Dr. Rudolph Crew named as finalist for Superintendent: An epic domino effect for DeKalb taxpayers!

The DeKalb County Board of Education (DCBE) has named Dr. Rudolph Crew as the top and final contender for the next superintendent position. DeKalb is the third largest district in the state of Georgia. According to the school board officials, Dr. Crew was the only candidate filtered through a pool of 68 applicants that were preselected through a third-party process. It was reported that Board member Stan Jester did have concerns about selecting Dr. Crew and though it is not apparent that it was a unanimous decision, Dr. Crew will sign his contract in May 2020.  A part of the selection process included input from 1900 community members and it is not specific if they were provided with contender names or a survey on characteristics of an effective leader.

Dr. Rudolph Crew appears to hold all of the credentials and qualifications to hit the ground running.  On the surface, you will find that he has been the administrator, chancellor, and president in New York City and Miami-Dade County school districts as well as a host of other accolades.  It is no dispute that he has a full range of experience within the school system and the charismatic appeal to gain the interest of some recruiting officials.

However, when you peel back Dr. Crew’s layers you will find a turbulent laundry list.  If you recall, the citizens of  DeKalb just went through a spin cycle which ended by mutual agreement with the school board and Dr. Steven Green the prior Superintendent?  The citizens and students of DeKalb as well as the administrators, staff, and teachers deserve to know more about Dr. Crew and make an informed decision on whether he should be awarded the contract in May 2020.

 

  • During his tenure as Chancellor in New York, it was reported that Dr. Crew “renewed contracts for superintendents with clear records of failure and promoted tenure for principals who had presided over failing schools.”
  • The New York School Board Voted Dr. Crew out as Chancellor with one board member stating that “Crew did not aggressively tackle the problems.” This article further reported that an investigation found that principals and teachers helped students pass standardized tests in order to improve their school performance records. More importantly, he did not support a proposal to assist the lower-income children with vouchers and promoted teachers based on seniority instead of their performance.
  • A petition signed by students of Medgar Evers College requested the removal of Dr. Crew, stating that he was an absentee president and included allegations of misappropriation of funds from a 2016 audit.  In addition, this petition alleged that there was bullying, intimidation, and wrongful terminations.
  • There is another article that “Dr. Crew’s was already out,” reported in July 2019, and that a discrimination suit had been filed from a former Medgar Evers top official.
  • The Miami-Dade County School Board parted ways with Dr. Crew based on “irreconcilable differences” along with a $66 million budget shortfall and further accusations of discrimination by several employees.
  • In 2013, while he was Oregon’s chief educator Crew billed the state for thousands of dollars in personal travel expenses.

 

DeKalb residents you have a voice and can exercise your rights by voting in the June 9th election by absentee voting as well as by vehemently turning up for the upcoming virtual town halls with Dr. Crew from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.  Questions for Dr. Crew will need to be submitted by noon on Tuesday, April 28 by emailing in advance to dcsdsupesearch@dekalbschoolsga.org or calling 678-676-0722.   Panels that will be held by the school board will be accessible through this site https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/communications/dstv .

It is clear that we need an executive administrator that can take the realm in the midst of the needs of the children, teachers, and citizens of DeKalb.  I believe that other top contenders from the pooled (67 applicants) should be revisited and the contractual offer rescinded for Dr. Crew. The school board leaders of DeKalb should be focused on finding a leader that will restore the citizen’s faith in their selection process.

A clear and transparent hiring process, along with a  plan of action to deal with the current COVID19 pandemic, as well as strategic plans for future E-SPLOST and Go Bond referendums are needed by the DeKalb County Board of Education.  This is one of the primary reasons that I am seeking election to ensure a check and balance system is implemented for the children and residents of DeKalb County.

Vote 5th District Board of Education

Dr. Delores H. Brinkley

www.deloreshbrinkley4dekalb.com

 

COVID 19: Safety & Protective Measures

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With the emerging threat from the COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic, groups with weak immune systems such as the elderly, pregnant, children, and those with compromised health issues should reduce their exposure to pathogenic risks. The current government advisories are informing the public to prepare; the guidelines that they have recommended should be implemented.  Here are some additional and feasible practices to protect you and your family.  These safety and protective measures could limit your risk to exposure.

