Archive for February 2012

Occupy the DOE in DC - ALL DETAILS HERE

Event: Occupy the DOE in DC - ALL DETAILS HERE - Please read entire post Start: March 30, 2012 End: April 2, 2012 Organizer: Occupy the DOE in DC - ALL DETAILS HERE - Please read entire post Updated: December 9, 2011 Venue: U.S. Department of Education Address: Google Map 400 Maryland Ave, SW , Washington, DC, 20202, United States http://unitedoptout.com/event/we-endorse-occupy-wall-street-with-action/

LAUSD'S LATINO MAJORITY AND REVERSE RACISM (Mayoría latina del LAUSD y racismo a la inversa)

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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 positive American identity is based on a heterogeneous model that has always taken what this country is at any time, combined it - often with an ambivalent and begrudging attitude - with the diverse ethnic identities of the tired and poor huddled masses yearning to be free, who have come or been brought here in search of a better life. Up until now, this has constantly created a new and more dynamic synthesis of what it means to be an American. This in turn has made this country and those who make it up more viable than we were before in either our country of origin or in an America without this unique contribution. We as a people are better for this messy and tumultuous process.

JURUPA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY A MINI-LAUSD by Anthony Scott (Jurupa Distrito Escolar Unificado del Condado de Riverside Un MINI-LAUSD por Anthony Scott)

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Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For readers of Perdaily, it is important to recognize that what is occurring in LAUSD is occurring in other districts. Jurupa Unified School District is located in the city of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, CA. It services approximately 19,000 students and is ethnically diverse. For disclosure, I am currently involved in a group action lawsuit against JUSD, RIC 10015548. Below I have described only a few of the reasons why a large number of employees of JUSD have filed a suit against our district.

CARE TO TALK ABOUT LAUSD STAFF DISCIPLINARY PROCESS? (Interesa hablar del LAUSD PROCESO DISCIPLINARIO DEL PERSONAL?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you are finding what Superintendent John Deasy is saying about the LAUSD disciplinary process to be something less than factual, now is your chance to have your say, while maintaining you anonymity. Sharon McNary of KPCC is interested in hearing from you and will respect your anonymity, because she understands the justifiable fear of reprisals you might have.

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SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY PERVERTS JUSTICE FOR ALL TEACHERS (SUPERINTENDENTE JOHN DEASY PERVIERTE LA JUSTICIA PARA TODOS LOS MAESTROS)

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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 Superintendent John Deasy needs a whipping boy for the engrained and dangerous institutional incompetence that his and prior administrations at LAUSD have allowed to exist, because they have not done their job.

IS KNBC STARTING TO QUESTION LAUSD IN OTHER AREAS BECAUSE OF MIRAMONTE? BY MARK HEMPHILL (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you were watching KNBC Los Angeles news coverage last night, you may have seen a report by Conan Nolan titled, Where Do Problem Teachers Go? The "Rubber Room." It served as a sort of one minute and fifty three second limited spot summary of Leonard Isenberg's last article, "LAUSD & UTLA: THEIR PROBLEMS ARE STRUCTURAL NOT PERSONNEL," in which Lenny articulates the many levels of accountability due to LAUSD and UTLA for the conditions which permit disasters like the events at Miramonte Elementary School and the archaic detentions centers called rubber rooms.

LAUSD & UTLA: THEIR PROBLEMS ARE STRUCTURAL NOT PERSONNEL

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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 is much easier to point a finger at the latest incarnation of LAUSD institutional failure, Superintendent John Deasy, then to finally realize that the problem isn't Deasy per se, but the way LAUSD is set up to fail. Once we understand this we can take the time and effort necessary to reconfigure LAUSD into a viable form that finally allows this critically necessary institution of public education to get it right. What hangs in the balance is whether or not we will remain a nation that honestly aspires to being "One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice [and education] for all."

