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 ever done anything wrong.

So today, when one of these targeted teachers asked me to accompany him as a witness to a meeting with Ira Berman, LAUSD's Director of Employee Relations, I jumped at the chance. Ira Berman aka the smiling and personable hatchman who tells his teacher victims, "I really doesn't know very much about your case and would never be involved with the dismissal of an innocent teacher, is in fact the point man who is charged with getting rid of as many LAUSD teachers as possible to improve LAUSD's bottom line in these difficult economic times, where this country seems intent on doing more harm to itself than Al Qaeda ever dreamed of doing.

What I found interesting, and a deviation from LAUSD's normal unidirectional train to oblivion for teachers and others marked for elimination from District employment, was the fact that the teacher I was accompanying had already had the normal last rites of a Skelly Hearing, which had predetermined that this teacher would be recommended for dismissal and rubber stamp by the LAUSD Board. After all, how many LAUSD teachers who have a Skelly Hearing are not dismissed? So why this meeting with LAUSD Employee Relations Ira Berman, instead of moving for dismissal by the Board? My guess was that they were going to just ask my teacher friend one more time if he would resign rather than be dismissed by the Board.

Rationally this might seem a waste of time. However, sadly, LAUSD - with the complicity of UTLA and their attorneys Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad- has found with the vast majority of teachers that they can be conned out of their livelihood by just asking them to leave or intimidation if that doesn't work or paying a miniscule fraction of the compensation and benefits that these teachers earn. This gambit allows LAUSD to hire new "instructors" at a fraction of the costs - salary and benefits - in new Superintendent John Deasy's relentless march to a national program of privatization of the $370 billion a year public education "business" that is the main concern of his benefactors at the Broad and Gates Foundations.

So let me share with you what transpired today in Ira Berman's LAUSD inner sanctum on the 14th floor of the Beaudry headquarters and where necessary I will try and translate Berman's Edspeak dialect.

When Director Berman saw me sitting in the waiting room with my teacher friend, he he immediately asked his subordinate colleague John Brasfield aka Junior to join us. Berman assured us that this was not a discipline meeting, which seemed obvious, since it would be kind of unnecessary, given that the Skelly Hearing had already recommended the dismissal of my friend. So what more could they do to him? I must confess I was flattered that Berman knew who I was immediately, since I have long suspected that perdaily and I are viewed as an infarct in the hearts of LAUSD administrators.

Berman even had a vague recollection of having met with my teacher friend last year and although he said he had read his file, he "immediately disclaimed any specific knowledge about it at this time" - better safe than sorry. I was surprised that given the number of teachers that Berman is tasked by LAUSD to give the coup de grace to that he remembered my friend.

My curious teacher friend asked Berman and his silent underling Brasfield, "So what are we meeting today about?" Berman said, "The major purpose is the Board is strongly considering your case for dismissal? We are exploring the opportunities to avoid that path?" Translated: We can avoid dismissing you, if you just resign, since your dismissal is a foregone conclusion. What do you want to quit?

Berman said, "
We want to know if you are interested in any kind of settlement? "Typically" a settlement agreement will be some kind of compensation: a lump sum payment, keep you on payroll for a while, or a combination of both." But Berman makes no specific offer.

In the world of negotiated settlements, the party trying to get rid of the tenured employee usually makes the offer, but at this meeting, it becomes immediately clear that Berman is trying to get the teacher to commit to a figure- definitely a loosing strategy. If Berman and LAUSD were truly interested in a settlement, they would have made a written offer - something they have not done, if this meeting was not just a fishing expedition without bait hoping to get lucky as they have in the past with teachers who all too often cave in.

Even my teacher friend notice this and says, "You haven't even made me a written offer and while I am not predisposed to quit, since I haven't done anything, I need you to make me a written offer, which I will share with my attorney. From this point on, Berman is trying to bring the meeting to a close, because it is clear that the teacher he is dealing with is not going for his empty hook. He mentions in passing that any District offer would be similar to what was made to the teacher a year before. What is hard to understand is if the teacher wouldn't take a ridiculous offer to give up his livelihood the year before, why would he do it now when he is facing certain dismissal? Could the District and Berman be frightened of the fact that this teacher might actually go after them for their longstanding and outrageous behavior?

