(Mensaje se repite en Español)
(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)
There is an interesting practice that UTLA engages in vis a vis teachers that have been targeted on bogus charges for removal by LAUSD, e.g. rubber room and others. This practice consists of UTLA depriving teachers put on "unpaid administrative leave" by LAUSD- pending a hearing- of all rights as union members. During the last election of UTLA officers, I was able to vote in the initial election, which took place before LAUSD put me on "unpaid administrative leave," but UTLA would not let me vote in the runoffs, even though there had been no adjudication of my culpability of any of the bogus charges that LAUSD had brought against me. I can understand this kind of reprehensible behavior from LAUSD, but why is UTLA rubber stamping LAUSD action against its members without any due process of law or the assumption that one is innocent until proven guilty in a neutral forum. It is now 2 years since I was put on unpaid administrative leave and I have yet to have my day in court, which LAUSD with the help of Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad continue to stall by asking for continuance after continuance.