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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 reason Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) "officials failed to promptly report nearly 150 cases of suspected teacher misconduct- including allegations of sexual contact with students- to state authorities as required by law" is not as Howard Blume uncritically goes along with in his Los Angeles Times article yesterday. Rather, the reason that LAUSD was busy trying to intimidate mostly innocent teachers into resigning or retiring was to balance its in the red budget from 2004 until the present. The LAPD has cleared the vast majority of rubber room teachers in a timely manner, but that isn't enough for LAUSD or the media, who continue to have a feeding frenzy continuing to persecute innocent teachers. Those like Mark Berndt, where there is probable cause to hold them wind up in real- not teacher- jail.

What is really going on is the wonks at LAUSD figured out that they could get a great deal of the red out of the district budget, if they got rid of teachers at the top of the salary scale, who also disproportionately availed themselves of medical coverage- 8% of all LAUSD medical claims were coming from an older teacher demographic that was accounting for 49% of total medical costs.

For Superintendent John Deasy, who was already on the Eli Broad inspired warpath against fairly compensated older teachers in his neverending war to privatize public education, the Miramonte sex scandal was a gift from heaven. Ironically, since LAUSD has been a purposefully failed public education institution for generations now, the vast majority of people listening to dumbed down and corporate controlled media don't have the education necessary to remember the witch hunt aspects of the not-so-long-ago McMartin Preschool sex scandal that turned out in the end to find that no teacher or administrator of the McMartin school was guilty of anything.

But the public's prurient interest always seems to thrive on fantasies of do-nothing-pervert teachers sitting around LAUSD offices and getting paid for doing nothing. How many of the public would themselves go to jail- teacher or otherwise- if they got a pay check? What predictable negative mental and physical damage is done to people who are put in such a situation- often for years- without respecting even basic notions of due process of law or presumed innocence that is at the foundation of any civilized society? One of the darkest aspects of the human character- or lack of same- is the ability of good people to sit by while their Armenian, Jewish, Catholic, gay, poor, Latino, or Black neighbors are dehumanized. As a teacher of history it depresses me to no end to realize how little we have learned from recent history, if we can sit by and watch our teacher neighbors' lives destroyed. I often wonder what good folks tell themselves when they sit in their respective houses of worship with slaves in the field or teacher jail as the case may be.

Do you think these thoughts ever occurred to LAUSD's Head of Human Resources Vivian Ekchian, Staff Relations Ira Berman, Superintendent John Deasy, Ex- Superintendent Ramon Cortines, Assistant Principal Rene Martinez, or Ex-Superintendent David L. Brewer, about purposely defamed innocent teachers that have their lives and those of their families turned upside down? More and more I understand what Mark Twain meant when he said, "The more I know people, the more I love dogs."

If you or someone you know has been targeted and are in the process of being dismissed and need legal defense, get in touch:


LA Progressive

Dick Price and Sharon Kyle
Dick and Sharon
Dick and Sharon are a pair of citizen journalists and information activists who were fed up with 
mainstream media. Rather than just kvetch about the media, they decided to try to become the media. So, together they founded the LA Progressive. Dick is the editor and Sharon is the publisher and webmaster, handling all technical aspects of the site.

This site was launched in March 2008, with Dick and Sharon doing most of the writing. Today, a host of gifted writers contribute to the LA Progressive's daily offering which typically amounts to about 45 articles a week. Dick and Sharon continue to write for as well as edit and publish the LA Progressive and distribute its daily e-news each morning.

