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.

If one just looks at the lukewarm endorsements of the encumbents by the Los Angeles Times, you will realize that you couldn't possibly do any worse by voting for a challenger, so that at the very least somebody before the runoff might actually come up with a clearly stated platform and program for its implementation that is something more than worn out platitudes like, "No child left behind" or "life-long learners" or "everybody is going to college," in a country where the total capacity of all colleges and universities is 30% of all high school graduates. Realistically, what is everybody else supposed to do in an LAUSD that continues to close down industrial arts and other viable educational alternatives that have been consistently blocked by these entrenched board members and the vested vendor interests they continue to serve in conflict with what should be their fiduciary duty to LAUSD.

In endorsing the encumbents, the best the L.A. Times can say about District 5 Board Member Bennett Kayser is that he is "easily the weakest of the three contenders." When it comes to District 7: Richard Vladovic. the Times says, "As president of the school board, Vladovic has not been the leader we had hoped he would be." Or District 3 Tamar Galatzan, where the Times says, "This endorsement comes with misgivings". All these folks have only served as a rubber stamp for policies of an entrenched bureaucracy at LAUSD that sees change as anathma to their perks and priviliges.

The biggest factor that has kept these folks in power is a voter apathy that saw 18% show up in the last LAUSD board election to fill the late Margaritte La Motte's seat. And as if that wasn't bad enough, only 8% showed up to give 30 year veteran McKenna victory over his opponent Johnson in a race that had no platform stated and no specifics as to how change was going to be achieved. In all likelihood McKenna won because of his notoriety from a film made by Denzel Washington about Washington Prep, which today is no better off than when McKenna went there in the first place.

In examining just two of the candidates running against Tamar Galatzan in District 3 who continues to avoid public forums, where she might be asked her specific actions and how she went from supporting ex-LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to the point of increasing his contract by two years to subsequently going along with his resignation 8 months later. She seems to want to avoid being ask, "What changed Tamar?"

One of her worthy opponents in District 3 is Scott Schmerelson, a likable retired principal who oversaw improvements at the low-performing Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Middle School. The Times faults this seasoned Spanish teacher on not as yet being able to come up with policy. But I ask you, has he had a chance in a district where what the LAUSD Board deals with remains a secret that people who deal with it even have to sign non-disclosure agreements, when no individual's privacy is at stake. And let's face it, Ms. Galatzan hasn't come up with much policy, unless you consider her unquestionally going along with Deasy's iPad fiasco with bond money or attacking Stuart McGruder on the bond oversight committee as policy, when he dared to question what was going on and why Pearson and Apple had a two-year headstart in the process? Galatzan's comment about McGruder, "He had no business questioning" Wasn't that his only business?

Schmerelson believes that "funding needs to go directly to the classroom." He also thinks that "classrooms of 42-45 students are antithetical to the education process. Where I found him naive was in his belief that he could learn from other board members, whose only example is rubber stamping what is put in front of them, instead of the independent oversight function that any viable board should serve.

Another candidate for District 3 is Carl Petersen, who clearly understands that Galatazan "doesn't pay attention to her constituency, " but rather has no problem getting lost in her iPad during public comments at the board meetings- clearly, her mind is already made up and she's just going through the motions.

Petersen got into this because of a personal interest in special needs students who the district continues to either ignore or underserve. In Petersen's systematic approach to this issue, he has shown a rational approach that can easily be translated into other areas where the district and more specifically the LAUSD Board have consistently missed the boat.

Whether it's viable alternatives to college careers or "classes structured for STEM, but not interest, Petersen clearly understands that the district's top/down model has no place for individual needs in a system where there is never an "independent justification" for what the board does and why.

In the recent Indian elections, 67% of the electorate showed up at the polls and gave the Congress Party that has been ruling India since 1948 it's biggest defeat. All demographics- age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic standard- voted against what has become the corruption of India politics. If the Indians can finally clean house, cleaning up LAUSD shouldn't be that hard. All one has to do is overcome your apathy and vote on March 3rd. In so doing we might just light a fire under some candidates that will finally vie for a place on the LAUSD Board that puts the constituency's needs before their own ambitions.

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En las elecciones de la junta próximos Unificado de Los Ángeles del Distrito Escolar (LAUSD), tengo una novela sugerencia para alguien que está enfermo y cansado de la falta constante de los miembros del consejo titular del LAUSD para abordar la corrupción endémica en tanto financieros (iPad, MISIS, inflado contrato de construcción escándalos) y prácticas pedagógicas (evaluaciones fijos, promoción social, y los niveles epidémicos de absentismo escolar) que continúan a fallar la gran mayoría de la población estudiantil del 90% latinos y Negro de LAUSD y sus padres.