Backpedaling, Berman tells the teacher, "You have a right if the District was to go through with the dismissal to have your day in court." Translation: If you don't take this offer, you will not have a day in court, but years in litigation, where LAUSD will spend far more money than would be a fair settlement now to assure you get nothing and that other teachers who LAUSD has gone after in the same way don't get any ideas that the 99% can ever tell this 1% that controls LAUSD what to do.

When the teacher asks if he can speak before the Board before they decide on his dismissal, Berman tells him that the decision of Board is made in closed session, but you can only speak in open session, if you choose to. So much for LAUSD's oft asserted concern about a teacher, student, or parent's right to privacy, which it seems that they are only willing to use when it serves their nefarious purposes of censoring the truth as to what they are up to. It is entirely possible that the LAUSD Board as $45,000 a year part time employees are too a captive of their longstanding bureaucracy, which remains no matter who is the board member or superintendent.

What is clear is that there really is no offer and Berman adds that, "Resignation is written in stone in any LAUSD settlement agreement." I ask if this is always the case and Berman hems and haws, but one is left with the impression that it invariably is.

(PART 2 Tomorrow)


LA Progressive

Dick Price and Sharon Kyle
Dick and Sharon
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.

o Scott Coe Riverside, California
Excellent Video Interview about Professor Coe

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 and on Twitter @joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier New York, New York
Betsy Combier's blog
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
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

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
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

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:

LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

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:  or 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.
            800-769-4171       (domestic)
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Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
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.

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:

Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006--   )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post:
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":
"Numbers Lie":
"The Charter Starters":<>

Here's Joel's latest post about the low percentage of "college ready" high school graduates.

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana


"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."

Lois Weiner Jersey City, New Jersey
Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Democracy Now
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)

Durante las últimas semanas que han sido inundados con llamadas telefónicas de Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) los profesores de goma habitación y otros que el nuevo régimen de superintendente John Deasy se está moviendo para cerrar de una manera acelerada, finalmente muchos de estos largos dirigidos y maestros completamente inocentes están empezando a darse cuenta de que el LAUSD las acciones en contra de ellos - y no contra los maestros y administradores que son, en realidad culpables de lo que han sido acusados ​​- no tienen nada qué ver con la culpabilidad, sino más bien para deshacerse de tantos profesores de alto precio como sea posible - junto con los beneficios costosos que han acumulado durante toda una vida de servicio profesional de carrera.

Es sólo recientemente que estos maestros han tomado conciencia de que una vez que sus propios procedimientos de destitución de inicio, nunca se detienen, independientemente de si existe alguna evidencia para probar que haya hecho nada malo.

Así que hoy, cuando uno de estos profesores dirigidos me pidió que lo acompañara como testigo de una reunión con Ira Berman, Director de LAUSD de Relaciones Laborales , no dejé pasar la oportunidad. Ira Berman también conocido como el Hatchman sonriente y afable, que le dice a su maestro a las víctimas, "Realmente no sabemos mucho acerca de su caso y no estarían involucrados con el despido de un profesor inocente, es en realidad el hombre clave que se encarga de conseguir deshacerse de tantos maestros del LAUSD como sea posible para mejorar el resultado final del LAUSD en estos tiempos económicos difíciles, donde este país parece decidido a hacer más daño a sí mismo que Al Qaeda jamás soñado.

Lo que me pareció interesante, y una desviación de lo normal tren unidireccional de LAUSD en el olvido para los maestros y otros marcados para la eliminación del empleo de Distrito, fue el hecho de que el profesor me acompañaba ya había tenido los ritos normales último de una Audiencia Skelly , que se había determinado que este maestro se recomienda para el despido y el sello de goma por la Junta del LAUSD. Después de todo, ¿cuántos maestros del LAUSD que tienen una audiencia Skelly no son despedidos? Entonces ¿por qué esta reunión con el LAUSD de Relaciones Laborales Ira Berman, en lugar de moverse por despido por la Junta? Mi opinión era que iban a hacer a mi profesor sólo amigo una vez más si él renunciaría antes de ser destituido por el Consejo de Administración.