o Scott Coe Riverside, California
Excellent Video Interview about Professor Coe

Assistant Professor of English at Riverside Community College and former high school English teacher. She is the author of Teacher at Point Blank and has been a teacher of English and literature in California since 1991. Her writing on intersections of gender, violence, and education has appeared in the Los Angeles Times as well as literary venues including Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Memoir(and), Bitter Oleander, and Green Mountains Review. Her essay, "Recovering Teacher," won the NCTE 2009 Donald Murray Prize, and other selections of her work have received a Pushcart Special Mention as well as Notable listings in Best American Essays 2009 and 2010. As an independent researcher, Jo authored and published the most extensive study to-date of Adams v. LAUSD, a nearly 10-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual harassment, in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women's Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press). Jo values the aesthetic, political, and socially transformative powers of literary narrative--especially to dispel unhealthy silences and witness cultural blindspots. She works currently as an assistant professor of English at Riverside Community College in SoCal, and her book, Teacher at Point Blank (Aunt Lute 2010), has been selected as a Great Read for Fall 2010 by Ms. Magazine. Punk rock? Yes. Hockey games? Yes. Coffee? Always black. Find Jo on the web at and on Twitter @joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier New York, New York 
Betsy Combier's blog
is a jewel that chronicles the corruption in NYC's Dept of Educations (DOE)  . She has accomplished a wonderful piece of journalism, and created one of the rare places where corrupt educational governance is chronicled and revealed 

Professor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California
is a professor at the UCLA Andersen School of Business who also teaches in the Education Department's Principals' Leadership Institute. Check out the following 3 minutes on ABC News

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
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

Has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 30 years. He is greatly aware of the district waste, large bureaucracy, and other major issues of the time. He started his blog with the sole purpose of informing the world about the truths of education in LAUSD. E-mail him at:

LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

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:  or Become educated about what is going on. 

Jerry Mintz Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
417 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Hts., NY  11577

For those of you who cannot wait for corrupt public education to be turned around, AERO offers an excellent source to get connected with viable alternatives right now.
            800-769-4171       (domestic)
            516-621-2195       (international)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
She is a longtime public school teacher who, after 20 years, became staff writer for a teacher magazine and then went freelance. I've maintained a website of activism for nearly 9 years--ever since the passage of NCLB. People can subscribe to the website and then they get updates about new content. I answer all the mail I get through the website and with the answer, people have my e-mail.  I also try to stir things up on Twitter, though I find this medium frustrating. I have a Facebook page--just so people can find me. I don't initiate anything on it, The website keeps me busy.

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, New York

Susan studied literacy education, English literature, and fine arts and holds a BA ('63) and MS ('65) from Brooklyn College, and has the equivalent of two master's degrees, earned in graduate studies of literacy, arts and education. She taught literacy skills and art, for four decades in NYC in elementary and secondary school.  In 1998 she won the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Educator of Excellence Award  for her successful teacher practice, studied by Harvard  and the LRDC at the University of Pittsburgh for the New Standards research. At the end of her research, her unique curriculum was selected by the LRDC to be used in their national staff development seminars for school superintendents. She was among six teachers -- from among the thousands across the nation-- observed during the research project, and her teaching practicemet all the  principles of learning. In the nineties, she rose to prominence in national educational circles, while teaching at a new magnet school, East Side Middle School. The reading scores of her seventh grade students were at the top of the city, and on the first ELA, which two thirds of city students failed, her former students (then in the eight grade) were TENTH IN THE STATE.

 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.

Her website is:

Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006--   )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post:
Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001)
Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents.
Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."
 "The Lessons":
"Numbers Lie":
"The Charter Starters":<>

Here's Joel's latest post about the low percentage of "college ready" high school graduates.

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana


"I know first hand the financial, personal, emotional and physical damage that can result when school administrators, the Montana Education Association and the National Education Association put their own interests above the students, teachers and the taxpayers of the State of Montana My files contain mountains of paperwork including depositions, declarations of truth, notarized documents and exhibits resulting from an arduous legal process that finally ended when the Havre (Montana) School District settled two lawsuits - a Federal suit and one filed in State District Court. These documents also include a letter from a union representative stating, " This is nothing more than a witch hunt." Yet the union continued to allow the school administration to harass, bully and bring harm to me.
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."

Lois Weiner Jersey City, New Jersey
Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Democracy Now
Impact of urban school characteristics on teachers' classroom practice
How race, class, and gender mediate academic achievement
Teachers' work and the school as a workplace. Effects of changes in global political economy on teaching, teachers, and schools.


