Education

Essays found in this category pertain to local, state and national education issues.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges responds to my formal complaint against USA.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges responds to my formal complaint against USA.

November 2, 2017 While I disagree with almost every aspect of SACS COC’s investigation and their findings into my formal complaint of misconduct by administrators at the University of South Alabama including their justification to threaten me with arrest, if I step onto their campus, again. I watched the events unfold before me (from May 15 to September 9) and SACS COC didn’t. Apparently, I failed to explain what happened in a meaningful way that rose to some level that would trigger a worthwhile investigation much less violations against the school. While President Waldrop said, “no” someone else, a faculty member, thought my project was worthy enough to have a Student Center official email me for a tour of their meeting rooms. What I found most...

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The Big Picture Movie “You May Be Dyslexic” (movie trailer)

The Big Picture Movie “You May Be Dyslexic” (movie trailer)

The Big Picture Movie “You May Be Dyslexic” (movie trailer) Facebook: The Center for Dyslexia and Talent Mobile, Alabama For more information, contact ted@tedburnett.com

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SACS COC sends confirmation letter on my complaint against the University of South Alabama administration.

SACS COC sends confirmation letter on my complaint against the University of South Alabama administration.

September 19, 2017 Enjoy! Ted Burnett 500 Lincoln Street, Ste. B-105 Daphne, AL 36526 C: ted@tedburnett.com W:...

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Complaint filed with SACS COC against USA’s administration reveals school’s underbelly.

Complaint filed with SACS COC against USA’s administration reveals school’s underbelly.

From: Ted Burnett 500 Lincoln Street, Ste. B-105 Daphne, AL  36526                               A complaint against the University of South Alabama and its current administration. August 31, 2017                       To: President Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Complaint 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA  30033 46 Pages   Table of Contents   To: President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 3 Complaint Information. 3 State the nature of complaint. 3 Principles of Integrity 1.1 (The institution operates with integrity in all matters.). 5 Core requirements 2.9 (Learning resources and services). 5 Comprehensive standards 3.2.8 (Qualified administrative/academic officers). 5 Email #11 to the president. 6 Re: No...

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Whistle blown on powerful USA administrator.

Whistle blown on powerful USA administrator.

Ted Burnett C: 251-709-0280 ________________________________________ 500 Lincoln Street, Ste. B-105, Daphne, AL 36526 ted@tedburnett.com August 25, 2017 Dr. Tony Waldrop, President University of South Alabama University Blvd. Mobile, AL 36688 Re: University of South Alabama’s Dr. Andrea Agnew and her misconduct Dear Dr. Tony Waldrop, Cc: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshal University of South Alabama Board of Trustees Member James A. Yance University of South Alabama Faculty U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Dr. Michael Mitchell, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Dr. Andrea Agnew, Student Disability Services, Associate Dean of Students Whistleblower Hotline Internalaudit@southalabama.edu Today...

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The Center for Dyslexia and Talent is coming soon to the University of South Alabama.

The Center for Dyslexia and Talent is coming soon to the University of South Alabama.

Published on August 2, 2017 The Center for Dyslexia and Talent (CDT) is a platform for college students who suffer from a learning disability to openly discuss and learn about all things positive regarding dyslexia, which leads to one’s personal growth and healing while in a safe environment. Over the course of the school year, we’ll seek to explore and uncover each student’s hidden strengths and talents that leads to them gaining confidence and becoming a stronger student as they regain their ambition, creativity and curiosity to learn while helping them find their purpose for living. Above all, the Center for Dyslexia and Talent believes dyslexia is a gift. About: The Center for Dyslexia and Talent (CDT) is a platform for college students who...

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The Center for Dyslexia and Talent (3rd and 4th emails)

The Center for Dyslexia and Talent (3rd and 4th emails)

July 26, 2017 Dr.  Waldrop, Several weeks ago, I provided you with an unsolicited idea for developing those students who have a diagnosis of dyslexia at South Alabama.  I believe that I put together a compelling case for why a university like South should consider having a program like this.  If Yale University has made an investment into this issue, I know both its strengths and weaknesses have to be real.  I hope to hear back from you in the coming weeks to get your thoughts on the idea. Ted Burnett Reply… July 26, 2017 Mr. Burnett, The University of South Alabama provides support to students who need additional help.  To create a center for dyslexia is an excellent goal.  However, we have to make decisions about numerous great ideas based upon the...

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The Center for Dyslexia and Talent — Dr. Waldrop (2nd email)

The Center for Dyslexia and Talent — Dr. Waldrop (2nd email)

July 8, 2017 Dr. Waldrop, I hope I provided you with some compelling information on dyslexia that you’ve never seen or heard before while making a case for creating something special on South Alabama’s campus. Since learning about the upside of dyslexia, in 2002, I’ve continued to learn more about the symptoms and the names of the famous who have it. In 2000, actress Julia Roberts played the role of a down and out legal assistant named Erin Brockovich who was twice-divorced and raising three young children. Suffering from injuries caused in a car wreck a law firm reluctantly hired her. While at work and filling in for a coworker who was out of the office, Erin was given a case file on a real estate closing to review. Inside the file was a set of...

