WILL THE REAL PROFESSOR DIANE RAVITCH PLEASE STAND UP?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Professor Diane Ravitch has become a G-d to her undiscerning and often cultish followers. What most of these people choose to see is her clearly unsurpassed knowledge of what is and has gone on in public education throughout the last 150 years. Without question she could be a revolutionary rallying point for countering the carefully planned and orchestrated program of public education privatization by charter schools run exclusively to increase the corporate bottom line and further dumb down the American public. However, the fact is that Ravitch has chosen to do nothing but talk and then only after the fact as can be seen in the recent Vergara case. This should have awakened her followers, but alas it hasn't.

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10 2014

DEASY TO CORTINES...FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE FOR LAUSD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) This week in the latest installment of what has become the long running Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) soap opera, we witnessed what can only be described as the surreal renaming of 82 year old retired LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines as interim LAUSD superintendent to replace Superintendent John Deasy. Deasy has resigned under an iPad-MiSiS cloud of suspicion that was continuing to develop into a storm. In fact, It might even occur to some of you that Deasy resigned now before more scandals regarding the fixing of student assessments, grades, graduations, the lack of delivery of instruction, and LAUSD finances came out, in hopes that this would stop any further investigations. Good luck on that one John.

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10 2014

LAUSD- IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEASY?

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We are at a crossroads at LAUSD and in public education around the country. Either there will be greater disclosure of LAUSD's longstanding incompetence and illegal activities with the requisite changes being implemented to stop them or it will be more of the same. The hardest thing to change is LAUSD's entrenched bureaucracy that has yet to be subjected to an independent audit of their policies and financial practices. This has continued because of political pressure from city, county, state, and federal government that has become more and more under corporate and foundation domination to privatize and monetize public education, which after all was John Deasy's Broad, Gates, and Walton inspired agenda.

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10 2014

THE SHARING ECONOMY- CAN AIRBNB GIVE A LYFT UBER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) As global capitalism continues to wring more and more profit out of the economy year after year, which after all is the raison d'etre of the corporate structure, a catastrophically impacted casualty of this using of more and more leading edge technology to make ever increasing profits has been the middle class. That is why it is all the more gratifying when that same technology can now be used to counter this unregulated corporate juggernaut, while helping the middle class to survive, if not flourish.

HAS FERGUSON SUGGESTED A GAME CHANGER WHEN IT COMES TO HOW AND WHAT WE GET FOR NEWS...AND PUBLIC EDUCATION?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) We had only 18% voter turn out in the recent primary. And only 8% voted in the LAUSD election to fill the empty board seat of the late Marguerite La Motte. Now you can spin this as voter apathy, but I would rather spin it as voter intelligence- they know that neither candidate will bring about change as was seen in the LAUSD board election where both Alex Johnson and George McKenna were members in good standing of the good old boy network that has put LAUSD in the toilet now for generations. Although I gave them both the opportunity to specifically address the longstanding issues facing LAUSD, they declined.

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10 2014

AN OPEN LETTER IN RESPONSE TO AFT PRESIDENT RANDI WEINGARTEN'S EMAIL TO ME

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) What follows is a little exchange I recently had with American Federation of Teachers President and lawyer Randi Weingarten. Take a moment and post your thoughts: Randi, I have spent a good portion of every week dealing with teachers who have been summarily removed from their teaching jobs without due process and without ANY intervention of either UTLA, AFT, or CTA.

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

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