An Attorney's Observations of LAUSD's Rubber Rooms by Ron Lapekas, esq. (Observaciones de un abogado de habitaciones de goma LAUSD por Ron Lapekas, esq.)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)

I am an attorney who was a whistleblower in the 70's.  I learned the hard way that it is extremely difficult to find a lawyer who is both competent and willing to represent someone crazy enough to report wrongdoing. So, I filed my first case - my own - while I was in law school.  After winning the writ proceeding, I won my first appeal during my first year of practice. All in all, it took me 12 years to clear my name.  As a result, a substantial part of my practice for the past several decades has been employment law. 

A few weeks ago I came into contact with Lenny Isenberg, a teacher who also was a whistleblower. He had been given a notice of dismissal and was preparing to defend himself because the attorney who originally represented him had demanded more than $25,000 to try the case -- in addition to $15,000 that UTLA also promised him. (I asked UTLA to pay me $15,000 to represent Mr. Isenberg all the way to the Supreme Court of California. As of this writing, I have not even had the courtesy of a reply from UTLA.)

I reviewed the "evidence" and concluded that the charges were insubstantial, at best, and completely fabricated, at worst.  I informed the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and opposing counsel that I was coming to Los Angeles to try the case that was supposed to start September 12th.  However, because I amended the Notice of Defense to allege the affirmative defenses of whistleblowing and the constitutional right to speak to the press, the hearing has been continued to some unknown date in the future.

With some free time on my hands, I started talking to other teachers who had been given dismissal notices.  I noticed that there were common patterns in all their cases.  All had taught for many years without any kind of disciplinary action taken against them.  All were older.  And all had taken a position of some kind that attracted the attention, if not the wrath, of an LAUSD administrator.  Another very weird allegation in many of the dismissals was that the teachers were accused of violating Education Code section 44939.  Apparently, LAUSD routinely alleges violations of section 44939 because it allows the District to avoid the grievance procedure that is available for all other alleged misconduct. I could understand a single case with these allegations but why were so many people calling with almost identical allegations?  Did somebody put something in the water three years ago that turned previously excellent to outstanding teachers into incompetent, insubordinate, misfits?

In case after case, there was an uncomfortable commonality of allegations. Most of the teachers I have talked with had never been accused of any kind of misconduct before. Most had exemplary records. But they also included a number of competent union chapter chairs - you know, the kind who stood up for their members. 

More than half of the people I have talked to told me that administrators sought out students and prevailed on them to provide negative comments about their teachers. Allegations of "unprofessional conduct", insubordination, persistent violations of rules and school laws, and "willful refusal" are generously sprinkled throughout the accusations.  Many of the allegations regarding classroom management are the kind that most teachers consider to be trivial and easily remedied; now these incidents are deemed "evident unfitness for service."  I also noted that the allegations were virtually identical regardless of grade level or school site. 

Mr. Isenberg has commented on his website, perdaily.com, about the abuses being heaped on the teachers unfortunate enough to be served with an accusation that includes violation of section 44939. These teachers are removed from their classrooms, often in front of their students in an unceremonious and sadistic manner. Because they are still on salary, LAUSD has established a number of "campuses" where these teachers are required to report.  After reporting, the teachers are given no work to do and are forced to bide their time under the watchful eyes of a number of administrators who, apparently, have nothing to do but watch the teachers. 

When I read Mr. Isenberg's blog about the rubber rooms, I thought the District's process was, at worst, simply stupid.  This morning, I had an opportunity to visit one of these teachers at his temporary assignment. 

Teachers call these temporary assignments "rubber rooms", apparently due to the similarity to holding facilities at mental hospitals that have walls made of rubber to prevent patient self-injury. What I observed was appalling - and what I heard was even worse.  Teachers are required to sit in separated cubicles that are more reminiscent of jail visiting facilities than of a school site.  I also confirmed that the District has given them absolutely nothing to do - not even "busy work".  Having been required to work at an empty desk during my own whistleblowing experience, I know that being required to do nothing while being watched constantly is an extremely stressful and totally punitive procedure.

Some teachers have been assigned to a rubber room for more than two years.  Ignoring the waste of resources this represents, the punitive nature of the rubber room means that people are being punished before they have been proved guilty. Unlike a criminal, they can't post bond so they can escape the prison-like confines of the rubber room while the District takes its own sweet time to prepare the charges.  But wait ... taking time?  What is happening to the witnesses and evidence during the months and years that these teachers are waiting for the other shoe to drop?  Until LAUSD actually issues formal charges, the teachers (a) have no knowledge of exactly what allegations are being made against them - except for section 44939 - and (b) have no legal way to preserve evidence they may need for their defense. And this does not even begin to address the intentional infliction of severe mental distress that appears to be the true purpose of the rubber rooms.  Assignment to a rubber room without being informed of the reason for the punishment is, in my opinion, a totally unconstitutional denial of due process.  (I also believe that if a criminal were sentenced to a rubber room as a criminal sentence punishment the rubber room would violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.)

