Archive for December 2011

LAUSD'S ATTEMPT TO IMPLEMENT HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES IS A PREDICTABLE FAILURE (INTENTO LAUSD para implementar ALMUERZOS SALUDABLES DE LA ESCUELA ES UN FRACASO PREVISIBLE)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) LAUSD reports that its change of menu for its students has not been received with much success. Maybe this has something to do with a complete and longstanding inability by LAUSD leadership to create the requisite culinary knowledge and taste that it must build in the communities where it schools exist in order for students to want to eat a wholesome diet. Poor diet is just another indicator of an educational and social system designed to destroy instead of nurture minority and poor children. Eating wholesome food is a learned characteristic of any society that completely educates - in the broadest sense of the word - all its children. In French society from birth babies are TAUGHT to eat healthy food that is presented as part of the country's distinct cultural identity as early as baby daycare (creche) from the time their mothers have to go back to work when their babies are 3 months old. In addition, those mothers had already received prenatal care to insure that their prenatal diet while carrying the child maximized the possibility to fulfill the genetic potential of their child.

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12 2011

CAN CHICAGO PARENTS TEACH LAUSD PARENTS BY EXAMPLE?(PUEDEN HACER LOS PADRES CHICAGO enseñar a los padres del LAUSD con el ejemplo?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) The following video from Chicago shows what needs to be done, if parents and other public education reform realists who are tired of being ignored. Their children will no longer be allow to fail in silence. Educators will no longer be allowed to be forced out or quit in droves from the mentally and physically unhealthy environment that has too long been allowed by corrupt administrators and the politicians that keep them in power unrepentant. If what we say or do can be ignored with impunity by those in power than it isn't worth doing. Clearly, what is going on in Chicago needs to happen here now.

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12 2011

LAUSD'S IMPERIAL SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY DISES DAC (DISTRICTWIDE ADVISORY COMMITTEE) PARENTS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It was 19th century British historian Lord Acton who said, "All power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely." You'd think by the 21st century we might have learned this lesson, but the purposefully failed Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which absolutely refuses to share power with any of its shareholders- teachers, parent, or students- has continued to exemplify this quote and there doesn't seem to be any governmental entity willing to bring it to any end, even though so doing is the clear prerequisite of finally having a well run and pragmatic public school system capable of dealing with the problems LAUSD continues to cause and is clearly incapable of addressing.

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12 2011

LAUSD Public School Choice - More Non-reform (LAUSD Opción de Escuela Pública - Más no la reforma)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) LAUSD had a meeting today at Dorsey High School to roll out the Public School Choice Program for the parents and community members present. I went to the meeting, because my own analysis of this program, which I covered at perdaily clearly showed that this was just more of the same recycled and renamed vacuous school reform rhetoric from the past, e.g.LEARN, that has no chance of bring about any positive change to communities of color and poverty in LAUSD. What I felt most important for the parents to be aware of that were being asked to go along with this program is the fact that like all other supposed LAUSD reform, power will stay with the school principal and LAUSD Superintendent, who have an absolute veto over anything that teachers, parents, and students might decide actually worked better. Again, what LAUSD says in terms of parent, teacher, and student input is belied the reality of the clear legal language that again and again say the principal and superintendent maintain a veto and

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12 2011

TENTATIVE LAUSD/UTLA AGREEMENT IS A DISASTER Part 2TENTATIVA LAUSD / UTLA acuerdo es una DESASTRE Parte 2

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Probably the greatest irony of purposefully failed public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - with the active longstanding complicity of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) leadership - is the complete lack of imagination exhibited by these two entities in carrying on self-serving business as usual to the ongoing determent of predominantly Latino and Black students who have been and continue to be sold short on the public education that is their right. A testament to just how long this pernicious system has been in place is that most educators - whatever their ethnicity - have no real expectation that minority children can learn. In an old television police show, the intro would always say, "The names have been changed to protect the innocent." At LAUSD, the names of their latest "education reform" scam are always changed from Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN) to Charter to Small Learning Community to ESBMM and now to Local Initial School (LIS), but if you review previous incarnations of supposed education reform, that is all that has changed and the innocent students and teachers are never protected . The present Memorandum of Understanding that LAUSD and UTLA leaderships are trying to rush through as an early Christmas present for themselves is exactly like earlier reforms that never pragmatically address the dismal reality of LAUSD schools with anything other than edspeak rhetoric, instead of a specific plan that lays out what you do with students who have been socially promoted from grade to grade without having fulfilled grade level standards until they quit, disrupt the class because they are no longer capable of being engaged, or "graduate" with a diploma that isn't worth the paper it is written on.

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12 2011

TENTATIVE LAUSD/UTLA AGREEMENT IS A DISASTER Part 1TENTATIVA LAUSD / UTLA acuerdo es una DESASTRE Parte 1

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last night I attended a United Teachers Los Angeles House of Representatives meeting at the UTLA headquarters. For those of you with better things to do with your life, I will give a less in depth analysis of why this tentative agreement is a disaster for teachers - and by logical extension - students, parents, or anybody else that actually wants real public education reform. Simply stated: It's business as usual On tomorrow's post I will go into a more details analysis - if you are still not convinced - of the specific terms of the proposed contract that are problematic to say the least.

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12 2011

LAUSD's Director of Employee Relations Ira Berman- The Banality of Evil Part 2

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) After listening to the incoherent charade that Ira Berman had been laying out to my teacher friend in much the same manner that I am sure he has used to con other less informed teachers into resigning from LAUSD, I now start to lay out why I really came to this meeting. LAUSD administrators have "maliciously" and mercilessly destroyed the lives of teachers and other certificated and classified employees without the slightest fear of being held responsible for their heinous crimes, because of the arguably blanket immunity of California Government Code Section 821.6.

LAUSD's Employee Relations Director Ira Berman - The Banality of Evil Part 1

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) During the last several weeks I have been inundated with phone calls from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) rubber room teachers and others who the new regime of Superintendent John Deasy is moving to dismiss in an expedited manner, Finally many of these long targeted and completely innocent teachers are starting to realize that LAUSD's actions against them - and not against teachers and administrators who are in fact guilty of what they have been accused - have nothing do do with culpability, but rather getting rid of as many high priced teachers as possible - along with the expensive benefits they have accrued for a lifetime of professional career service. It is only recently that these teachers have become aware that once their own dismissal proceedings start, they never stop irrespective of whether there is any evidence to prove that they have done anything wrong.

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12 2011