LAUSD and UTLA Collude to End Collective Bargaining and Civil RIghts for Teachers Part 1

(Mensaje se repite en Español)

(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)

If you are a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) you have no civil rights and no union rights. LAUSD may target you for removal, because you either refuse to go along with the longstanding and highly profitable financial scam they have been running for generations now called public education, aka minority daycare.

It is being played against predominantly students of color in a school district that Whites abandon long ago (only 6% left in LAUSD), making it more segregated that it was prior to Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. Or if you are just "guilty" of having a great deal of seniority, which puts you high on the salary scale, you can be removed from teaching with no collective bargaining rights and especially no arbitration as guaranteed by the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is now systematically ignored, even if UTLA voted for it. By merely adding a gratuitous morals charge under California Education Code 44939.odt, a teacher can even be stripped of their Collective Bargaining rights to grievance and arbitration. This war against teachers started in 2006 when present chief LAUSD attorney David Holmquist was director of the LAUSD Office of Risk Management and Insurance Services. With  2006 Retiree Health Actuarial info.pdf, it became open season on older high-seniority and better paid teachers who either suffer from good teaching or honesty in the face of endemic LAUSD/UTLA corruption.

In the case of thousands of media-made-invisible LAUSD teachers who have been removed from their livelihood without honest cause, they are put through a series of pro forma meetings, where the results are predetermined and those representing LAUSD will admit that they have never even read the responses to the knowingly false charges being brought against you, since LAUSD's sole motives are to get rid of teachers at the top of the salary, about to vest in lifetime health, or who are disabled.

Furthermore, there will have been no investigation- other than talking to the principal who was encouraged by their superiors at LAUSD to bring the charges against you in the first place. The truth of charges is really never at issue, since your responses are never read and the finds of your "due process hearing" is written prior to the hearing. After an ersatz Skelly hearing that in no way respects the rights that the Skelly case is supposed to insure, your name is submitted to the LAUSD Board for termination as a teacher without any proof being offered of the bogus and self-contradictory "evidence" being offered against you or even a minimal according of fundamental notions of due process of law..

While this might seem to be a pretty extreme statement, I think Richard J. Schwab, esq. of Trygstad, Schwab, and Trygstad put it best when I first met him on November 17, 2010 on the occasion of my own dismissal proceedings that had just been rubber stamped by the LAUSD Board. At that time he said,

"You have no civil rights, you're chattel to LAUSD."

Attorney Schab, a partner in Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad, seems to have an exclusive license to see to it that you are removed from employment at LAUSD in a manner that will be least strenuous and costly for LAUSD, while making their law firm a fortune as the only law firm that teachers union UTLA will pay any money to for your defense in a process where Schwab and Co. start out by assuming you are guilty of all the outrageous fabrications that LAUSD has made up against you.

Hell knows an attorney can make a great deal more money coercing you to cop a plea to something that you didn't do, rather than having to get themselves involved with the tedious business of actually advocating on your behalf. That and falsely telling teachers that their CALSTRS retirement, benefits, and unemployment are at jeopardy, when they are not, get most terrified teachers to roll over and resign or retire.

And aggregating all of the bogus cases against all teachers falsely accused or sitting in rubber rooms around the district or on unpaid leave into one claim against LAUSD or seeking equitable relief in the form of an injunction, according to Richard Schwab, "Would be a separate action," which he and his law firm will not engage in on your behalf with the money supplied by UTLA, unless of course you give him a sizable separate retainer. It doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to figure out that getting as many innocent teachers to cop a plea is far better for his law firm's bottom line than actually having to litigation on their behalf.

If you point out to either UTLA or Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad that they have a potential conflict of interest and that targeted teachers should be allowed to take any money that UTLA rarely and begrudgingly gives for your legal defense to another attorney, UTLA and Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad will deny this vehemently and UTLA will tell you that they will not give the money to any other attorney. Ironically, this unwillingness to allow a dues-paying UTLA union member under siege by LAUSD to pick their own defense attorney is probably the best proof of the conflict of interest, since UTLA as of this writing has been unable to state what interest they have in determining who advocates on your behalf- something Richard J. Schwab esq. also seems loathe to do.

