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Dorchester school employee charged with convincing student to send him nude selfies

A worker at TechBoston Academy, 9 Peacevale Rd. in Dorchester, was arraigned today on two counts of lascivious posing a child in a state of nudity, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Ernest Logan, 31, had bail set at $3,000 and was ordered to stay away from both the victim and the school pending the disposition of his case, the DA's office says.

Detectives assigned to the Boston Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit were contacted by a relative of a minor who discovered concerning communications between the victim and Logan, who was known to the family through his employment as a Technician at TechBoston Academy. Among the communications, Logan allegedly encouraged the victim to send him sexual images, requests with which the victim complied.

Innocent, etc.

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Why does BPS sound more and more like the Catholic Church? They literally cover for those that harm children and continue a cycle of hiring unqualified people to be around them. There is also the fact that they continue to fail the youth of Boston every single year. How many times does something have to fail for people to admit failure? The math and reading scores alone should be enough to warrant new leadership.

Bring on state receivership. It is clear new oversight is needed.

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Definitely agree that BPS doesn't do enough to protect students, but receivership is definitely not the way to go.
Jeff Riley can barely run his own department, taking on the biggest district in the state would be an unmitigated disaster.
They already tried receivership and it's failed/failing miserably, just look at Lawrence.

I'm a BPS teacher and receivership is the last thing I and my colleagues want.

If anything, BPS needs to improve background checks and improve wages so that they can actually hire people who are qualified and not predatory, but want to help students and can afford to do so.

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I hear you but how long can it continued to be allowed to fail?

I understand you have feelings about what the teachers want, but what about the students and families? What about what they want?

What do you honestly think would happen to Boston schools if families were given vouchers (≈$23,000) to choose what they wanted to do with their child’s education?

I’m asking these questions seriously and am not trying to be rude.

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I do a number of independent educational evaluations for BPS kids, as well as trauma evaluations and other types for court-involved families in BPS. I always find the same patterns.

There is little regard for kids' attachment to their caregivers. The attitude, including and especially with kids coming in at 3 years old, is that parents baby their kids, teachers know best, and the solution is that they're dropped off at the door and the parent and child need to immediately trust that a stranger knows the child best. Believe me, I get as an educator and clinician that a lot of kids have stronger life skills than their parents incorporate at home, but the solution isn't to drop kids off and decide all of the established structure and relationships at home are an inappropriate approach and BPS's approach is the correct one. (Usually expressed to the family by some "professional" who addresses the parent as "now, MOM..." because it's too much to ask to know parents' names and think of families as individuals. One of my favorite special ed attorneys habitually asks educators who do this whether they raised the parent being addressed.)

They also love ABA, which is focused on teaching compliance, not letting children establish their own boundaries, and not advocating for their own needs. I see countless IEPs that say things like "will follow all adult directions within 3 seconds in 19 out of 20 trials." Typically developing children don't do that, nor do adults in workplaces. We can teach students to be respectful of the larger group and to do things that aren't their favorite things without this approach of "you do what we say when we say it." They also make goals that students will accept hand-over-hand "assistance" without protesting -- "protesting," being an important self-advocacy skill of course, and hand-over-hand being an approach that should never be done unless the student identifies that it's helpful.

They also use "planned ignoring," which is an approach where when a student is seeking connection, help, reassurance, they tell all of the adults (and sometimes the other students!) that we will be ignoring the person completely in order to "teach them." And instead of teaching consent to all people, they teach students, especially disabled ones, that they have to share their things and let people participate in their activities "as part of being a good friend" rather than teaching them they can decide when this does and doesn't feel OK.

Yeah, I'm not surprised at all that abusive people blend in there when they're teaching children to be compliant above all else and not advocate for their needs.

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Not only is the school doing terrible, parents have to worry about dirtbags like this working there.

TechBoston Academy offers college preparatory curriculum and has the usual rating from the State for most of Boston's Schools.

Overall, our school is among the lowest performing middle/high or K-12 schools statewide.

We are failing our children.

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