While there is a very high probability that at least one of the teachers in the rubber rooms should be dismissed, I believe there is an even greater probability that the majority of the rubber room teachers would be vindicated:

IF they survive the rubber room with their sanity

IF witnesses retain their memory

IF evidence does not disappear or  become tainted

IF they have the financial resources to prepare a reasonable defense

IF their union gives them the support they have paid for and are entitled to

IF they get a full and fair hearing on the merits.

I thought I was going to come to California, try Mr. Isenberg's case, and return to my retirement in Tennessee.  But it appears that Mr. Isenberg's case is just a snowflake on the tip of the iceberg that is LAUSD's abusive treatment of its teachers. Therefore, I am discussing the re-opening of my law practice and returning to LA with my long suffering wife.  Until then, I will continue to collect evidence and see what I can do to help the teachers who have been wrongfully accused and punitively abused.


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/lausd-test-scores-up-to-failure-levels-what-are-the-students-learning

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
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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
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(Para una visión nacional de la reforma de la educación pública ver el final de esta entrada del blog)

Yo soy un abogado que era un informante en los años 70.   He aprendido la manera dura que es muy difícil encontrar un abogado que es competente y dispuesto a representar a alguien tan loco como para la denuncia por incumplimiento. Por lo tanto, presenté mi primer caso - el mío - mientras yo estaba en la escuela de leyes.   Después de ganar el procedimiento escrito, gané mi primer llamamiento durante mi primer año de práctica. Con todo, me tomó 12 años para limpiar mi nombre.   Como resultado, una parte importante de mi práctica de las últimas décadas ha sido la ley de empleo.  

Hace unas semanas me puse en contacto con Lenny Isenberg, un maestro que también era un informante. Le habían dado un aviso de despido y se preparaba para defenderse porque el abogado que lo representó originalmente habían pedido más de $ 25,000 para juzgar el caso - además de los $ 15.000 que UTLA también le había prometido. (Le pedí que me UTLA pagar $ 15,000 para representar al Sr. Isenberg todo el camino hasta la Corte Suprema de California. Al escribir estas líneas, aún no he tenido la cortesía de una respuesta de UTLA).

He revisado la "evidencia" y concluyó que las acusaciones eran insustanciales, en el mejor de los casos, y fabricado por completo, en el peor.   He informado a la Oficina de Audiencias Administrativas (OAH) y el abogado contrario que yo iba a venir a Los Angeles para tratar el caso de que se suponía que debía empezar a 12 de septiembre.   Sin embargo, debido a que modifica la notificación de defensa para alegar las defensas afirmativas de las denuncias y el derecho constitucional a hablar con la prensa, la audiencia ha seguido una fecha desconocida en el futuro.

Con un poco de tiempo libre en mis manos, empecé a hablar con otros profesores que habían recibido avisos de despido.   Me di cuenta que había patrones comunes en todos los casos.   Todos habían enseñado durante muchos años sin ningún tipo de acción disciplinaria en su contra.   Todos eran mayores.   Y todo había adoptado una posición de algún tipo que llamó la atención, si no por la ira, de un administrador del LAUSD.   Otra denuncia muy extraña en muchos de los despidos fue que los profesores fueron acusados ​​de violar la sección 44939 del Código de Educación.   Al parecer, el LAUSD habitualmente alega violaciónes de la sección 44939, ya que permite el Distrito para evitar el procedimiento de queja que está disponible para todas las otras presuntas faltas de conducta. Podría entender un solo caso con estas acusaciones, pero ¿por qué tanta gente llamando a las denuncias casi idénticas?   ¿Alguien puso algo en el agua hace tres años, que resultó excelente previamente a los maestros destacados en incompetente, inadaptados insubordinado?

En un caso tras otro, se produjo un incómodo común de las denuncias. La mayoría de los profesores que he hablado con nunca había sido acusado de todo tipo de faltas de conducta. La mayoría tenían antecedentes ejemplar. Pero también incluye una serie de competentes unión sillas capítulo - usted sabe, el tipo que se puso de pie para sus miembros.  

