be More Awareness on these Rules of an IEP… Educators will think twice about these IEP’s and following there accommodations … DPS has rules and take pride in there Teachers and Teachers following Code of Conduct.., just remember no one ever Challenged the fact that she was a Good Teacher … But based on this Choice to Alter a Certificate there have come consequences … The 8th grade staff thought they were untouchable !! We are all taught to make the right Choice but when there are Law Abiding Documents involved and you break the law there are consequences that may effect your life and career…, Children & Adults with special needs and Education Accommodations have Rights in our Education System…

  • Anonymous

    Desiree, thank you for your professionalism at the board meeting. Other than saying all staff at GRS labeled you son lazy and dumb I thought you handled it very well. No doubt that DPS has some work to do towards getting more special needs teachers in the schools.

    • Anonymous

      My Son has been told the same things … He had a substitute Teacher who’s Mom was a Teacher at Grant Ranch… Because my Son didn’t know a math answer was asked if he liked McDonalds because that’s were he would work as an Adult… How rude and Im sure McDonalds Corp would have an Issue with this comment to a Child… He was also told by a 8th grade teacher at Grant Ranch that he wasn’t a Good American citizen because he couldn’t give a proper written answer on the difference between the 3 American Legislations … So these comments from Teachers needed to be Addressed … There needs to be Change … The point is that Not Just the Teachers at Grant Ranch But all Educators that have a Child with an IEP in place follow that Child’s IEP into the classroom and take the Time to understand What An IEP stands For … Is IT That Hard to understand and Ask these Educators To Do for our Kids…

  • Anonymous

    No, Desiree did not do a good job. Arias decided not to live up to his IEP. That was his choice. I’m sure that Desiree was contacted by Ms. Peel many times throughout the year to talk about his grades and behavior. How would I know? Because my child was in the same position and as soon as I was contacted by Ms. Peel I met with her every other week to make sure that my child was getting her work turned in and we were supporting her together so she could be successful. It is not only up to the teacher. Desiree succeeded in getting a teacher fired who truly cares about the kids and will go the extra mile to help them as long as they will show any motivation on their end.

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