(Mensaje se repite en Español)
(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)
Superintendent John Deasy called me tonight on a robo call to tell me how well they were doing at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In our brief telephonic interlude Deasy seemed moist with anticipation for the student test scores that were being released on August 31st. Me, I don't have to wait for August 31st to know the dismal results of Latino students, irrespective of what the test scores say, because I know that predominantly minority filled and de facto segregated school districts like LAUSD, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and many others have been caught fixing Latino students test scores and will do anything necessary to cover up LAUSD administration dereliction of duty to these students. Anything... except the substantive restructuring of LAUSD that might finally allow these students to live up to their potential. Why does Deasy and his acolytes get away with it? Because nothing has been done to dissuade the majority of White, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians administrators from their racist belief that traditionally underachieving Latino and Black students cannot do any better and to push them to live up to what I know to be their potential is cruel and not nice. From their point of view, this conveniently lets those selling out these students off the hook.