Present AFT President Joshua Pechthalt wrote me, when he still worked for UTLA, an email on November 3, 2010: "Leonard, the legal services committee will take this up and get back to you asap Josh." I'm still waiting for Joshua Pechthalt or anybody else from UTLA to get back to me. It is worth mentioning that because of this blog, I am contacted on a weekly basis by teachers who are being subjected to removal from LAUSD who have also been told by Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad that they have no case and should settle.

Proposed Rule 1.7 of the American Bar Association dealing with conflicts of interest clearly states that the client's consent must be obtained prior to representation and, in addition, where the fees of the client are paid for by a party other than the client, the client must sign a waiver. Attorney Schwab had no signed agreement for my representation and no signed waiver, but that did not stopped him from continuing to sell me out to LAUSD until last Friday, June 17, 2011, when I received a letter from him stating that he was withdrawing as my attorney. I guess he was finally able to consume the $15,000 that UTLA had given for my "defense." But that will have to be the subject of future posts on this subject.

In meeting with Deborah Esaghian, esq, back in 2011, an associate of Attorney Schwab who passed the bar in 2006. She made the most telling remark about where Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad stand in terms of defending teachers, "I would never send my children to an LAUSD school." So why would a union like UTLA have attorneys who clearly care so little about public education and the teachers doing the thankless job of trying to teach with no support and hostility from LAUSD administrators, UTLA, and its attorneys? It is worth mentioning that Ms. Esaghian's employment at Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad shortly thereafter came to an end and she when out on her own to practice law. But UTLA will not give her any money to defend targeted teachers, which remains the sole 40 year fiefdom of Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad.

Many teachers who have suffered the presumed guilty that UTLA's law firm Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad presumes in dealing with them have contacted me. If others of you have had experience with these folks, please contact us at: there is strength in numbers.


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 practice met 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."

Sabrina Stevens Shupe Denver, Colorado
"I went into teaching because I (mistakenly) believed the hype about bad teachers in our worst-performing schools, and I wanted to Be the change I wished to see in the world. When I was rushed to the hospital after fainting from exhaustion in my classroom, I started to suspect that the situation might be more complicated than the conventional wisdom on education reform would have us believe."
Excellent Colorado teacher who was forced out of the profession for being a dedicated and conscientious teacher.
@TeacherSabrina on Twitter

Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Psychology San Francisco, California
web site:

Jim Taylor is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of three parenting books and speaks regularly to students, parents, and educators around the U.S. He blogs on education issues for,,,, and other web sites around the country, as well as on his own web site.

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.

(Para una visión nacional de la reforma de la educación pública ver el final de esta entrada del blog)

Si usted es un maestro para el Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) no tiene los derechos civiles y no los derechos sindicales.Si LAUSD que los objetivos para la eliminación, ya que se niegan a ir junto con el fraude financiero de larga data y muy rentable llamada educación pública que se está reproduciendo en contra sobre todo los estudiantes de color en un distrito escolar que los blancos abandonar hace mucho tiempo (sólo el 6% restante en el LAUSD), por lo que más segregado que era antes de Brown vs Board of Education en 1954.O si son sólo "culpable" de haber una gran cantidad de tiempo de servicio, que te pone arriba en la escala salarial, puede ser retirado de la enseñanza sin derecho a la negociación colectiva y, especialmente, ningún arbitraje que garantiza el Acuerdo de Negociación LAUSD / UTLA colectiva , aunque UTLA votaron a favor.Con un déficit presupuestario de $ 408 millones, se ha abierto la veda en los más antiguos de gran antigüedad, los maestros que, o bien sufren de una buena enseñanza o la honestidad frente a la endémica LAUSD / UTLA corrupción.

Al igual que en mi caso y ni en el caso de cientos de otros maestros del LAUSD invisible, se le somete a una serie de reuniones pro forma, donde los resultados están predeterminados y los representantes de LAUSD admitir que ni siquiera han leído sus respuestas a las cargos a sabiendas falsa en su contra usted.

Además, se han realizado ninguna investigación-que no sea hablar con el director que hizo las acusaciones en su contra, en cuanto a si los cargos son ciertos, ni siquiera una lectura superficial de sus respuestas a las acusaciones.Después de una audiencia Skelly, el mío fue con el entonces Director de Educación de LAUSD Judy Elliot, su nombre será presentado a la Junta del LAUSD para la terminación de un maestro sin ningún tipo de prueba que se ofrece de la falsa y contradictoria "evidencia" que se ofrecen en su contra ni siquiera un mínimo de acuerdo de las nociones fundamentales del debido proceso de ley ..

