IF UTLA PRESIDENT, WARREN FLETCHER, CAN'T GUARANTEE TRANSPARENCY, INTEGRITY AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST A CIRCUS by John Dixon

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)

The following post is by retired teacher John Dixon. There are only a couple of things that he says that I take exception with:

- There is nothing "controversial" about the motions that somehow disappear, unless you think proposing motions to address UTLA and LAUSD corruption is controversial. To buy into seeing what we propose as controversial, as usual cedes center stage to UTLA and LAUSD, who are well on there way to destroying any possibility of good public education in Los Angeles.

- Also, lamenting that UTLA President Warren Fletcher doesn't answer, while continuing to ask him to, ignores Warren's longstanding practice - that precedes his capturing the UTLA presidency - of rarely responding to phone calls or emails. The solution to this problem doesn't lie in more wasted confrontation rhetoric, but rather in litigation to compel UTLA into fulfilling its legal obligations by holding Fletcher and Co. legally responsible - this is done in a court of law and not on the Internet, which is better used for organizing people and raising money to hire lawyers to bring about legal consequences for the collusion or incompetence of UTLA leadership - the difference between these is of little interest for teachers who have been targeted and removed from their professional livelihoods without Fletcher and Co. doing anything.

Not too long ago, a teacher stood up from the crowd and put out a motion that passed by a good majority margin at the Central Area Meeting headed by Mr. Jose Lara.  The motion indicated that UTLA/PACE money should not be used to support any political candidate campaign in this presidential election.  The reason  was that politicians always lie to us and it is time that we teach them a  good lesson by not giving them any of our dues money.

This motion  consequently mysteriously disappeared  in the hands of our UTLA leadership. As expected,  the motion became part  of many other motions categorized as "controversial" in nature. Usually  controversial  motions never make it to the House Of Representatives for a vote. The House Rules Committee, in violation of the UTLA Constitution,   decides whether  motions reach this body  or end up in a  "circular file"  better known as the trash can of any union official. The UTLA Constitution states that motions passed at area meetings or by committees, are supposed to be heard by  UTLA House of Representatives no later than 60 days  and  no motion may die in committee.

This  motion in question  never reached its true destination.  Neither the Area Representative nor the Officer present at the meeting ever mentioned the where abouts of this motion.  My first reaction was to try to bring this issue over to other members and discuss in depth what could be done to stop this practice from repeating itself again.  My concerns reached deaf ears.  Repeated email and  direct person to person contacts also failed.  I want to emphasize that not all motions get lost. The only motions  that tend to disappear or fail to reach the HOR for a vote are those that are controversial in nature or critical of the status quo within our union.  In fact, there have been a few previous cases where controversial motions have disappeared and no one seems to care  to find out  where these motions actually go. Actually, as you can see,  there is a deliberate intention to block any motion  that responsibly confronts the irresponsible behavior by the UTLA misleadership.

To my knowledge, a few concerned  UTLA members have sent emails to officers and BOD members and received no one single answer.  The majority, including our UTLA president Warren Fletcher,  have not  taken their time to respond to   legitimate concerns expressed by union members  with regard to the motion's discrepancy. Actually, Betty Forrester, when questioned about this matter by a rank and file member,   tried to legitimize this practice by claiming that the House Rules Committee can decide whether a motion goes to the HOR or not. A similar response was done by  Mr. Mike Dreebin  a long time union activist and a former UTLA vice-president. Those who know UTLA  procedures and understand our constitution, know very well that dismissing motions without the legal approval of the House  Of Representatives is a violation of our UTLA  bylaws.  

 This illegal act of trashing controversial motions   has become the norm within UTLA.  In fact, I tried to discuss this issue with other fellow teachers and they encouraged me to take  a more comprehensive and proactive  approach with regard to this issue due to the controversial nature of it. They insisted that I should send letters to the UTLA president  to remind him of his legal and moral responsibilities. As many of you might suspect, I have not received one single response from any of the officers yet. It's clear that most of those who pretend to represent our teachers,  either have not read and disseminated  the language of our Constitution or  find it easier to go along with the establishment, than take a moral stand  to defend the rights  of thousands UTLA members.

If motions are trashed due to their content  and no one  hush about it, can we say that UTLA has become a dysfunctional institution?  Or has UTLA House Of Representatives and the Board Of Directors become obsolete?  In my opinion, all depends on how you see the problem.  If you believe that UTLA is an institution that should represent everyone equally, then  you should also agree that it's officers and all the other elected officials and powers must function within the parameters of UTLA constitution.  However, based on what I have explained above, that is not the case. The officers, the HOR and the BOD seem to act and decide in complete violation of our own Constitution--their way or the highway!!.  In some instances, these bodies that are supposed to uphold and defend the Constitution have openly violated  it by allowing individuals to seat on the Board Of Directors without being employed by LAUSD as the UTLA constitution requires.