  • Avoid hospitals, outpatient facilities, elective or invasive procedures, and dental visits that can wait, rescheduled in approximately (4 – 6) months
  • Reframe from visiting a sick or bedridden family member unless they are in imminent or critical medical conditions
  • Avoid taking the entire family to the hospital or medical facilities, especially those with weakened immune systems for any unnecessary visits to the hospital, medical establishments, or nursing home facilities
  • Keep latex gloves and Lysol wipes in your possession they could be used with shopping carts, handrails, buses, subways, and other events when you are in large crowds
  • Avoid public restaurants and outings where you will have to pull from a buffet with shared tongs
  • Wipe down your keyboards, cell phones, tablets and reduce your technology usage while in public outings/ events where you could be distracted and forget best practices or have additional droplets that are transported back to your home
  • Do not kiss or allow your pets to have contact with your face/ don’t adopt any stray animals
  • Place Vicks vapor rub under your nose region or Neosporin when you are in large crowds

 

 

Disclaimer-These recommendations are only suggestions that may reduce your public exposure level however, they are not exhaustive and if you need medical attention please follow up with your local health authorities or physician.

 

Delores Harrell, Psy.D. M.P.H.

 

Petition · Pampers: Tell Pampers, wireless “smart” baby diapers are not safe! · Change.org

Petition · Pampers: Tell Pampers, wireless “smart” baby diapers are not safe! · Change.org
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Smart diapers and other wearables are only contributing to higher EMF exposure. Research studies have shown that infants and young children are the most vulnerable to these exposure levels. RF & EMR affects DNA cell functions and can disrupt the infants reproductive organs leading to multi generation effects of infertility, sperm damage, cancer, and a host of other biological effects.

Major Airline changes uniforms based on health concerns! Have they examined the full etiology and the synergistic facts?

Airline crewmembers experience a paramount of medical issues that have continued to be a major occupational health concern. Currently, American Airline’s pilots and flight attendants are reporting aversive health reactions to what they believe to be textile issues with their uniforms. This has resulted in litigation efforts with the vendor as well as a change in future uniform merchandising.  It appears that American Airlines is taking precautionary measures in selecting a different uniform vendor.  With the uniform changes, it is possible that some of the airline crew will report feeling better however, this could be a placebo effect?  Additional variables might be the primary cause or contributor to the health complaints being reported.

A common goal for most airlines includes exceeding the competition by having the best and fastest aircraft tailored to the customer’s needs. This means larger customized seating, huge overhead bins, as well as great reception for the IOT {Internet of Things}. These amenities will satisfy business travelers and customers on long trips. In order to have these accommodations, the aircraft will need the cutting edge technology to handle Wi-Fi gadgets, IOT, and streaming devices, while also avoiding any interference with the plane’s flight chronology.

The metal infrastructure of the plane poses a significant EMF exposure to the aircraft members as well as the customers. The key issues that the airline industries have failed to address are the intense, prolonged and chronic exposure for crewmembers during a flight. The majority of flights consist of strong electromagnetic and radiofrequency risks for crew members and frequent flyers. It’s like a domino effect when it comes to examining the causation of medical complaints and industry leaders should factor in all of the potential variables to assist them in developing the best resolution.

The synergistic effects from potential textiles with formaldehyde, coupled with EMF & EMR in a magnetic aircraft make up a formula for high occupational health hazards. Here is a great article about Synergism between magnetic fields and formaldehyde that addresses these compounding agents.  Thus, the electromagnetic radiation and its compounding effects when coupled with other agents like formaldehyde should be considered. The aircraft has the potential to expose the crew and consumers to EMF/EMF, dirty electricity, and cosmic radiation exposure. With public awareness growing and more medical issues becoming prevalent, it is imperative to examine all health hazards.

