Archive for July 2012

IS LAUSD A NOT SO SMART A.L.E.C.?

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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 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a prime mover in the race to privatize public education for profit and what they see as the collateral benefit of further dumbing down the Anerucan public, so they not only don't think of questioning authority, but literally no longer have the education or vocabulary necessary to do so..

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07 2012

LAUSD IS NOT ALONE IN THEIR MILITANT AND DESTRUCTIVE IGNORANCE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) I know it's not Halloween yet, but If you want to get a scary vision of the confederacy of dunces that seems to be fungible in public school districts throughout this state and the country, check out below Dr. Mary Sieu, Deputy Superintendent in Cerritos of the ABC Unified School. When asked in the following video (and others that you can also see at You Tube) whether she thought it was appropriate to call the police and report a teacher who had threatened the lives of other teachers, try though she would, she could not compel herself to come up with an answer.

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07 2012

THE DEFECTIVE 2007 LAUSD PAYROLL SYSTEM IS STILL A THREAT TO YOUR RETIREMENT by 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) For some time now it has been the unexpressed goal of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to curtail its operating costs by reducing teaching staff. Of course, not so for administrators but rather the opposite. But by far their preference for departing teachers lies among the veterans. They're the ones drawing the highest salaries. They're the ones closing in on lifetime benefits while in retirement. They're the ones nearing their twenty fifth year of service which would qualify them for retirement payments for life based on their single highest year of salary. So they're the primary targets to be transferred to teaching courses foreign to them, to be subjected to the unfavorable and unjustified evaluations, and to be falsely accused of crimes against children, if that's what's necessary to get them out.

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07 2012

More UTLA and LAUSD Collusion? The De Facto Tenure Scandal by Anonymous

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Now we have a theoretical situation in which a teacher who has taught with the District for 15 years at under 18 hours could be bumped by a rookie teacher who taught only 2 years but was somehow able to secure more than 18 hours.

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07 2012

STOP LAUSD DELAY TACTICS - BECOME A COMMISSION ON PROFESSION COMPETENCE PANEL MEMBER

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If you would like to take an active part in ending the witch hunt against the removal of hundreds of teachers without due process of law, then you might consider becoming a panel member for the Commission of Professional Competence (CPC) to stop the stalling that is starving teachers into submission, resignation, and the ultimate lifting of their credentials by California Teacher Credentialing (CTC), so they will never again be able to work anywhere in California as a teacher. Here's how it is done.

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07 2012

WHAT "BUSINESS" OTHER THAN LAUSD WOULD FORCE OUT ITS MOST EXPERIENCED?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Given a choice between having a first year intern operate on you or having a skilled surgeon with 20 years of experience perform the operation, which would you choose? So why is it different when it comes to teachers and the art of teaching? Because what goes unchallenged in this society in a supposed move to fix purposefully failed public education is the fallacious belief - constantly repeated in the media, until the public is brainwashed - that anybody can teach or that those who cannot do anything else teach and it is their incompetence that has put us in the fix we are in today. The only way one can continue to believe this group libel of the teaching profession is by ignoring all the evidence from around the world and here at home. In Finland, only one in ten of the people who apply to teach actually get hired. But Finland, with the highest educated population in the world also has virtually no turnover in their teaching profession, because it is a well paid and highly respected profession that doesn't drive the best people out of it. In the United States and more specifically at the representative Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) 50% quit within 3-5 years.They quit because they are highly educated professionals on a par with doctors, lawyers, and engineers who get absolutely no support from school administration and even less respect from the society at large.

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07 2012

HELP WANTED: SEEKING EXPERIENCED LAUSD ADMINISTRATOR

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Help Wanted -Seeking experienced LAUSD administrator -Must be honest, ethical, courageous -May have been recently fired or is being targeted for same - Prefer someone fired for refusing to engage in illegal or unethical activities (free legal services possible) -Must have documentary evidence (notes, memos, emails); be willing to testify under oath; be able to provide names, dates, other witnesses, incidents. Compensation: Salary = $0 Benefits = regain self respect; enjoy the admiration from your subordinates (if you still have any); enmity of your superiors (nobody ever said you can't get even)

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07 2012

DECONSTRUCTING THE NEWS AT LAUSD BY SOCIAL MEDIA MANIPULATION

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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 week defense attorney Brian Claypool, called a press conference of all the major news media outlets in Los Angeles on behalf of his 11 Miramonte student clients and their families. The question he initially posed was, "Why 6 months after this alleged child molestation scandal, there has been no independent investigation of this matter or any ones like it in LAUSD by any independent government agency? And why has LAUSD been allowed to just swept it under the carpet? Claypool focused the majority of his wrath during the 20 minutes he spoke on the thesis that nothing would change in a district like LAUSD - more concerned with collecting Average Daily Attendance (ADA) money payments from the state as opposed to their real responsibility of protecting and educating children - until some administrators went to jail for what amounts to a criminal conspiracy to cover the whole thing up or scapegoat other teachers without ever addressing the corrupt and incompetence of an LAUSD administrative culture that allowed it to happen in the first place.

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07 2012

LAUSD: MIRAMONTE ATTORNEY BRIAN CLAYPOOL SAYS, "IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY...SOMEBODY'S GOT TO GO TO JAIL" (VIDEO) ( LAUSD: MIRAMONTE abogado Brian Claypool dice, "se trata de dinero ... Alguien tiene que ir a la cárcel" (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) Attorney Brian Claypool, who represents 11 Miramonte students and their parents against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), has a commitment from the FBI to investigate why - 6 months after the Miramonte child molestation scandal - there has been no independent investigation of not only the Miramonte scandal, but what appears to be a culture within LAUSD administration that places Average Daily Attendance (ADA) revenue streams from the State of California above any concern for the students and their family's who have been subjected to a clear pattern of intolerable behavior over years.

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07 2012

A MODEST PROPOSAL TO REPLACE LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY

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For those of you who haven't as yet realized the national and international character of the well coordinated attack on public education and more specifically teachers, I would suggest you take 14 minutes and watch Evelyn O' Connor's acceptance speech, when she was recently chosen as teacher of the year in Ireland. What you will find is a highly intelligent and courageous teacher putting it all on the line, because she values her students and professional integrity as a teacher more than she fears the reprisals that have justifiably kept her colleagues from speaking out in Ireland and around the world.

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07 2012