 The UTLA constitution has no meaning unless the membership guarantees that the Constitution is upheld by all means by all  of us. How many times has our Constitution been violated?  In reality, one violation is more than enough to realize that there is a problem.  It is not a matter of how many times ---it's  actually a matter of whether our constitution can be violated or not.  If we agree that the Constitution was put together to represent every member's interests  equally, then there is not one reason to validate wrong doing, specially by those who hold high elected positions of power.  In other words, if a violation of our constitution  is tolerated, then it is clear that someone's rights is being violated.  In that case,  any violation -major or minor--represents the same  level of damage  of the  union's integrity. Now, if the HOR, which is the body that represents every teacher of this Union, can not regulate what itself can do, how do we expect it to regulate what everyone else does? If this can not be achieved, then I can strongly argue that our House  Of Representatives has become irrelevant.

There are instances that we all must reevaluate our own beliefs. However, when doing so, we have to take into account, that nothing is perfect. Down the line, we must accept that we are imperfect individuals and, by all means,   imperfect decisions are made.  In any case, imperfect decisions can be minimized if we remain vigilant of our own and our  leader's actions.  No institution can exist if it's members remain absent from criticizing their own actions and those of their leaders. On the other hand, the same is true if  leaders fail to accept criticism from their constituents.  I witnessed when a rank and file member questioned UTLA President Warren Fletcher over the motions issue. Mr. Fletcher had no answer and decided to dismiss the question and  cowardly walked away in an effort to avoid his responsibilities as the president of the second largest teacher's union in the country.  In any case, it is legitimate and correct  to call this question: what the hell do the leadership do with all these motions that tend to disappear?   If the UTLA president can't explain what happens to motions, what can we  expect from the  rest of the other lower ranking members of the leadership? Also, how can we expect a misleadership to defend the jobs and the livelihoods of the membership?  I am almost entirely biased to believe that one rotten apple would ruin the rest.  If the main leader of an  institution can not guarantee  transparency, integrity and moral responsibility,  everything else, is just a circus.

John Dixon

Retired  Teacher

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(Para una visión nacional de la reforma de la educación pública ver el final de esta entrada del blog)


El siguiente post es por el maestro retirado John Dixon. Hay sólo un par de cosas que él dice que me hacen una excepción con:

- No hay nada "polémica" sobre los movimientos que de alguna manera desaparece, a menos que usted piensa proponer mociones para hacer frente a UTLA y la corrupción del LAUSD es controvertido. Para comprar en ver lo que proponemos como polémico, como escenario habitual del centro cede a UTLA y el LAUSD, que está bien en lo posible para destruir cualquier posibilidad de una buena educación pública en Los Ángeles.

- Asimismo, lamentó que el presidente de UTLA Warren Fletcher no responde, sin dejar de pedirle que, hace caso omiso de la práctica de larga data de Warren - que precede a la captura de la presidencia UTLA - de rara vez responde a las llamadas telefónicas o correos electrónicos. La solución a este problema no radica en la retórica de confrontación más perdido, sino más bien en un litigio para obligar a UTLA en el cumplimiento de sus obligaciones legales mediante la celebración de Fletcher y legalmente responsable Co. - esto se hace en un tribunal de justicia y no a través de Internet, que es más utilizado para organizar a la gente y recaudar dinero para contratar a abogados para llevar a consecuencias jurídicas para la colusión o la incompetencia de la dirección UTLA - la diferencia entre ellos es de poco interés para los profesores que han sido atacados y expulsados ​​de sus medios de vida profesionales sin Fletcher y Co. de hacer nada.

No hace mucho tiempo, un maestro se puso de pie entre la multitud e hizo una moción que aprobó por un margen de buena mayoría en la Junta del Área Central encabezada por el Sr. José Lara. El movimiento indicó que UTLA / PACE dinero no debe ser utilizado para apoyar cualquier campaña de candidato político en estas elecciones presidenciales. La razón   fue que los políticos siempre mienten a nosotros y es hora de que les enseñamos una buena lección al no darles ninguna de nuestras dinero de las cuotas.

