LAUSD: WE WILL NOT SCREW TEACHERS..."EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW"

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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 has issued over 9500 "rif" notices (reduction in forces) at the beginning of this week. If other threatened LAUSD employees are added to this number of rifs, that number balloons to well over 11,000. While the mainstream media soft pedals this by going along with Superintendent Deasy's line that this is a worst case scenario, likely to be significantly reversed by May 15th, when LAUSD budgetary figures are more solid, it ignores another contemporaneous reality that the targeting and removal of teachers has gone into high gear, fueled by the McMartinesque libel against all teachers being sold in the press by the recent Miramonte child molestation scandal.

Although it is clear that LAUSD administration continually dropped the ball in the Miramonte Mark Berndt and other cases, teachers are being targeted for removal based on the modern day blood libel being used to further decimate the ranks of the teaching profession around this country as the privatization of public education juggernaut gathers steam. Call State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) and they will tell you that they have never seen this number of teachers jumping ship.

But this is not the worst of what LAUSD is doing. My phone has come off the hook this week with teachers calling in desperation with variations of the same story. They have been hit with fabricated charges to encourage them to resign from the District. They are told by LAUSD Staff Relations that their names will not be reported to California Teacher Credentialing for further action if they do this.

What they are not told is that the limitation of further action being taken against them by LAUSD or CTC, if they resign, has the clearly stated exception, "Unless required to do so by law." Of course, the law requires LAUSD to file against all these teachers with CTC, given that the gambit LAUSD is running against most targeted teachers starts by hitting them with trumped up morals charges under California Education Code Section 44939 , that are followed up by suspensions of more than 10 days. This leapfrogs over any UTLA-LAUSD Collective Bargaining Agreement rights to file a grievance or seek arbitration on these phony charges,

But most importantly, morals charges and suspensions over 10 days require LAUSD to file with CTC.

This puts any teacher who is foolish enough to resign under these circumstances in jeopardy of having their credential lifted by CTC, which jeopardizes their ever being able to work as a teacher in any California school that requires a state teaching credential.


It is worth mentioning that UTLA is and has done nothing to address LAUSD's blatant attack on rank and file and that their attorneys at Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad can only be counted on to tell you what a lousy case you have, no matter how egregious and illegal the behavior of LAUSD has been toward you. Although Article VII of the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows UTLA to bring one unified action on behalf of all such targeted teachers, as of this writing UTLA's complacent leadership continues to fiddle while teachers burn.

If you are a teacher who is about to have a Skelly Hearing that will surely recommend your dismissal to the LAUSD Board, you have clear choices:

1, Wait and do nothing.

2. Contact me for a referral to an attorney with 30 years of employment law experience and 8 years as an LAUSD teacher, who, along with his staff, will vigorously advocate on your behalf.

If you still harbor the idealistic belief of your youth, which hopefully got you into teaching in the first place, that LAUSD can be reconstituted into the great public school system that I personally owe a great debt to for my own education, then you must fight present LAUSD incompetence and corruption.

The choice is yours.

Lenny@perdaily.com


NATIONAL EDUCATION REFORMERS


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Dick Price and Sharon Kyle
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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.


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o Scott Coe Riverside, California
Jo.Scott-Coe@rcc.edu
www.joscottcoe.com
Excellent Video Interview about Professor Coe
http://vodpod.com/watch/4959969-jo-scott-coe-teacher-at-point-blank

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 joscottcoe.com and on Twitter @joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier New York, New York
betsy.combier@gmail.com
Betsy Combier's blog http://www.parentadvocates.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=488
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
<nobull2u@gmail.com>
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
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/conversation-performance-review-11126992

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
StuartComputers@gmail.com
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

http://www.examiner.com/public-education-in-los-angeles/lausd-test-scores-up-to-failure-levels-what-are-the-students-learning

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: StuartComputers@gmail.com.

LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

wccbook@gmail.com

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: EndTeacherAbuse.org  or WhiteChalkCrime.com. 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.

www.EducationRevolution.org
info@EducationRevolution.org
            800-769-4171       (domestic)
            516-621-2195       (international)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
susano@gmavt.net
http://www.susanohanian.org
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.
http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9593

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: 

http://www.speakingasateacher.com/Susan_Lee_Schwartz_(Steiner)_/index.html


Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
Joel.Shatzky@cortland.edu
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006--   )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/searchS/?q=Joel+Shatzky
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": www.youtube.com/watch?v=D712J1V2Jsg&feature=player_embedded
"Numbers Lie": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57BRNLviVTQ
"The Charter Starters": www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrrw5CV3Gw<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrrw5CV3Gw>

Here's Joel's latest post about the low percentage of "college ready" high school graduates. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-shatzky/educating-for-democracy-t_2_b_821410.html



Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana
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http://www.endteacherabuse.org/Stremcha.html
http://twitter.com/lornapstremcha

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HER STORY:
"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."
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Jim-Taylor/125893225652

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Lois Weiner Jersey City, New Jersey
Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
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http://newpolitics.mayfirst.org/blog/5
Democracy Now
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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
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03 2012

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Jurupa USD is also in the ranks of unethical districts. Our union is part of the problem. Here is an email I sent to Dean Vogel of CTA.

Dear Mr. Vogel,

We at Jurupa Unified School District need your help, desperately!!!

The Union is in collusion with the district.

One example: I was terminated by JUSD, (but the decision was overturned in Superior Court).
Throughout the entire 2+ year process, I begged and pleaded for legal help from my Union, John Vigrass President, and Ed Sibby CTA representative. I was repeatedly told that "if the district chose to go for termination" then I would receive legal help. Despite repeated written requests, text messages and verbal phone calls begging the union to be proactive rather than reactive, I was lied to and ignored. The Union President usually said he would "ask the Assistant Superintendent, Tammy Elzig, what to do" and get back to me. The same is true for Ed Sibby.

I was forced to pay inordinate amounts of money for private lawyers. The Union did nothing.

I was placed on a 9-month administrative leave without being told why; was denied my Weingarten Rights, being told by Tammy Elzig that I was not in trouble, so I was not entitled to Union representation, but to say nothing. I told the Union and they did nothing.

I was forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in violation of Ed Code. I was not provided a list of doctors. The evaluation was held in the district office in a room adjacent to the Assistant Superintendent's office. No psychometric evaluations were administered. The "Dr." kept leaving the room to consult with the Assistant Superintendent during the evaluation. I told the Union and they did nothing.

I was not provided a Skelly prior to my CPC hearing, and the Union did nothing.

Unverified evidence was presented in the hearing, a violation of CA Ed Code, and the Union did nothing.

Evidence which was over 10 days old, which had never been presented and shown to me prior to the hearing, was presented and the Union did nothing.

I was not allowed to gather exculpatory evidence or interview witnesses prior to the CPC hearing, and the Union did nothing.

Proper discovery did not occur, and the Union did nothing.

False information was added to my personnel file during the course of the proceedings. The Union did nothing.

I was denied access to my personal posessions, classroom, records and even my right to associate with other unit members, and the Union did nothing.

All Union communications are sent via District email. I was blocked from using District email. I complained to both John Vigrass and Ed Sibby, and the Union did nothing.

I filed numerous grievances which were denied at level one, and the Union did nothing.

I was not paid for the last month of my administrative leave and the Union did nothing.

I was not compensated for disciplinary meetings held outside my workday and the Union did nothing.

When terminated, I begged for help with an appeal. The Union attorney who was finally assigned to me, Marianne Reinhold, told me to find a job outside of education. The Union did nothing.

The Union President kept telling me to take early retirement, as suggested by the Assistant Superintendent. I was not eligible, and will not be until September 2012.

I appealed in Pro Per via Writ of Administrative Mandamus. I retained an attorney after the second amended complaint was filed and prevailed. On Dec. 2, 2011, the judge ordered that I be reinstated, paid back pay, back medical, out of pocket costs, attorney's fees, etc. I told the Union President, John Vigrass, his response was that I was in no way shape or form employed by the school district, that the district would, of course, appeal, and only if I prevailed in the District's appeal would I receive help from the Union. One cannot even get assistance when one prevails!