Si bien esto puede parecer una afirmación bastante extremo, creo que Richard J. Schwab, Trygstad, Schwab, y Trygstad lo dijo mejor cuando lo conocí el 17 de noviembre de 2010, en ocasión de mi propio procedimiento de destitución que se acababa de goma sellado por la Junta del LAUSD.En ese momento, dijo,

"Usted no tiene los derechos civiles, que está bien mueble para el LAUSD."

Fiscal Schab, socio de Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad, parecen tener una licencia exclusiva a velar por que se retiran del empleo en el LAUSD de una manera que será por lo menos agotadora y costosa para el LAUSD, al tiempo que su bufete de abogados de una fortuna como la única firma de abogados que sindicato de maestros UTLA pagará ningún dinero para su defensa en un proceso donde Schwab & Co. comenzar por asumir que son culpables de todas las mentiras escandalosas que el LAUSD ha hecho en su contra.

Demonios sabe un abogado puede hacer mucho más dinero coaccionar a policía una declaración de algo que no hizo, en lugar de tener que tienen problemas con la tediosa realidad de la defensa en su nombre.No hace falta ser un erudito de Rhodes a darse cuenta de que conseguir que muchos maestros inocentes a un policía motivo es mejor para el fondo de una firma de abogados que realmente tiene a un litigio en su nombre.

Si usted señala a cualquiera de UTLA o Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad que tienen un potencial conflicto de interés y se debe permitir tomar el dinero que UTLA rara vez y de mala gana le da para su defensa legal a otro abogado, Joshua Pechthalt de UTLA y Richard Schwab se niegan esto con vehemencia y UTLA le dirá que no van a dar el dinero a cualquier otro abogado.Irónicamente, esta falta de voluntad para permitir que un cotizantes UTLA miembros de la Unión para recoger su propia defensa es probablemente la mejor prueba de conflicto de intereses, ya que UTLA partir de este escrito ha sido capaz de indicar qué interés tienen en la determinación de que los defensores de su nombre, algo que Richard J. Schwab esq.parecen reacios a hacerlo.

Josué Pechthalt me ​​escribió un correo electrónico el 3 de noviembre de 2010: "Leonard,
El comité de servicios legales se esta arriba y en contacto con usted lo antes posible
Josh. "Todavía estoy esperando Pechthalt Josué o cualquiera otro de UTLA para volver a mí.

Propuesta de la Regla 1.7 de la American Bar Association abordar los conflictos de interés claramente que el consentimiento del cliente debe ser obtenido antes de la representación y, además, cuando los honorarios de los clientes son pagados por una parte que no sea el cliente, el cliente debe firmar una renuncia.Schwab abogado no tiene ningún acuerdo firmado por mi representación y no renuncia firmada, pero eso no le ha impedido continuar a venderme a LAUSD hasta el pasado viernes, 17 de junio, cuando recibí una carta suya diciendo que se retiraba como mi abogado .Supongo que finalmente fue capaz de consumir los $ 15.000 que UTLA había dado para mi "defensa".Pero eso tendrá que ser objeto de futuras publicaciones sobre este tema.

En reunión con Deborah Esaghian, esq, un socio de Fiscal Schwab, que pasó la barra en 2006, hizo la declaración más contundente acerca de dónde Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad parado en términos de defensa de los maestros: "Yo nunca enviaría a mis hijos a un LAUSD la escuela ".Así que ¿por qué un sindicato como UTLA tienen abogados que de manera evidente el cuidado tan poco acerca de la educación pública y los maestros hacer el trabajo ingrato de tratar de enseñar sin el apoyo y la hostilidad de los administradores del LAUSD?

NACIONAL reformadores de la educación

LA progresiva

Dick Price y Kyle Sharon
Dick y Sharon
Dick y Sharon son un par de periodistas ciudadanos y activistas de la información que estaban hartos de los
medios de comunicación .En lugar de simplemente kvetch sobre los medios de comunicación, decidieron tratar de convertirse en los medios de comunicación.Por lo tanto, juntos fundaron la progresiva LA.Dick es el editor y Sharon es el editor y webmaster, manejar todos los aspectos técnicos del sitio.

