IS LAUSD'S NEW SUPERINTENDENT MICHELLE KING JUST THE LATEST VENDOR VASSAL?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

LAUSD is a business that for generations has been more concerned with the well being of its exclusive "agreed vendors" of goods and services than it has been for the successful formation of its students. The uncontested reason for this behemoth to have existed in the first place as the second largest school district in the United States is what is called the economics of scale, where in theory a larger entity like LAUSD with its enormous buying power should be able to get the best price for the goods and services it needs at the lowest wholesale market price. But the opposite reality has remained for generations where you could go into any retail store and buy pretty much anything for less than LAUSD pays for it, while getting a newer more up to date model or version with better warranties.

So, given that the sole reason for this generationally dysfunctional LAUSD to exist with its incessant scandals like Belmont High School being bulit on an irremediable toxic waste dump or an Ambassador Hotel school being built with talking benches and way over budget or a $1.3 billion iPad scandal that remains unaddressed years after it was uncovered, why does LAUSD remain unreconstructed generation after generation to the continued undoing of the vast majority of its primarily poor and minority students?

The reason is that power corrupts and absolute and unnecessarily centraized power corrupts absolutely. While something like the economics of scale might be reluctanty tolerated in order to attain the greatest economies in the purchase of goods and services for LAUSD, what is never addressed is that the agglomeration of such power also brings with it the likely danger of indemic corruption especially where highly centralized adminstrative decisions about business are being made by ex- teacher administrators with little or no experience or ability in business or law necessary to stand up to sophicated vendors who have over the years moulded LAUSD into an entity that serves their economic interests and not those of the district and what should be its primary mandate to educate its students.

Now Into this fray comes new LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King who has moved up in this purposeful flawed de facto segregated and academically underactiving culture for the last 30 years not by making waves, but rather going along to get along. In fact, when you look at who gets chosen at LAUSD for the superintendent (or any admnistrative position), it seems that the most important qualification for this top position is the assurance that you will do nothing to change its vendor friendly and student toxic culture.

Whether it is Michelle King or her most recent predecessors Ramon Cortines and John Deasy, the hallmark of this illusory type of leadership and reform is that it only addresses the effects of long-failed LAUSD public education and never the underlying causes. While her first suggestion upon entering the superintendent's job to have exclusively all boy and all girl campuses is supported by competent academic authorities, it never addresses the far more damaging continued practice of LAUSD to continue socially promoting students who arrive in kindergarten already behind. Instead of positing an early intervention program that addresses each student's subject academic level irrespective of age, it seems that LAUSD under Michelle King will continue to socially promote ill-prepared students to assured failure, whether they are in a mixed gender or single gender school.

The same is true for her second goal of "making sure every student graduates." Again this can not be done with nice sounding empty rhetoric without addressing the student's underlying prior grade level standards deficits in a timely age-sensitive manner- something that up until now has remained conspiciously absent in all prior LAUSD superintendents' plans that never question clearly failed social promotion to assured subsequent academic failure.

But one should not just blame LAUSD administrators, since it is human nature to not change unless one knows that there are negative consequences for premeditated generational LAUSD failure. So far, this has not been the case at LAUSD where neither local, state, nor federal oversight have done anything to hold LAUSD administrative failure accountable. So if a socially promoted student without any of the skills that are supposed to be subsumed under a high school diploma arrives at junior college where 75% continue to fail, take remedial class, and disproportionaly drop out, no governmental agency charged under law with oversight of LAUSD ever steps in and says, "What's going on here and who's fixing the grades and CAHSEE exams that these students have supposedly passed?"

It is not lost on me that new LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King is African American and a woman. One can only hope that she might finally comport herself in a manner finally befitting the needs of what remains a close to 90% de facto segregated school district 62 years after Brown v. Board of Education said, "Separate but equal...is inherently unequal." Yes, I still believe in Santa Claus and The Tooth Fairy.

