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.

There is no better case in point than Cortines himself, the supposed indespensible grand old man of public education reform, who after 50 years of service can point to no prior school district where he has ever worked that is any better off today than it was when he started.

And yet somehow 82 year old Cortines, who left LAUSD under a cloud because of sexual harassment and conflict of interest allegations was the only "qualified" person that LAUSD could find to replace his equally ethically challenged predecessor John Deasy.

But as the years go by and LAUSD continues to fail, we are supposed to believe that the teacher-subordinates are exclusively responsible for LAUSD's continued failure and not those administrators who are actually calling the shots.

Fiascos like the recent iPad, MiSiS, and construction scandals, where teachers had no part in the decision making process, are allowed to go by the wayside with no consequences for those who made and continue to make these ill-advised administrative decisions.

And when, for example, an LAUSD board member like Tamar Galatzan was questioned as to how this could happen on her watch with Galatzan's proactive support for Deasy's clearly failed policies, Ms. Galatzan had the nerve to claim ignorance, when it came to the financial ramifications of the recent iPad scandal. So if the LAUSD Board doesn't know anything, who does?

And yet teachers who are working under the most impossible conditions where they have gotten no support from administration find themselves blamed and targeted for removal, if they dare to voice an objection or can be replaced by a cheaper novice teacher.

Teachers and their union United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) are now told that there is no money to come up with a reasonable pay raise for them, after they have gone ages without even a cost of living increase- let alone a real raise.

Superintendent Cortines now pleads poverty and a $160 million deficit. Could at least part of that deficit be due to a Miramonte settlement that cost the District a combined $169 million to pay people off and assure that the predictably failed administrative policies that allowed this to happen never see the light of day?

While there is no excuse for this level of administrative incompetence at LAUSD, probably the best explanation as to why it continues is the premeditated failure of both the mainstream and public media reporters to expose it for fear of losing their own jobs- but that's another story.

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En Español

Ha sido un poco más de 5 años desde que escribí un blog sobre cómo entonces Unificado de Los Angeles Distrito Escolar (LAUSD) Superintendente Ramón Cortines iba a deshacerse de los "maestros débiles", que él y su posterior replacement- y ahora predecessor- John Deasy han tenido tiempo más que suficiente para llevar a cabo. Y, sin embargo, a pesar de que las filas de estos "caros" y supuestamente "débiles" los maestros han sido diezmados por unos 14.000 profesores, las cosas no son mejores para LAUSD- de hecho son ellos siguen empeorando.

Podría ser sólo que el problema nunca fue a los maestros, sino más bien una burocracia atrincherada e incestuosa, donde cuestionando política claramente fracasado sigue siendo algo que puede dejarlo sin trabajo como administrador. En otras palabras, hacer lo que se les dice, no importa lo tonto que cree que es.

No hay mejor ejemplo de ello que el propio Cortines, la supuesta gran anciano indespensible de la reforma de la educación pública, que después de 50 años de servicio puede apuntar a ningún distrito escolar anterior donde él ha trabajado nunca es mejor hoy de lo que era cuando él comenzó.

Y, sin embargo 82 años Cortines, quien dejó LAUSD bajo una nube debido al acoso sexual y el conflicto de las alegaciones de interés era la única persona "calificada" que el LAUSD podría encontrar para reemplazar a su predecesor igualmente éticamente cuestionado John Deasy.

Pero a medida que pasan los años y LAUSD sigue fallando, se supone que debemos creer que los subordinados de los maestros son los únicos responsables por la falta continua LAUSD "y no los administradores que en realidad están ejecutando el distrito.

Fiascos como el reciente iPad, MISIS, y los escándalos de la construcción, que los maestros no tenían parte en el proceso de toma de decisiones, se les permite ir por el camino sin consecuencias para los que hicieron y siguen haciendo estas decisiones administrativas poco aconsejables.

Y cuando miembros de la junta del LAUSD como Tamar Galatzan donde interrogaron sobre cómo esto podría suceder en su reloj con el apoyo proactivo de Galatzan de políticas fracasadas de Deasy, Sra Galatzan alegaron ignorancia, cuando se trataba de las consecuencias financieras del escándalo reciente iPad.

Y sin embargo, los profesores que trabajan en las condiciones más imposibles donde han conseguido sin el apoyo de la administración serán señalados para la eliminación, si se atreven a expresar una objeción o pueden ser reemplazados por un profesor novato más barato recién salido de la universidad.

Maestro y su sindicato de Maestros de Los Ángeles (UTLA) están ahora dijeron que no hay dinero para llegar a un aumento de sueldo razonable para ellos, después de haber pasado las edades sin ni siquiera un aumento por costo de vivir, y mucho menos un aumento real.

Superintendente Cortines pobreza ahora suplica y un déficit de $ 160 millones. ¿Podría al menos parte de ese déficit se debe a un acuerdo Miramonte que le costó al Distrito un combinado $ 169 millones para pagar la gente y asegurar que las políticas administrativas previsiblemente fallidas que permitieron que esto nunca suceda ven la luz del día?

Mientras que no hay excusa para este nivel de incompetencia administrativa en el LAUSD, probablemente la mejor explicación de por qué se sigue es el fracaso premeditado de periodistas tanto de la corriente principal y los medios de comunicación públicos para exponer que para el fracaso de perder su propia puestos de trabajo-, pero esa es otra historia .

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02 2015

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After reading about the refiling of charges against our interim superintendent, my first question was, how could they bring this person back? The arrogance of this BOE in knowing that misconduct was charged on Cortines yet they did not even remove him from his position for an investigation of the charges. Even when he resigned under this cloud, this BOE brings him back knowing that these charges have never been fully investigated. How does he get different treatment than the thousands of falsely accused teachers in teacher jail? Is there a different procedure for upper level administration than the rest of LAUSD. Teachers, especially those wrongfully accused, should be incensed that they were removed from their jobs and placed in teacher jail while Cortines got nothing except a recent pledge by that sorry Holmquist to pursue his defense rigorously. What does this say about LAUSD? That they rigorously defend abusers while leaving falsely accused teachers in jail until they resign or spend all their money appeal their case. This sucks!

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