Este sitio fue lanzado en marzo de 2008, con Dick y Sharon haciendo la mayor parte de la escritura.Hoy en día, una gran cantidad de talentosos escritores contribuir a ofrecer todos los días de la realización progresiva de Los Ángeles que normalmente asciende a cerca de 45 artículos a la semana.Dick y Sharon seguir escribiendo, así como para editar y publicar la progresiva LA y la distribución de sus diarios e-noticias cada mañana.

o Scott Coe Riverside, California
Jo.Scott-Coe @
Entrevista en video excelente sobre el profesor Coe

Asistente de Profesor de Inglés en el Riverside Community College y ex profesor de escuela de Inglés.Ella es la autora de Maestro en Point Blank y ha sido profesora de Inglés y la literatura en California desde 1991.Sus escritos sobre las intersecciones del género, la violencia y la educación ha aparecido en el diario Los Angeles Times, así como lugares literarios que incluyen Amerika Hotel, Género En cuarto lugar, los dientes del Río, novena letra, Memoria (y), adelfa amarga, y revisión de las Montañas Verdes.Su ensayo, "Recuperación de Maestro", ganó el NCTE 2009 Donald Murray Premio, y otras selecciones de su obra ha recibido una Mención Especial de la carretilla de mano, así como listados de notables en mejores trabajos de América 2009 y 2010.Como un investigador independiente, Jo autor y publicado el estudio más amplio hasta la fecha de Adams v. LAUSD, un caso de casi 10 años de hostigamiento jurídico-estudiante-maestro en el sexual, en la (re) interpretaciones: las formas de Justicia de la Mujer La experiencia (Cambridge Scholars Press).Jo valores de las facultades estéticas, políticas, y de transformación social de la narrativa literaria - sobre todo para disipar silencios insalubres y testigos ciegos cultural.Ella trabaja actualmente como profesor asistente de Inglés en el Riverside Community College en el sur de California, y su libro, Maestro en Point Blank (Lute tía 2010), ha sido seleccionada como una gran lectura para el otoño de 2010 por la revista la señora.El punk rock?Sí.Juegos de hockey?Sí.Café?Siempre de color negro.Jo encontrar en la web en y en Twitter @ joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier Nueva York, Nueva York
betsy.combier @
Blog de ​​Betsy Combier
Es una joya que narra la corrupción en la Ciudad de Nueva York Departamento de Educación nacional (DOE).Que ha logrado una maravillosa pieza de periodismo, y creó uno de los pocos lugares donde es la crónica de gestión de la educación y la corrupción revelada

El profesor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California

es un profesor de la Escuela de Negocios de UCLA Andersen quien también enseña en el Instituto de Liderazgo de Directores del Departamento de Educación.Echa un vistazo a los siguientes 3 minutos en ABC News

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
No envíe bibliotecarios LAUSD a la Inquisición, enviar a los burócratas del centro
Pruebas, lo que son buenas?¡Absolutamente nada!

LAUSD a los estudiantes a asistir a la escuela en tierras contaminadas, otra vez!
Algunas escuelas sólo enseñan a las pruebas, así que ¿cómo son los estudiantes están preparando para el siguiente grado y para la vida?
Nuevo superintendente de LAUSD añade seis cifras posiciones al equipo directivo

Ha sido profesor en el Los Angeles Unified School District desde hace 30 años.Él es muy consciente de los residuos del distrito, burocracia y otros temas importantes de la época.Él comenzó su blog con el único propósito de informar al mundo sobre las verdades de la educación en el LAUSD.Él por correo electrónico a:

