Archive for February 2015

LAUSD- THE BUCK STOPS WHERE? AND WHEN?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It has been a little over 5 years since I wrote a blog about how then Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Ramon Cortines was going to get rid of "weak teachers," which he and his subsequent replacement- and now predecessor- John Deasy have had more than enough time to accomplish. And yet, even though the ranks of these "expensive" and supposedly "weak teachers" have been decimated by approximately 14,000 teachers, things are no better at LAUSD- in fact they continue to get worse. Might it just be that the problem never was the teachers, but rather an entrenched and incestuous bureaucracy, where questioning clearly failed policy continues to be something that can get you fired as an administrator. In other words, do what you are told, no matter how stupid you think it is.

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02 2015

IF FAILED TEACHERS ARE FIRED, WHY ARE FAILED LAUSD INCUMBENTS RE-ELECTED?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the upcoming Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) board elections, I have a novel suggestion for anybody who is sick and tired of the consistent failure of LAUSD incumbent board members to address endemic corruption in both financial (iPad, MiSiS, inflated construction contract scandals) and pedagogic practices (fixed assessments, social promotion, and epidemic levels of truancy) that continue to fail the vast majority of the 90% Latino and Black student body of LAUSD and their parents. To echo this failed board's own rhetoric in establishing a standard for going after and getting rid of "bad teachers," (who just happen to be at the top of the salary scale- isn't that really why they are "bad"), why don't you go to the polls on March 3rd and get rid of some really bad LAUSD board members. Vote for anybody else except the incumbent. At the very least, you will ensure a runoff between the incumbent, who has an enormous advantage from the gitgo, and at least one of those challenging these go-along-to-get-along incumbents, who after multiple terms in office or as part of the LAUSD entrenched bureaucracy, have nothing objectively verifiable to show any improvement, while usually standing in the way of anybody trying to make things better in the school district that time seems to have forgotten.

ACCELERATED CHARTER IS LOOKING FOR A CALCULUS TEACHER

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If you are a credentialed Math teacher who has been having a hard time finding employment for any reason, you might try contacting Accelerated Charter principal Marcus Wilhite who is looking for a Calculus teacher. He can be reached at: Accelerated Charter, 4000 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 235-6343

LATINO HIGHER EDUCATION- REALITY OR MERE RHETORIC?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the midst of an endless barrage of belated education reform proposals coming from Governor Brown, President Obama, and elsewhere that are purportedly designed to improve what has become an abysmal public education system, does anybody really want minority- and more specifically Latino- children to finally achieve their academic potential? If they actually did, those devising public education policy might try doing something different that has already proven to work well everywhere else in the world where it has been implemented. With recent studies showing that the bilingual brain is significantly more capable of assimilating more information in any subject than a monolingual brain, one must wonder why America still clings to a monolingual system of public education, where Spanish and other foreign languages are still treated like diseases that young students must be cured of, instead of potential assets to be nurtured as a culturally given advantage that all students might profit from.

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02 2015