Más de la mitad de la gente que he hablado me ha dicho que los administradores buscaron los estudiantes y prevaleció sobre ellos para ofrecer comentarios negativos sobre sus profesores. Las acusaciones de "conducta no profesional", la insubordinación, violaciónes persistente de las normas y leyes de la escuela, y "negativa voluntaria" están generosamente salpicadas a lo largo de las acusaciones.   Muchos de los alegatos relativos a la gestión del aula es el tipo que la mayoría de los profesores consideran que es trivial y fácil remedio, y ahora estos incidentes se consideran "evidente incapacidad para el servicio."   También señaló que las denuncias eran prácticamente idénticos, independientemente del grado o nivel escolar.

Sr. Isenberg ha comentado en su página web, perdaily.com, sobre los abusos que se amontonaban en los profesores la mala suerte de ser servido con una acusación que incluye violación de la sección 44939. Estos maestros se retiran de sus aulas, a menudo frente a sus alumnos de una manera brusca y sádico. Porque todavía están en el salario, el LAUSD ha establecido una serie de "campus", donde estos profesores están obligados a informar.   Después de la presentación de informes, los maestros no se les da trabajo por hacer y se ven obligados a tomarse su tiempo bajo la atenta mirada de un número de administradores que, aparentemente, no tienen nada que hacer sino mirar a los maestros.

Cuando leí el blog del Sr. Isenberg sobre las habitaciones de goma, el proceso del pensamiento del Distrito fue el peor, simplemente estúpido.   Esta mañana, he tenido la oportunidad de visitar uno de estos maestros en su asignación temporal.

Los profesores llaman a estas asignaciones temporales "de goma habitaciones", al parecer debido a la similitud con la celebración de las instalaciones en los hospitales mentales que tienen paredes hechas de goma para evitar que los pacientes auto-lesión. Lo que observé fue terrible - y lo que oí fue aún peor.   Los maestros están obligados a sentarse separados en cubículos que se asemejan más a las instalaciones de la cárcel de visita de una escuela.   También confirmó que el Distrito les ha dado absolutamente nada que ver - ni siquiera "el trabajo pesado".   Después de haber sido obligado a trabajar en un escritorio vacío en mi propia experiencia de denuncia, yo sé que están obligados a no hacer nada ante la mirada siempre es un procedimiento extremadamente estresante y punitiva totalmente.

Algunos maestros han sido asignados a un cuarto de goma durante más de dos años.   Haciendo caso omiso de la pérdida de recursos que esto representa, el carácter punitivo de la sala de caucho significa que las personas están siendo castigados antes de que se pruebe su culpabilidad. A diferencia de un criminal, no puede pagar la fianza para que puedan escapar de los confines, como la prisión de la sala de goma, mientras que el distrito tiene su propio tiempo dulce para preparar los cargos.   Pero espera ... tomarse el tiempo?   ¿Qué sucede con los testigos y pruebas en los meses y años que estos maestros están esperando el otro zapato a caer?   Hasta el LAUSD en realidad emite acusación formal, los profesores (a) no tienen ningún conocimiento de lo que exactamente las denuncias se están haciendo en contra de ellos - a excepción de la sección 44 939 - y (b) no hay forma legal para preservar las pruebas que puedan necesitar para su defensa. Y esto ni siquiera comenzar a abordar la imposición intencional de angustia mental grave, que parece ser el verdadero propósito de las habitaciones de goma.   La asignación a un cuarto de goma sin haber sido informados de la razón del castigo es, en mi opinión, un rechazo totalmente inconstitucional del debido proceso.   (También creo que si un criminal fueron condenados a un cuarto de goma como un castigo sentencia penal de la habitación de goma violaría la prohibición de la Octava Enmienda a los castigos crueles e inusuales.)

Si bien existe una alta probabilidad de que al menos uno de los maestros en las habitaciones de goma debe ser despedido, creo que hay una probabilidad mayor de que la mayoría de los profesores de goma habitación sería reivindicado:

Si sobreviven a la sala de goma con su cordura

Si los testigos conservar su memoria

Si la evidencia no desaparece o corromperse

SI tienen los recursos financieros para preparar una defensa razonable

Si su unión les da el apoyo que han pagado y tienen derecho a

Si tienen una audiencia completa y justa en el fondo del asunto.

Pensé que iba a venir a California, tratar el caso del Sr. Isenberg, y volver a mi retiro en Tennessee.   Pero parece que el caso del Sr. Isenberg es sólo un copo de nieve en la punta del iceberg que es el trato abusivo de LAUSD de sus profesores. Por lo tanto, me estoy refiriendo a la reapertura de mi práctica de la ley y volver a Los Ángeles con mi esposa un largo sufrimiento.   Hasta entonces, voy a seguir para reunir pruebas y ver qué puedo hacer para ayudar a los profesores que han sido injustamente acusado y abusado como castigo.