LAUSD ha seleccionado un nuevo Superintendente de Escuelas

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

Maestro premio ex ganador que co-fundó NAPTA, Asociación Nacional para la Prevención del Abuso de Maestros, y escribió el libro Crimen White Chalk: Las Escuelas de la razón REAL Fail para exponer cómo el acoso y el terror profesor mantiene un sistema de corrupción profundamente ocultos.Disponer de profesores dedicados forma el núcleo de la agenda de la Corte Penal White Chalk desde la dedicación y la delincuencia de cuello blanco no se mezclan.Teniendo en cuenta que todos coinciden en que los buenos maestros son esenciales para una buena enseñanza, un sistema que no puede tolerar a los buenos maestros no sirve para nada.Esto es lo que tenemos en el lugar.Con Bernie Madoff-igual que los líderes - que era tanto sobre la inversión que nuestros líderes escolares sobre la educación - ungido con poder ilimitado, incluyendo la capacidad para llenar las ondas con la propaganda, la educación ya no es acerca de la educación.Se trata de dinero y el poder para aquellos que juegan un juego muy corrupto y con una agenda de privatización de las escuelas por lo que su poder se incrementará.(La privatización puede tener méritos NAPTA no toma una posición al respecto, pero la privatización de un sistema que está podrido hasta la médula -.., Donde la enseñanza de calidad no puede sobrevivir, en un encubrimiento de la pretensión de que ellos no saben esto a pesar de que muchos de nosotros la presentación de informes estas verdades prevalece - documentos que las privatizaciones defensa no se puede confiar Esto demuestra que queremos que nuestras escuelas para sus propios intereses, no los niños, ni la comunidad) NAPTA da la bienvenida a los padres, maestros, estudiantes, ciudadanos o cualquier persona que entiende que sin un real. sistema de educación, ya no tenemos una democracia.La membresía es gratuita.Ir a:   o . Infórmese acerca de lo que está pasando. 

Jerry Mintz Director
Educación Alternativa Resource Organization (AERO)
417 Roslyn Road., Roslyn Hts., NY 11577

Para aquellos de ustedes que no pueden esperar de la educación pública corrupta que se dio la vuelta, AERO ofrece una excelente fuente para conectarse con alternativas viables en estos momentos.
800-769-4171  (nacional)
516-621-2195  (internacional)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
Ella es una maestra de escuela pública que desde hace mucho tiempo, después de 20 años, se convirtió en redactor de una revista y luego fue profesor freelance.He mantenido un sitio web del activismo durante casi 9 años - desde la aprobación de la ley NCLB.La gente puede suscribirse a la página web y luego obtener actualizaciones sobre nuevos contenidos.Yo respondo todos los mails que recibe a través de la página web y con la respuesta, la gente tiene mi dirección de e-mail.También trato de agitar las cosas en Twitter, aunque me parece medio frustrante.Tengo una página en Facebook - sólo para que la gente me puede encontrar.Yo no iniciar nada en ella, el sitio web me mantiene ocupada.

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, Nueva York

Susan estudió la alfabetización, la literatura Inglés, y las bellas artes y tiene una licenciatura (63) y MS (65) en el Brooklyn College, y tiene el equivalente a dos títulos de maestría, obtuvo en los estudios de postgrado de la alfabetización, las artes y la educación.Ella enseñó a la alfabetización y el arte, desde hace cuatro décadas en Nueva York en la escuela primaria y secundaria.En 1998 ganó el estado de Nueva York Inglés Consejo (NYSEC ) Educador del Premio a la Excelencia  por su exitosa práctica de los docentes, estudió en Harvard y LRDC el de la Universidad de Pittsburgh para la investigación de nuevas normas. Al final de su investigación, su plan de estudios único fue seleccionado por el LRDC para ser utilizado en los seminarios nacionales de desarrollo de personal para los superintendentes escolares .Ella estuvo entre los seis profesores - de entre los miles en todo el país - observó durante la investigación, y su práctica docente cumplió con todos los principios del aprendizaje .En los años noventa, se levantó a la prominencia en los círculos educativos nacionales, mientras enseñaba en una escuela magnet nuevo, East Side de la Escuela Secundaria.Los puntajes de lectura de sus estudiantes de séptimo grado se encontraban en la parte superior de la ciudad, y en el primer ELA, que dos tercios de los estudiantes de la ciudad no, sus antiguos alumnos (en ese entonces en el octavo grado) se DÉCIMO EN EL ESTADO.

 Ella escribe a menudo sobre lo que ha aprendido acerca de los estándares para el aprendizaje auténtico, en un intento de iniciar una conversación nacional sobre las normas auténtica, por lo que no puede haber una verdadera reforma.Su experiencia, que terminó su carrera muy bien en las escuelas públicas de Nueva York le ha llevado a escribir sobre el proceso que elimina los mejores educadores, silenciando las voces de los practicantes del aula que no aceptaría las políticas anti-learning.Su ensayo aquí en Perdaily, es el que describe este proceso.Leer más cuando habla de la educación, la alfabetización y el aprendizaje en su sitio, desde la perspectiva de la experiencia docente-profesional de la pedagogía. Ella es la voz de los maestros dedicados y talentosos que saben por qué las escuelas están fallando .

