SUCCESSFUL STUDENT REMEDIATION REQUIRES EDUCATIONAL REGRESSION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) While some kids will succeed despite the purposeful, generational, and what remains the unaccountable incompetence of LAUSD, the vast majority will predictably never recover. Vacuous rhetoric unsupported by substantive pragmatic programs designed to address the subjective levels of the predominantly minority students are nowhere to be found in LAUSD or inner city districts like it around the country. In lieu of substantive pragmatic education, students continue to be socially promoted year after year and consigned to ultimate failure by what remains this militantly ignorant purposefully misguided system of public non-education.

ARE LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S EMAILS ABOVE THE LAW?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) What makes these LAUSD emails even more relevant are many pending lawsuits against LAUSD in a culture of impunity that has existed among LAUSD administration for generations. LAUSD administrators truly believe that anything they do is legal simply because they do it and is not subject to outside law or regulations. Case in point, the impunity with which LAUSD and public school administrators have carried out their witch hunt against teachers, not only in complete derogation of law and teachers' rights to basic due process, but actually believing that if they do it, it's legal. This has caused them to do and say things memorialized in emails that they never thought would come to light. Now, they will do whatever necessary to make sure they never see the light of day.

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09 2014

SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S IPAD SCANDAL- JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Given the present iPAD scandal that in reality is just the latest incarnation of a long list of corrupt practices at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one can only hope that finally the curtain will be opened on illegal practices to expose a long history of enumerable improper actions taken by LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, administration, and his immediate predecessors Ramon Cortines, David Brewer, and Roy Romer. Hopefully, this will finally lead to an independent and in depth audit of both financial and pedagogic decisions they have taken with rather questionable legal motives. What follows in this article are just a few of these corrupt actions that such an independent investigative audit might be well advised to look into. Feel free in the comment section to augment this list. Maybe this latest iPad scandal with Pearson Education and Apple will final cause a light to be shined on Deasy and his predecessors' shenanigans, so that critically necessary and long overdue real reformation of endemically corrupt LAUSD can finally be implemented. It is not enough for Deasy to lose his job, if all that takes place is his replacement by another over paid public school privatization advocate, whose greatest loyalty is to Broad, Gates, Walton, and the other foundations seeking to privatize public education for profit and not the public school student, teachers, and their families.

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09 2014

CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE BROUGHT AGAINST LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Whether the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy is criminally culpable for his actions in dealing with Pearson and Apple on behalf of the district concerning his clearly collusive actions in complete derogation of the public bidding process designed to get the best contract price and terms for the district should be determined by a criminal cause of action brought by the Los Angeles District Attorney. In addition, any other state or federal governmental authority that sees the potential violation of law in Deasy's specifically intended actions might also consider filing charges. Only such a forum is designed to get at the truth in this matter, because it has the legal process, e.g. discovery, deposition, and the compulsory gathering of relevant evidence that up until now has been retained and stonewalled by LAUSD in this IPad affair and many other questionable actions that LAUSD, Deasy, and present and prior administrators have engaged in without any public scrutiny. Surely, such a defective process remains a formula designed to foster continued improper actions that have finally become public in the IPad affair.

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08 2014

LAUSD'S SLEAZY DEASY STEALS A LINE FROM THE LATE GILDA RADNER: IPADS? "NEVER MIND"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) With Superintendent John Deasy's morally challenged behavior in dealing with Pearson, Apple, and IPads, we get another glimpse of the real darkness of the privatization agenda, which is too evil for most to believe or process. It comes down to money and the further dumbing down of Americans to the point where they are incapable of sequencing enough fact together to "question authority."

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08 2014

LAUSD BOARD ELECTION BETWEEN MCKENNA AND JOHNSON- IS THE BEST VOTE NO VOTE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the 1998 Warren Beatty film Bulworth, the scene in the Black church on Vermont, when he tells the folks present that the only time they will see politicians is when they want their vote, is reminiscent of the LAUSD District 1 race between George McKenna and Alex Johnson to replace recently deceased Marguerite LaMotte. But when it comes to the toxic daily and generational reality that people in this district and their kids continue to face, nothing will change. While I personally held my nose and sent in my absentee ballot for George McKenna this week, at some point in my adult life I would love to vote for something more than the lesser of two evils. McKenna clearly knows his way around the self-serving old boy network, so one might wonder as to why this seasoned "educational expert" hasn't been successful in changing LAUSD's ingrained culture of failure up until now?

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07 2014

2014 LATINO STUDENT REALITY AT LAUSD- ABSENT IN ESPARZA & OLMOS' 2006 FILM "WALKOUT"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) At the end of the film, the LAPD undercover officer who had successfully infiltrated those organizing the walkouts from Lincoln, Wilson, Garfield, Roosevelt, and Belmont High Schools had the most insightful statement, which he made to the young chicana who is the film's star and the audience's surrogate, "Schools aren't going to change." To the producers of Walkout, who I have always respected, I would ask them if they might be willing to consider a sequel- working title Walkout II- where the children and grandchildren of those depicted in the film finally teach gabachos the meaning of the Spanish phase Ya Basta.

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07 2014

When Did Teacher Unions Decide to "TURN" Against Collective Bargaining Rights? By Kathleen Carroll

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) We watch the chaotic struggles against mass school closures, mass teacher-school employee layoffs, and the proliferation of charter schools. We see the expansion of charter school management organizations and online learning, testing, with associated tech companies taking huge chunks of education tax dollars. We then hear politicians claiming what we have is a budget crisis, yet many of the same names appear over and over. The profiteers that usually emerge within the debate about privatizing public education include Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Michelle Rhee and her Students First, and the Milken Foundation, just to name a few.

AFT L.A. CONVENTION- TRUTH, PLATITUDES...AND NO ACTION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The hardest lies to address are ones embedded in truth. As the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention opened in Los Angeles on Friday, July 11th with the keynote speech. President Randi Weingarten clearly laid out the 5 point battle plan of those seeking to dismantle what remains of public education in the United States for money and the further dumbing down of America. However, what she didn't lay out was her own hand in facilitating this process by assuring that the AFT she heads and its locals around the country do absolutely nothing to stop this privatization juggernaut.

FORMER CTC ATTORNEY KATHLEEN CARROLL LAYS OUT UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN UNION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION PRIVATIZERS

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In the YouTube video below Kathy Carroll, whistleblower attorney from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and public education advocate talks about the sustained attacks on teachers and public education that continues to be facilitated by the incestuous illegal relationship of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) union leadership with privately funded non-profits, whose unrelenting shared agenda is to push for the complete privatization of public education.

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07 2014

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