NACIONAL reformadores de la educación



LA progresiva

Dick Price y Kyle Sharon
http://www.laprogressive.com/
Dick y Sharon dick_and_sharon@yahoo.com
Dick y Sharon son un par de periodistas ciudadanos y activistas de la información que estaban hartos de los medios de comunicación . En lugar de simplemente kvetch sobre los medios de comunicación, decidieron tratar de convertirse en los medios de comunicación. Por lo tanto, juntos fundaron la progresiva LA. Dick es el editor y Sharon es el editor y webmaster, manejar todos los aspectos técnicos del sitio.

Este sitio fue lanzado en marzo de 2008, con Dick y Sharon haciendo la mayor parte de la escritura. Hoy en día, una gran cantidad de talentosos escritores contribuir a ofrecer todos los días de la realización progresiva de Los Ángeles que normalmente asciende a cerca de 45 artículos a la semana. Dick y Sharon seguir escribiendo, así como para editar y publicar la progresiva Los Ángeles y la distribución de sus diarios e-noticias cada mañana.


J o Scott, Coe Riverside, California
Jo.Scott-Coe @ rcc.edu
www.joscottcoe.com
Entrevista en video excelente sobre el profesor Coe
http://vodpod.com/watch/4959969-jo-scott-coe-teacher-at-point-blank

Asistente de Profesor de Inglés en el Riverside Community College y ex profesor de escuela de Inglés. Ella es la autora de Maestro en Point Blank y ha sido profesora de Inglés y la literatura en California desde 1991. Sus escritos sobre las intersecciones del género, la violencia y la educación ha aparecido en el diario Los Angeles Times, así como lugares literarios que incluyen Amerika Hotel, Género En cuarto lugar, los dientes del Río, novena letra, Memoria (y), adelfa amarga, y revisión de las Montañas Verdes. Su ensayo, "Recuperación de Maestro", ganó el NCTE 2009 Donald Murray Premio, y otras selecciones de su obra ha recibido una Mención Especial de la carretilla de mano, así como listados de notables en mejores trabajos de América 2009 y 2010. Como un investigador independiente, Jo autor y publicado el estudio más amplio hasta la fecha de Adams v. LAUSD, un caso de casi 10 años de hostigamiento jurídico-estudiante-maestro en el sexual, en la (re) interpretaciones: las formas de Justicia de la Mujer La experiencia (Cambridge Scholars Press). Jo valores de las facultades estéticas, políticas, y de transformación social de la narrativa literaria - sobre todo para disipar silencios insalubres y testigos ciegos cultural. Ella trabaja actualmente como profesor asistente de Inglés en el Riverside Community College en el sur de California, y su libro, Maestro en Point Blank (Lute tía 2010), ha sido seleccionada como una gran lectura para el otoño de 2010 por la revista la señora. El punk rock? Sí. Juegos de hockey? Sí. Café? Siempre de color negro. Jo encontrar en la web en joscottcoe.com y en Twitter @ joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier Nueva York, Nueva York
betsy.combier @ gmail.com
Blog de ​​Betsy Combier de http://www.parentadvocates.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=488
Es una joya que narra la corrupción en la Ciudad de Nueva York Departamento de Educación nacional (DOE). Que ha logrado una maravillosa pieza de periodismo, y creó uno de los pocos lugares donde es la crónica de gestión de la educación y la corrupción revelada

El profesor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California
<nobull2u@gmail.com>
es un profesor de la Escuela de Negocios de UCLA Andersen quien también enseña en el Instituto de Liderazgo de Directores del Departamento de Educación. Echa un vistazo a los siguientes 3 ​​minutos en ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/conversation-performance-review-11126992

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
StuartComputers@gmail.com
No envíe bibliotecarios LAUSD a la Inquisición, enviar a los burócratas del centro
Pruebas, lo que son buenas? ¡Absolutamente nada!
LAUSD a los estudiantes a asistir a la escuela en tierras contaminadas, otra vez!
Algunas escuelas sólo enseñan a las pruebas, así que ¿cómo son los estudiantes están preparando para el siguiente grado y para la vida?
Nuevo superintendente de LAUSD añade seis cifras posiciones al equipo directivo



Ha sido profesor en el Los Angeles Unified School District desde hace 30 años. Él es muy consciente de los residuos del distrito, burocracia y otros temas importantes de la época. Él comenzó su blog con el único propósito de informar al mundo sobre las verdades de la educación en el LAUSD. Él por correo electrónico a: StuartComputers@gmail.com.

