Archive for August 2012

SAYS BULLYING LAUSD, " WHY NOT TARGET INNOCENT TEACHERS FOR REMOVAL? UTLA WONT STOP US"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Here's a story we hear more and more often from teachers and other Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employees, since the Miramonte sex abuse scandal, who have been caught completely off-guard, when LAUSD hits them with trumped up charges and moves for their dismissal. "I cannot believe this is happening to me." Well it is time to believe and move to take legal action independent of your either corrupt, collusive, or just plan inept union, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). Or, the concept of a fairly compensated profession teacher corp will go the way of the dinosaur in the not too distant future. No, the vast majority of you will not last long enough to make it to retirement.

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08 2012

JONATHAN KOZOL SPEAKS IN L.A.: What is the Future of Education in America? (Jonathan Kozol HABLA EN LA: ¿Cuál es el futuro de la educación en Estados Unidos?)

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What is the Future of Education in America? The Willows Community School Hosts Guest Speaker Jonathan Kozol Award-Winning Author and Renowned Educational Activist Contact: Susan Sleeper The Willows Community School Direct 424.258.3575 ssleeper@thewillows.org The Willows Community School proudly announces an evening with internationally acclaimed speaker, author and activist Jonathan Kozol on: Monday, September 10, 2012, at 7:00 pm The Willows Community School Theater 8509 Higuera Street, Culver City, 90232.

Take note LAUSD: "Starving the Future" by CHARLES M. BLOW (NYT)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Starving the Future by CHARLES M. BLOW (NYT) (In my war against what has become the mundane day to day fraud of public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) along with purposefully corrupted school districts like it around the country, take a moment to look at the macrocosm view of where this is all going in the not too distant future. Are you frightened yet or still into denial?)

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08 2012

LAUSD'S WITCH HUNT AGAINST VETERAN TEACHERS BY PAULA HURDLE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As a 25+ teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I find the educational environment today extremely hostile and dangerous to veteran teachers. Where there used to be respect and appreciation for working and surviving in a system that provided little support or financial incentive, there is now ridicule, abuse and disdain for what we do and our profession as a whole.

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08 2012

WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATED RACISM, LAUSD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (CUANDO SE TRATA DE RACISMO INTEGRADO, LAUSD ES UN EMPLEADOR CON IGUALDAD DE OPORTUNIDADES)

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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 it wasn't okay for White people to exploit people of color for hundreds of years to assure continued White social dominance. Then why should it be okay for a now fully integrated administration at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) of Black, Asian, Latino, White, and whatever to continue to do so?

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08 2012

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LAUSD BOARD REGARDING REED vs. 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) Before giving Superintendent John Deasy authorization to ask the California Supreme Court to reverse the recent appellate decision overturning the Reed vs LAUSD decision, I think the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Directors should consider the following regrettable facts:

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08 2012

UTLA "LITIGATES" TO LAUSD'S STANDARDS- A FORMULA FOR DISASTER

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Criminals have more rights than dismissed teachers. If you think this is hyperbole, take a moment and go through what teachers are subjected to that no self-respecting criminal would have to endure.

AT LAUSD, ADVOCATING FOR LATINO RIGHTS CAN COST YOU YOUR JOB ( AT LAUSD, DEFENSA DE LOS DERECHOS latinos pueden costarle su trabajo)

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(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.

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08 2012

TO STUDENT LOAN OR NOT TO STUDENT LOAN, THAT IS THE QUESTION (A préstamo de estudiante o de no prestar ESTUDIANTE, ESA ES LA CUESTIÓN)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Americans have always been told incessantly about the unequivocal good of a college education. Until recently, they never asked fundamental common sense questions before saddling themselves with huge student loans for an education of questionable rigor or ultimate value.

LAUSD MIGHT LOOK AT "15 Reasons Reformers Are Looking to Finland"

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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 stands to reason that one has a better chance of finding a more efficient model for doing almost anything by being open to the greatest number of potential solutions. Probably the most self-defeating aspect of most cultures is their reticence to use ideas developed by other cultures, even when it is clear that they are superior. The incestuous nature of administration at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) continues to ensure its own failure through militant ignorance, because pragmatic change validated by measurable success is never a part of their world where form trumps content every time. With the hope that even this old dog can either learn a few new tricks or be mercifully euthanized, I thought you might enjoy this alternative of what public education might look like at LAUSD, if ...

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08 2012

LAUSD TEACHERS: CARE TO FRAME THE CONVERSATION FOR A CHANGE?

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As the war against a professional, well-educated, and fairly compensated teacher corp continues unabated across the United States, what remains missing in this most important discussion is the voice of teachers authoritatively laying out the reality of what they do for a living in a manner that might counter the incessant "dominant narrative" of the mainstream media, that only sees bad teachers as the problem and charter school as the panacea. Dr. Wendy C. Kasten of Kent State University has prepared a survey for teachers to take that might offer an alternative view of just how difficult it is to be a good teacher. However, Dr. Kasten's survey will have little credibility, unless she can get a sufficient number of teachers to take it. If you want the public at-large to finally understand just how hard we work, you might find the time to do the survey, so that you can finally frame the conversation for a change on just what it will take to fix public education.

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08 2012

LAUSD - REED VS. UTLA OVERTURNED ON TECHNICALITY - WILL UTLA NOW FINALLY MAKE ITS STRONGEST ARGUMENT?

