Archive for January 2012

LAUSD AND UTLA: A CONFEDERATION OF DUNCES by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD y UTLA: una confederación de los necios por Mark Hemphill)

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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 having read Superintendent Deasy's comments and those of board member Tamar Galantzan as well as those who responded, it's rather obvious what's at work despite references to students, parents and some subject areas being taught. This is all about money and trying to justify asking for more when most of us wonder about what happened to all the previous money raised through bond initiatives in addition to that contributed by wealthy donors, the men who would be kings like Eli Broad and Bill Gates.

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01 2012

LAUSD: BLIND OBEDIENCE AND INSTITUTIONAL BETRAYAL (LAUSD: obediencia ciega y la traición INSTITUCIONAL)

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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 actual task of fixing public education would be rather straight forward - if honestly addressed. There are several factors that continue to purposefully confound the process by substituting platitudes for any in depth and pragmatic program that would define itself by the student and their families actual existence and needs. Initially. we would have to pragmatically address the engrained subjective needs and deficits of those already in the system to whatever extent still possible, with the clear knowledge that the longer they have been in the present system, the more immutable the damage.

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01 2012

IS LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY GUILT OF MALPRACTICE? (Es superintendente de LAUSD CULPA DE JOHN DEASY mala praxis?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Wednesday night's town hall meeting sponsored by The Daily News at El Camino High School with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and Board Member Tamar Galatzan and moderated by Daily News columnist Doug McIntyre was a close second, when it comes to a self-delusional definition of chutzpah with idealistic quote from John Adams which Superintendent John Deasy opened the event and then proceeding to contradict it with everything he said about the bleak reality now facing public education in Los Angeles, while protesting that somehow it would still be possible for him, Galatzan, and other LAUSD employees to do their job..

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01 2012

LA schools agreement to give unions greater role in imposing cuts By David Brown and Dan Conway (LA escuelas acuerdo para dar a los sindicatos un papel más importante en los cortes imponer por David Brown y Dan Conway)

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Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) When is a union not a union? Affected schools under the stabilization and empowerment initiative will be automatically waived from the district policy of giving priority placement to recently laid off teachers in newly vacant positions. District officials claim that this will ensure the placement of teachers who are the most "proper fit." In practice, however, districts and schools will have a free hand to replace experienced veterans with their younger and lower paid counterparts, if the positions are filled at all.

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01 2012

EMERGENCY RALLY IT IS TIME TO DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION

BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND PICKET AT EL CAMINO REAL HIGH SCHOOL 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. Woodland Hills, Ca. 91367 Wed. Night JAN. 25, 2012 AT 6:30PM LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT Dr. John Deasy and Tamar Galatzan will be hosting a so called town hall meeting.

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01 2012

DIANE RAVITCH AND THE DEMORALIZING NO DIRECT ACTION PUBLIC EDUCATION AGENDA

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) One year ago Diane Ravitch spoke at Immanuel Presbyterian Church across from the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) headquarters. Her analysis of how the corporate agenda was proceeding unimpeded for privatizing public education and in the process getting rid of a professional teacher corp was impeccable. Again yesterday she made another insightful speech on the abysmal state of American public education, which she offered without honorarium in solidarity with teachers and in recognition of the fact that there is no rational basis for anything that the educational establishment and their political and corporate supporters continue to do in complete derogation of the public education reality Ravitch knows so well. That being said, I must say that her presentation only succeeded in depressing me even more than I already was about the prognosis for public education, because it offered no suggestion of "direct action" to impede the charter school privatization juggernaut. Lined up on one side in the approximately 30 minute presentation she made was the obscene amounts of money from folks like the Gates, Walton, and Broad Foundations, the print and electronic media parroting privatization party line, and the governors of many states, along with other local, state, and federal politicians eager to feed at the $370 billion a year ed biz trough.

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01 2012

Denied Educational Equity or Discriminated Against by LAUSD? (Negó la Equidad Educativa o discriminados por el LAUSD? por L. Joanne Tachera) by L. Joanne Tachera

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) On October 11, 2011, Mr. Art Zeidman, Regional Director of the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, in San Francisco send Superintendent Dr. Deasy a sixteen page letter (Case No. 09-10-5001) that outlined civil rights protections that LAUSD had agreed to remedy. The full text of that letter may be read and/ or downloaded at www.ed.gov/. (In the top right corner Search box enter either "Los Angeles Unified School District" or "Case No. 09-10-5001" and the website's internal search will take you there.) Those federal civil rights include protections against race, color, age, disability, and national origin discrimination. What laws and federal protections were looked at in their one and a half year audit of LAUSD? Discrimination based on race, color, and national origin as prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI. Sex discrimination including sexual harassment as prohibited by the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX. Disability discrimination as prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its recent amendments. Age discrimination as prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

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01 2012

CALIFORNIA TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC): "WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT" - SOUND LIKE LAUSD CULTURE?(CALIFORNIA Credenciales de Maestros (CTC): "Nosotros somos el gobierno" - SONIDO como la cultura del LAUSD?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Kathleen Carroll was an attorney for California Teacher Credential (CTC) from 2006-2010, when she was summarily dismissed without even minimal respect for her right to due process of law. She was fired because she dared to point out that CTC, which is supposed to be under the executive branch of California state government, had become a law unto itself with no oversight where arbitrary and capricious actions of this agency were the rule and not the exception as to how they operated on a daily basis.

LAUSD AND FINALLY BREAKING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE (LAUSD y finalmente rompiendo LA ESCUELA HASTA PRISIÓN TUBERÍA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Rupturing the school to prison pipeline starts when the crimes of LAUSD and school districts like it throughout this country are confronted and stopped. It is 44 years since the Latino walkouts from E.L.A. schools and Latino public education at LAUSD is worse today than it was back then. So where is MALDEF...having self-congratulatory dinners and having its President Thomas Saenz back his client Mayor Villaraigosa's empty reforms with no measurable gains.

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01 2012

GEOFFREY CANADA- THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM WE NEED IF AMERICA IS TO SURVIVE (Geoffrey Canada-Sistema de Educación Pública que necesitamos si AMERICA ES PARA SOBREVIVIR)

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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 is well worth the half hour or so it will take to watch it. It focuses on the same issues that we at perdaily have been trying to get across for the last 2 years as to what is at stake in purposefully failed public education system in a crisis of a magnitude that threatens the very future of this country. Like all those serious about real and quantifiable public education reform, Canada finds that this truth is something most people outside of education and even those in government charged with fixing public education, have yet to fully comprehend. But Canada has the data and the experience to know just how true this statement is in a country where 75% of those applying to the U.S. military are rejected as unqualified either for physical or mental abilities.

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION- REALLY FIX PUBLIC EDUCATION- IT'S REALLY NOT THAT DIFFICULT IF YOU WANT TO

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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 great malaise that continues to infect all those involved with public education is a sense of apathy and hopelessness. Whether explicitly expressed by those who have given up and are just hanging on until retirement or implicitly stated by those who continue to mouth platitudes on public education success in the face of their own continuing failure, there is not only no belief in or implementation of a plan for fixing public education, but conveniently no belief that it can actually be accomplished. In reality, nothing is further from the truth nor more indicative of the fact that racism is still very much alive and well in America for those of all ethnicities that continue to profit from the status quo.

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01 2012