Archive for February 2014

LAUSD- FIX SCHOOLS AND STUDENT INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE SAME TIME

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the land that time forgot, the motto remains: We've Always Done It That Way...No Matter What The Human Cost, Financial Cost Or Legality. Case in point: The squandering of billions of dollars of bond money on things like IPads without any coherent plan to coordinate the most effective way of maintaining a rapidly deteriorating physical plant, where the average school building is now over 50 years old. It seems that not only are those from Superintendent John Deasy on down not capable of teaching critical thinking skills, they also seem completely incapable of using them. The reason for this is that career upward mobility at LAUSD has always depended on not making waves by deigning to engage in what might be interpreted by your superiors as threatening critical and rational thought supported by an educated analysis of the objectively bleak reality the district presently faces. So, to show I bear no hard feelings for my own continuing mistreatment by LAUSD, let me suggest a possible plan of action where LAUSD might efficiently fix schools, while addressing the fact that the vast majority of LAUSD's predominantly poor and minority students of color are leaving 13 years of LAUSD education without the necessary skills to either continue with their schooling or with any skill set necessary to get and maintain gainful employment. The only rational justification for maintaining the existence of a dysfunctional behemoth like LAUSD is the economics of scale, where LAUSD should be able to get the best price on IPads, air conditioners, computers, or pretty much anything else it uses in prodigious amounts. However, the reality is exactly the opposite- LAUSD with its "preferred vendors" pays more than you or I would pay if we went to our local Fry's or Home Depot.

LAUSD'S IRIS STEVENSON- GUILTY OF TEACHING WHILE BLACK...AND BEING AT THE TOP OF THE SALARY SCALE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Veteran LAUSD Crenshaw High School teacher teacher Iris Stevenson has been cooling her heals in teacher jail at LAUSD for the crime of having taken her students to an event out of state without having signed LAUSD permission slips. Although she had parent permission and the prestigious trips she has taken her students on in the past have always been approved, this time she has been put in "teachers' jail" since December 2013, because she failed to get pro forma permission. This is a completely unjustified use of incarcerating a teacher, since housing teachers should only be used when the teacher represents a threat to student safety and this form of isolation is necessary to allow a timely investigation to take place to determine if in fact the teacher threatens student safety as per the California Education Code. This was not the case with Ms. Stevenson nor is it the case with the vast majority of teachers who are being "housed" around LAUSD for the sole purpose of intimidating them into retirement.

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