LAUSD AND AGE DISCRIMINATION

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(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 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 and the more of us that file, the harder it will be to keep this story out of the news:

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


LAUSD knows that for every teacher at the top of the salary scale it can get rid of, it can hire two novice teachers. LAUSD doesn't seem to care if a disregard for law and collective bargaining rights goes out the window, just as long as it can get rid of these expensive teachers. Administrators know that if they don't get rid of enough teachers and other staff, their own jobs are on the line.

In accomplishing this end, LAUSD administrators pay little attention to the truth or the rights of their certificated and classified staff and seem to be totally oblivious to federal and state legislation that makes age discrimination a violation of law.

Fabrication of charges against teachers has become more and more commonplace under cover of the incessant attacks against teachers being waged in the mainstream media. If logic played any part in this, it would be clear that teachers have never had the power to determine what direction LAUSD takes, so why would they and not Superintendents Romer, Brewer, Cortines, and now Deasy, along with their entrenched LAUSD bureaucracy be the logical target for responsibility of this longstanding failure at LAUSD and virtually every public school district like it around the United States.

LAUSD's charges against hundreds of innocent teachers is clearly attributable only to their age and has increased many fold over the last several years. Logically, a bad economy should have no bearing on the number of "bad" teachers allegedly violating morals charges, but the number of teachers being targeted by LAUSD for removal keeps increasing.
 
By hitting teachers with morals charges under Education Code Section 44939, LAUSD with the collusion of UTLA is able to immediately remove teachers from their jobs without them being able to defend themselves with collective bargaining rights. None of this could be done without the tacit support or failure to act of UTLA and its equally corrupt administration..

If you are an LAUSD employee who is suffering age discrimination, both the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) want to hear from you.

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



Below are copies of my "Charge of Discrimination" and "Notice of Complainant of Right-To-Sue," which I just filed for the second time. You can either join and substantiate my case with your own testimony of age discrimination or file one on your own:
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The right to sue allows me to go into state and federal court. If LAUSD loses a discrimination case, it is subject to having all of its federal funding withheld. Everybody needs consequences if change is expected.
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NATIONAL EDUCATION REFORMERS


LA Progressive

Dick Price and Sharon Kyle
http://www.laprogressive.com/
Dick and Sharon dick_and_sharon@yahoo.com
Dick and Sharon are a pair of citizen journalists and information activists who were fed up with
mainstream media. Rather than just kvetch about the media, they decided to try to become the media. So, together they founded the LA Progressive. Dick is the editor and Sharon is the publisher and webmaster, handling all technical aspects of the site.

This site was launched in March 2008, with Dick and Sharon doing most of the writing. Today, a host of gifted writers contribute to the LA Progressive's daily offering which typically amounts to about 45 articles a week. Dick and Sharon continue to write for as well as edit and publish the LA Progressive and distribute its daily e-news each morning.


J
o Scott Coe Riverside, California
Jo.Scott-Coe@rcc.edu
www.joscottcoe.com
Excellent Video Interview about Professor Coe
http://vodpod.com/watch/4959969-jo-scott-coe-teacher-at-point-blank

Assistant Professor of English at Riverside Community College and former high school English teacher. She is the author of Teacher at Point Blank and has been a teacher of English and literature in California since 1991. Her writing on intersections of gender, violence, and education has appeared in the Los Angeles Times as well as literary venues including Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Memoir(and), Bitter Oleander, and Green Mountains Review. Her essay, "Recovering Teacher," won the NCTE 2009 Donald Murray Prize, and other selections of her work have received a Pushcart Special Mention as well as Notable listings in Best American Essays 2009 and 2010. As an independent researcher, Jo authored and published the most extensive study to-date of Adams v. LAUSD, a nearly 10-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual harassment, in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women's Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press). Jo values the aesthetic, political, and socially transformative powers of literary narrative--especially to dispel unhealthy silences and witness cultural blindspots. She works currently as an assistant professor of English at Riverside Community College in SoCal, and her book, Teacher at Point Blank (Aunt Lute 2010), has been selected as a Great Read for Fall 2010 by Ms. Magazine. Punk rock? Yes. Hockey games? Yes. Coffee? Always black. Find Jo on the web at joscottcoe.com and on Twitter @joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier New York, New York
betsy.combier@gmail.com
Betsy Combier's blog http://www.parentadvocates.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=488
is a jewel that chronicles the corruption in NYC's Dept of Educations (DOE)  . She has accomplished a wonderful piece of journalism, and created one of the rare places where corrupt educational governance is chronicled and revealed