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02 2012

STUDENTS FIRST'S MICHELLE RHEE SPEAKS AT LAUSD'S R.F. KENNEDY LEARNING CENTER (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Michelle Rhee and her husband Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson appeared on Wednesday night at the R.F. Kennedy Learning Center. In this carefully orchestrated event Rhee gave a data rich presentation that clearly showed a public education in longstanding corruption and dysfunction. What was missing was any in depth understand of what caused this regrettable situation in the past and what continues to fuel its existence.

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02 2012

LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S FAIRYTALE (CUENTO DE HADAS LAUSD Superintendente John Deasy)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Deasy's self-serving main purpose is rather to frame the discussion of these regrettable and avoidable events in a manner in which LAUSD has no responsibility. Ironically, it is precisely this district penchant for never taking responsibility that has in fact created the fertile ground for a "culture of silence" he mistakenly ascribes only to teachers, who in reality are too terrorized by LAUSD administration to speak up, when clearly the price of so doing is to be targeted for losing your job.

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02 2012

KUDOS TO UTLA PRESIDENT WARREN FLETCHER, SHAME ON LAUSD'S JOHN DEASY (FELICITACIONES A UTLA PRESIDENTE WARREN FLETCHER, LA CULPA A JOHN DEASY DE 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) It is important for the credibility of this blog to recognize when those we have rightfully criticized in the past finally stand up and speak truth to power. Today, February 9th, on the Pat Morrison radio show on 89.3 KPCC, UTLA President Warren Fletcher finally lived up to his responsibility as the head of a union charged with the protection of predominantly innocent teachers in a a school environment that is safe for all. This was in marked contrast to what LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and his predecessors have done in their longstanding abysmal treatment of teachers, which in the context of the Miramonte tragedy, LAUSD has been seeking to lay exclusively at their feet.

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02 2012

WHY LAUSD's DEASY RECONSTITUTES ALL OF MIRAMONTE ELEMENTARY- A HARBINGER OF THINGS TO COME By Mark Hemphill (¿POR QUÉ DEASY LAUSD reconstituye TODOS Primaria Miramonte-un presagio de cosas por venir?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Long about the end of today, the staff at Miramonte Elementary School should have finished packing up their belongings in preparation to be moved to another school. A school with no students enrolled. This is part of what LAUSD has described as an "unprecedented" action to solve for the well publicized crisis at Miramonte. The original staff will be replaced with teachers who have fallen victim to the district's Reduction In Force of last year. As you might guess, this was a tearful emotional event. Some of the teachers had been there for years if not decades. But they weren't the only ones crying. There were parents and students who lamented over why they should lose their longtime teachers over the acts of a few disturbed individuals. Nevertheless, this was the best the rather unimaginative and ill equipped superintendent, John Deasy, could do. He obviously wants to put this behind him ASAP no matter what impact it has on the staff or on what light they'll be cast. Main thing is to offset his administration's blatant lack of due diligence and supervision in this matter and others like it around the district. It's hard to do the job you should have been doing when you were too busy harassing good teachers out of the profession for standing against their own longstanding LAUSD corruption.

LAUSD'S MIRAMONTE GUILT BY ASSOCIATION? by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD ESCUELA MIRAMONTE CULPABILE POR ASOCIACIón?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you've been watching the news, reading the papers or listening to talk radio at all during the past week, you've heard of the events at Miramonte Elementary School. Two longtime male teachers have been accused of the most reprehensible acts against children and recently a female teacher has been accused of acting in concert with them. To make matters even worse, over the past few days it has been revealed that complaints of the same nature were made against another teacher several years ago, which were never addressed. Needless to say, this story has gone ballistic and has easily been disseminated across the country by now. Parent reactions have been justifiably severe. They include soliciting the services of attorneys, withholding attendance, demonstrating outside the school and making further inquiries. The immediate result has been what's described as an "unprecedented" action by the district superintendent of LAUSD, John Deasy. He has moved the entire staff, both certificated and classified off the campus and by this Thursday, February 9th, he'll have replaced them entirely. So what we should now be asking ourselves is what exactly brought these events about and what are the motivations in the steps taken thus far by the district.