Su sitio web es: (Steiner) _ / index.html

Joel Shatzky : Brooklyn, Nueva York
Joel.Shatzky @
Profesor Emérito de Inglés - SUNY College en Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunto un instructor Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006 -)
Colaborador habitual de The Huffington Post:
Autor de "La crisis pensamiento" con Ellen Hill (Prensa Autores Choice: Nueva York, 2001)
Numerosos artículos sobre la educación en Corrientes judío.
Guionista de tres sátiras de YouTube en la educación "reforma".
 "Las lecciones":
"Los números Lie":
"La Carta Entrantes":

Aquí está el último mensaje de Joel sobre el bajo porcentaje de "listos para la universidad" Los graduados de la escuela secundaria.

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana

callmescarlet .


Su historia:
"Sé de primera mano los daños financieros, personales, emocionales y físicos que pueden resultar cuando los administradores escolares, la Asociación de Educación de Montana y la Asociación Nacional de Educación ponen sus propios intereses por encima de los estudiantes, los profesores y los contribuyentes del Estado de Montana Mis archivos contienen montañas de papeles como testimonios, declaraciones de la verdad, documentos notariales y presenta como resultado de un arduo proceso legal que finalmente terminó cuando el Havre (Montana) del Distrito Escolar se establecieron dos demandas -. traje Federal y una presentada en la Corte de Distrito del Estado Estos documentos también incluyen una carta de un representante del sindicato diciendo: "Esto no es más que una cacería de brujas". Sin embargo, el sindicato continuó permitiendo la administración de la escuela para acosar, intimidar y hacer daño a mí.
Estas dos demandas como resultado de un solo incidente que, de haber sido manejado de manera diferente y bajo la luz del escrutinio público, no habría una bola de nieve en premios de más de $ 200.000 de daños y perjuicios.Los fondos que finalmente llegó a los bolsillos de los contribuyentes.Irónicamente, como contribuyente en el Condado de Hill, mi familia y yo estamos ayudando a pagar las indemnizaciones concedidas a mí.Esta cubierto los honorarios de abogados.El acuerdo no incluye los honorarios del abogado de mi, sin embargo el barrio, los seguros y los contribuyentes pagan las facturas de abogado del acusado, que superó la mina.El acuerdo se hizo el 2 de marzo de 2006. "

Sabrina Stevens Shupe Denver, Colorado
"Fui a la enseñanza ya que (erróneamente) cree que la publicidad sobre los malos profesores en nuestras peores escuelas de rendimiento, y yo quería ser el cambio que desea ver en el mundo. Cuando era llevado al hospital después de desmayarse por agotamiento en mi salón de clases, empecé a sospechar que la situación podría ser más complicada que la sabiduría convencional sobre la reforma de la educación nos quieren hacer creer. "
Excelente maestro de Colorado que se vio obligado a abandonar la profesión para ser un maestro dedicado y consciente.
@ TeacherSabrina en Twitter

Jim Taylor , Ph.D., Psicología San Francisco, California
correo electrónico: mailto:
sitio web:

Jim Taylor es profesor adjunto en la Universidad de San Francisco.Es autor de tres libros para padres y habla regularmente a los estudiantes, padres y educadores de todo los EE.UU. Él blogs sobre temas de educación para , , , , y otros sitios web en todo el país , así como en su propio sitio web .

Lois Weiner Jersey City, Nueva Jersey
Profesor de Educación Primaria y Secundaria
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd..
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Democracy Now
Líneas de Investigación
Impacto de las características de la escuela urbana en la práctica docente de maestros
Cómo la raza, clase y género mediar en el logro académico
Trabajo de los profesores y la escuela como un lugar de trabajo
Efectos de los cambios en la economía política global en la enseñanza, los maestros y las escuelas.