La razón de Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) "ha fallado a los funcionarios a informar rápidamente cerca de 150 casos de sospecha de mala conducta profesor-como las denuncias de contacto sexual con los estudiantes-a las autoridades del estado como lo requiere la ley" no es tan Howard Blume acríticamente acompaña en Los Angeles Times su artículo de ayer. Más bien, la razón por la que el LAUSD estaba ocupado tratando de intimidar a los docentes en su mayoría inocentes a renunciar o retirarse era equilibrar su presupuesto en la red desde el 2004 hasta el presente. La policía de Los Ángeles ha abierto la gran mayoría de los profesores de las habitaciones de goma en el momento oportuno, pero eso no es suficiente para el LAUSD o de los medios de comunicación, que continúan teniendo un frenesí de alimentación continua para los docentes perseguir inocentes. Aquellos como Mark Berndt, donde existe una causa probable para mantenerlos en la cárcel viento verdadero maestro no.

Lo que realmente está pasando es te 'expertos' en el LAUSD cuenta de que podían obtener una gran cantidad de la salida roja del presupuesto del distrito, si se deshacían de los profesores en la parte superior de la escala salarial, que también hicieron uso desproporcionado de la cobertura médica - el 8% de todos los reclamos médicos del LAUSD venían de un grupo demográfico más viejo maestro que estaba representando el 49% del total de los gastos médicos.

Para el Superintendente John Deasy, que ya estaba en pie de guerra inspirado en la Eli Broad contra una compensación justa profesores mayores en su guerra sin fin de privatizar la educación pública, el escándalo sexual Miramonte fue un regalo del cielo. Irónicamente, desde el LAUSD ha sido una institución de educación pública a propósito no para las generaciones ahora, la gran mayoría de las personas que escuchan callados y corporativos controlados medios de comunicación no tienen la educación necesaria para recordar los aspectos de la caza de brujas no tan largo hace escándalo sexual Preescolar McMartin que resultó en la final al encontrar que ningún maestro o administrador de la escuela McMartin era culpable de nada.

Pero el interés lascivo del público siempre parece prosperar en las fantasías de los maestros do-pervertir nada, sentados alrededor de las oficinas del LAUSD y que me paguen por no hacer nada. ¿Cuántos de los que el público se va a la cárcel por maestro o de otro modo, si es que tiene un cheque de pago? ¿Qué daño previsible negativa mental y físico se realiza a las personas que se ponen en una situación así, a menudo durante años, sin respetar siquiera las nociones básicas del debido proceso de ley o de presunción de inocencia que está en la base de toda sociedad civilizada? Uno de los aspectos más oscuros de la naturaleza humana-o falta del mismo es la capacidad de la gente buena para sentarse mientras que sus vecinos armenios, judíos, católicos, homosexuales, pobres, latino o Negro son deshumanizados. Como profesor de historia me deprime que no tiene fin a darse cuenta de lo poco que hemos aprendido de la historia reciente, si podemos sentarnos a ver la vida de nuestros vecinos de docentes destruido. A menudo me pregunto qué buenas personas se dicen cuando se sientan en sus respectivas casas de culto con los esclavos en la cárcel del campo o el maestro como el caso puede ser.

¿Cree usted que estos pensamientos nunca ocurrió Jefe del LAUSD de Recursos Humanos Vivian Ekchian, Personal de Relaciones Ira Berman, Superintendente John Deasy, Ex-Superintendente Cortines Ramón, René Martínez Asistente del Director, o Ex-Superintendente David L. Brewer, aproximadamente a propósito difamado profesores inocentes que tienen sus vidas y las de sus familias al revés? Más y más entiendo lo que Mark Twain quiso decir cuando dijo: "Cuanto más conozco gente, más me gustan los perros."

Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido blanco de ataques y están en proceso de ser despedido y la necesidad de defensa legal, póngase en contacto: 


12 2012


In March, we must get rid of this superintendent and the Board. These entities do not support teachers or public education. Number one priority, put the public back into education and truly collaborate with staff and the community. Period.

We also need to report the medical doctors who refer these teachers for psychological evaluations based on a false claim made by their boss or LAUSD. Additionally, we need to report the mental health workers who support this criminal activity. AMA and APA might want to know.

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