Why did I pay Union Dues for almost 28 years? (I was unable to pay while not receiving a check.)

I have a "Right to Sue Letter" against the Union from DFEH. I will file more PERBs, none of which was or will be done with any Union assistance.

There are over 20 of us in JUSD who are part of a representative group action against the district. All of us have undergone most if not all of what I have described in the foregoing list of injustices.

I do not want to engage in a legal battle with those whom I paid to protect me for almost 28 years. Please, for God's sake, help us!

Lenore Boykin
"He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help." Abraham Lincoln

From Roque Burio Jr. one of the lemons who can dance but can also sing. Here is my song for the lawyers who are talking out of their ignorance or lack of knowledge on how teachers become tenured at least in LAUSD. Teachers are evaluated by their principals for at least three years or more consecutive years and under the very rigorous observations of administrators. If after those three years or more they come out satisfactory, then they become tenured or permanent. The tenure status of teachers is never automatic as these lawyers are trying to mislead the public. Also all those tenured teachers must have professional Clear Teaching Credential issued by the State of California. My email is burio2sch@yahoo.com if you need more information lawyers.

Roque, With all due respect, what you say about tenure is not true. I became tenured automatically on the first day of my third year of teaching, which is not normally problematic. What is problematic is that the determination to let me start working in my third year to get tenure was not made by an intelligent system of teacher evaluation. Rather, it has to be viewed in the context where negative "stulls" or ratings by the principal have more to do with a vindictive power play than it does as a fair measure of a teachers actual teaching ability. Teachers who blindly support the principal are tenured irrespective of their actual teaching ability.

Tenure also needs to be viewed in the context of a profession where over 50% of teachers quit within the first 5 years, because social promotion and a complete lack of even basic discipline are completely antithetical to any teacher- tenured or not- being able to teach at a level they are capable of. It is also worth mentioning that there was much discussion 4 years ago about the critical shortage of teachers that would take place when the baby boomers retired and 50% of the teaching for left. This somehow has left the discussion, where a cheaper teacher force in a privatized public school model seems to be the only concern of those in power, who will do and say whoever it takes to dump "expensive" teachers. In this dishonest reality, the fact that tenure tends to keep more teachers is completely ignored.

The mistake you and most teachers and others make is to let LAUSD frame the discussion on tenure, instead of on their abysmal failure to define a school reality where teachers can teach and students can learn. Just like in the Miramonte debate, LAUSD has shifted the discussion to "pervert teachers" instead of incompetent administrators who have all the power and yet continue to fail to do their job with no consequences. Giving a worker the rights and stability of tenure after a reasonable period of temporary status is not only civilized, in theory, it should stop the present witch hunt against teacher, if the union UTLA would simply do their job and enforce these hard earned rights.

While I don't want to blame the victim, teachers who limit their actions to responding to a purposefully misstated "problem" of tenure empower LAUSD into committing more bad acts against teachers and students. From their point of view, they are getting everything they want without any effective opposition. If you were them, would you change?

From Roque burio Jr., the lemon who can dance but can also sing. Here is my song to justify the teachers never to be laid off. The teachers during the hearings must also sing that the LAUSD must stop its unjustified purchases of equipments delivered or undelivered, and the unjustified renovations or constructions of its school buildings, and most of all LAUSD must reduce its unjustified administrative and managerial positions and which should be in proportions to the number of teachers still in the work force—and I assure you the LAUSD will stop laying off teachers—especially if your arguments are published in the media. Sing and sing on its wasteful purchases and its wasteful and duplicated managerial p[positions and of course its unjustified renovations and constructions of infrastructures which all seem to be the causes of its perennial financial bankruptcy. Good luck teachers.