Professor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California
<nobull2u@gmail.com>
is a professor at the UCLA Andersen School of Business who also teaches in the Education Department's Principals' Leadership Institute. Check out the following 3 minutes on ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/conversation-performance-review-11126992

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
StuartComputers@gmail.com
Don't send LAUSD Librarians to the Inquisition, send the downtown bureaucrats
Tests, What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

LAUSD students to attend school on contaminated land, again!
Some schools teach only to the tests, so how are the students being prepared for the next grade and for life?
New LAUSD superintendent adds six-figure positions to management team

http://www.examiner.com/public-education-in-los-angeles/let-s-play-match-game-lausd

Has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 30 years. He is greatly aware of the district waste, large bureaucracy, and other major issues of the time. He started his blog with the sole purpose of informing the world about the truths of education in LAUSD. E-mail him at: StuartComputers@gmail.com.

LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

wccbook@gmail.com

Former award winning teacher who co-founded NAPTA, National Association for the Prevention of Teacher Abuse, and wrote the book White Chalk Crime: The REAL Reason Schools Fail to expose how teacher harassment and terrorization maintains a system of deeply hidden corruption. Disposing of dedicated teachers forms the core of the White Chalk Criminal's agenda since dedication and white collar crime do not mix. Given that all agree that good teachers are essential to good teaching, a system that cannot tolerate good teachers is worthless. This is what we have in place. With Bernie Madoff-like leaders - he was as much about investing as our school leaders are about educating - anointed with unlimited power, including the ability to fill the airwaves with propaganda, education is no longer about education. It is about money and power for those who play a very corrupt game and with an agenda of privatizing schools so their power will increase. (Privatization may have merits. NAPTA does not take a position on that. But privatizing a system that is rotten to its core - where quality teaching cannot survive, where a cover up of pretense that they do not know this despite so many of us reporting these truths prevails - documents that those advocating privatization cannot be trusted! It shows they want our schools for their own interests, not the children, nor the community.)  NAPTA welcomes parents, teachers, students, citizens or anyone who understands that without a real system of education, we no longer have a democracy. Membership is free. Go to: EndTeacherAbuse.org  or WhiteChalkCrime.com. Become educated about what is going on. 


Jerry Mintz Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
417 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Hts., NY  11577

For those of you who cannot wait for corrupt public education to be turned around, AERO offers an excellent source to get connected with viable alternatives right now.

www.EducationRevolution.org
info@EducationRevolution.org
800-769-4171 (domestic)
516-621-2195 (international)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
susano@gmavt.net
http://www.susanohanian.org
She is a longtime public school teacher who, after 20 years, became staff writer for a teacher magazine and then went freelance. I've maintained a website of activism for nearly 9 years--ever since the passage of NCLB. People can subscribe to the website and then they get updates about new content. I answer all the mail I get through the website and with the answer, people have my e-mail.  I also try to stir things up on Twitter, though I find this medium frustrating. I have a Facebook page--just so people can find me. I don't initiate anything on it, The website keeps me busy.
http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9593

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, New York

Susan studied literacy education, English literature, and fine arts and holds a BA ('63) and MS ('65) from Brooklyn College, and has the equivalent of two master's degrees, earned in graduate studies of literacy, arts and education. She taught literacy skills and art, for four decades in NYC in elementary and secondary school.  In 1998 she won the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Educator of Excellence Award  for her successful teacher practice, studied by Harvard  and the LRDC at the University of Pittsburgh for the New Standards research. At the end of her research, her unique curriculum was selected by the LRDC to be used in their national staff development seminars for school superintendents. She was among six teachers -- from among the thousands across the nation-- observed during the research project, and her teaching practice met all the  principles of learning. In the nineties, she rose to prominence in national educational circles, while teaching at a new magnet school, East Side Middle School. The reading scores of her seventh grade students were at the top of the city, and on the first ELA, which two thirds of city students failed, her former students (then in the eight grade) were TENTH IN THE STATE.