Esta moción consecuencia, desapareció misteriosamente en las manos de nuestro liderazgo UTLA. Como era de esperar, el movimiento se convirtió en parte de muchos otros movimientos clasificados como "controversial" en la naturaleza. Por lo general, no polémicos movimientos de llegar a la Cámara de Representantes por un voto. La Casa del Comité de Reglas, en violación de la Constitución de UTLA, decide si las mociones llegar a este cuerpo o terminar en un "archivo circular", mejor conocido como el bote de basura de cualquier dirigente sindical. El UTLA Constitución establece que las mociones aprobadas en las reuniones de área, o por los comités, se supone que deben ser escuchados por UTLA Cámara de Representantes a más tardar en 60 días y ningún movimiento puede morir en la comisión.

Este   el movimiento en cuestión   nunca llegó a su verdadero destino.   Ni el Representante de Área, ni el presente en la reunión oficial nunca se menciona el paradero donde se de este movimiento.   Mi primera reacción fue tratar de llevar este asunto a los otros miembros y discutir a fondo lo que se puede hacer para detener esta práctica se repita de nuevo. Mi preocupación llegó a oídos sordos. E-mail repetido y directo de persona a persona entra en contacto también fracasó. Quiero enfatizar que no todos los movimientos se pierden. Los movimientos únicos que tienden a desaparecer o no llegar a la HOR un voto son aquellos que son controvertidos en la naturaleza o crítica del statu quo dentro de nuestra unión. De hecho, ha habido unos pocos casos anteriores en los movimientos controvertidos han desaparecido y nadie parece preocuparse de averiguar dónde estos movimientos van realmente. En realidad, como se puede ver,   hay una intención deliberada para bloquear cualquier movimiento   que el responsable se enfrenta a la conducta irresponsable por el mal liderazgo UTLA.

Que yo sepa, unos pocos que se trate   Los miembros de UTLA han enviado correos electrónicos a los funcionarios y miembros de la DBO y no recibió una respuesta única.   La mayoría, incluyendo a nuestro presidente de UTLA Fletcher Warren, no han tomado su tiempo para responder a     preocupaciones legítimas expresadas por los miembros del sindicato   con respecto a la discrepancia de la moción de. En realidad, Betty Forrester, cuando le preguntaron sobre este asunto por un miembro de las bases,     trató de legitimar esta práctica alegando que el Reglamento de la Cámara Comité puede decidir si un movimiento va a la HOR o no. Una respuesta similar fue realizado por   Sr. Mike Dreebin   mucho tiempo activista sindical y ex vicepresidente de UTLA. Aquellos que conocen UTLA   los procedimientos y entender nuestra constitución, saben muy bien que el despido de movimientos sin la aprobación legal de la Casa   De Representantes es una violación de nuestra UTLA   estatutos.

Este acto ilegal de destrozar movimientos controvertidos se ha convertido en la norma dentro de UTLA. De hecho, traté de discutir este tema con otros compañeros maestros y me animó a adoptar un enfoque más integral y proactiva con respecto a este tema debido a la naturaleza controversial de la misma. Insistieron en que me envíen cartas al presidente de UTLA   para recordarle sus responsabilidades legales y morales. Como muchos de ustedes podría sospechar, no he recibido una sola respuesta de ninguno de los oficiales todavía. Está claro que la mayoría de los que pretenden representar a nuestros maestros, o bien no han leído y difundido el lenguaje de nuestra Constitución o   les resulta más fácil para ir junto con el establecimiento, a adoptar una posición moral de defender los derechos de miles de miembros de UTLA.

Si los movimientos son destrozados debido a su contenido   y no un   silencio sobre ella, podemos decir que UTLA ha convertido en una institución disfuncional? ¿O tiene UTLA Cámara de Representantes y el Consejo de Administración se vuelven obsoletos? En mi opinión, todo depende de cómo usted ve el problema. Si usted cree que UTLA es una institución que debe representar a todos por igual, entonces debería también de acuerdo en que sus oficiales y todos los otros funcionarios electos y los poderes deben funcionar dentro de los parámetros de UTLA constitución. Sin embargo, sobre la base de lo que he explicado anteriormente, que no es el caso. Los oficiales, Hor de la DBO y la parecen actuar y decidir en completa violación de nuestra propia Constitución - a su manera o la carretera!.   En algunos casos, estos organismos que se supone que deben respetar y defender la Constitución se han violado abiertamente   le permite a los individuos hasta el asiento en el Consejo de Administración, sin ser empleados por el LAUSD como la constitución de UTLA requiere.