LAUSD ha seleccionado un nuevo Superintendente de Escuelas

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

wccbook@gmail.com

Maestro premio ex ganador que co-fundó NAPTA, Asociación Nacional para la Prevención del Abuso de Maestros, y escribió el libro Crimen White Chalk: Las Escuelas verdadera razón Fail para exponer cómo el acoso y el terror profesor mantiene un sistema de corrupción profundamente ocultos. Disponer de profesores dedicados forma el núcleo de la agenda de la Corte Penal White Chalk desde la dedicación y la delincuencia de cuello blanco no se mezclan. Teniendo en cuenta que todos coinciden en que los buenos maestros son esenciales para una buena enseñanza, un sistema que no puede tolerar a los buenos maestros no sirve para nada. Esto es lo que tenemos en el lugar. Con Bernie Madoff-igual que los líderes - que era tanto sobre la inversión que nuestros líderes escolares sobre la educación - ungido con poder ilimitado, incluyendo la capacidad para llenar las ondas con la propaganda, la educación ya no es acerca de la educación. Se trata de dinero y el poder para aquellos que juegan un juego muy corrupto y con una agenda de privatización de las escuelas por lo que su poder se incrementará. (La privatización puede tener méritos NAPTA no toma una posición al respecto, pero la privatización de un sistema que está podrido hasta la médula -.., Donde la enseñanza de calidad no puede sobrevivir, en un encubrimiento de la pretensión de que ellos no saben esto a pesar de que muchos de nosotros la presentación de informes estas verdades prevalece - documentos que las privatizaciones defensa no se puede confiar Esto demuestra que queremos que nuestras escuelas para sus propios intereses, no los niños, ni la comunidad) NAPTA da la bienvenida a los padres, maestros, estudiantes, ciudadanos o cualquier persona que entiende que sin un real. sistema de educación, ya no tenemos una democracia. La membresía es gratuita. Ir a: EndTeacherAbuse.org o WhiteChalkCrime.com . Infórmese acerca de lo que está pasando.


Jerry Mintz Director
Educación Alternativa Resource Organization (AERO)
417 Roslyn Road., Roslyn Hts., NY 11577

Para aquellos de ustedes que no pueden esperar de la educación pública corrupta que se dio la vuelta, AERO ofrece una excelente fuente para conectarse con alternativas viables en estos momentos.

www.EducationRevolution.org
info@EducationRevolution.org
800-769-4171 (nacional)
516-621-2195 (internacional)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
susano@gmavt.net
http://www.susanohanian.org
Ella es una maestra de escuela pública que desde hace mucho tiempo, después de 20 años, se convirtió en redactor de una revista y luego fue profesor freelance. He mantenido un sitio web del activismo durante casi 9 años - desde la aprobación de la ley NCLB. La gente puede suscribirse a la página web y luego obtener actualizaciones sobre nuevos contenidos. Yo respondo todos los mails que recibe a través de la página web y con la respuesta, la gente tiene mi dirección de e-mail. También trato de agitar las cosas en Twitter, aunque me parece medio frustrante. Tengo una página en Facebook - sólo para que la gente me puede encontrar. Yo no iniciar nada en ella, el sitio web me mantiene ocupada.
http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9593

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, Nueva York

Susan estudió la alfabetización, la literatura Inglés, y las bellas artes y tiene una licenciatura (63) y MS (65) en el Brooklyn College, y tiene el equivalente a dos títulos de maestría, obtuvo en los estudios de postgrado de la alfabetización, las artes y la educación. Ella enseñó a la alfabetización y el arte, desde hace cuatro décadas en Nueva York en la escuela primaria y secundaria. En 1998 ganó el estado de Nueva York Inglés Consejo (NYSEC) Educador del Premio a la Excelencia por su exitosa práctica de los docentes, estudió en Harvard y el LRDC en la Universidad de Pittsburgh para la investigación de nuevas normas. Al final de su investigación, su plan de estudios único fue seleccionado por el LRDC para ser utilizado en los seminarios nacionales de desarrollo de personal para los superintendentes escolares. Ella estuvo entre los seis profesores - de entre los miles en todo el país - observó durante la investigación, y su práctica docente cumplió con todos los principios del aprendizaje. En los años noventa, se levantó a la prominencia en los círculos educativos nacionales, mientras enseñaba en una escuela magnet nuevo, East Side de la Escuela Secundaria. Los puntajes de lectura de sus estudiantes de séptimo grado se encontraban en la parte superior de la ciudad, y en el primer ELA, que dos tercios de los estudiantes de la ciudad no, sus antiguos alumnos (en ese entonces en el octavo grado) se DÉCIMO EN EL ESTADO.

