DEASY TO CORTINES...FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE FOR LAUSD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

This week in the latest installment of what has become the long running Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) soap opera, we witnessed what can only be described as the surreal renaming of 82 year old retired LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines as interim LAUSD superintendent to replace Superintendent John Deasy. Deasy has resigned under an iPad-MiSiS cloud of suspicion that was continuing to develop into a storm. In fact, It might even occur to some of you that Deasy resigned now before more scandals regarding the fixing of student assessments, grades, graduations, the lack of delivery of instruction, and LAUSD finances came out, in hopes that this would stop any further investigations. Good luck on that one John.

Given this latest soap episode at LAUSD, one might reasonably start to wonder if there is such a medical condition as Collective Alzheimer's Disease (CAD?), the worsening symptoms of which seem to have afflicted the LAUSD Board for a long time now. Case in point, the LAUSD Board seems to have forgotten Ramon Cortines' own recent rather colorful departure under fire from LAUSD and an equally morally challenging past to match John Deasy's present. 

How soon the Board forgets Cortines' sexual harassment charges, that were brought against him in 2012 by an employee Cortines hired at LAUSD named Scott Graham for sexual battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. These charges were dismissed on a legal technicality and not by an adjudication on its merits. 

And even though Cortines was given a pass by LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia on conflict of interest charges for having taken $150,000 a year for several years from Scholastics Inc. at the same time Cortines was LAUSD superintendent and contemporaneous with a $16 million a year contract Scholastic had with LAUSD, LAUSD's memory deprived board didn't seem capable of factoring this in before making him Deasy's interim replacement.

Only in the long failed insular culture of LAUSD, that steadfastly refuses to go outside its own incestuous administrative short list comfort zone of "qualified" public education insiders, would a Ray Cortines even be considered. When all is said and done, Cortines or any other candidate for superintendent must guarantee entrenched power at LAUSD that they will leave the district as dysfunctional as it was when they were hired. And sadly, that is a job qualification pretty much written in stone for holding any administrative position at LAUSD.

Clearly and inexplicably, state and federal public officials have tenaciously refuse to hold LAUSD administrators accountable to the same standards that exist in the outside world and, more specifically, in the privileged world of private schools. LAUSD administration has never been held accountable to anything even remotely resembling good business practices in this $6 billion a year plus endeavor and any who have tried to do this have been blocked by LAUSD political juice. 

There is a certain irony to the fact that what Deasy and Cortines and their predecessors have done at LAUSD would have gotten them immediately fired at a prestigious private school. And as any targeted teacher at LAUSD can tell you, that which gets you charged and removed from your teaching livelihood at LAUSD would get you lauded as a great teacher at a private or parochial school, where those with money and the social capital necessary to change LAUSD have escaped- much to our collective loss. Could that be what the Brown vs. Education court meant 60 years ago when they said, "Separate but equal...is inherently unequal."

In determining who will even be considered for the superintendent's job, the seal of approval must also come from privatizers and charter school supporters Eli Broad, Bill Gates, and the Waltons, which is far more important than whether a candidate has ever had any success in finally turning around what at this point can only be  described as a purposefully failed and segregated public education system at LAUSD and around the country.

"Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it," according to George Santayana. An LAUSD that remains close to 90% Latino and African American is more and more resembling similarly polarized Greek, Rome, French, and Russian societies of the not too distant past that led to those societies decline and fall. As a history teacher, it saddens me that this lesson seems to be lost on the LAUSD Board and the puppet masters who these politically ambitious people take their orders from.  

In the final analysis, John Deasy has done his job of moving an ever increasing number of LAUSD schools into charters in fulfillment of the privatization agenda, while carrying on a purge against costly high seniority teachers, through Reductions in Forces (RIFs), displacements, and housing and ultimately dismissing them on false charges. There is no doubt that he has exceed the expectations of his handlers at the Broad Academy, where he was trained. But in the process of doing this, he has become too visible, so now it is time for him to take one for the team and move on. One should always keep in mind that Deasy was never his own man. Rather, he was put into office by those seeking the privatization and monitizing of the $1 trillion a year public education cash cow. 

And who knows, given the short memory of the LAUSD Board and the general public, we should not be surprised if, like Cortines, who has already done two stints at LAUSD, we find Deasy's smiling face at some point in the future before the Board to yet again be considered for the position of LAUSD superintendent.

