Archive for August 2011

LAUSD's John Deasy Could Learn From This Guy - School superintendent gives up $800k in pay By TRACIE CONE - Associated Press

Larry Powell.jpeg
(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) My kind of guy. Somebody who realizes that the only legacy that any human being can really have is to leave a world better than he or she found it, rather than trying to assuage their guilt for a life of avarice by building a museum, hospital wing, or pyramid in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, or Brentwood with their ill-gotten gains. It's about 5000 years since Old Kingdom Egyptian and human beings seem to be rather slow learners within that time frame, but Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell gives me hope and the strength to fight against billionaires bent on mutually assured destruction that comes from developing capital and not our capacity for intelligent living through universal excellent public education.

30

08 2011

WILL LAUSD OFFER A CLASS IN BOGUS PUBLIC EDUCATION REFORM 101?

La Santa Cecilia.jpeg
Check out what follows as a clear explanation of how the fix is in with public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District and elsewhere throughout this country in the move to privatize public education. See what mainstream media blacks out and what should be part of the discussion on real public education reform.

28

08 2011

LAUSD and Green Dot Should Talk - Locke High School's Ace Academy Does Not Have to Be a Casualty of Business as Usual

Ace Academy.jpeg
(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Several years ago Green Dot Schools then CEO Steve Barr did a video interview for a documentary on public education that I was working on. In it he said, "We can turn around Locke High School in a year." It occurred to me at the time that if you could make up for all the damage that had been done to these students in South Central (I'm not politically correct, since changing the name hasn't changed the reality for the better in this area), then none of us would have to go to 13 years of K-12 education. It is now years later, where only 14 of the original 500 student class graduated and only 85 of a recent 1400 student class graduated. This does not mean that even those who graduated were college ready with A-G requirements. Rather than think and ask why this is happening and finally address student deficits in a timely manner, before it is too late for most students by the time they get to high school without Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) or basic math skills, people still refuse to address the underlying faulty reasoning that tries to fix the damage after the fact and then implicitly accepts race and poverty as the explanation as to why students don't succeed.

Subverting The National Conversation: A lesson on how it is done! by Susan lee Schwartz with thanks to Kevin Gosztola

Susan Lee Schwartz 2.jpeg
(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) I say that parents and citizens were duped by school boards and politicians into becoming angry at teachers, so public education would fail, so that charter schools and privateers would thrive. The lobbyists write the spin and the media delivers it. Joy Resmovitz wrote recently on The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/17/teachers-trusted-more-than-unions-survey_n_928852.html that a recent Gallup poll found that: "three of four Americans have 'trust and confidence in public school teachers,' with an even higher rate of trust among public school parents, college-educated respondents and those younger than 40 years old. Three out of four respondents indicated they believe teachers should have more flexibility over their own lessons."

LAUSD Is Not The ONLY PLAYER IN Public School Privatization & The War Against California Teachers - Fired CTC Staff Attorney Kathleen Carroll Speaks Out

Kathleen Carroll.jpg
Pop some corn and have some friends over to the house to watch the following films noirs about the move to privatize public education and the blatant corruption that is being used to unjustly attack teacher in accomplishing it throughout this country. Special thanks to Steve Zeltzer and the Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org that produced these films.

LAUSD AND AGE DISCRIMINATION

Age Discrimination.jpeg
(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) With a $15 billion shortfall in presently vested and yet unfunded lifetime health benefits and a present $408 million current budget deficit, LAUSD administrators are highly motivated to get rid of as many teachers with high seniority and at the top of the salary scale, along with those teachers who are about to vest with lifetime health benefits. Those teachers with both a great deal of seniority and who are about to vest in lifetime health benefits, either by longtime service or the "Rule of 80," where the combination of their age and years of service equals 80, are prime candidates for removal from their jobs with LAUSD by any means- legal or illegal. If you are presently being targeted for removal as either a certificated or classified LAUSD employee, you need to file immediately with the following agency, before the statute of limitations runs - there is strength in numbers: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Los Angeles District Office 255 E. Temple St. 4th floor Los Angeles, California 90012 (213) 894-1096 TTY (213) 894-1121 FAX (213) 894-1118

What's Behind LAUSD's Witchhunt Against Older Teachers? (¿Qué hay detrás caza de brujas contra el LAUSD docentes de mayor edad?)

Health Benefits.jpeg
Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) In discussing my own case with Mr. Lapekis and LAUSD's desire to deprive me of my lifetime health benefits under the "Rule of 80" (where my age and service time add up to 80 to give me lifetime health benefits), Ron points out that LAUSD already has approximately $15 billion in fixed unfunded lifetime health benefits for those who have already vested and is doing everything- legal and illegal- to stop as many teachers like myself from vesting.

8

08 2011

Ask LAUSD and UTLA IF THE REAL DAVID LYELL WILL PLEASE STAND UP (Pregunte LAUSD y UTLA si el verdadero Lyell DAVID SE favor ponerse de pie)

David Lyell.jpeg
(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) David Lyell's political aspiration are his exclusive motivation. The well-being of his fellow teachers has nothing to do with anything he says or does. Before David ran for UTLA Secretary, he blogged for me at perdaily to advance his candidacy, while doing the same at NYC teachers, and anywhere else he could to promote himself, his career, and his candidacy for UTLA Secretary - his first step toward the political career he so covets - think LAUSD Board member Jose Huizar for a comparable plan. Predictably, after being pursued for access to perdaily and other sites where I blog, II haven't heard much from David since his election. I wonder why?

5

08 2011

LAUSD and Superintendent Deasy- Listen to Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch.jpeg
LAUSD and Superintendent John Deasy should listen to Diane Ravitch and the majority in this putative democracy that want the excellent public education that LAUSD has stood against for generations. The Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation want to privatize public education and if successful will condemn our democracy to the junk heap of history if they are successful in taking education away from "We the people," who have to be educated in order to function as the arbiters of power that keeps politicians and their corporate masters in check.

1

08 2011