Haciéndonos eco de este fallido propia retórica del tablero en el establecimiento de un estándar para perseguir y deshacerse de "malos maestros" (que acaba de pasar a ser en la parte superior de la escala-salario no es que realmente qué son "malo"), ¿por qué no se va a las urnas el 03 de marzo y deshacerse de algunos realmente malos miembros de la junta del LAUSD. Votar por nadie más, excepto el titular. Por lo menos, se asegurará una segunda vuelta entre el titular, que tiene una enorme ventaja desde el gitgo, y al menos uno de los desafiarlas go-junto-a-conseguir-a lo largo de los operadores tradicionales, que después de varios períodos en el cargo o como parte de la burocracia atrincherada LAUSD, no tienen nada objetivamente verificable de cualquier mejora, mientras que por lo general estaba en el camino de nadie tratando de hacer las cosas mejor en el distrito escolar que el tiempo parece haberse olvidado.

Si uno sólo mira a los endosos de los tibios encumbents por el diario Los Angeles Times, se dará cuenta de que no se podía hacer posiblemente peor votando por un rival, por lo que por lo menos alguien antes de la segunda vuelta en realidad podría llegar a una plataforma claramente establecida y un programa para su ejecución que es algo más que lugares comunes desgastadas como: "No Child Left Behind" o "aprende toda la vida" o "todo el mundo va a la universidad," en un país donde la capacidad total de todos colegios y universidades es el 30% de todos los graduados de la escuela secundaria. Siendo realistas, ¿qué es todo el mundo supone que debe hacer en un LAUSD que continúa el cierre de las artes industriales y otras alternativas educativas viables que han sido bloqueadas sistemáticamente por estos miembros de la junta atrincherados y los intereses de los proveedores consolidados que continúan sirviendo en conflicto con lo que debería ser su deber fiduciario de LAUSD.

Al refrendar las encumbents, lo mejor que el LA Times se puede decir sobre Distrito 5 Miembro de la Junta Bennett Kayser es que él es "fácilmente el más débil de los tres contendientes." Cuando se trata de Distrito 7: Richard Vladovic. el Times dice: "Como presidente de la junta escolar, Vladovic no ha sido el líder de lo que esperábamos que sería." O Distrito 3 Tamar Galatzan, donde el Times dice: "Este respaldo viene con recelo". Todas estas personas sólo han servido como un sello de goma para las políticas de una burocracia atrincherada en LAUSD que ve el cambio como anathma a sus prebendas y privilegios.

El factor más importante que ha mantenido a esta gente en el poder es una apatía de los votantes que vio 18% muestran en la última elección junta del LAUSD para llenar el asiento tarde Margaritte La de Motte. Y como si eso no fuera suficientemente malo, sólo el 8% se presentó para dar 30 años veterano McKenna victoria sobre su oponente Johnson en una carrera que no tenía plataforma declarado y no hay detalles sobre cómo iba el cambio a alcanzar. Con toda probabilidad McKenna ganó debido a su notoriedad a partir de una película hecha por Denzel Washington acerca de la preparación de Washington, que hoy no es mejor que cuando McKenna fue allí en el primer lugar.

En el examen de sólo dos de los candidatos que se postulan en contra de Tamar Galatzan en el Distrito 3 que sigue evitando foros públicos, donde se le puede pedir a sus acciones específicas y cómo ella pasó de apoyar Superintendente ex LAUSD John Deasy hasta el punto de aumentar su contrato por dos años para ir posteriormente junto con su renuncia 8 meses más tarde. Ella parece querer evitar ser preguntar: "¿Qué ha cambiado Tamar?"

Uno de sus oponentes dignos en el Distrito 3 es Scott Schmerelson, un director jubilado simpático que supervisó mejoras en el bajo rendimiento Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Middle School. El Times fallas este avezado profesor español en todavía no ser capaz de llegar a la política. Pero me pregunto, ¿tiene que tuviera la oportunidad en un distrito donde lo que la Junta del LAUSD ocupa sigue siendo un secreto que las personas que se ocupan de que incluso tienen que firmar acuerdos de confidencialidad, cuando la privacidad del individuo no está en juego. Y seamos sinceros, la Sra Galatzan no ha llegado con mucho la política, a menos que considere su unquestionally estar de acuerdo con el fiasco del iPad de Deasy con dinero de la fianza o atacar Stuart McGruder en el comité de supervisión de bonos como la política, cuando se atrevió a cuestionar lo que era pasando y por qué Pearson y Apple tuvieron una ventaja inicial de dos años en el proceso? El comentario de Galatzan sobre McGruder, "No tenía ni cuestionamiento de negocios" ¿No era que su único negocio?

