Archive for March 2013

CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT FOR AGE AND DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LAUSD

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If you would like to get involved in something that Superintendent John Deasy, and LAUSD cannot ignore with impunity, do yourself and your colleagues a favor and fill out the form below. Last night I had a meeting with a lawyer who is connected to one of the biggest law firms in L.A. They are very interested in going after LAUSD for age and maybe even disability discrimination in a major class action law suit. What they are looking for are teachers who are or were at the top of the salary scale and/or about to vest in lifetime health benefits - that is older- who were forced out of teaching. You don't have to be aged to qualify, just old enough to be or have been removed from teaching because of your age/salary, even though LAUSD never mentioned age when they hit you with bogus charges designed to build a case to dismiss you or get you to resign or retire.

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03 2013

TAVIS SMILEY'S "EDUCATION UNDER ARREST" IGNORES THE CAUSES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When the bubonic plague spread through Europe in the 14th century, people noticed that if you burned enough infected bodies and the houses where they died, you would ultimately get rid of the plague- but not until your population had been significantly decimated. People at the time did not as yet understand what caused the plague, which was actually being carried by fleas on rats that were feeding on human garbage and waste. As long as they dealt only with the symptoms and not the underlying disease, one might say they remained plagued. Tonight at the California Endowment, I attended a prescreening of Education Under Arrest, a documentary Tavis Smiley did on how the zero tolerance policy in our schools has lead to the over-incarceration of predominantly African American and Latino youth. The way Education Under Arrest deals with this modern day plague on predominately youth of color in our public schools is reminiscent of how people initially attempted to address the bubonic plague: Education Under Arrest deals exclusively with the symptoms without ever addressing the clear and imminently addressable underlying causes, which dooms it to as much success in dealing with over incarceration of minority youth as they had in dealing with the plague in the 14th century.

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03 2013

WHAT DOES FINLAND HAVE THAT LAUSD DOESN'T - EQUITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad.

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03 2013

HAVE LAUSD TEACHERS RECENTLY BEEN INFECTED WITH A PERVERT VIRUS OR IS LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY LYING TO FACILITATE THE PRIVATIZATON OF PUBLIC EDUCATION? (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) At the end of the following video, Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia asks Superintendent John Deasy, "How long has this [teacher jail] been happening?" To which Superintendent John Deasy says, "It's been LAUSD policy for 15 years," the implication being that Deasy is just enforcing a long established LAUSD policy. The critically important follow up question remains purposefully unasked by Board President Monica Garcia: How many teachers were housed and dismissed or forced to resign 15 years ago and how many have been targeted, housed, and removed under Deasy's reign of terror against teachers. This question remains unasked, because the number of teachers targeted, housed, and dismissed or forced to resign has skyrocketed astronomically since the District saw itself going into the red on its budget as far back as 2004 and even more starkly since Superintendent Deasy's tenure began.

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03 2013

LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY IS A BLATANT LIAR- SO WHY DOESN'T KNBC'S CONAN NOLAN CALL HIM ON IT? (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In applying this fable to the Los Angeles Unified School District and its Superintendent John Deasy, I find it difficult to fault the venomous creature. Rather, I am demoralized by a mainstream media and other institutions that serve as a vehicles to uncritically ferry Deasy's lies to the public, when even a cursory examination of what he says and what they know could out him for the inveterate liar that he is. Deasy can't help himself, but Conan Nolan and his colleague Phil Healy at KNBC with their unfettered access clearly know better, since they once were reporters in the best sense of the word. Alas, they like the turtle will drown along with the rest of us, if they continue to facilitate Deasy's public education privatization motivated war on teachers that has nothing to do with bad teachers, but rather the 87% of the public education budget teachers' salaries represent that Deasy's masters Broad, Gates, Walton, and the other modern day robber barons covet.

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03 2013

EVER WONDER WHY UTLA DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT TEACHERS? WHY NOT POSE THAT QUESTION TO UTLA'S DISBARRED CARL JOSEPH

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Ask yourself what kind of organization, let alone teachers' union, would hire a disbarred lawyer like Carl Joseph who had his license to practice law revoked for moral turpitude? Who would hire and pay an estimated $160,000 a year plus generous benefits to such a person and then trust them with the professional lives of its teachers? Given these circumstances and other showing equally questionable judgement, Is it any wonder that UTLA continues to roll over for LAUSD by passively sitting by and doing nothing to stop the targeting and removing of what now amount to thousands of teachers without cause. In re Joseph (1989) 49 Cal.3d 430 , 261 Cal.Rptr. 407; 777 P.2d 180

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03 2013

REALITY, NOT THEORY, WHY LAUSD IS HIRING SUBSTITUTES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) L.A. Subs website has several posts under the title: "Theory Why LAUSD Is Hiring." There is no theory as to why the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is hiring substitute teachers- it's a financially motivated reality. They are hiring lots of subs to take the place of top of the salary scale teachers like many of you that they got rid of, because it's much cheaper with subs than with veteran teachers at the top of the salary scale with full benefits- this is no theory. It is also much easier to monitor substitute teachers as they approach the 100 days necessary to get them medical benefits in any given year and cut them off, before they vest in this right, which will further limit LAUSD's financial red ink.

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03 2013

The Guerilla Teachers Handbook by Espiritu Makiguchi

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The term "Guerrilla" is Spanish for "little war." It originated in the Napoleonic Wars. whe the French took over Spain. A "Guerrillero" was a soldier in the Spanish Rebel Army. However, during the Battle of Puebla, in Mexico, the French met a new soldier. This soldier did not fight in the conventional style of standing in straight lines and firing volleys of rifle fire at each other until one side dominated. This soldier hid in the bushes, behind rocks, inside buildings, up in trees and any other convenient hiding location. The attack would occur after careful planning, and the proper respect for time. The tactics employed by guerrillas date back to the ideas of Sun Tzu who wrote The Art of War. In this book he demonstrates how your small group could beat a larger army. He argued that you use your carefully planned and timed strength to exploit the weakness of the enemy. In our case, it is the small cadre of teachers versus the vast resources of your school district. This book is intended to give you the head's up regarding the disgusting tactics LAUSD public school administrators utilize to harass, push you out, stress you out and eventually, if they have their way, terminate your employment (taking your long earned benefits away from you). This knowledge will give you power, especially if you find yourself in a "housed" status.

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03 2013