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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

On Thursday August 13, 2015 the law firm of Geragos & Geragos filed a detailed 91 page cause of action on behalf of nationally acclaimed Hobart Elementary school teacher Rafe Esquith against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Esquith Complaint (Conformed).pdf More specifically, and in addition to suing LAUSD as a legal entity, the lawsuit also names as individual defendants Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, Chief Legal Officer David R. Holmquist, and 50 John Does to be subsequently named after they are identified through the discovery process- a process now open to the plaintiffs to finally compell LAUSD administrators and others to tell the truth or face serious and costly- both financial and personal- legal consequencess for failing to do so.

In filing this lawsuit, the Geragos firm is in for a pleasant surprise, since it will soon find as the case unfolds that LAUSD and its corrupt and long bullying administration have literally made no attempt to cover up any of their reprehensible behavior toward Esquith or any of its other unjustly targeted employees. And that literally nobody in LAUSD administration has every had any good faith belief that the vast majority of teachers they have targeted have done anything wrong. Rather, to quote Marlon Brando's Vito Coreleone in The Godfather, what will become perfectly clear is that, "It's just business."

As the trial progresses and LAUSD's usual stall tactics- that have served them so well against defenseless teachers abandon by their union United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)- fail against a Geragos lawfirm with the bank to go against them toe to toe for the long run, what will become abundantly clear in this first neutral forum to dispassionately exam LAUSD's claims against its senior teaching staff is that the charges in the vast majority of cases are completely fabricated and based exclusively on the totally illegal motive of targeting teachers at the top of the salary scale, and/or about to vest in expensive lifetime health benefits, and/or disabled, and/or teachers like Esquith who stood up against ill-conceived and often downright illegal programs.

Simply stated, LAUSD's witch hunt has been about money and has had nothing to do with "child safety" as claimed by both Superintendent Cortines and his predecessor and now Broad Foundation employee John Deasey. And I can not help but wondering if John Deasey might also be one of the to be named John Does 1-50 in this lawsuit.

Furthermore, as more evidence is gathered in the Esquith case, a class action suit is likely to be filed or at the very least many more lawsuits like Esquith's, since a pattern and practice of illegal behavior will clearly emerge. What it will shows is literally thousands of other certificated or classified staff that bullying LAUSD administrators and their coerced subordinates either forced into early retirement or brought up on knowingly false charges. Where this case is likely to break wide open is when some of the coerced administrators, who at the behest or threat of their superiors finally speak up to save themselves about knowingly and with malice aforethought going after completely innocent teachers. Some candidates that the Geragos firm might choose take depositions from are those presently being fired by Superintendent Cortines.

Already in the pleading filed by Geragos & Geragos on behalf of Rafe Esquith, clearly illegal activity has been alleged that literally thousands of targeted teachers can substantiate and which LAUSD has no evidence to counter. In fact, the evidence clearly and convincingly substantiates what the Esquith lawsuit states:

1. No exculpatory evidence of teacher innocence or good behavior was allowed to remain in the teacher's file in a one-sided process only designed to ultimately get rid of the teacher;

2. Teachers were systematically submitted to "psychological torture" in longterm "teacher jail" incarceration that not only had no reason to exist in a purposefully protracted "investigation process," which was ultimately dispensed with even before LAUSD decided to resurrect it against Rafe Esquith;

3. In complete derogation of the legal standard establish in the tragic Mc Martin Preschool case, where all teachers and administrators were ultmately found to be completely innocent of any wrongdoing, rules were established as to what permission needed to be obtained from parents prior to student questioning, who was qualified to question impressionable students, and neutrality of questions to not lead highly impressionable youth into a preconceived result. In the Esquith case and in literally thousands like it, LAUSD administrators purposefully chose to ignore these legal standards in interrogating students without parents permission, where questions suggested the predetermined answers sought by people- principals- who were completely unqualified to question the students that they improperly and illegally manipulated.

4. And in typical bully behavior, any attempt by Esquith or other targeted teachers to defend themselves against clearly fabricated and disproven charges only seems to inspire LAUSD in a long established and verifiable practice to just pile on more and more serious charges that inexplicably were never brought until the teacher tried to defend themselves.

But there might just be a silver lining to the regrettable situation in which LAUSD now finds itself. When one looks at the likely astronomical damages in the billions that LAUSD faces in the Esquith case and the thousands likely to follow, maybe LAUSD can take a page from the City of Detroit bankruptcy in making lemonade out of its lemons. If LAUSD is ultimately forced into bankruptcy, they might just get out of ALL their contractual liability for wages, benefits, and retirement programs, which after all seems to have been the reason they started the witch hunt against senior certificated and classified employees in the first place back in 2006.

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El jueves 13 agosto, 2015, el bufete de abogados de Geragos y Geragos presentó una 91 página detallada causa de acción a favor del aclamado a nivel nacional maestro de escuela primaria Hobart Rafe Esquith contra el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD). Más específicamente, y además de demandar LAUSD como persona jurídica, la demanda también nombra como demandados individuales Superintendente Ramón C. Cortines, Director Jurídico David R. Holmquist y 50 John Does a ser nombrado posteriormente después de que se identifican a través del descubrimiento procesamiento de un proceso abierto a los demandantes a los administradores de finales del LAUSD compell y otros para finalmente decir la verdad o la cara seria y costly- tanto consequencess legal financiera y personalidad para no hacerlo.