The National Toxicology Project conducted a $30 million study and found clear evidence of tumors in the hearts of male rats, and some evidence of tumors in the brain (malignant gliomas) and adrenal glands from exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR). However, these findings relied upon 2G and 3G frequencies and did not include any of the current 4G, 4LTE, or 5G technology. In addition, numerous peer-reviewed studies, renowned scientists, medical professionals, researchers, and journalists are raising awareness about the alarming effects of RFR/EMF exposure. Studies have found cancers in other body regions, lymphoma, heart arrhythmia and palpitations, onset of Type2 diabetes, neuropathy,  DNA damage, leaking of the (BBB) blood-brain barrier, oxidative stress, cognitive decline, melatonin reduction, lower sperm count, neurodevelopmental disorders, migraines, congenital abnormalities, brain fog, autism, and attention disorders.

Though the airline patrons might be on airplane mode, there are incessant amounts of radiofrequency and dirty electricity that illuminate within the aircraft. This radiation poses imminent public health harm to airline crew leading to higher occupational health issues and frequent flyers who are likely unaware of the potential risk. In addition, longer flights pose additional problems with exposure to cosmic radiation for the entire crew and patrons aboard. The National Council Radiation Protection has reported on some of the cosmic radiation exposures based on ionizing effects, but the examination of non-thermal or non-ionizing health issues during air travel remain unreported. In addition, when consumers have limited or low power on their devices, it contributes to an influx of these instruments having to work harder to maintain their signal strength. Furthermore, when consumers power-up from airplane mode upon landing, there is another surge of radiation thrusting through the cabins. It is important for airline crew and flight patrons to be aware of the increased exposure from radiofrequency and electromagnetic fields. This is especially critical for vulnerable populations that include electro-hypersensitive, elderly, pregnant women, and children

References:

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Ionizing radiation exposure of the population of the United States. Report No. 160. Recommendations of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP).Bethesda, MD: National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, 2009.

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/materials/cell_phone_radiofrequency_radiation_studies_508.pdf

Soffritti, M. , Tibaldi, E. , Padovani, M. , Hoel, D. G., Giuliani, L. , Bua, L. , Lauriola, M. , Falcioni, L. , Manservigi, M. , Manservisi, F. and Belpoggi, F. (2016), Synergism between sinusoidal‐50 Hz magnetic field and formaldehyde in triggering carcinogenic effects in male Sprague–Dawley rats. Am. J. Ind. Med., 59: 509-521. doi:10.1002/ajim.22598

About the author:
Delores Harrell, Psy.D., M.P.H.
www.anutrend.com
EMF Activist, CEO/Founder @_Anutrend
President & Branding Strategist, @MotleyDeEnterprises,
Professor, Life coach, Freelance writer

“Teachers & other duties as assigned!” What exactly would this mean when it comes to an active shooter?

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Teachers serve a multitude of roles in their daily duties as instructional guides for their students.  To add the graven task of being armed in the classroom would be a catastrophic calamity!

Here are some valid points to consider:

Students spend over ½ of their childhood and teenage years being nurtured and guided by their teachers.

Teachers are responsible for implementing and teaching the curriculum, along with managing their classroom.

Teachers are humans and could have their own mental health issue and/ or dysfunctional relationships.

A student might have mental health challenges or have parents/siblings/ or other relatives with these issues, as well as the potential for domestic difficulties at home.

Home and environmental issues have been known to enter the classroom, if teachers are singled out as having a weapon in the classroom, the volatile person might enter this area first.

Student bullying is paramount as well as gangs within some schools, students with knowledge of a gun on a teacher might overpower that person.

Classrooms are full of awkward tables, desks, chairs, and other instructional tools making it a congested area.

During an active shooting, the students will need to be assembled and having to accomplish this task as well as engage in disarming the violator would be overwhelming.

Given any of the above scenarios, a gun inside the classroom would be a receipt for disaster.  Students should not be preoccupied with determining which instructor has a weapon inside their classroom.  Would it be possible for this weapon to get in the wrong hands, misfires, and inadvertently hit a student?