Racionalmente esto puede parecer una pérdida de tiempo. Sin embargo, tristemente, el LAUSD - con la complicidad de UTLA y sus abogados Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad - ha encontrado con la gran mayoría de los maestros que pueden ser engañados de su vida con sólo pedir que se vayan o intimidación, si que no trabajo o el pago de una fracción minúscula de la compensación y los beneficios que estos ganan los maestros. Esta táctica permite LAUSD para contratar a nuevos "maestros" en una fracción de los costos - los salarios y beneficios - marzo implacable nuevo superintendente John Deasy a un programa nacional de privatización de los $ 370 mil millones al año la educación pública "negocio" que es la principal preocupación de sus benefactores a la Fundación Broad y Gates.

Así que permítanme compartir con ustedes lo que ocurrió hoy en el santuario interior del LAUSD Ira de Berman en el piso 14 de la sede Beaudry y si es necesario voy a tratar de traducir el dialecto de Berman Edspeak.

Cuando el director me vio Berman sentado en la sala de espera con mi amigo profesor, que inmediatamente le pidió a su colega John subordinados Brasfield conocido como Junior a unirse a nosotros. Berman nos aseguró que esto no era una reunión de la disciplina, lo que parecía obvio, ya que sería una especie de innecesaria, dado que la Audiencia de Skelly ya había recomendado el despido de mi amigo. ¿Qué más podían hacer con él? Debo confesar que me sentí halagado de que Berman sabía quién era yo inmediatamente, ya que siempre he sospechado que perdaily y son vistos como un infarto en el corazón de los administradores de LAUSD.

Berman incluso tenía un vago recuerdo de haber cumplido con mi amigo profesor el año pasado y aunque dijo que había leído su expediente, que "de inmediato negó cualquier conocimiento específico sobre el tema en este momento" - mejor prevenir que curar. Me sorprendió que, dado el número de profesores que Berman se encarga de LAUSD para dar el golpe de gracia a los que se acordó de mi amigo.

Mi amigo le preguntó curioso profesor Berman y su silencio subalterno Brasfield, "Entonces, ¿qué nos reunimos hoy en día esto?" Berman dijo: "El propósito principal es el Consejo está considerando fuertemente su caso de despido? Estamos explorando las oportunidades para evitar ese camino?" Traducido: Podemos evitar despedir a usted, si usted acaba de renunciar, ya que su despido es una conclusión inevitable. ¿Qué es lo que quieren dejar de fumar?

Berman dijo: "Queremos saber si usted está interesado en cualquier tipo de acuerdo?" Normalmente ", un acuerdo será una especie de compensación: un pago único, le mantiene en la nómina por un tiempo, o una combinación de ambos. " Pero Berman no hace ninguna oferta concreta.

En el mundo de los acuerdos negociados, el partido tratando de deshacerse de los empleados titulares por lo general hace la oferta, pero en esta reunión, se hace inmediatamente evidente que Berman está tratando de que el profesor se comprometen a una figura sin duda una estrategia perdedora. Si Berman y LAUSD estuvieran realmente interesados ​​en un acuerdo, que habría hecho una oferta por escrito - algo que no lo han hecho, si esta reunión no fue sólo una expedición de pesca sin anzuelo con la esperanza de tener suerte, ya que en el pasado con los profesores que todos los Con demasiada frecuencia cueva pulg

Incluso mi amigo maestro de cuenta de esto y dice: "Ni siquiera me hizo una oferta por escrito y mientras yo no estoy predispuesto a dejar de fumar, ya que no he hecho nada, necesito que me haga una oferta por escrito, que se compartir con mi abogado. A partir de ahora, Berman está tratando de llevar la reunión a su fin, porque está claro que el maestro está tratando no se va por su gancho vacío. Se menciona de pasada que cualquier oferta de distrito se similar a lo que se hizo a la maestra un año antes. Lo que es difícil de entender es si el maestro no tendría una oferta ridícula a renunciar a su vida el año anterior, ¿por qué lo haría ahora, cuando se enfrenta a ciertos despido? ¿Podría el Distrito y Berman se asuste el hecho de que este maestro en realidad podría ir a por ellos por su comportamiento desde hace mucho tiempo y escandalosa?