En la presentación de esta demanda, la firma Geragos está en para una sorpresa agradable, ya que pronto se encontrará en su caso se desarrolla que el LAUSD y su corrupta y largo administración intimidación han hecho literalmente ningún intento de ocultar nada de su comportamiento reprobable hacia Esquith o cualquier de sus otros empleados injustamente dirigidos. Y que, literalmente, nadie en la administración del LAUSD ha tenido cada una creencia de buena fe que la gran mayoría de los profesores que han dirigido han hecho nada malo. Más bien, en palabras de Vito Coreleone en El Padrino, ¿qué será perfectamente claro es que, "Es sólo negocio".

A medida que el juicio avanza y tácticas de puestos habituales del LAUSD que les han servido tan bien contra los maestros indefensos abandona por su sindicato United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) fallar en contra de un despacho de abogados Geragos con el banco para ir contra ellos cara a cara, lo que se convertirá en abundancia claro en este primer foro neutral para desapasionadamente reclamaciones examen del LAUSD contra su personal docente de alto nivel es que los cargos en la gran mayoría de los casos están totalmente fabricadas y basarse exclusivamente en el motivo totalmente ilegal de apuntar a los maestros en la parte superior de la escala salarial, y / oa punto de chaleco en costosos beneficios para la salud de por vida, y / o con discapacidad, y / o profesores como Esquith que se levantó contra programas mal concebidos y, a menudo francamente ilegales. En pocas palabras, la caza de brujas del LAUSD ha sido por el dinero y no ha tenido nada que ver con la "seguridad de los niños", como reclamado tanto por el Superintendente Cortines y su predecesor y ahora empleado Fundación Broad John Deasey. No puedo dejar de preguntarme si John Deasey también podría ser uno de los John Does 1-50 en esta demanda.

Por otra parte, a medida que más evidencia se recoge en el caso Esquith, una demanda colectiva es probable que sea presentado o por lo menos muchos más demandas como Esquith de, ya que un patrón y práctica de la conducta ilegal será claramente sobre emerge mostrando literalmente miles de otras certificado o personal clasificado que la intimidación administradores de LAUSD y sus subordinados o bien forzados a la jubilación anticipada o criados por cargos falsos a sabiendas. ¿Dónde es probable que se rompa completamente abierta este caso es cuando algunos de los administradores intimidados, que en su mandato o la amenaza de sus superiores, finalmente hablan de hasta guardar a sí mismos acerca a sabiendas y con premeditación ir tras los profesores completamente inocentes.

Ya en el escrito presentado por Geragos y Geragos en nombre de Rafe Esquith, claramente actividad ilegal ha alegado que, literalmente, miles de docentes dirigidas pueden fundamentar ands que LAUSD tiene ninguna evidencia de contrarrestar. De hecho, la evidencia realmente corroborar lo que dice la demanda Esquith:

1. No hay pruebas de descargo de inocencia maestro o la buena conducta se le permitió permanecer en el expediente del profesor en un proceso unilateral única diseñada para finalmente deshacerse del maestro;

2. Los maestros se presentaron sistemáticamente a "tortura psicológica" en el largo plazo "cárcel maestro" encarcelamiento que no sólo no tenía ninguna razón de existir en un propósito prolongada "proceso de investigación", pero que se dispensaron en última instancia con ... hasta LAUSD decidió resucitarlo contra Rafe Esquith;

3. No obstante lo dispuesto completa de la norma legal establezca en el caso Mc Martin Preescolar trágica, donde se encontraron ultmately todos los maestros y administradores para ser completamente inocente de cualquier delito, se establecieron reglas en cuanto a lo que el permiso necesario para obtener de los padres, que era calificado para interrogar a los estudiantes impresionables, y la neutralidad de preguntas para no provocar la juventud altamente impresionables en un resultado preconcebido. En el caso Esquith y en literalmente miles como ella, los administradores de LAUSD deliberadamente optaron por ignorar estas normas legales en el interrogatorio de los estudiantes sin permiso a los padres, donde las preguntas sugeridas las respuestas predeterminadas buscados por personas- principals- que estaban completamente calificado para cuestionar a los estudiantes que indebidamente y manipulado ilegalmente.

Pero su sólo podría ser un aspecto positivo de la situación lamentable en la que el LAUSD se encuentra ahora. Cuando uno mira a los daños astronómicos probables que enfrenta LAUSD en el caso Esquith y los miles que podrían seguir, tal vez LAUSD puede tomar una página de la quiebra de la ciudad de Detroit. Si el LAUSD se ve obligado en última instancia a la quiebra, que sólo podría salir de toda su responsabilidad contractual de los salarios, los beneficios y la jubilación, que después de todo parece haber sido su propósito.


08 2015


Thanks for the update, Lennie. Please keep us posted on this case. May justice be done.

We have learned from Hobart Shakespearean supporters that a rally for Rafe Esquith and all unjustly targeted teachers will be taking place this Monday, August 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, located at 980 S. Hobart Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90006.

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