Archive for March 2016

ANYBODY LEFT IN MEDIA WITH THE MORAL COURAGE TO RISK BEING DONAHUED?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) While I'm sure there are many potential candidates for people who were targeted and labeled toxic for having reported something that even remotely approximated truth, I find the summary public career execution of television personality Phil Donahue to be a compelling first contender for this dubious distinction.

UTLA: A "UNION" THAT AMBIGUOUSLY FUNCTIONS AS AN EXTENSION OF LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Every week for the last 5 years I have been contacted by what seems to be a neverending parade of targeted senior teachers at the top of the salary scale that make up 93% of teachers being charged and subsequently removed from their careers at LAUSD. They all tell the same story: They are being hit with fabricated morals charges or inflammatory allegations of being racist for doing something as mundane as teaching about race in the context of the civil rights movement in a Social Studies class.

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03 2016

BRAVERY, BULLIES, & BLOWHARDS

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Abuse of public education teachers is not something that is just happening in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, but has rather become endemic to virtually all public schools

PERB SAYS BLATANTLY ILLEGAL? LAUSD AND UTLA SAY, "WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT THAT WAY"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the recent 2/29/16 decision of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in favor of substitute teachers rights (UTLA loss in side letter case.pdf) United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has finally been held accountable...

AMERICAN POLITICS HAS BECOME A HOUSE OF CARDS

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When a sense of powerlessness has become endemic to the majority of Americans is there any wonder that a glitzy superficial appeal completely devoid of rational thought has succeeded in making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States? But while the prurient interest in Trump's hand size continues to capture the majority of "news" coverage in presidential debates, the opportunistic candidacy of a Hillary Clinton, who pledges allegiance to any idea that she thinks will get her voter support, is not far behind when all one really has to do for a reality check is look at the big money interests that continue to fund her ersatz populace campaign.

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03 2016

LAUSD "TEACHER SHORTAGE"...CREATED BY LAUSD'S ATTACK ON EXPENSIVE SENIOR TEACHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Someone once gave me an explanation of the Yiddish word chutzpah by saying, "It's like killing your mother and father and then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that you're an orphan." For another good example of chutzpah, one only need look at the present teacher shortage that in fact is only the logical result of a well organized and concerted attack on senior top-of-the-salary scale teachers who coincidentially??? make up 93% of teachers LAUSD continues to target with false morals charges under Education Code Section 44939- the assertion of which deprives them of grievance and arbitration through their union, before they are sent packing in a purposefully protracted process designed to financially and emotionally grind them down. But this war on senior teachers could never have been "successful" enough to create a teacher shortage without the tacit collusion and outright support of a teachers' union UTLA that now has the chutzpah to ask for and receive a 30% dues rise, because it allowed thousands of senior teachers- and their dues- to be removed without lifting a finger to come to their aid as one would think is the union's obligation under Article V, section 1 et seq of the present LAUSD-UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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03 2016