Marcha atrás, Berman dice el profesor, "Usted tiene el derecho, si el Distrito de seguir adelante con el despido a tener su día en corte." Traducción: Si usted no toma esta oferta, usted no tendrá un día en la corte, pero los años de litigio, en el LAUSD gastan mucho más dinero de lo que sería un acuerdo justo ahora para asegurar que usted no consigue nada y que los demás profesores que LAUSD se ha ido tras de la misma manera, no te hagas ilusiones de que el 99% nunca podrá decir este 1% que controla el LAUSD qué hacer.

Cuando la maestra le pregunta si puede hablar ante el Consejo antes de decidir sobre su suspensión, Berman le dice que la decisión de la Junta se hace a puerta cerrada, pero sólo se puede hablar, en sesión pública, si lo desea. Esto en cuanto a la preocupación a menudo LAUSD afirmó acerca de un profesor, estudiante o sus padres derecho a la privacidad, que parece que sólo están dispuestos a utilizar cuando sirve a sus propósitos nefastos de la censura de la verdad en cuanto a lo que están haciendo. Es muy posible que la Junta del LAUSD como $ 45,000 al año los empleados a tiempo parcial son demasiado cautivo de su burocracia de larga data, que se mantiene sin importar quién es el miembro de la junta o el superintendente.

Lo que está claro es que realmente no hay oferta y Berman añade que, "La renuncia está escrito en piedra en cualquier acuerdo de solución del LAUSD." Me pregunto si esto es siempre el caso y dobladillos Berman y Haws, pero uno se queda con la impresión de que siempre es.

(PARTE 2 Mañana)

NACIONAL reformadores de la educación

LA progresiva

Dick Price y Kyle Sharon
Dick y Sharon
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 alrededor de 45 artículos a la semana. Dick y Sharon seguir escribiendo, así como para editar y publicar el Progreso de Los Ángeles y la distribución de sus diarios e-noticias cada mañana.

J o Scott, Coe Riverside, California
Jo.Scott-Coe @
Entrevista en video excelente sobre el profesor Coe

Asistente de profesor de Inglés en Riverside Community College y ex profesor de escuela de Inglés. Ella es la autora de Maestro a quemarropa 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, incluyendo 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 Maestros", 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 de 2009 y 2010. Como un investigador independiente, Jo escrito y publicado el estudio más extenso hasta la fecha de Adams v. LAUSD, un caso de casi 10 años de hostigamiento jurídico-estudiante-profesor en la sexual, en la (re) interpretaciones: Las formas de la justicia en las mujeres 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 adjunto 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 Sra.. El punk rock? Sí. Juegos de hockey? Sí. Café? Siempre de color negro. Jo encontrar en la web en y en Twitter @ joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier Nueva York, Nueva York
betsy.combier @
Blog de ​​Betsy Combier de
Es una joya que narra la corrupción en la Ciudad de Nueva York Departamento de Educación nacional (DOE). Se ha logrado una maravillosa pieza de periodismo, y ha creado uno de los pocos lugares donde es la crónica de gestión de la educación corruptos y reveló

El profesor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California
es un profesor de la UCLA School of Business 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

Stuart Goldurs Los Ángeles, Califonia
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 enseñan sólo 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 durante 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:

LAUSD ha seleccionado un nuevo Superintendente de Escuelas

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

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-como líderes - que era tanto sobre la inversión que nuestros líderes escolares sobre la educación - ungidos 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 -.. En 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: o . Infórmese acerca de lo que está pasando.

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

Para aquellos de ustedes que no pueden esperar para la educación pública corruptos que se dio la vuelta, AERO ofrece una excelente fuente para conectarse con alternativas viables en estos momentos.
800-769-4171       (Nacional)
516-621-2195       (Internacional)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
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 de activismo desde hace casi 9 años - desde la aprobación de la ley NCLB. La gente puede suscribirse a la página web y luego obtener las actualizaciones de nuevo contenido. Contesto todos los correos 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.