03 2014


This is what happens in a country when the real people who bring the house down never see jail time, or even some accountability in the workplace!  The microcosm of the school bureaucracy  is identical to the macrocosm that is the political institutions. Top-down destroys the show and the guy at the bottom is blamed.
Those of you who follow my posts, or go to my author's page
know I was the celebrated NY State Educator of Excellence by all rubrics, student scores, parents assessment and the National Standards research.

 I have a little but fascinating story  to relate, one which demonstrates how the process in this article worked when I experienced it -- 16 years ago, when I had no idea that despite my fame and excellence, nothing I could do could save my job, or prevent them from shredding my reputation. I was blind-sided, but 16 years later  I know a hundred thousand teachers  were removed, and are still being subjected to the process that has become the way to REMOVE  the veteran teacher so the schools will tank! 

So,if you wish to know the TRUTH about why the schools are made to fail, read on! "You see, no law or contract could prevent them from accusing me of some criminal behavior that could remove me without a hearing! There was (and is)  not  a shred of accountability for lies, for slander and sleight of hand, let alone for malicious intent. DUE PROCESS DOES NOT EXIST IN THE SCHOOL WORKPLACE. PERIOD! " We see how that worked in the financial world and the mortgage system.
Simply put, the Superintendent HERSELF used an allegation of verbal abuse (a child said I called her "names' in front of a class) to WRITE A LETTER  which said that I was found guilty of corporal punishment" That  was her own invention in the "letter-posing-as- verdict' and she refused to let me know the names of the 2 13 year old accusers, or to see evidence. 

As Lenny describes, I never saw a charge or even knew this was in the works, and yet I spent 6 months in a teacher jail at the District Office, while  back at the site, the principal trashed my famous practice and celebrated curricula, and distributed all my books and materials to other teachers" this,  in the top Manhattan middle school--the one that I had put on the map by attracting the Pew National Standards research TO MY CLASSROOM.

When the union failed to protect me, and it looked as if I would have to go the route of waiting years for a hearing -- while all the witnesses to my practice and my excellence disappeared -- I hired an attorney. For $25,000 he filed a lawsuit and made it clear that even if I had said such a thing, it was NOT corporal punishment; "Send her back!" he ordered to the DOE and everyone, and he warned: DO NOT MENTION THIS SLANDER ,AND REMOVE IT FROM THER EMPLOYMENT FOLDER. They did tell everyone, and they put it in my employment history. They did SEND ME BACK , but not to my practice. 

I was ordered to become "pull-out- teacher, (something that had never been a part of our school's organization) and  with no instructions, I was housed in a filthy  storeroom, where a handful of students  met with me. I had no curricula, no locker or supplies. The new principal, a former district curriculum director (who knew me well for years) now "documented' my incompetence, telling me when I objected. "That was then, this is now!" 

Charges were put out for INCOMPETENCE, and my employee folder EMPTIED OF 4 decades of excellent evaluations, letters of praise from principals, awards ("Who's Who" and the NYSEC award) and the letter that she wrote only a year ago, lauding me for some professional seminar.

But here is an incident, that will show the malicious intent of the humiliation of a teacher of quality such as myself, this principal --who as A Fordham University professor had placed her student teachers in my practice to study with me -- this trusted staff developer who knew me well, persuaded a teacher in the school downstairs (in our building)  to write a letter saying that "she had heard me "threaten to kill' her." I was thrown out that next day.All this occurred 4 months after my expensive attorney had returned me to the school, 
Wow, from famous educator to potential child molester and murderer.

ME! Why, beyond the directive to remove my salary from the budget and my voice from curricula decisions concerning testing that would replace learning?
Livid that parents in the neighborhood (the EAST SIDE of Manhattan) clamored for my return to the classroom, she needed (as Lenny's essay points out) a criminal allegation!"  POOF! I was "disappeared'. 

The Director of Personal who delivered the letter with the slander, knew me as a celebrated teacher,  disassociated herself with the paper. "I had nothing to do with that!" She slammed it on the table  of the rubber room, to which I had reported, and ran!

Lenny Isenberg has identified and clarified the PROCESS
(that I described at this link almost a decade ago),

 But the IMPACT of such unethical tactics -- the humiliation that I suffered for several years which haunts me still -- was the direct result of being powerless, because the union rep, (whose name I will not publish here,  as the UFT has seen my evidence) "Don't worry the principal is always believed," he was heard saying to the principal.