Ella escribe a menudo sobre lo que ha aprendido acerca de los estándares para el aprendizaje auténtico, en un intento de iniciar una conversación nacional sobre las normas auténtica, por lo que no puede haber una verdadera reforma. Su experiencia, que terminó su carrera muy bien en las escuelas públicas de Nueva York le ha llevado a escribir sobre el proceso que elimina los mejores educadores, silenciando las voces de los practicantes del aula que no aceptaría las políticas anti-aprendizaje. Su ensayo aquí en Perdaily, es el que describe este proceso. Leer más cuando habla de la educación, la alfabetización y el aprendizaje en su sitio, desde la perspectiva de la experiencia docente-profesional de la pedagogía. Ella es la voz de los maestros dedicados y talentosos que saben por qué las escuelas están fallando.

Su sitio web es:

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


Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, Nueva York
Joel.Shatzky @ cortland.edu
Profesor Emérito de Inglés - SUNY College en Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunto un instructor Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006 -)
Colaborador habitual de The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/searchS/?q=Joel+Shatzky
Autor de "La crisis pensamiento" con Ellen Hill (Prensa Autores Choice: Nueva York, 2001)
Numerosos artículos sobre la educación en Corrientes judío.
Guionista de tres sátiras de YouTube en la educación "reforma".
"Las lecciones": www.youtube.com/watch?v=D712J1V2Jsg&feature=player_embedded
"Los números Lie": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57BRNLviVTQ
"La Carta Entrantes": www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrrw5CV3Gw <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrrw5CV3Gw>

Aquí está el último mensaje de Joel sobre el bajo porcentaje de "listos para la universidad" Los graduados de la escuela secundaria. 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

facebook


Su historia:
"Sé de primera mano los daños financieros, personales, emocionales y físicos que pueden resultar cuando los administradores escolares, la Asociación de Educación de Montana y la Asociación Nacional de Educación ponen sus propios intereses por encima de los estudiantes, los profesores y los contribuyentes del Estado de Montana Mis archivos contienen montañas de papeles como testimonios, declaraciones de la verdad, documentos notariales y presenta como resultado de un arduo proceso legal que finalmente terminó cuando el Havre (Montana) del Distrito Escolar se establecieron dos demandas -. traje Federal y una presentada en la Corte de Distrito del Estado Estos documentos también incluyen una carta de un representante del sindicato diciendo: "Esto no es más que una cacería de brujas". Sin embargo, el sindicato continuó permitiendo la administración de la escuela para acosar, intimidar y hacer daño a mí.
Estas dos demandas como resultado de un solo incidente que, de haber sido manejado de manera diferente y bajo la luz del escrutinio público, no habría una bola de nieve en premios de más de $ 200.000 de daños y perjuicios. Los fondos que finalmente llegó a los bolsillos de los contribuyentes. Irónicamente, como contribuyente en el Condado de Hill, mi familia y yo estamos ayudando a pagar las indemnizaciones concedidas a mí. Esta cubierto los honorarios de abogados. El acuerdo no incluye los honorarios del abogado de mi, sin embargo el barrio, los seguros y los contribuyentes pagan las facturas de abogado del acusado, que superó la mina. El acuerdo se hizo el 2 de marzo de 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, Nueva Jersey
Profesor de Educación Primaria y Secundaria
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
Líneas de Investigación
Impacto de las características de la escuela urbana en la práctica docente de maestros
Cómo la raza, clase y género mediar en el logro académico
Trabajo de los profesores y la escuela como un lugar de trabajo. Efectos de los cambios en la economía política mundial en la enseñanza, los maestros y las escuelas

 

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09 2011

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For myself, Attorney Schwab never sent second bill, when he did over 3-years later --a non-retainer agreement "transportation" charge of $41 for 7/12/07 (missed dated for 7/11/07) was added to second bill but the date was due on the first bill.

I was billed 4.7 hrs ($1,292.50) by Schwab even though he only met w/ school police for 45 minutes (approx.) on 7/11/07 and spent time talking on his cell phone re: another case.

I was never credited a free half-hour by T, S, & T as a UTLA member ($137.50).

Schwab (commingled) charged for a phone call to "client" on 7/24/07 which never took place.

Schwab (commingled) charged one hour ($275) for a 7-minute phone call and to read a 3-page letter on 8/01/07.