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, obtenido en los estudios de postgrado de la alfabetización, las artes y la educación. Ella le enseñó las habilidades de 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 directores de escuelas. 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 Middle School. Las puntuaciones 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 había aprendido acerca de los estándares de aprendizaje genuino, en un intento de iniciar una conversación nacional acerca de los estándares auténticos, por lo que no puede haber una verdadera reforma. Su experiencia de 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 profesionales de aula que no aceptaría las políticas anti-aprendizaje. Su ensayo aquí en Perdaily, es la 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: (Steiner) _ / index.html

Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, Nueva York
Joel.Shatzky @
Profesor Emérito de Inglés - SUNY College en Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunto un instructor Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006 -)
Colaborador habitual de The Huffington Post:
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":
"Los números Lie":
"La Carta Entrantes": <>

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

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana



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 incluyendo declaraciones, las 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 -. una demanda 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 caza 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 los premios de más de $ 200.000 de daños y perjuicios. Los fondos que finalmente llegó de los bolsillos de los contribuyentes. Irónicamente, como contribuyente en Hill County, mi familia y yo estamos ayudando a pagar las indemnizaciones concedidas a mí. El documento trataba de honorarios de los 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 mía. El acuerdo se hizo el 2 de marzo de 2006. "Http://

Lois Weiner Jersey City, Nueva Jersey
Profesor de Educación Primaria y Secundaria
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd..
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Democracy Now
Impacto de las características de la escuela urbana en la práctica docente de maestros
Cómo la raza, clase y género mediar el rendimiento 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.


12 2011


Teachers do not succeed in vindicating themselves, because they are forced by their union UTLA to go it alone, until most under financial stress quit. At perdaily, we are trying to put together a non-profit legal defense foundation to supplement the costs teachers have to pay to defend themselves, even though they have paid UTLA $57.74 a month to now be betrayed by this union.

If teacher didn't roll over so easily for LAUSD and UTLA collusion against them, things would be very different.

I received a call today from a teacher who was dismissed by LAUSD Board on December 6th. Because of her call to me, she now knows how to defend herself and the attorneys who will do it reasonably.

What makes it difficult to understand in dealing with LAUSD administrators is that they can spend obscene amounts of money going after any one teacher and up until now have faced no consequences for this reprehensible behavior.

It is one of the main purposes of perdaily to bring this teacher abuse to an end.

Lenny, how many teachers prevail in the hearings? Any? And if they do prevail isn't it likely they will be forced to confront more of the same at the new school they will be sent to?
It seems to me some of these teachers are going to be found innocent, especially given the charges I have seen against them. I did not just hear the teachers out, by the way , I actually saw the papers where the nonsense was shamelessly written down. Given the expense of housing so many teachers for so long, one hopes the board would admonish such waste not to mention the wanton abuse of teachers. Its unseemly and inexcusable.
People cannot fathom the humiliating, soul crushing ordeal we endur as we are forced to sit there day after day as if in detention. A warden patrols, chastises us for standing up, moving furniture we never touched and talks to us like we are miscreants and morons. We. Cannot speak to employees nor are we welcome in the kitchen.
There are plenty of idle suits there who crack a lot of jokes at our expense. One fellow, who is quite tall, makes a point of spying on us, a behavior I have tested to assure myself I was not paranoid.
From the day I arrived, I was told I had done these things , which included assaulting another teacher at a meeting in close quarters with 30 witnesses present, this included other teachers and the AP, who still wrote me up a week later then denied my request for a copy of the video tape of the common room
This accusation changed many times since then. My accuser , who is an abusive bully, admitted at some point I never touched her, but I did walk by her chair too closely ---she whined and administrators accepted that she was in fear of her life and when she back pedaled no one said, hold up. This isnt right.
What happended in the room which was cluttered with desks was pretty simple. I was making my way to my seat, which forced me to walk behind three teachers. The first two moved up when i politely said, " excuse me." Bully teacher was not so gracious. She refused to budge, I assume in an effort to provoke me. The desks are very light so I simply pushed one back and rushed by to avoid any conflict since this teacher and the principal were out to get me for reporting her mistreatment of students and criminal noncompliance in the special education department. Two teachers wrote letters stating this is what they saw. My rep didnt feek the need to use them when we had arbitration for a frievance later on. Not long after this, I was accused of making terrorist death threats , I think I was quoted as stating : " I wouldn't mind if she were dead." I don't talk like this. As you know, I tend to phrase things a bit more colorfully. And the truth is this woman doesn't mean enough to me for me to give her thought even now, much less wish her dead.
However, as far as death threats go, that's not much of one. But let's say you are scared. If someone hits you in a meeting, you would be because that person is lawless, impudent and prone to violence. Wouldn't you contact the police, make a report or something? Would you wait a week to do so?
The campus cops refused to write a report, but we're compelled to stand over a meeting or two as protection against me after I was put in exile. Really, can there be anything more embarassing?
This ws all about sending out a slanderous and intimidating message as they mad dogged the staff .

