On May 2nd, 2018 at 10:25 pm, just days before a very important school board election, the district sent out an email to their employees asking them to be sure to vote. I sent the following email in response, to select educators and administrators. The following was my plea for educators to simply look at the facts, because the district was not being honest. The school’s response was to lie to their employees and the community at large.
As a parent of Katy ISD students, I also encourage you to vote. But, before you do, please review the content on ABetterLegacy.com.
You are all professional educators, and I trust your judgment in reviewing the similarities in dissertations between Dr. Lance Hindt (2012) and Keith Rowland (2008).
if you don’t see any issues, feel free to vote for Dr. Hindt’s candidates, Don Massey and Susan Gesoff. I’m sure Dr. Lance Hindt would appreciate your review of his dissertation and potential vindication.
If these similarities bother you, I encourage you to vote for Scott Martin and Dawn Champagne.
Despite rumors being circulated, your superiors do not know who you vote for.
For a side-by-side comparison of Dr. Lance Hindt’s dissertation, visit: http://abetterlegacy.com/papers/
I encourage you to do this from you personal device, and not while connected to the KISD wifi.
Here is a letter sent to me from a current KISD teacher:
“As a teacher in Katy ISD, and one who recently finished a graduate degree, I cannot sit idly by and not say something in regards to the two dissertations that I’ve read and studied the last two days. What concerns me most, is Chapter Two of Hindt’s dissertation. This is supposed to be a systematic review by the researcher (writer of the dissertation) of several different studies in the field that he will be doing his research. It’s extremely important that the researcher do the review of literature himself. For a dissertation, this level of academic effort is a must!
From my review of both documents, Hindt (2012) appears to have used many of the literature sources that Rowland (2008) researched. Since Hindt’s thoughts and connections of these sources are exactly the same, it’s highly unlikely that he researched everyone of these studies himself, but instead paraphrased from the 2008 dissertation. If you look closely at both documents, Hindt even presents these ideas in the same order.
I challenge ALL teachers in Katy to do their own research. There is nothing “evil” by reviewing the documents and drawing your own conclusions as to if Hindt has plagiarized his dissertation. And I’ll leave you with a thought. If you had written a dissertation and put those hundreds of hours and days into the work, and then were accused of plagiarism, what would you do? Well, I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d put my work next to the one I’m accused of plagiarizing, and ask the public to review it because I’m certain I’ve done my best work! I think as teachers in this district, we should expect our Superintendent would want us to review his work and vindicate him of a false accusation. I’ll warn you however, I was disheartened by what I saw.”
I assume that this email will be blocked by the IT department, but if it does get through, I would appreciate someone alerting me that they received it by messaging me on Facebook.
I’ve confirmed that this email was received, at least by some, due to a 900-page FOI request for emails containing ‘dissertation’, ‘plagiarism’ and related words.
This FOI document also revealed the district’s response to an email asking teachers to be educated on FACTS before voting in an election. If the district can send a mass email to all staff encouraging them to vote, why can’t a taxpayer do the same?
Here is the false narrative crafted by the communications and IT department that was fed to local news organizations, and presumably to staff directly. Without any evidence, they are fabricating reasons to scare employees from reading facts, and blocking my website from school servers.
Points of interest:
“from an unknown source with links to an external website” A Better Legacy was ‘unknown’? Really? The district hadn’t pieced together exactly who was running this site? Because, I didn’t try to hide it.
“The district has already been notified of a potential cyber attack” Really? Would love to see any evidence of this. “In fact, in the past few weeks, we have been on alert from potential cyber attacks through phishing emails.” Right.
“given the current cyber threat environment in which organizations find themselves” Wait, why are we talking about other organizations? I thought there was evidence of a cyber attack on the district? Seems irrelevant to mention the general ‘environment’ that exists globally in terms of cyber security – how is that relevant to A Better Legacy?
Giving credit where credit is due, here is the communications and IT employees involved in this violation of my first amendment right, and the right of teachers to have the facts and come to their own conclusions before they step into the voting booth.
Dr. John Alawneh, Chief Information Officer
Click to Email: JohnAlawneh@Katyisd.org
Maria Corrales Dipetta, Manager, Media Relations
Click to Email: MariaADipetta@katyisd.org
Claudia Deschamps, Director of Communications
Click to Email: ClaudiaDeschamps@katyisd.org
I’m sure they would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this.
Soon after, Katy ISD IT department manually blocked ABetterLegacy.com from all Katy ISD servers (anyone connected to wifi or hardwired). On the eve of a local school board election.