I spoke w/ Schwab on 8/07/07 for 23 minutes (w/ secretarial transfer) but Schwab claims he then spoke w/ a police detective for another 2.07 hrs on the same day (commingled billing). Do police detectives have that much time to talk to a lawyer, especially about a straight forward matter?

A second non-retainer agreement "transportation" charge of $44 for 8/16/07 was added to second billing.

Schwab never obtained a police report from LAUSD police for the matter in which he was hired, said alleged violation of Ed. Code #49079 by LAUSD Administrator.

Hi everyone check out my website www.urbanschoolreform.com for refreshing new perspectives on lausd and urban schooling..I have my share of problems with lausd and sympathize with many others who do too...

Thank you Attorney Lapekas for involving yourself with the unjustified maltreatment Leonard Isenberg received and continues to receive from LAUSD.

Who would think that in the USA a teacher could be handcuffed and terminated for publicizing outside of school that his students were being socially promoted?

A similar shock came to celebrity chief Jamie Oliver, via his ABC Food Revolution TV Show when LAUSD threatened police removal if he asked any LAUSD student about their lunch, though invited by the West Adams High's Principal.

Jennie Cook of Food for Lunch came to LAUSD with 50 parents and first LAUSD moved the meeting and then canceled it all together leaving them all hanging. No meeting was rescheduled.

This bait and switch happened to me at payroll, when LAUSD had me see someone on a whole different floor who was unfamiliar with my payroll problems. LAUSD is now suing me for back payroll overpayment even though they owe me money. Finally, Payroll Supervisor Tasha Cunningham told me twice in court that I owe money from 2006 even before the LAUSD Payroll Debacle, but she refuses to put it in writing. Even something so mundane as payroll and they lie.

So, it comes as no surprise to me that Leonard's hearing was intentionally delayed. I hope you didn't actually fly out here for nothing.

You know, John, I have had the same nonsense about overpayment myself.And I am not the only one. To think that the school district has literally robbed teachers of their pay and will get away with it is rather disconcerting. With the new payroll system fiasco, I recall colleagues going for months without pay and then being forced to borrow money from LAUSD to pay their bills. The time consuming process and demoralizing ordeal so man went through was only made worse when we discoc=vered how much this system cost and that to get it up and running properly, LAUSD gave the programmers yet another million dollars besides. To this day there is an office that is sorting that mess out while teachers lose their jobs or end up in teacher jail for blowing the whistle on the abuse, noncompliance and or corruption corroding the quality of education and life in our communities. If these folks put less money, time and energy into propping up pretenses we'd beable to do our work properly as would students. When our top heavy leadership is the equivalent of the Keystone Cops on the take, there it is a miracle we do as well as we do. Leonard's case really sends this home as I can document Cortines statements concerning the allegations of social promotion. When confronted by an interviewer about the second grade reading level some of the graduating HS seniors scored on the standardized test, he shrugged it off . The kids were probably tired or didn't take the test seriously. No big deal, he assured us. Yet it is a BIG deal when those same tests are being used to determine a teacher's value despite a margin of error that exceeds 40% and the fact that "simple security issues" have created a test cheating scandal that is obviously pervaisive. That "issuse" that Arne Duncan finally caught up to three years after the Atlanta scandal broke (and many whistle blowing teachers were fired and ultimately ruined by ironic ethics charges) renders all these tests void since we also know that some cheating is to assure that schools fail to make way for the suits ambitious plans to sell of certain schools. I'd like to know what happens to that money. Surely the charter companies pay for the campuses being sold out from under the community. And where does that lottery cash get spent? And how about the cash that comes in when the district allows filming to take place at our schools?
I think the citizens should be demanding an audit and some accountability for the massive funds LAUSD contini=ues to squander and an objective investigation into the viability of these tests, as well as the costly, mostly unnecessary EducRAT$ infested in those offices downtown and all over the county.
But hey,it's not a big deal, right, Mr. Cortines?