Schmerelson cree que "las necesidades de financiación para ir directamente a la sala de clases." También piensa que "las aulas de 42 a 45 estudiantes son la antítesis del proceso educativo. Cuando lo encontré estaba en su ingenua creencia de que podía aprender de otros miembros de la junta, cuyo único ejemplo está sellado de goma lo que se pone delante de ellos, en lugar de la función de supervisión independiente que cualquier consejo viable debe servir.

Otro candidato para el Distrito 3 es Carl Petersen, quien tiene claro que Galatazan "no presta atención a su electorado", sino más bien ha ningún problema perderse en su iPad durante los comentarios públicos en la junta Reuniones- claramente, su mente ya está hecho y ella acaba de pasar con los movimientos.

Petersen se metió en esto a causa de un interés personal en los estudiantes con necesidades especiales que el distrito continúa a ignorar o underserve. En enfoque sistemático de Petersen a este tema, que ha mostrado un enfoque racional que puede ser fácilmente traducido a otras áreas en las que el distrito y más concretamente la Junta del LAUSD han perdido constantemente el barco.

Ya se trate de alternativas viables a carreras universitarias o "clases estructuradas para STEM, pero no interés, Petersen entiende claramente que la top model / abajo del distrito no tiene lugar para las necesidades individuales de un sistema en el que nunca hay una" justificación independiente "por lo que la junta hace y por qué.

En las recientes elecciones de la India, el 67% del electorado se presentó en las urnas y le dio al Partido del Congreso, que ha estado gobernando la India desde 1948 es mayor derrota. Todo demographics- edad, sexo, etnia y de normas socio-económica votó en contra de lo que se ha convertido en la corrupción de la política de la India. Si los indios se casa finalmente limpio, la limpieza de LAUSD no debería ser tan difícil. Todo lo que hay que hacer es superar su apatía y votar el 3 de marzo. De esta manera podríamos simplemente encender un fuego debajo de algunos candidatos que finalmente competirán por un lugar en la Junta del LAUSD que pone las necesidades de la circunscripción antes de que sus propias ambiciones.

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PROTEST INCUMBENT TAMAR GALATZAN'S
2/12 DEBATES AND 2/17 TOWN HALL MEETING

VOTE OUT INCUMBENT TAMAR GALATZAN
LAUSD BOARD OF ED

PROTEST Tamar Galatzan Debates 2/12 , 2/17 and Town Hall Meeting 2/17.
Teachers, Parents, Voters, Taxpayers

The first one is on 2/12 at North Hollywood High School. The second Candidate Forum is at 2/17 at the Elks Lodge in Canoga Park. Both start at 6:00.

2/17 Tamar is holding a Town Hall Meeting to be at


QUESTIONS TO ASK TAMAR GALATZAN:

These are not in any order—determine when to ask what question based on the topics, audience and your personal experiences.

Be ready to ask follow-up questions tailored to her answers.

1. You publicly stated at the Valley Democratic Party endorsement meeting that—and I quote—“I know some of you think I'm not a good board member because I don't go to a lot of meetings, but I work full time.” How do you justify this lack of representation for your district, when every other school board member makes this their full-time job, and attends all meetings that effect their constituents?

2. You have been the strongest supporter of John Deasy. How do you explain your long-time and continued support of him in light of the iPad fiasco and the ongoing FBI investigation?

3. You have been the strongest supporter of John Deasy. How do you explain that he was allowed to resign just one day before the independent report on the MISIS program disaster was published?

4. John Deasy's time as superintendent was marked by an overbearing insistence on increased testing, and a refusal to direct Prop 30 tax money in the classrooms where it was intended. Do you hold yourself accountable at all for your unwavering support of Deasy over the years?

5. My neighborhood school is in need of basic repairs – classrooms are too hot in the spring and too cold in the winter, bathrooms that have not been updated with cost saving systems, there are cracks in the pavement, chipped paint, broken fences, playgrounds that are not adequate and more problems. You were the strongest supporter of using school repair bond monies to support the purchase of iPads for students – do you still hold this position? Why do you think that bond money intended by voters to repair schools should be used buy an iPad for every student in LAUSD, rather than on school repairs as we voted?