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LAUSD es un negocio que durante generaciones ha sido más preocupado por el bienestar de sus exclusivos "vendedores convenidos" de bienes y servicios de lo que ha sido para la formación exitosa de sus estudiantes. La razón indiscutible para este gigante de haber existido en el primer lugar como el segundo distrito escolar más grande en los Estados Unidos es lo que se llama la economía de escala, donde, en teoría, una entidad mayor como LAUSD con su enorme poder de compra debe ser capaz de obtener el mejor precio para los bienes y servicios que necesita al precio más bajo del mercado mayorista. Pero la realidad opuesta ha mantenido durante generaciones donde se puede ir a cualquier tienda y comprar casi cualquier cosa por menos de LAUSD paga por él, mientras que la obtención de un nuevo modelo más hasta la fecha o la versión con mejores garantías.

Por lo tanto, dado que la única razón para este LAUSD generacionalmente disfuncional de existir con sus escándalos incesantes como Belmont High School siendo bulit en un vertedero de residuos tóxicos irremediable o de alguna escuela Ambassador Hotel está construyendo con bancos parlantes y forma más de presupuesto o un escándalo iPad $ 1300 millones que queda sin dirección años después de que fuera descubierto, ¿por qué LAUSD permanecen generación no reconstruido tras generación a la perdición continuada de la gran mayoría de sus estudiantes principalmente pobres y de minorías?

La razón es que el poder corrompe y el poder absoluto corrompe absolutamente centraized e innecesariamente. Si bien algo así como la economía de escala podría reluctanty tolerado para alcanzar las mayores economías en la compra de bienes y servicios para el LAUSD, lo que nunca se aborda es que la aglomeración de tal poder también trae consigo el peligro probable de la corrupción indemic especialmente donde las decisiones ADMINISTRATIVOS altamente centralizados acerca de los negocios se están haciendo por los administradores maestros ex con poca o ninguna experiencia o habilidad en los negocios o la ley necesaria para hacer frente a los vendedores sophicated que tienen con los años moldeados LAUSD en una entidad que sirve a sus intereses económicos y no los del distrito y lo que debería ser su principal mandato de educar a sus alumnos.

Ahora En esta batalla viene Superintendente nueva LAUSD Michelle Rey que se ha movido en este propósito errónea de facto segregada y la cultura académica underactiving durante los últimos 30 años no haciendo olas, sino que va a lo largo de llevarse bien. De hecho, si nos fijamos en que consigue elegido al LAUSD para el superintendente (o cualquier posición admnistrative), parece que la calificación más importante para esta posición superior es la garantía de que va a hacer nada para cambiar su cultura tóxica vendedor amable y estudiante .

Ya se trate de Michelle King o sus más recientes predecesores Ramón Cortines y John Deasy, el sello distintivo de este tipo ilusoria del liderazgo y de la reforma es que sólo se refiere a los efectos de larga fallado la educación pública LAUSD y nunca las causas subyacentes. Mientras que su primera propuesta al entrar en el trabajo del superintendente de tener en exclusiva todo niño y todos los campus de la muchacha con el apoyo de las autoridades académicas competentes, nunca se refiere a la práctica continuada mucho más perjudicial de LAUSD para continuar social promoviendo los estudiantes que llegan a kindergarten ya atrás. En lugar de plantear un programa de intervención temprana que aborda nivel académico sujetos de cada estudiante, independientemente de la edad, parece que el LAUSD bajo Michelle Rey seguirá socialmente promover a los estudiantes mal preparados para el fracaso asegurado, tanto si están en un género mixto o la escuela solo género.

Lo mismo es cierto para su segundo objetivo de "asegurarse de que cada estudiante se gradúe." De nuevo, esto no se puede hacer con un buen sonido retórica vacía sin abordar los déficits de estándares de nivel de grado antes subyacentes del estudiante en un algo manner- edad sensible oportuna que hasta ahora se ha mantenido conspiciously ausente en los planes de todos los superintendentes de LAUSD anteriores que nunca cuestionamos claramente fallaron promoción social al fracaso académico posterior asegurado.