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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 a split decision, 2 out of 3 justices of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed Reed vs. United Teachers Los Angeles solely on a technical aspect of the case, while not addressing the lower court's primary holding that compromises teacher seniority. The majority only agreed that United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) had "a right to a trial where the merits of the case can be examined more fully." Therein lies the problem: UTLA as well as the majority of teachers they represent find it almost impossible to frame the issues of a conversation or a lawsuit, even when their very future as teachers or as a union hangs in the balance. In taking on LAUSD, UTLA has seemed incapable in recent memory of arguing rationally in a manner that reflects the reality of the situation and not the gospel according to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). UTLA seems to ALWAYS tacitly accept LAUSD's position as a point of departure. By asking just one question and insisting on a logical answer, UTLA could turn this discussion of supposed student and teachers rights in inner city schools around.

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08 2012

LAUSD TERRORIZES TEACHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) After initial denial, if you ever come to the regrettable realization that you have been targeted by your principal for removal and that the institutional bullying orchestrated by him or her at the behest of their superiors at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- aka Beadry- is not going away, you might think of giving me a call...but I wouldn't tell anybody if you do. The first thing I tell the ever increasing number of people that contact me is that at least for now it will do you absolutely no good to let it be known that you have contacted me. To do so will only raise the harassment and retaliation level immediately and assure that LAUSD will all the more quickly move to submit your name to the LAUSD Board for dismissal, because those in power at LAUSD know I will not be intimidated into backing down, like the 853 teachers they got rid of last year. Guilt by association? You bet!

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08 2012

CLEARLY LAUSD/UTLA HAVE NO INTEREST IN ASKING WHY THE VALUE ADDED MODEL (VAM) DOESN'T WORK

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Why should single-subject credentialed teachers with a substantive course to teacher, little time to do it, and no remediation skill set have to address the substantial deficits of their students as a prerequisite to being able to understand the teacher's class? Is this realistic? These students arrived in these teachers classes already hopelessly behind. Why should Value Added Model assessment be used to hold teachers exclusively responsible for the predictable after the fact failure of these students on their annual student assessment?

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08 2012

LAUSD AND THE INSTITUTIONAL BULLYING OF TEACHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Doing your job in deference to LAUSD culture of going along to get along is the best way to get yourself targeted for removal. Only some of the hundreds of examples reported to perdaily of reasons LAUSD is pursuing dismissal of teachers are: Reporting that you have been sexually harassed by co-workers; As a mandated reporter, reporting that a child is being molested, when the principal doesn't want you to do so for fear that it might affect Average Daily Attendance; You are at the top of the salary scale and LAUSD could hirer more than 2 teachers for what thy are paying you; You are about to vest in lifetime health benefits under the Rule of 80, where your age and years of serve equal 80. This will force LAUSD to declare another $300,000 in unfunded lifetime health benefits in addition to the $13 billion they already owe to already retired teachers; In a district that is 73% Latino, you advocate for these students and their parents right to an education, instead of the glorified daycare system, where Latino students are actually worse off by every measure than they were 44 years ago during the E.L.A. Student Walkouts; You have reported that you or one of your students is being bullied; Charged with invasion of privacy for having taken pictures of your class at P.E. having a tug-of-war; Sent a student to the nurse without a note; Put your arm around a student after they did well in class; Charged with cheating on periodic assessment, because your students did well in a normally low-functioning school; Your are disabled and the District not only doesn't accommodate you as they are legally mandated to do, they do everything they can to get you to quit; You reported a female assistant principal going into the boys' locker room when they were changing; You were accused of putting your hand underneath the blouse of a female student in front of the class, but none of the students saw this other than the female student and her friends who had been habitually truant in your class; You had a stroke after getting no support for discipline; Lifted a disabled student "forcibly" off the carpet; You were assaulted by students and subsequently charged with child abuse; Reported the fixing of attendance; Reported the high school graduation of students with very low English and Math skills; You are one of several Asian math teachers in predominantly Latino schools who refused to socially promote students incapable of working at grade level; Reported that program was illegally cut, so they cut you; Discussed middle school social studies standard dealing with Abrahamic religions; "Walked too close to another teacher in a threatening manner;" Testified that another teacher fixed grades and attendance; Charged with "inappropriate contact" and terminated even though police investigation found no evidence and dropped case; Complained that you had 42 students in an Honors English class; Presently in an LAUSD "rubber room" without any charges.

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08 2012

Culture in Decline | Episode #1 "What Democracy?"(VIDEO) by Peter Joseph

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) At perdaily, we spend most of our time focused on the microcosm of purposefully failed public education as it presently exists at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and public school districts like it around the United States and around the world. These pseudo educational systems are designed to assure that the citizen is mentally incapable of challenging the corporate plutocracy agenda that is clearly inconsistent with the future long term survival of human beings on this planet. Therefore, if critical educational skills are the prerequisite for attaining this clarity, then rote education must be maintained at LAUSD and institutions like it around the world, where the sole purpose is to assure that the failed ideas of the corporate plutocracy remain unchallenged by critical thought. The following half hour video rationally sequences all the pieces together in a manner that explains clearly what the ramifications of our present system will be in terms of our very existence on this planet, unless we allow these anachronistic systems and institutions to finally evolve. Evolution is the key element of any viable biological or political system. It is our shared and sustaining belief at perdaily that a highly educated population capable of independent thought still has the power to turn things around as the inherent contradictions of the corporate plutocracy become more glaring. Think, conquer your apathy, and do something clever, while we still have the time. Anyone who has ever accomplished something that they thought was impossible has the key to conquer media nurtured apathy.

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08 2012