  La Constitución de UTLA no tiene sentido a menos que el número de miembros garantiza que la Constitución es confirmada por todos los medios a través de todos nosotros. ¿Cuántas veces nuestra Constitución ha sido violada? En realidad, una violación es más que suficiente para darse cuenta de que hay un problema. No es una cuestión de cuántas veces --- en realidad es una cuestión de si nuestra Constitución puede ser violada o no. Si estamos de acuerdo en que la Constitución fue elaborado para representar los intereses de todos los miembros por igual, entonces no es una razón para validar malas acciones, especialmente por aquellos que ocupan altos cargos de elección popular de poder. En otras palabras, si una violación de nuestra Constitución se tolera, entonces es claro que los derechos de alguien se está violando. En ese caso, cualquier violación-mayor o menor - representa el mismo nivel de daño de la integridad del sindicato. Ahora, si el HOR, que es el organismo que representa a todos los maestros de esta Unión, no puede regular lo que sí puede hacer, ¿cómo podemos esperar que regular lo que hacen los demás? Si esto no se puede lograr, entonces yo podría argumentar que nuestra Cámara de Representantes se ha convertido en irrelevante.

Hay casos en los que todos debemos volver a evaluar nuestras propias creencias. Sin embargo, al hacerlo, tenemos que tener en cuenta, que nada es perfecto. Abajo de la línea, debemos aceptar que somos seres imperfectos y, por todos los medios, las decisiones se hacen imperfectos. En cualquier caso, las decisiones imperfectas pueden ser minimizados si nos mantenemos vigilantes de nuestra propia y nuestra   las acciones del líder. Ninguna institución puede existir si sus miembros están ausentes en criticar a sus propias acciones y las de sus líderes. Por otro lado, lo mismo es cierto si los líderes no aceptan las críticas de sus electores. Fui testigo de cuando un miembro de rango y archivo de UTLA cuestionado presidente Warren Fletcher sobre la cuestión de movimientos. El Sr. Fletcher no tuvo respuesta y decidió despedir a la pregunta y   cobarde, se alejó en un esfuerzo por evitar sus responsabilidades como presidente del sindicato de maestros el segundo mayor en el país.   En cualquier caso, es legítimo y correcto llamar a esta pregunta: ¿qué diablos la dirección hacer con todos estos movimientos que tienden a desaparecer? Si el presidente de UTLA no puede explicar lo que sucede a los movimientos, ¿qué podemos esperar del resto de los otros miembros de bajo rango de la dirección? Además, ¿cómo podemos esperar que un mal liderazgo para defender los puestos de trabajo y los medios de subsistencia de los miembros? Estoy casi totalmente sesgada a creer que una manzana podrida podría arruinar el resto. Si el líder principal de una institución no puede garantizar   responsabilidad de la transparencia, integridad y moral, todo lo demás, es sólo un circo.

John Dixon

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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

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LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

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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.

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 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.

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Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
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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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This site has been more informing than most of the books I’ve read...so Thank You!!

Fletcher and most UTLA officers have been notified of the following:


For myself, Attorney Schwab never sent second bill, when he did over 3-years later --a non-retainer agreement "transportation" charge of $41 for 7/12/07 (missed dated for 7/11/07) was added to second bill but the date was due on the first bill.

I was billed 4.7 hrs ($1,292.50) by Schwab even though he only met w/ school police for 45 minutes (approx.) on 7/11/07 and spent time talking on his cell phone re: another case.

I was never credited a free half-hour by T, S, & T as a UTLA member ($137.50).

Schwab (commingled) charged for a phone call to "client" on 7/24/07 which never took place.

Schwab (commingled) charged one hour ($275) for a 7-minute phone call and to read a 3-page letter on 8/01/07.

I spoke w/ Schwab on 8/07/07 for 23 minutes (w/ secretarial transfer) but Schwab claims he then spoke w/ a police detective for another 2.07 hrs on the same day (commingled billing). Do police detectives have that much time to talk to a lawyer, especially about a straight forward matter?

A second non-retainer agreement "transportation" charge of $44 for 8/16/07 was added to second billing.

Schwab never obtained a police report from LAUSD police for the matter in which he was hired, said alleged violation of Ed. Code #49079 by LAUSD Administrator.

Imagine how a growing alliance of runner roomed and RIFed teachers feel...
We are totally ignored and treated with contempt when we force the issue. A guy in the rubber room today is accused by the same thing I was fired for? So which is is it? Who is it? Well, its actually neither of us because the principal is too unstable and stupid to come up with anything viable his excuse for every transgression is to answer with an accusation. Apparently death threats get a lot of mileage although no police have been involved during the over two years this nightmare has gone on, though I am considering calling the authorities myself since serious crimes are taking place. If a jury and a judge heard what we have been through---a;; of us--they'd throw thed whole lot of of them , the board, unmployed teachers union, the board,Broad, maybe Bill Gates and mayor tony into the pokey for a long retreat. But no one has heard his side or mine, not your nor theirs either .

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