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Dear Dr. Tony G. Waldrop — The Center for Dyslexia (1st email)

Dear Dr. Tony G. Waldrop — The Center for Dyslexia (1st email)

Ted Burnett _______________________________________ 500 Lincoln Street, Ste. B-105, Daphne, AL 36526       ted@tedburnett.com June 24, 2017 Dr. Tony G. Waldrop President University of South Alabama Mobile, AL 36688 Dr. Waldrop, (My proposal is on page 5.) There’s a saying outside of education and maybe inside the houses of troubled students and that is the “A” students work for the “B” students, the “B” students work for the “C” students and the “D” students put their name on the building. Is it true? At least, that’s what Paul Orfalea’s mother told him while he was struggling in high school due to dyslexia. (I remember a neighbor of mine being told the same thing by his mother, one day, in their house.) Paul was kicked out of practically every high school in Los...

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PBS: American Forum with Douglas Blackmon (We look like a bunch of drunks…)

PBS: American Forum with Douglas Blackmon (We look like a bunch of drunks…)

Ted Burnett To Ted Burnett dab5wd@virginia.edu CC Congressman Bradley Byrne Senator Richard Shelby Dr. Larry J. Sabato Lucien Bass Martha Roby Paula A. Kerger Today at 1:42 PM Mr. Blackmon, The following email is written out of great respect, I’ve watched your program and others most weeks on PBS. However, after the attacks of 9/11, two prolonged wars with no victories and the 2008 global credit crisis, the home foreclosure crisis that led to mass unemployment while an education arms race took place driving up the cost of a college education. It created massive student loan debts backed by our federal government resulting in no prospects for jobs and finally random acts of global terrorism. I see no interest by your generation to understand the current path...

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Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

trustee@auburn.edu To ted@tedburnett.com Dec 19 at 1:32 PM Thomas (Ted) Burnett: Thank you for completing your nomination to serve as an at-large member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees – The Trustee selection committee will review all submitted material and identify candidates [approx. 10 to 12] to be interviewed for the three open at-large positions – Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – For those selected to be interviewed, you will be requested to meet in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the State Capitol in Montgomery – You will be notified by phone or email if you are selected – Details and specific times will be provided after the first of the year. Grant Davis Secretary to the Board of Trustees 105 Samford Hall...

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The Second Live Oak Forum (October 2016): Opening Remarks

The Second Live Oak Forum (October 2016): Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks: Good morning and welcome to The SECOND!! Live Oak Forum. (Can we get a round of applause?) My name is Ted Burnett and I am the Founder, the Event Organizer of this Forum and today’s Master of Ceremonies. Let me take a minute to restate why I’m here at this event, once again. I’ve spent the past 27 years of my life seeing the value of personal growth through facing my own fears and problems (both, large and small) while pursuing many opportunities that came my way. Both, the problems and the opportunities, have taught me powerful life lessons while I slowly grew towards the truth and wisdom. I believe we face a crisis. Our society is stuck at the highest levels in Washington with the inability of our government to work together to solve our many...

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An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

September 11, 2016 An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee… A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. – Clive James (1939-) An Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist In 2013, I had the audacity, some might say, to nominate myself to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame.  It’s one of two halls of fame that I have an interest in being nominated into.  The other being where I graduated from college, Auburn University.  Rather than sit around and wait for someone to recognize my many achievements and nominate me, I took the initiative to do it myself.  To my surprise, the application asked questions that I thought were...

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The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum. FOR RELEASE August 14, 2016 Media Contact: Ted Burnett, ted@tedburnett.com The Live Oak Forum announces its line up for The Fall Breakfast at The Live Oak Forum on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Historic Holiday Inn, in downtown Mobile, AL.  The doors open at 8 am and breakfast is served.  The program begins at 8:30 am.  Nall will tell his story, as well as,  speak on the impact of creativity on communities.  He will be joined by David Clark, General Manager of The Beach Club, who will speak on “Earning the Right to Lead through Servant Leadership.”. David Clark has worked for Spectrum Resorts for the last 3.5 years. Spectrum Resorts is owned by Spectrum Capital with the...

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Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)…(click on video) Our first speaker is Aaron Beam. Aaron was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. He was a co-founder and first CFO of HealthSouth Corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama. Aaron is married to his wife, Phyllis, of 45 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and he later got an associate’s degree in Turf Management in Faulkner State Junior College, all of which he will soon explain. Our second speaker is Eric Nager. He grew up on the Eastern Shore where he attended Fairhope High School. Eric works as an Investment Advisor Representative with his brother, Terry, at Southern Capital Services and Chess Coach at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL. He is married to his...

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