6. You’ve labeled yourself a “supporter” of affiliated charter schools. But other than your promises of initial money, what have you done for our schools to make up for the program cuts that they have suffered since Deasy became superintendent?

7. Youʼve been a “champion” of independent charter schools. Many charter schools do not take into account surrounding traditional schools before opening up, thereby taking away students, resources and ultimately teachers. They also are not held accountable in the same way as traditional schools when it comes to meeting the needs of the communities they serve. Do you think that charter schools should have to submit a community impact report before opening?

8. The arts, electives and non-tested subjects have been cut to give more time to teach tested subjects. Do you think that shortening the school day to serve breakfast in the classroom during school time is a good idea?

9. The parents at our neighborhood schools often have to raise money pay for arts teachers, librarians, nurses and other support staff. The money is there to pay for these things, thanks to Prop 30. Instead of using it on our schools as we intended with our votes, why have you allowed John Deasy to purchase hundreds of administrators for downtown offices?

10. Why did you try to remove a member of the Bond Oversight Committee who had been critical of the iPad purchase? Considering that you have been the strongest supporter of the iPad program, couldn’t that move been seen as a potential abuse of power?

11. Do you think that LAUSD was being truthful when they said that they did not know how many computers that they had and could not do an inventory? If so, don’t you as a school board member have the responsibility to be accountable, or hold those responsible accountable for the millions of dollars tied up in this hardware?

12. You have been the strongest supporter of Deasy’s iPad program. However, when it became obvious that it was becoming a fiasco, you suddenly became silent. Why did you not attend any of the LAUSD Board of Education subcommittee meetings that were investigating the troubled iPad purchase?

TRAINING STEPS FOR THOSE ATTENDING GALATZAN EVENTS:

You are filling a critical role in our strategy to defeat Tamar Galatzan. You are counteracting the propaganda that she will publicly espouse, and put serious question about her leadership ability in the minds of the public listening to her.

Please read the training steps below carefully, and follow them as you confront her with your questions. Remember—your goal is not to “change her mind” or engage her in debate. Your goal is to put serious question in the minds of the voting public attending the event.

1. Do not wear red shirts or any UTLA emblem to the event. Dress professional. We do not want the public to think that this is “UTLA attacking Tamar.” We want all of the focus to be on her positions.

2. Sit in the front row or two. We want the public to see her ignore your “raised hands” if she does so. In addition, being in her continuous eyesight may rattle her as the event progresses.

3. Address her with respect, “Ms. Galatzan,” at all times. Do not call her Tamar (makes her more “friendly”), nor Board Member Galatzan (which gives her more respect). Talk with emotion, but be controlled and respectful.

4. If she ignores your question, or avoids it, restate it. Be respectful, stating, “Excuse me, but you really didn’t answer my question about __________.”

5. Be ready with follow-up questions. If she tries to “escape” responsibility, reword your question. If she tries to move on, politely (and loudly) say, “Excuse me, but I have a follow-up question.”

6. Make yourself accessible to the audience after the event to give answers and follow-up to questions they may have of you. If you’ve done a good job putting Galatzan on the defensive, people will probably want to talk to you. Do not say you are from UTLA, but rather, a teacher who lives in the community.

7. Use personal stories if given the opportunity. If Galatzan states something untrue concerning the schools, politely say, “Excuse me, but I’m a teacher, and in my classroom/school _________________ occurs.”

8. Collect any literature that she has for distribution. Please get it to us ASAP after the event for our records, and so UTLA can fashion a response.

9. Please report back after the event. Send us an e-mail, detailing how the event went, number of people, “mood” of the crowd, questions you were able to ask, her answers, etc. This will allow us to refashion the questions for the next event.

Again—thank you for your time and effort!

In Unity,

Scott Mandel & Matthew Kogan, Co-Chairs, Galatzan Be Gone Task Force

On Feb 11, 2015, at 8:43 PM, ROZYWOW@aol.com wrote:


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PROTEST TAMAR GALATZAN
VOTE OUT TAMAR GALATZAN

Tamar Galatzan has helped make LAUSD one of the WORST school district in the country. If not the most corrupt, unsafe, filled with fraud, abuse and death. Documented

Tamar Galatzan is a Deputy City Attorney and should know the Law and what is right from wrong-WRONG!!
Remember the illegal $Billion iPad fiasco now being investigated by the FBI. Tamar didn't want it investigated at all.

Why Tamar are the LAUSD students not receiving the education they deserve and that the taxpayers have paid for? Where has All the money gone?