And 7 months later, the principal would use another meeting to tell my colleagues I had been making harassing calls to his home, that I had threatened to kill him ( here on Perdaily no less) and that I was planning a school shooting spree. If this isn't defamation, I am not sure what is. This principal ranted about me for the better part of an hour, I am told, yet no one filed a police report no one asked for a restraining order, and no one asked why this guy was so remiss in his obligation to keep the campus safe.
Of course, such logic is lost on LD 8 officials who address me with undisguised contempt. Even the letters I receive ( I do not take calls antymore) assume my guilt despite the lack of evidence and the amended again and again charges that, taken in their various manifestations, support my assertion that I am being menaced and maligned with pure malice. These people have already given me 15 days unpaid. They have held me two years, and are moving to take my credential( rather than the child molestors') . Now they want another 15 , 60 unpaid until my hearing and inevitable dismissal because I abided my court mandated duty to report what is not right.
And just to be clear, UTLA said I won a grievance my colleagues and I filed against the principal for calling me out I the meeting as he did. We were tools we prevailed, but it's been over a year and no sign of anything to document this. Deliberately derailing my access to legal recourse seems vaguely felonious, but then , I know my rep has enabled this travesty all the way. He stands by while my colleagues are divided and conquered by this despot. He knows what these teachers are going through. He doesn't give a damn about them or me or the fact that we have paid our dues. He cares about his job-- or more clearly the 144 k he is presently pulling down every year.
I guess I can spare others from my ordeal by offering this advice: if you see something that must be reported, do not telll a soul what you must do. Just do it. But when you do, avoid the assumed chain of command. Do not go to an AP, a principal or even the local district. Collect all the evidence you can and contact the agency onnected to the issue. For example CPS for child abuse, the state department for special education or the legal advocate for students. Be sure to take meticulous notes--write down every name , number, and detail you can. Let these contacts know you are doing this. this will inspire them to up their game.
Do not discuss these issues with others. With luck, you will remain unknown but there could come a day when you are called to explain why this issue went on unreported. You will be able to show you complied and that the agency was delinquent in its duties if this occurs.
Frankly, I don't see much of a future in teaching. The Broad factor is pushing us out to make room for cheap temps, many funded by the Feds which will cover chunks of their student loans if new these college grads give up two years to a high need school.
It shows how little these people know about education when they decide it is wise to put teens in the care of adults just a few years older. They'll be given nominal wages too, so it looks like taxpayers will pay for them and their education, but it's really going to cost students a lot. There is no way the campus culture will thrive in this type of transient state . Instruction will certainly not be better for it.
It seems the arrogance of these folks is about to bite them on the proverbial backside because a school like mine boasts generations of families who attended the school as well as a large number of teachers who are graduates. There is something numinous about this, and it has been very sad watching this horrible man stomp all over ia rich tradition that sets the school apart from tougher schools closer to the city.
Of course, failure, I forget, is the best for their bottom line, so big brother business will compromise an entire community and all it's children to get ahead, which means keeping the rest of us behind.
I'd never let my so attend a LAUSD school, and I am hard pressed to come up with reason I would have to work there outside the students.

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