If you, dear reader, wish to know why the schools failed, it is here in Lenny's article... and the identical process is ongoing in LAUSD is still the modus operandi in NYC

This lawless process is the very one that removed the voices (not merely  the salaries) of  the dedicated, experienced, educated and successful veteran teacher-practitioners in schools across America, so the public could be  bamboozled!
Thus, charlatan reformers could take over the national narrative, and give the schools to the private sector to plunder at will.

For the rest of the story, the aftermath of removing the top teachers from the schools, go to Diane Ravitch blog,
and read how the charter school movement is thriving now that the teacher's voice has been silenced, and the Duncan/Gates/Broad/ and Rhee/Klein clones have the media's bully pulpit to push their own curricula as if it was the real standards for LEARNING" IT IS ALL ABOUT LEARNING YOU KNOW!
Spread the truth you read here from the bottom up.

I absolutely adore your wordpress web template design, exactly where did you get a hold of it through?

For myself, Attorney Schwab never sent second bill, when he did over 3-years later --a non-retainer agreement "transportation" charge of $41 for 7/12/07 (missed dated for 7/11/07) was added to second bill but the date was due on the first bill.

I was billed 4.7 hrs ($1,292.50) by Schwab even though he only met w/ school police for 45 minutes (approx.) on 7/11/07 and spent time talking on his cell phone re: another case.

I was never credited a free half-hour by T, S, & T as a UTLA member ($137.50).

Schwab (commingled) charged for a phone call to "client" on 7/24/07 which never took place.

Schwab (commingled) charged one hour ($275) for a 7-minute phone call and to read a 3-page letter on 8/01/07.

I spoke w/ Schwab on 8/07/07 for 23 minutes (w/ secretarial transfer) but Schwab claims he then spoke w/ a police detective for another 2.07 hrs on the same day (commingled billing). Do police detectives have that much time to talk to a lawyer, especially about a straight forward matter?

A second non-retainer agreement "transportation" charge of $44 for 8/16/07 was added to second billing.

Schwab never obtained a police report from LAUSD police for the matter in which he was hired, said alleged violation of Ed. Code #49079 by LAUSD Administrator.

Why hasn't anyone reported these lawyers to the California bar association?

One of the reasons why certain morally challenged and exclusively money-motivated lawyers and other people have been able to get away with this level of corruption is because the regulatory agencies like the State Bar of California, the California Department of Education, the State Attorney General, and California Teacher Credentialing are either inundated with complaints or have chosen not to act because of political pressure behind the move to privatize and dumb down public education. Literally hundreds of complaints have been filed with EEOC and DFEH, which up until now have not had the budget to investigate or desire to prosecute blatant corruption at LAUSD/UTLA.

As Americans, we assume that the judicial branches of both our state and federal government will protect us by applying fundamental constitutional rights and clearly defined legal obligations that entities like LAUSD continue to trample on with no consequence. We are presently in federal court with the hope that some modicum of honesty remains in our system. In the not too distant future I'll let you know whether I am naive or whether we are finally successful in stopping the privatization juggernaut.

Welcome to the world of "due process" for teachers, which doesn't exist and never has.

Collusion galore happens between a "union," its law firm, and a school district. A teacher doesn't have a prayer of winning, especially when administrative law is written in such a way that practically anything goes in a teacher termination.

A principal can do whatever the hell he or she wants, and there is little a teacher can do about it. Even if that teacher is in a protected class such as age, gender, religion, or FMLA, there is little recourse as lawyers are reluctant to take teacher termination cases.

Thank you for your comment. It is my belief that this sad state of affairs continues because teachers, who know about the corruption in LAUSD and UTLA, are too justifiably terrorize to stand up and speak. As teachers, we know that unless students have consequences for negative behavior, it is impossible to teach. The same thing is true with administrators at LAUSD and UTLA. Federal law has a provision that any entity engaging in age or any other kind of discrimination covered by federal statute will lose all their federal funding. That sounds like a consequence that even the corrupt and self-serving folks at LAUSD and UTLA can understand. There is strength in number, if the majority- teachers- are willing to talk. Initially, it might have to be anonymously, but ultimately we might just be able to teach in a system of public education with two-way accountability for all that will be better for all concerned- even the administrators.

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