(Mensaje se repite en Español)
On March 7, 2017 we will have a primary election for 3 of the 7 seats on the LAUSD Board that will be followed up on May 16th by a run-off in the general election, if no one candidate has gotten a majority in the primary.
In going over the candidates statements- be they incumbents or new candidates- one cannot help but be struck by the fact that none of these candidates have put forth any detailed and substantive platforms to address the endemic problems of an LAUSD that has been failing for a long time and is clearly on the verge of both financial and academic bankruptcy.
While right up there with motherhood and apple pie is the notion of "supporting a strong quality public education for all," none of the candidates- be they new or incumbent- address just how they would do this in a school system where students continue to be socially promoted without mastery of prior grade-level standards, which pretty much makes the subsequent giving of a "strong quality public education" an impossibility.
How do you "strengthen core subjects & electives programs" in a district with a 50% chronic truancy rate that is completely antithetical to the recent disingenuous assertion of LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, who touted a "100% graduation rate" that has gone unchallenged by the present LAUSD Board of Directors and the mainstream media.
It also sounds nice to talk about increasing school electives, but the reality is that virtually all industrial arts programs that would have given students an employable skill or one with which they could earn enough money to pay for a post K-12 education, have been closed down throughout LAUSD, while both LAUSD administration and the Board refuse to take cognizance of the fact that the total capacity of all colleges and universities in the United States is only 30% of high school graduates. So what is everybody else supposed to do to stay out of jail?
I wish one of these candidates would tell me how you "reduce class size, stablize classrooms, support all staff and establish appropriate discipline strategies," when the energy of LAUSD administration and the Board has been spent targeting senior teachers at the top of the salary scale with false charges in favor of cheaper fresh out of college "teachers" on emergency credentials taking their place?
This has created a critical shortage of experienced teachers. Add to this the continued huge numbers of students going from LAUSD to charters and you wind up with remaining LAUSD classrooms filled with 40 or more students in a misguided attempt by LAUSD administration to stem the continued hemorrhaging of money.
And of course, since LAUSD gets paid by Average Daily Attendance (ADA)- measured exclusively by warm butts in seats and not any objective measurement of academic achievement- LAUSD allows chaos to reign in the classroom in order to get more money from the state and federal governments. Administrators are loathe to suspend students ($$$) who are now free to disrupt classes on a regular basis to the detriment of all other students and teachers, who find it impossible to teach or learn in this LAUSD administratively tolerated bedlam. Could that be why enrollment in teacher credentialing programs are down to historic lows?
If any candidate for LAUSD Board is truly interested in positing a real, three-dimensional, and detailed platform to address the corruption to turn around what used to be a great school district- and could be again, if corporate profit interests were addressed- I would be happy to endorse them for the LAUSD Board. Any takers? Look at it this way: Given the extreme levels of student, parent, teacher, and voter apathy, it will not take a whole lot of votes to get you elected.
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