 She writes often about what she learned about the genuine standards for learning, in an attempt to begin a national conversation about the authentic standards, so that there can be genuine reform. Her experience that ended her fine career in the NYC Public Schools has led her to write about the process that removed the top educators, silencing the voices of the classroom practitioners who would not accept anti-learning policies. Her essay here on Perdaily,  is one that describes this process. Read more as she talks about education, literacy  and learning on her site, from the perspective of the experienced teacher-practitioner of pedagogy. She is the voice of dedicated and talented classroom teachers who know why the schools are failing.

Her website is: 

http://www.speakingasateacher.com/Susan_Lee_Schwartz_(Steiner)_/index.html


Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
Joel.Shatzky@cortland.edu
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006--   )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/searchS/?q=Joel+Shatzky
Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001)
Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents.
Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."
 "The Lessons": www.youtube.com/watch?v=D712J1V2Jsg&feature=player_embedded
"Numbers Lie": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57BRNLviVTQ
"The Charter Starters": www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrrw5CV3Gw<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrrw5CV3Gw>

Here's Joel's latest post about the low percentage of "college ready" high school graduates. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-shatzky/educating-for-democracy-t_2_b_821410.html



Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana
<lornastremcha@yahoo.com>
http://www.endteacherabuse.org/Stremcha.html
http://twitter.com/lornapstremcha

lornastremcha.com

callmescarlet.blogspot.com

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HER STORY:
"I know first hand the financial, personal, emotional and physical damage that can result when school administrators, the Montana Education Association and the National Education Association put their own interests above the students, teachers and the taxpayers of the State of Montana My files contain mountains of paperwork including depositions, declarations of truth, notarized documents and exhibits resulting from an arduous legal process that finally ended when the Havre (Montana) School District settled two lawsuits - a Federal suit and one filed in State District Court. These documents also include a letter from a union representative stating, " This is nothing more than a witch hunt." Yet the union continued to allow the school administration to harass, bully and bring harm to me.
These two lawsuits resulted from a single incident that, had it been handled differently and under the light of public scrutiny, would not have snowballed into awards of more than $200,000 worth of damages. Funds that eventually came from the taxpayers' pockets. Ironically, as a taxpayer in Hill County, my family and I are helping to pay for the damages awarded to me. This covered the attorneys' fees. The settlement did not include my attorney fees, however the district, insurance and taxpayers paid the defendants attorney bills, which exceeded mine. The settlement was made on March 2, 2006."
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Jim-Taylor/125893225652

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Jim-Taylor/125893225652
http://twitter.com/search?q=DrJimTaylor

Lois Weiner Jersey City, New Jersey
Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
drweinerlo@gmail.com
Blog
http://newpolitics.mayfirst.org/blog/5
Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/3/educators_push_back_against_obamas_business
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Impact of urban school characteristics on teachers' classroom practice
How race, class, and gender mediate academic achievement
Teachers' work and the school as a workplace
Effects of changes in global political economy on teaching, teachers, and schools.