From Roque burio Jr., the lemon who can dance but can also sing. Here is my song to justify the teachers never to be laid off. The teachers during the hearings must also sing that the LAUSD must stop its unjustified purchases of equipments delivered or undelivered, and the unjustified renovations or constructions of its school buildings, and most of all LAUSD must reduce its unjustified administrative and managerial positions and which should be in proportions to the number of teachers still in the work force—and I assure you the LAUSD will stop laying off teachers—especially if your arguments are published in the media. Sing and sing on its wasteful purchases and its wasteful and duplicated managerial p[positions and of course its unjustified renovations and constructions of infrastructures which all seem to be the causes of its perennial financial bankruptcy. Good luck teachers.

From Roque Burio Jr. the lemon who can dance but can also sing. Here is my song on the latest move of LAUSD to continue the false accusations and false charges they brought against me in that secret joint project of LAUSD and UTLA against us old and veteran teachers where the LAUSD spent about thirty five million dollars against the seven of us old and veteran teachers. The LAUSD was claiming at that time that it lacked sufficient money for students and teachers—that it had financial difficulties, and yet it spent half a million (500,000 dollars to force me to resign through duress, intimidations and innumerable false accusations and false charges.
The LAUSD has sent me the said letter on or about March 31, 2012 informing that it is forwarding the relevant information to the California Teachers Credentialing Commission that I resigned or was separated from the said district on March 2, 2009.
Oh boy, the LAUSD including Cortines, Deasy, and most of all Holmquist took more than three years to finally inform the commission—they really kept so tightly their secret of falsely persecuting me and those other teachers; Or perhaps, Holmquist, has terribly lost his self respect as he will always remember our phone conversation and his gentleman’s challenge against me that he really wanted to see me with his bunch of lawyers in the court of Law to prove once and for all that the his mother LAUSD was right and correct in all of its accusations, charges and procedures against me.
This is my response to you Holmquist: I am not scared of you and of your bunch of lawyers. Although I do not have the money or good car to travel to Sacramento, I will see you there alone without any lawyers. Bring all of your lawyers including that very attractive, smart, young and beautiful private lawyer of the best law firm in LA whom you hired to scare me while someone added street drug into my soda and food.
I assure you that I will be very careful with my food and soda, so you can enjoy and appreciate how I will demolish each and every one of your false accusations and false charges against me. I sincerely appreciate if you would ask the Commission for the early schedule of the hearing, immediately after the rainy days. See you there Holmquist, and do your homework so I can also appreciate your argument.

Is anyone really naive enough to believe that we can purge the school board of people who are not corrupt? The relatively small number of people who control practically everything of importance guarantee that whoever sits on that joke of a committee will be in their pockets if they are not already.

A part time $45,000 LAUSD school board with political aspirations that has always been in the pocket of and solely dependent on their entrenched bureaucracy is not the only way to run a school district, unless you want to assure that it is corrupt. We built checks and balances into our constitution and can do the same with LAUSD by having two-way accountability in schools, instead of the top-down autocracy that presently exists under the principal.

If a principal is not a failed teacher, but one chosen by a consortium of parents and teachers with no tenure and oversight from the district and the state, the redundancy of independent oversight will assure that power is centered in the school with outside intervention from the district and the state to assure that the clearly defined legal standards of state and federal education regulation are actually being implemented.

The ultimate litmus test of any such system is whether or not all students are actually learning as opposed to the present system that continually adapts to dysfunction and failure. Notice the latest LAUSD proposal to lower graduation requirement from 230 units to graduate to only 170.

From Roque Burio Jr. Here is my song on the latest illegal addition on the prescription period of any alleged offenses against teachers. The UTLA and LAUSD agreed in the contract to increase the prescription period to four years which is an example of institutional dictatorship of the LAUSD with the connivance of UTLA. The present contract extends the prescription period by one year and is a violation of the present provision of law where the prescription period is only three years- hence no alleged offences after three years can be brought against teachers by LAUSD in the administrative court or in the commission of Teacher Credentialing. This extension period in the contract is changing the present Law without legislation. Warren Fletcher of UTLA should be aware of this provision of law but instead he agreed to the violation because he is anti-teacher. Wake up taxpayers, wake up teachers, wake up—you are supposed to be the most enlightened workers.