Pero uno no debe simplemente culpan a los administradores de LAUSD, ya que es la naturaleza humana no cambiará a menos que uno sabe que hay consecuencias negativas para el fracaso del LAUSD generacional premeditado. Hasta ahora, esto no ha sido el caso en el LAUSD donde ni local, estatal, ni la supervisión federal han hecho nada para sostener el fracaso administrativo LAUSD responsable. Así que si un estudiante socialmente promovido sin ninguna de las habilidades que se supone que podría subsumir en un diploma de secundaria llega al colegio donde el 75% llegan a fallar, tomar clases de recuperación, y disproportionaly abandonar, ninguna agencia gubernamental encargada en virtud del derecho de la supervisión del LAUSD nunca interviene y dice: "¿Qué está pasando aquí y quién se fijan las calificaciones y exámenes CAHSEE que estos estudiantes han supuestamente pasado?"

No se me escapa que la nueva Superintendente del LAUSD Michelle King es afroamericano y una mujer. Uno sólo puede esperar que por fin podría comportarse a sí misma de una manera finalmente acorde a las necesidades de lo que queda de una cerca del 90% de facto distrito escolar segregado 62 años después de que Brown v. Board of Education, dijo, "separados pero iguales ... es inherentemente desigual." Sí, todavía creo en Santa Claus y El Hada de los Dientes.

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01 2016

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Lenny, you need to meet personally with Michelle King. I don't know if she has heard of you or read your blog. She needs to read your commentary and take it into consideration while managing LAUSD. Maybe she will give you your job back because you never deserved to be terminated from LAUSD.

This new superintendent will be an opportunity for LAUSD to improve or stagnate.

No matter what, Ms. King will inevitably get a school named after her because she is LAUSD's first female African American superintendent.

I will talk to anybody who is serious about fixing LAUSD. It is actually much easier and cheaper all around to educate all of our students to their untapped potential than to maintain this generational failure factory that accommodates to failure and underachievement.

While it’s true that the fait accompli selection of Michelle King as superintendent deserves further scrutiny, there’s much more to be said here than just that. To start, anytime the school board unanimously votes in a candidate like King, you know the fix is in. Seriously, the board itself is nothing but stooge gallery of rubber stamps, one of highly questionable integrity. Wasn’t it not too long ago that its then board president was exposed for sexual harassment targeted against female employees and that was conveniently swept under the rug while this same perpetrator still holds a seat on the board? So anything they do should draw suspicion.
That aside, what really needs to be further examined are these bad purchases on the part of administrators who aren’t trained businessmen. They don’t get a free pass for their supposed ignorance. While it’s true that they too are little more than a core of useless graduate degree carrying stooges who spent less time in a classroom than a third grader, that gives them no relief in responsibility for such gross and purposeful lack of oversight. Maybe they’re not professional businessmen but an administration as large at that of LAUSD,the largest, most overpaid and most bloated of any school district in the country, most certainly should have a business division consisting of professional businessmen overseeing purchases.
So what gives here? That’s and easy one, crony, good old boy corruption. These bad purchases are by and large the result of under the table deals, payola and pickpocketing tax dollars. So what this amounts to is a dirty administration with a long history of dirtiness. Unless it’s changed suddenly, you could probably visit any elementary school and still find some vacant room serving as a kind of book den or depository and it’ll be filled with the unused or never used remains of packaged programs purchased from the big ed material publishers who cut these deals with the district. And that’s just a small part of it. In the end, you don’t need Sherlock Holmes, Boston Blackie, Bulldog Drummond or Sam Spade to know who’s responsible for the waste. The responsible parties are wearing stuffed shirts and big skirts while they occupy the offices at Beaudry and every local ed center ruling some part of the district.

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