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Esta semana en la última entrega de lo que se ha convertido en la larga duración de Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) telenovela, que fue testigo de lo que sólo puede ser descrito como el cambio de nombre surrealista de 82 años jubilado superintendente del LAUSD Ramón Cortines como superintendente del LAUSD interino para reemplazar Superintendente John Deasy. Deasy renunció bajo una nube iPad-MISIS de sospecha que se sigue desarrollando en una tormenta. De hecho, incluso podría ocurrir que algunos de ustedes que Deasy renunció ahora antes de que más escándalos en relación con la fijación de las evaluaciones de los estudiantes, grados, graduaciones, la falta de entrega de la instrucción y las finanzas del LAUSD salieron, con la esperanza de que esto pararía más lejos investigaciones. Buena suerte en eso John. 

Teniendo en cuenta este último episodio de jabón en el LAUSD, uno podría razonablemente empezar a preguntarse si hay una condición médica como la Enfermedad de Alzheimer Colectiva (CAD?), Los síntomas de empeoramiento de los cuales parecen haber afectado la Junta del LAUSD durante mucho tiempo ahora. El caso en cuestión, la Junta del LAUSD parece haber olvidado propia partida en lugar colorido reciente Ramón Cortines 'bajo el fuego de LAUSD y un pasado igualmente moralmente difícil para que coincida con el presente de John Deasy. 

¿Qué tan pronto la Junta se olvida de los cargos de acoso sexual Cortines ", que fueron traídos contra él en 2012 por su compatriota Cortines contratado empleado LAUSD de Scott Graham por agresión sexual, asalto, y la imposición intencional de angustia emocional. Estos cargos fueron desestimados por un tecnicismo legal y no por una adjudicación en sus méritos. 

Y aunque Cortines se le dio un pase por el LAUSD Miembro de la Junta Mónica García sobre el conflicto de los gastos financieros por haber tomado 150.000 dólares al año durante varios años a partir de escolásticos Inc., al mismo tiempo Cortines fue LAUSD superintendente y contemporánea con $ 16 millones al año Scholastic contrato tenido con LAUSD, la memoria privada a bordo del LAUSD no parecía capaz de factorizar esto en antes de hacer lo reemplazo interino de Deasy. 

Sólo en la cultura insular larga fallido de LAUSD, que firmemente se niega a salir de su propio incestuosa lista corta zona de comodidad administrativa de información privilegiada de educación pública "calificados", sería un Ray Cortines siquiera ser considerado. Cuando todo está dicho y hecho, Cortines o cualquier otro candidato a superintendente deben garantizar poder arraigado en LAUSD que van a salir del distrito tan disfuncional como era cuando fueron contratados. Y, por desgracia, es una calificación para el trabajo más o menos escrito en piedra para la celebración de cualquier posición administrativa en el LAUSD. 

Claramente y de forma inexplicable, funcionarios públicos estatales y federales tenazmente han negarse a celebrar los administradores de LAUSD responsables a las mismas normas que existen en el mundo exterior y, más concretamente, en el mundo privilegiado de las escuelas privadas. Administración LAUSD nunca ha rendido cuentas a nada ni remotamente parecido a las buenas prácticas empresariales en este 6000 millones dólares al año, más esfuerzo y cualquier que han tratado de hacer esto ha sido bloqueado por el jugo político LAUSD. 

Hay una cierta ironía en el hecho de que lo que Deasy y Cortines y sus predecesores han hecho en LAUSD habría conseguido de inmediato disparó contra una prestigiosa escuela privada. Y como cualquier maestro dirigido a LAUSD le puede decir, lo que consigue que cobrará y removido de su medio de vida docente en LAUSD le conseguiría alabado como un gran maestro en una escuela privada o parroquial, donde los que tienen dinero y capital social necesario para el cambio LAUSD tiene escaped- mucho a nuestra pérdida colectiva. ¿Podría ser lo que el tribunal Educación de Brown vs significaba hace 60 años cuando dijeron, "Separados pero iguales ... es inherentemente desiguales". 

En la determinación de que incluso se considera para el puesto de superintendente, el sello de aprobación también debe venir de los privatizadores y los partidarios de las escuelas autónomas Eli Broad, Bill Gates, y los Walton, que es mucho más importante que si un candidato nunca ha tenido ningún éxito en finalmente girando alrededor de lo que en este momento sólo se puede describir como un sistema de educación pública a propósito fallido y segregados en LAUSD y en todo el país. 

