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NO "FULL DISCLOSURE" IN KPPC LAUSD PENSION REPORTING

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) One of the most disturbing and regrettable trends in today's news reporting is the systematic and often premeditated failure to even mention often highly relevant facts that if merely addressed would most assuredly cause the reader to come up with a completely different interpretation or conclusion after reading the article. One recent case in point can be found in a KPCC 89.3 FM reporter Kyle Stokes' article: What should LAUSD do about its ballooning benefits costs? While Stokes approaches this issue through the respective positions of incumbent LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer and his challenger and charter schools backed opponent Nick Melvoin, in how they each would deal prospectively with what now amounts to a looming $13.6 billion unfunded health and other benefits package, nowhere in the article is the easily verifiable fact mentioned that for the last 8 years LAUSD has already been "dealing" with this problem by systematically and illegally targeting and removing with clearly fabricated charges, teachers at the top of the salary scale and/or others about to vest in expensive lifetime health or other retirement benefits.

THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION JUST ANOTHER CASULTY OF PURPOSEFULLY FAILED PUBLIC EDUCATION? (LA ELECCIÓN PRESIDENCIAL DE 2012 SOLO OTRA DE CASULTY propósito FALLÓ LA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA?)

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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 went to the Hammer Museum for one in a series of excellent programs moderated by KPFK 90.7 FM's Ian Masters entitled Political Persuasion: The 2012 Elections. As we start the countdown to next year's presidential election, I was surprised by the unanimity between the veteran but opposing campaign strategists. Both Bill Zimmerman, who has worked on many political campaigns for candidates or ballot initiatives and Dan Schnur, the now director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, who worked on virtually all Republican presidential campaigns since Ron Reagan, agreed that it would be least educated that would hold the balance of power in deciding whether Barack Obama would get a second term or whether a Republican would replace him.