Allowing a teacher to have a gun inside the classroom is fundamentally wrong and goes against the grain of their expected role.  Students would be equally traumatized if any of their teachers had to engage in an active shooting within the classroom.  Let the teachers focus on their current teaching duties and responsibilities.  Alternative methods to handle violence and classroom shootings should be explored; this is not a viable option.  Ultimately, arming teachers is not a good resolution.

Who knew the wonders of that little blue pill?

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I always frowned upon hearing that someone had the desire to use a pill to stimulate their sexual desires.  I wondered why this wasn’t just a natural instinct or if the person had tried any visual imagery to improve their sexual drive?

Seven years ago, I learned that one of my relatives had expired after taking this ‘blue pill’ along with their phenobarbital.  It is likely that one physician did not know what the other one had prescribed. Today with the advances in technology, medication regimens, and cross-interactions are now being addressed and prevented.  Given that I had loss a relative to the potential interventions from this inconsequential drug, I was less inclined to see any benefits.

That was until the summer of 2015 when I was faced with the administrative and medical decisions for another relative, with 4th stage congestive heart failure.  I had been told to prepare for the worse and that became a quick reality when they were bed-ridden and unable to physically do anything. The physical therapy program had terminated their services because they were unable to get my relative mobile.  Plans for hospice discharge where taking place and the treatment team had ultimately came to their conclusion.  I began a quest for information, searching for something that could turn this around, our family had already loss so many relatives to heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

Here’s what I learned, the treatment team had placed my relative on Milrinone and they had this drip in their arm for over two weeks, keeping them in a near catatonic state.  During my independent searches, it became apparent that this drug should only be administered for 48 to 72 hours.  I insisted on a consultation and advocated for the removal of this comatose drug.  This is when Dr. Kelly McCants joined the panel and informed me that we could try another method that might provide my loved one with a little more time.  By the way, my loved one had been given 2 weeks and no more than 2 months.  I’m grateful that Dr. McCants was willing to introduce the blue pill to assist and stimulate my relative’s heart condition.  I wanted to share this experience and encourage caregivers and families to remain vigilant in seeking the best options for their loved ones.  In a few months (June 2018, we will be at (3) years of life) after a terminal diagnosis and being placed on the Hospice list, it wasn’t their time.  Thanks again to Dr. McCants, he has relocated his practice to another state, however, the blue pill still reigns as the prescriptive for providing my loved one with a new lease on life.

P.S. We are now able to go on long walks and even complete (2) levels of mall shopping and other errands with a few breaks, so it was really a life-changing event.

Palliative vs. Hospice

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Hospice and Palliative services have been commonly intertwined, once we receive the news that something is seriously wrong with our loved ones.  These terms are often used interchangeably but either could reflect a significant turn of events for your loved one.  Let’s make some distinctions between these two terms.

Hospice is usually stated when treatment and interventions have ended.  Most of us are more familiar with the ‘Hospice,’ term as it references the final stages of life.  Thus, the health and treatment team have concluded that your relative is nearing the end phases of life and appears to be failing to thrive.  Of course, the word thrive can have many interpretations, including will-power, interest, and it is likely that their vital organs are beginning to shut down.

Palliative care is centered on offering your loved one a quality support system at their advanced stages of a medical condition.  When a person is listed under the care of palliative, it means that treatment and interventions are still in place, thus it is possible that the medical condition can subside or go into complete remission.  Palliative can symbolize a poor prognosis for our loved ones, however; there can be some hope for improvement.

Caregivers and family members are often full of questions and hope for some helpful answers, divine intervention, and resolve. Though miracles do happen, when the care team begins to use either of these terms, it is time to prepare support for you, family members, and your loved one.  A turnaround in health complications can happen and result in a significant turn of events.  You may find yourself asking what’s next and also experiencing feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and fear.

This would be a very important time to seek support from other family members; external resources may be available within the local treatment and mental health centers.  It is imperative that you take care of yourself and maintain some degree of self-preservation?  Kubler- Ross, discussed (5) stages of death and relatives that are key caregivers are likely to experience some of these same emotions, denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and coming to terms.  It is also helpful to know that these emotions can vacillate and may not appear in any given order.  Relatives are often unable to cope and recognize that their mental and physical health needs should not be neglected during this distressing period.