(Para una visión nacional de la reforma de la educación pública ver el final de esta entrada del blog) Con un déficit de $ 15 mil millones en la actualidad creados y no financiado todavía beneficios de por vida la salud y un regalo $ 408 millones del déficit presupuestario en curso, los administradores de LAUSD están muy motivados para deshacerse de tantos maestros con antigüedad de alta en la parte superior de la escala salarial, junto con los profesores que están a punto de chaleco con beneficios para la salud de por vida. Los profesores con los dos una gran cantidad de antigüedad y que están a punto de chaleco en beneficios para la salud de por vida, ya sea por el servicio de toda la vida o la "Regla del 80", donde la combinación de su edad y años de servicio es igual a 80, son los principales candidatos para el retiro de sus trabajos con el LAUSD por cualquier medio, legal o ilegal. Si usted está actualmente siendo objeto de extracción, ya sea como empleado del LAUSD certificado o clasificado, usted debe presentar de inmediato con la agencia siguientes, antes de que el estatuto de limitaciones - no hace la fuerza y ​​el archivo de más de nosotros que, más difícil será mantener esta historia fuera de las noticias: EE.UU. Comisión de Igualdad de Oportunidades Los Angeles Oficina del Distrito 255 E. Temple San cuarto piso Los Angeles, California 90012 (213) 894-1096 TTY (213) 894-1121 FAX (213) 894-1118 LAUSD sabe que por cada maestro en la parte superior de la escala salarial que puede quitarse de encima, se puede contratar a dos profesores noveles. LAUSD no parece importarle si un desprecio por la ley y el derecho de negociación colectiva va por la ventana, con tal de que pueda deshacerse de estos profesores caros. Los administradores saben que si no nos deshacemos de suficientes maestros y otro personal, sus propios puestos de trabajo están en la línea. En el logro de este fin, los administradores de LAUSD prestan poca atención a la verdad o los derechos de su personal certificado y clasificado, y parecen ser totalmente ajenos a la legislación federal y estatal que hace que la discriminación por edad una violación de la ley. Presentación de cargos contra los maestros se ha convertido en más y más comunes al amparo de los incesantes ataques contra los maestros que se libra en los medios de comunicación. Si la lógica jugado ningún papel en esto, quedaría claro que los maestros nunca han tenido el poder de determinar en qué dirección toma el LAUSD, por lo que ¿por qué no y Superintendentes Romer, Brewer, Cortines, y Deasy ahora, junto con su arraigada burocracia LAUSD se el objetivo lógico de la responsabilidad de este fracaso de muchos años en el LAUSD, y prácticamente todos los distritos escolares públicos, como es alrededor de los Estados Unidos. LAUSD cargos contra cientos de maestros inocentes es claramente atribuible sólo a su edad y ha aumentado muchas veces en los últimos años. Lógicamente, una mala economía no debe tener influencia sobre el número de "malos" profesores supuestamente haber violado la moral cargos, pero el número de profesores de ser blanco de LAUSD para el retiro no deja de aumentar. Pulsando los profesores con los gastos de la moral en la Sección 44939 del Código de Educación , el LAUSD con la complicidad de UTLA es capaz de eliminar de inmediato los maestros de sus puestos de trabajo sin que sean capaces de defenderse con los derechos de negociación colectiva. Nada de esto podría hacerse sin el apoyo tácito o falta de acción de UTLA y su administración igualmente corruptos .. Si usted es un empleado del LAUSD que está sufriendo la discriminación por edad, tanto la Comisión Federal de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC) y / o el Departamento de Empleo y Vivienda Justa (DFEH) quiero saber de ti. EE.UU. Comisión de Igualdad de Oportunidades Los Angeles Oficina del Distrito 255 E. Temple San cuarto piso Los Angeles, California 90012 (213) 894-1096 TTY (213) 894-1121 FAX (213) 894-1118 A continuación se presentan copias de mi "carga de discriminación" y "Aviso de demandante de derecho a demandar", lo que me acaba de presentar por segunda vez. Puede unirse y justificar mi caso con su propio testimonio de la discriminación por la edad o el archivo uno por su cuenta: Cargo de la Discriminación por LAUSD1.jpg El derecho a demandar me permite ir a los tribunales estatales y federales. Si LAUSD pierde un caso de discriminación, que está sujeta a que la totalidad de sus fondos federales retenidos. Todo el mundo necesita las consecuencias si el cambio que se espera. Aviso a demandante y el demandado y el demandante derecho a sue1.jpg

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I know how it feels to be laid off and it is very devastating experience. For those teachers who are the prime candidates for removal from their jobs by any means, I hope you can find the courage to fight for your rights. They should treat you with respect and you deserve what is due for you. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a “EEOC Form 5”, I found a blank fillable form here: http://goo.gl/utHdj1. This site PDFfiller also has some tutorials on how to fill it out and a few related legal documents that you might find useful.

"Laid off" is nice way to describe being fired on fabricated charges or displaced in complete derogation of seniority or fundamental notions of due process of law guaranteed by both the state and federal constitutions.

As for EEOC and DFEH, be advised that these hallowed out agencies have no money to investigate any allegations of wrong doing, which by now with the thousands of complaints they have gotten against LAUSD should have already put them on at least inquiry notice that something is rotten at LAUSD. Therefore, you should not waste your time, but rather immediately ask them for a right to sue letter. Be advised that once that is done, the clock starts ticking toward the statute of limitations on any right that you have to sue, so you must be prepared to file a legal cause of action in the appropriate court as soon as you get the right to sue letter.

Within the next few days I will publish on this site a questionnaire for targeted teachers who are interested in being part of a consolidated lawsuit financed by my attorneys designed to bring an end to this illegal witch hunt that up until now has allowed LAUSD to get rid of teachers at the top of the salary scale, and/or about to vest in expensive lifetime health, and/or disabled.