From Roque Burio Jr. Here is my song on the latest dance steps of UTLA and its partner LAUSD:
Amazing, Amazing, the UTLA has now replaced its role in the defense of the teachers. It is now relying more on hiring high priced lawyers before the Administrative court instead on the collective powers to balance the increasing institutional dictatorship of its mother company LAUSD.
Similarly the LAUSD will now have all the reasons to rely and hire also high priced lawyers.
What an amazing tango that will cause the tax payers millions of taxes to be shifted to the payments of favorite lawyers instead of spending such taxes to the education of students and the hiring good teachers.
Because the UTLA will employ lawyers it will now abandon it most powerful weapon in its arsenal and replace it with most expensive one against the powerful LAUSD. UTLA will now abandon the teachers’ collective powers like sit down strike, mass absences in a few days, and instead the UTLA will make the teachers sit in the Court the whole days.
Indeed, the UTLA is seemingly becoming less than a Union and becoming more like an agency for soliciting for teacher those high priced law offices. By the way, what is the Deal in this tango?
Wake up teachers wake up taxpayers and good luck.

I taught almost 30 years and was accused of heinous acts. I appealed and won. The school board of Jurupa Unified School District voted to appeal in the interest of student safety.

Why does JUSD hone in on math teachers?

Teacher jail is such a waste of money and teacher talent. I had a friend in teacher jail for 2 years and after she hired a lawyer, her case was finally dismissed and she was assigned to another school. Why does this investigation have to take so long? The union and district need for find a more efficient way to investigate and reach a conclusion. I find it highly ironic that the budget problems we face occur as we give away our schools and charterize them. I urge everyone to think very seriously before they vote for any more money for LAUSD when they can't seriously get their house in order. Deasy and his "Race for the Top' mentality is not the way.
Again I say let's get rid of him and all of that sorry Board that gives our school away and cuts from the bottom instead of the top.

I echo Paula's references to a bloated districts. A colleague from my school landed in the rubber room the other day and he was appalled by how the "teams" there chatter about inane bs all day, basketball, SUVs college for their kids, remodeling houses, baby pictures, vacations... Everything but business. He's a bright individual as well as sensitive, so he felt the waves of hatred emanating from these folks yet felt an immediate empathy forr his inmates. We are empowered by that and this sense of unity we've implemented in the abscense of any representation. Some detainees have sat there six weeks and still don't know what they're in for. We never see our rep, and when we do it's every six months or so and he's in a big hurry, impatient and has no time for us.
This man makes $140, 000 a year. Our dues pay for that. I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't afford to piss away money like that nor do I appreciate being bamboozled, particularly when the scam costs me my career, my livelihood and health. It's unconscionable. And one hopes that the public sees how this will not just hurt teachers, but the public. Yes, student's will be devastated by this horrible assault on the teaching force , but so will taxpayers. They should never agree to the parcel tax because this money will not be used as promised. It will go for more of the same. And that's not good for anyone.

Ditto to CP49, you'll never get this parcel tax passed since everyone knows how LAUSD wastes money and gives away schools. Cut the fat and waste in LAUSD(mini districts and swollen staffs)instead of riffing teachers three years in a row.
Let's use that private fund-raising talent of Deasy and his crew to boost LAUSD finances. Stop trying to balance your budget on the backs of teachers and local school staffs.

"The board also voted to approve placing a five-year, $298-per-parcel tax on properties within district boundaries on the November 2012 ballot. LaMotte cast the only dissenting vote."

DO YOU (LAUSD) HONESTLY THINK ALL THE VOTERS (MOST OF WHOM YOU HAVE RIFF, LAIDOFF OR FORCED TO RETIRE EARLY) WILL APPROVE A five-year, $298-per-parcel tax on properties within district boundaries of LOS ANGELES THIS COMING NOVEMBER 2012? NOT!!!
YOU DID NOT GET THE LAST ONE FOR $100.00... AND, FOR SURE WE WILL NOT LET YOU SCARE & INTIMDATE US AGAIN... ESPECAILLY WHEN YOUR SYSTEM IS AND HAS FAILED TO MEET THE NEEDS/SECURITY OF STUDENTS AND THERE PARENTS...

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