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02 2012

LAUSD: SABOTAGING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AT JFK HIGH SCHOOL? (LAUSD: Sabotear MAESTROS Y ESTUDIANTES EN JFK HIGH SCHOOL?)

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CHECK OUT VIDEO OF KENNEDY HIGH DEMONSTRATION (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Today we went out to Kennedy High School in Granada Hills to support the highly respected teacher Manny Alvarado who has been unjustly targeted for punishment by his principal Suzanne Blake, who has put him on 3 weeks of unpaid administrative leave without anything even remotely resembling justifiable cause or fair process. In so doing, Principal Blake has shown a complete and utter disregard for the well being of Alvarado's students, who uniformly describe Alvarado as a dedicated and inspirational teacher, who should rather have been lauded for the difficult job he has gladly done in fulfillment of a vision of public education that LAUSD leadership seems at a loss to achieve.

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02 2012

LAUSD: AN UNSEEMLY CULTURE THAT PERVERTS EVERYTHING IT SHOULD STAND FOR

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Not only has LAUSD administration continued to sweep these scandals under the carpet for years, they do so while allowing the sexual harassment and bullying of teachers and others as well. When a female reported that she was being sexually harassed at her school, not only was nothing done, but charges where brought against her that have lead to her removal from the classroom and her livelihood. This woman is only one of hundreds of teachers that have been subjected to this treatment as a matter of standard operating procedure at LAUSD.

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02 2012

5th Annual Media Reform Summit: Media for the 99%

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The Occupy Movement has taken the country by storm, changing the dialogue everywhere from the presidential primaries to kitchen tables. People are talking about economic inequality and power concentrated in the hands of a few -- and they're looking for solutions. Social media and alternative media have aided the movement, providing a wake up call to the unfair advantage wealthy individuals and corporations hold over regular citizens in the political process and mass media environment. We want to explore these ideas with you at our 5th Annual Media Reform Summit: Media for the 99%. You'll learn how to make new kinds of media work for campaigns, sift through the flood of information on and offline, and understand media reform policy -- all with the aim of ensuring that the media report on the stories that matter to the 99%. This exciting event is a month away - and you can RSVP to reserve your spot now. WHEN: Saturday, March 3 from 9:30am - 4:00pm WHERE: Occidental College, 200 Johnson Hall

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02 2012

PERDAILY'S LEONARD ISENBERG CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF LAUSD ON SMILEY AND WEST RADIO SHOW (LEONARD ISENBERG DE PERDAILY pide el boicot de LAUSD SU SMILEY & WEST

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) This Saturday, February 4th I will be on the Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornell West Radio Show that you can listen to on KPFK at 11 am or on KPCC at 10 pm or go about 1/3 of the way into the following link: http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/tavis/local-tavis-1002649.mp3

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02 2012

LAUSD, JOHN DEASY, AND EXTORTING A NEW PARCEL TAX (LAUSD, John DEASY, y extorsionar a un nuevo impuesto sobre parcelas)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) In the following videos from the January 24th Town Hall Meeting at El Camino High School, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy pulls a Pontius Pilate and washes his hands of any responsibility for finally implementing a system of excellent public education for all, by blaming Governor Brown and budget cuts for the longstanding dismal state of public education at LAUSD. "We have no control over our budget and must make do with whatever the state gives us," is the line that Deasy says again and again at the Town Hall before irate community members, while seeking to extort more money from property owners in Los Angeles, who have, up until now, always given LAUSD whatever money it asks for without ever having LAUSD held accountable for the results of this generationally failed public education system that continues to destroy the lives of predominantly Black and Latino students in a de facto segregated system far worse than what existed when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened with Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.

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