Bullies are only empowered by inaction. If what we do and what we say can continue to be ignored with impunity, then it is not worth doing. LAUSD cannot ignore a court order or judgment.

In supposedly liberal Seattle in the supposedly liberal state of Washington at the supposedly liberal University of Washington the campus police as policy openly discriminate against elderly even former professors.
Former(at 70) but still active scientists like myself(a physicist), having moved here for my wife's health issues (she got no decent treatment whatsoever from the much vaunted but greatly disappointing University of Washington medical center)have been forbidden from attending any seminars and colloquia, (or even contacting any faculty by any means whatsoever) in any departments whatsoever under penalty of arrest. (And I was starting to do joint research with several professors in several departments and have many books and much property on UW campus). This is in direct violation of all federal funding agency federal laws. What one sees is the sociological-dysfunctionality of ageism in their FEAR, FEAR of new visitors with new ideas that come from older visitors since much of their public posture(this "STEM" mantra) is media-hype P.R. show-biz to ensnare the young ONLY. And this ageism reinforced by their police is most especially true of departments like psychology, as well as philosophy and earth sciences, with some ageism also in physics and mathematics(the most friendly). Why I have been told by professors half my age that "it is O.K. TO ATTEND SEMINARS/COLLOQUIA, BUT YOU CAN'T ASK ANY QUESTIONS NOR MAKE ANY COMMENTS", even when they are about my work or fields that I was(and still am) an expert in, or in some cases the father of! To attend anything on UW campus, I must actually phone the UW police chief and get his permission, and I simply refuse to be treated in such a fascist ageism manner, reinforced by all department chairs, all deans, the provost(a PSYCHOLOGIST who many of you no doubt know!!!; just google “Provost University of Washington”), the president, the regents, and seemingly the supposedly liberal governor.
University of Washington is a total disappointment with rampant police enforced ageism as official policy!!!

Dr. Siegel, I am appalled by this. For this to go on at a college is so disturbing that I beg you to make it widely known. I will publish anything you wish to write on this and circulate it to OPed and other earnest news sources. I am betting Lenny will do the same. We are looking at an educational holocaust. When Fascist came in, they went after intellectuals and educators first. This neo liberal dictatorship has slipped in under a guise of philanthropy, but I suspect the public is becoming hip to it. Unfortunately, the people may not have the power to stop this anymore. Not without some ugly, probably violent drama unfolding first. And the tear gas they unload on students who protest is likely to become a far more lethal weapon with a Gestapo mentality infused in our government and school leadership. Nevertheless, we must do whatever it takes to keep this trend from choking the Ideas of Democracy from our culture.
I am sure you never thought it would come to this after a lifetime of scholarship and purpose. I do hope your wife is getting well and that your work is not totally impeded. I hope to hear from you.
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Mr. Isenburg,
I feel exactly what you are feeling. I was laid off June 2013 after being a tenured teacher for 14 Years.I had sent a letter into LAUSD to mention if, it was to be that I would be reassigned, because of a disability and medical reasons I would not be able to commute a site that was very far away from my home. I was offered an assignment a few days before school started back. It was over 3 hours drive each way, adding 7 or more hours onto my day. I am 67 years old, at the top of the pay scale. What do you think? Age discrimination. Where do I get one of those forms to complete and file, Thank You so much for the info.

I have just been let go as of July 19th 2012.
Does anyone know of an Attorney that works on a contingency basis?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/26/rick-perry-staffer-insurance-scheme_n_938413.html

They have been doing something like this for some time at WalMart.

Also of interest :http://www.scepsis.ru/eng/articles/id_1.php

Chomsky makes some very astute observations about the human condirion. If we dont give a damn about the kid who lives up the street, Democracy is doomed.

If only these people put as much thought into instruction and efficiency as they do covering their unworthy butts. . . We'd have amazing public schools for half as much.
It seems to me that Mr. Goldur is asking the right question. Who is running our schools? A cursory look at what the following phrase brings up on Google will bring up plenty of clues: LAUSD
Corruption.

Who are the people at LAUSD that make the decisions affecting your children?

http://www.examiner.com/public-education-in-los-angeles/who-are-the-people-at-lausd-that-make-the-decisions-affecting-your-children-1

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