"Aquellos que no aprenden de su historia están condenados a repetirla", según George Santayana. Un LAUSD que se mantenga cercana al 90% latinos y afroamericanos es cada vez más pareciéndose igualmente polarizado griega, Roma, francés, y las sociedades rusas del pasado no muy lejano que llevaron a esas sociedades decadencia y caída. Como profesor de historia, me entristece que esta lección parece estar perdido en la Junta del LAUSD y los titiriteros que estas personas políticamente ambiciosos toman sus órdenes de. 

En el análisis final, John Deasy ha hecho su trabajo de mover un número cada vez mayor de escuelas del LAUSD en charters en cumplimiento de la agenda de la privatización, que lleven a una purga contra los costosos maestros de la antigüedad, a través de reducciones en las Fuerzas (RIF), desplazamientos, y la vivienda, y en última instancia ellos despedir por cargos falsos. No hay duda de que se ha superado las expectativas de sus manejadores de la Academia Ancha, donde fue entrenado. Pero en el proceso de hacer esto, él ha llegado a ser demasiado visible, por lo que ahora es el momento para que él tome una para el equipo y seguir adelante. Uno siempre debe tener en cuenta que Deasy nunca era su propio hombre. Más bien, él se puso en la oficina por aquellos que buscan la privatización y monitizing de los $ 1 billón al año en efectivo vaca educación pública. 

Y quién sabe, dada la corta memoria de la Junta del LAUSD y el público en general, no hay que sorprenderse si, como Cortines, que ya ha hecho dos temporadas en el LAUSD, nos encontramos con la cara sonriente de Deasy en algún momento en el futuro ante la Junta para una vez más ser considerado para el cargo de superintendente de LAUSD. 

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

Lenny@perdaily.com


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There’s a lot said here primarily accomplished by these two hired thugs, Cortines and Deasy. But perhaps their major accomplishment is not quite realized. Between the two of them and within five years, they were able to dismiss 9,000 teachers through RIF’s, displacements and the rehousing of teachers under false accusations. The last category alone made up for some 700 plus casualties and, in spite of the fact that with rare exception, they were never charged with crimes by the police, the district chose to continue its own incompetent and biased investigations to get rid of them without any due process or "verified" charges under oath as required by applicable California law. Think of that number, 9,000, for a moment. It represents a loss of 25% of the teaching staff. Now the district always falls back on the excuse that enrollment is falling off, which is true due to economics forcing parents to leave the state and enrollments into private schools. However, while the district failed to seize this as an opportunity to greatly improve instruction by reducing class size, it chose to spends it’s budget differently in two other directions. A large part of it went to the building of new schools with inflated construction costs, while neglecting upkeep on old schools, which have fallen into extreme disrepair- and this while pleading declining enrollment. The other large investment went into administration so that while the number of teachers dropped by 25%, the number of administrators increased dramatically by close to 20%. Even prior to this, LAUSD had more administrators in proportion to enrollment than any other school district in the country and these were also the most highly paid administrators. So for Cortines and Deasy, here,here. Well done.
How did they get away with this? Simple, with the aloof indolence of a school board which depends on campaign contributions from Eli Broad, Bill Gates, the Waltons.... the same contributors who chose and supported Cortines and Deasy. One must remember that it takes a war chest of at least $500,000 to run for the LAUSD Board. Needless to say, every board member who watched over the career holocaust perpetrated by these two men on high seniority teachers is just as culpable. That outstandingly includes careerist double dealers like Monica Garcia and misogynistic old tyrants like Richard Vladovic, himself an accused perpetrator of sexual abuse- but he's safe, since only teachers seem to be able to be professionally crucified on charges alone, which Vladovic has agreed in public the LAUSD Board has done in all teachers it has dismissed based on charges with literally no evidence to support it. Whatever Cortines and Deasy justly deserve, ditto for the school board.

While all are trumpeting the exit of DZ from LAUSD, our biggest culprits are still in office masquerading as board members who supposedly represent us. This whole BOE is complicit and maybe the designers of all that happened in the DZ era. They brought him in to do exactly what he did and they supported it all. In order for the district to proceed on a corrected course to survival, this BOE, DZ's senior staff remnants, the IG and Holmquist, the guy at the tech dept they all need to go. UTLA please, we don't even have a functioning union and the district knows it. Moving veteran teachers out was a major mistake, moving veteran administrators should have been the move.

What I wrote about Cortines in 2010:
http://www.examiner.com/article/mr-cortines-leave-lausd-now

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