Why Tamar is LAUSD not following the Law?

Why is LAUSD NOT Safe for Students or Teachers?

Why does LAUSD refuse to call the Paramedics for Injured Students and Teachers? It's Free!
Why does LAUSD refuse to call Hazmat to clean up Hazardous classrooms and schools?
Why does LAUSD force students to sit in toxic chemicals and mold filled rooms for months and years. More LAUSD Child Abuse!

Why under Tamar Galatzan's guidance, as an LAUSD Board member, is LAUSD purposely going after teachers with LAUSD's Policy of "Dead Teachers Saves Money"?

Why is LAUSD Breaking the Law? LAUSD is allocated money for teachers workplace injuries. But, chooses to divert the money to other funds and their own special back room deals. Documented

LAUSD has become the ISIS of the West with their illegal policies, actions and teachers/students dying. LAUSD goes after students, teachers, injured teachers and those attacked at school to destroy their health, lives and even let them DIE.

LAUSD Board of Ed and LAUSD's Dawn Watkins, Director of Integrated Disability Management, would rather pay off doctors for Admitted "Bogus" Medical Reports, In my case LAUSD paid Dr. John Stalberg $16,770-$700 a page for his Admitted, Unsubstantiated Medical Report. He received the medical diagnosis from the WC Judge Jerold Cohn who is not a doctor. And the medical diagnosis was not mentioned in any of my medical reports. LAUSD??? So LAUSD didn't have to provide the proper medical care, treatment or pay me at all.

My student sprayed me in my face with the toxic chemicals from a fire extinguisher, I was having a hard time breathing. LAUSD refused to call the paramedics for me or my injured students . We were so very sick from being sprayed.

LAUSD teacher Charles Smith is DEAD from being sprayed by his student and LAUSD's illegal policies and action.

Maybe Tamar can explain why?
I find it unconscionable that LAUSD purposely, illegal goes after teachers to destroy their health and lives. And if they die from LAUSD's illegal policies and actions LAUSD could care less. What's another DEAD teacher to them. More money for their Back Room Deals.

Also, LAUSD gladly pays their expensive outside lawyers to lie and delay cases of teachers attacked and injured at school. And "deals" with judges to lie and change the facts in their cases and even make medical diagnosis-Not doctors. All to purposely Deny the Injured/Attacked Teacher the Benefits of medical treatment, medical care and to be paid at all. Documented
Which is all against the Law.

Wouldn't it be cheaper and Saves Lives to follow the Law instead of LAUSD Breaking the Law.

A Black teacher is DEAD from LAUSD's illegal policies.
Thanks to Tamar this is the taxpayers money at work.

Why did the LA times endorse Galatzan?
Is the LA Times for unsafe schools, dummy down the students education, more Dead, harassed and jailed teachers. Maybe they like all the Corruption, Fraud, Abuse and Death at LAUSD. Or that LAUSD is one of the worst school district in America. Probably all of the above.

A Black teacher couldn't Breathe he is DEAD!

Isn't it time LAUSD became the Educational Institution it is supposed to be Not just a place that expensive backroom deals are made.

It's Time to Clean up LAUSD and Get Rid of Tamar Galatzan!!!!!
Investigate and Jail her!!!!

It's Time to Save the Students' Health, Lives and Education.
It's time to Save the Health and Lives of Teachers.
Stop LAUSD's illegal Policy of "Dead Teachers Saves Money".
Stop LAUSD Purposely Harassing Teachers
Stop LAUSD from illegally putting Teachers in Teacher Jail on Trumped up charges-Another LAUSD "Dead Teacher Money Saving Illegal Policy".

It's time to STOP all the Back Room Deals

It's Time to Investigate LAUSD!!!!!
It's Time to Clean up LAUSD and Get Rid of Tamar Galatzan!!!!!

Please Contact me if you are interested in seeing the documentation I have of LAUSD's Illegal Policies and Actions in black and white and signed.

All of Us Working Together Can Turn LAUSD Around.

Rozy Press
818 631-0513
ROZYWOW@AOL.COM

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The fired teachers are rarely failures . They tend to be the best and are targets because failures in high places feel inadequate .

Teachers are also brought up on false charges and fired without due process of law because in just the first year that LAUSD gets rid of them it saves over $50,000 in combined salary and benefits, when it hires a fresh out of college "teacher" on an emergency credential. Or as Vito Coreleone might have said, "It's nothing personal, we've just gotta wack you because you make too much money."

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