I really wish I had known of my rights and had contacted a real lawyer, but of course when you are wrongfully fired, you have no money to see a lawyer. I could have filed THREE lawsuits against Washoe County School District: one for the pay they never paid me, one for the wrongful termination (I was in two protected classes, FMLA and over 40), and I could have filed another federal lawsuit when my first principal, who wrote me up on bogus charges but the admonition was never implemented by the district, tried to approach me to cheat for him by illegally putting ALL of my special education students on alternate testing, although none but two qualified. I could have had a lawyer take my last case, but thanks to the union and its lawyer, I was never told I could file a suit. I was never told I could file an EEOC and Department of Labor claim. I was lied to by the union's executive director (who later was bought off by the former human resources chief officer, the culprit who put my last principal up to "investigating" me and then firing me illegally, in order for me to be cheated out of a witness--and I was allowed NO witnesses on my behalf by this scumbag attorney from Dyer Lawrence in Carson City, Nevada) about whether I could get UI (I COULD, of course, because there was no "misconduct" committed except by the district). My principal committed perjury, outdated documents were put in as evidence, colleagues committed perjury on her behalf, there was collusion among the union, the district, the law firm, and the arbitrator, and so on. It was a horrible experience. I didn't know any of my rights, and worse of all, I could get nowhere legally. Now all of the statutes of limitations have run out.

Administrative law and due process hearings are cruel hoaxes for teachers.

The attorney seems very sincere and wants to help you and other teachers abused by the system, but he should be aware that administrative law is a completely different animal than criminal, civil, domestic, bankruptcy, or any other branch of the law. The statutes are not worth the paper they are written on and are violated by school districts around the country with impunity and for the purpose of districts protecting their administrators. The statutes are written to actually protect the districts and not their employees. That's why the hearings are considered jokes by most lawyers although teachers naively believe they are just as valid tribunals as regular courtrooms in civil or criminal cases.

Good luck on the case, by the way. I wish I had known when I went through my fake hearing in Nevada what I know now. It would have saved me a lot of grief.

Susan, What you say is true for as far as you go. Under California Government Code Section 821.6 school administrators are immune from prosecution for actions even when they are "malicious" and "without probably cause." This is why LAUSD has no fear, especially when UTLA's lawyers ignore affirmative defenses like the whistle blower defense under California Education Code Section 44110-44114, which can send these same administrators to jail and make them personally liable for compensatory and punitive damages. Trystad, Schwab & Trygstad seem to go along with LAUSD in total derogation of their duty as either UTLA's attorneys or the individual teacher's. They say and do the following things:
1. Tell you that you have a lousy case from the moment you come into their office to push you toward settlement- they can make much more money pleading out a great many teachers, rather then actually vigorously advocating on their behalf to the full extent of the law.
2. Avoid affirmative defenses asserted on behalf of the teacher - like whistle blower- that would make LAUSD administrators liable, while giving LAUSD the burden of proving you actually did anything wrong or worthy of dismissal.
3. Tell you that you will lose you retirement- lie
4. Tell you that you cannot get unemployment benefits, while the District is trying to dismiss you- lie.
5. Tell you UTLA will come up with no money for your defense- sometimes a lie, but they never ask.
6. Tell you that it is going to cost you $30,000-50,000 to go through the Office of Administrative Hearings and $100,000 to appeal the decision whether you or LAUSD do it- lie, unless you are stupid enough to let them sell you out to the District, for which they will take 40-60% of your settlement, paid in a peanuts bag.
7. Agree to a 10 month or more continuance of your OAH hearing date, when California Education Code 44944 gives you the right to a hearing within 60 days. This is done to starve you out, since you are now on unpaid administrative leave without medical benefits.
8. Allow LAUSD to miss deadline after deadline for the production of discovery and interrogatories without seeking sanctions and adverse finding of fact and ultimately allowing LAUSD to turn over no other documents but those that were in your employee file to start with, which you had a right to look at anyway.

The only thing true that Richard Schwab ever said to me was that "to the District you are just chattel" and "Oh, that law only works in law school."

If any of you need legal aid or want to actually do something to hold these morally challenged folks accountable, contact me at: Lenny@perdaily.com or 323.938.1258
The greatest legacy that any of us can have is an excellent public education system no longer fettered by apathy and people who seem to have forgotten the idealism of their youth.

WE WOULD APPRECIATE SPEAKING WITH YOU PERSONALLY ON THE TELEPHONE WE HAVE LOTS TO TELL YOU. GOOD, EXCELLENT WORK. YOU ARE NEEDED. PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL TO VICKI.

Vicki, you want to speak with me?

Good observations. But recall that I was a whistleblower. My first case was a writ of mandate while I was in law school -- my own. My first published opinion was also my own. I won both and spent the next couple of decades doing employment and civil rights law. Sorry about your experience but we are hoping that chipping away at the system one case at a time will eventually result in exposing the illusory "due process" that is rarely ever recognized. Keep watching perdaily and we will keep you informed as we Don Quixote tilts at the windmill called LAUSD.

Windmill? More like Grendle and his mother, with an aging pair of Beowulfs and a crazy witch trying to bring the beasts down.

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