LAUSD BOARD CANDIDATES: PLATITUDES WITHOUT A PLAN

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(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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El 7 de marzo de 2017 tendremos una elección primaria para 3 de los 7 escaños en la Junta del LAUSD que será seguida el 16 de mayo por una segunda vuelta en las elecciones generales, si ningún candidato ha conseguido una mayoría en la primaria .

Al repasar las declaraciones de los candidatos, ya sean titulares o nuevos candidatos, uno no puede dejar de sorprenderse por el hecho de que ninguno de estos candidatos ha presentado plataformas detalladas y sustantivas para abordar los problemas endémicos de un LAUSD que ha fracasado por Largo tiempo y está claramente al borde de la bancarrota tanto financiera como académica.

Mientras que con la maternidad y el pastel de manzana está la noción de "apoyar una educación pública de buena calidad para todos", ninguno de los candidatos -sea nuevos o incumbentes- se ocupa de cómo haría esto en un sistema escolar donde los estudiantes continúan Ser socialmente promovido sin el dominio de las normas de nivel de grado anteriores, lo que prácticamente hace imposible la posterior entrega de una "educación pública de alta calidad".

¿Cómo "fortalece los temas principales y los programas electivos" en un distrito con una tasa de ausentismo crónico del 50% que es completamente antitética a la reciente afirmación falsa de la superintendente Michelle King de LAUSD, quien promocionó una "tasa de graduación del 100%" La actual Junta Directiva de LAUSD y los principales medios de comunicación.

También suena bien hablar sobre el aumento de electivas escolares, pero la realidad es que prácticamente todos los programas de artes industriales que han dado a los estudiantes una habilidad empleable o con la que podrían ganar suficiente dinero para pagar una educación post K-12 Mientras que tanto la administración del LAUSD como la Junta se niegan a tomar en cuenta el hecho de que la capacidad total de todos los colegios y universidades en los Estados Unidos es sólo el 30% de los graduados de secundaria. Entonces, ¿qué se supone que todo el mundo debe hacer para mantenerse fuera de la cárcel?

Desearía que uno de estos candidatos me dijera cómo "reduce el tamaño de la clase, stabliza las aulas, apoya a todo el personal y establece las estrategias de disciplina apropiadas", cuando la energía de la administración del LAUSD y la Junta se ha gastado dirigiéndose a los maestros altos en la parte superior del salario Escala con cargos falsos a favor de más barato fresco de la universidad "maestros" en las credenciales de emergencia tomando su lugar?

Esto ha creado una escasez crítica de maestros experimentados. Añada a esto el número continuo enorme de estudiantes que van del LAUSD a los charters y usted enrolla para arriba con las salas de clase restantes de LAUSD llenadas de 40 o más estudiantes en un intento equivocado por la administración de LAUSD para detener la hemorragia continua del dinero.

Y, por supuesto, dado que el LAUSD es pagado por la Asistencia Diaria Promedio (ADA) - medido exclusivamente por las colillas calientes en los asientos y no cualquier medida objetiva de logro académico - LAUSD permite que el caos reine en el salón de clase para obtener más dinero del estado y Gobiernos federales. Los administradores odian suspender a los estudiantes ($$$) que ahora son libres de interrumpir las clases de manera regular en detrimento de todos los demás estudiantes y maestros, quienes les resulta imposible enseñar o aprender en este LAUSD tolerado administrativamente. ¿Podría ser por eso que la inscripción en los programas de acreditación de maestros se reduce a mínimos históricos?

Si cualquier candidato a la Junta Directiva del LAUSD está verdaderamente interesado en plantear una plataforma real, tridimensional y detallada para tratar la corrupción para dar la vuelta a lo que solía ser un gran distrito escolar -y podría ser de nuevo, si se trataran los intereses de las empresas- Estaría encantado de apoyarlos para la Junta del LAUSD. ¿Ningún arrendatario? Míralo de esta manera: Dado los niveles extremos de apatía de estudiantes, padres, maestros y votantes, no necesitará un montón de votos para que usted sea elegido.

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While I couldn't agree more that all of this is so, still, I wonder why even bother writing it? I mean, we know that the outcomes of these "elections" are totally under control and influenced by nothing other than the teachers union,UTLA, to some extent. Otherwise, hardly anyone bothers to vote in them because that might take a little effort to examine the candidates who are all career hacks anyway. In fact, how many will even bother the read the editorial? Maybe a few teachers or those on the email list. And just look at this. Here's a district almost 1.5 billion dollars in arrears and substantially due to this lame ass bunch of sloths sitting on the school board. But still it pays the district's administrators the highest salaries in the country and employees more of them proportionately to the number of enrolled students than any other school district in the country including New York City and Chicago. Isn't also true that, while teaching staff has been reduced by something like 25%, administrative staff has increased by 20%? And yet the school board further still throws funds away on building new schools while letting old schools fall into disrepair even though it claims the need to reduce staff due diminishing enrollment. And you want to talk about targeting senior staff on false allegations? How about the targeting of thousands of retired and resigned teachers on false claims of salary over payment from a hopelessly faulted ad failed payroll system, a crime which the union refuses to address and literally ignores? So who cares about the school board elections? None of the board members would be there or will be there unless their hands are already thoroughly dirty given that they oversee the most corrupt and abusive school district in the country with no intentions of ever doing anything to right these wrongs.

Your comment presupposes continued voter apathy being written in stone. It would actually take a relatively very few voters to put the crooks out. Several LAUSD Board candidates have already reached out to me with regard to an endorsement offer I made predicated on a substantive platform on their part and a commitment to implement substantive actions if they win.

Do you think there might just be a significant number of parents, ex-students, targeted and fired teachers, and others who have a clear motivation to vote this time around?

At the very least, aren't you curious as to what group(s) have given new District 4 candidate Nick Melvoin $270,031.34 to put him in a part-time job that pays somewhere around $45,000 a year? I mean, encumbent Steve Zimmer only has $85,392.99 raised for his campaign. Did Zimmer piss the wrong people off?

Where is the rationale behind having entrenched LAUSD bureaucracy as the only source of information for LAUSD Board members making academic and financial decisions literally worth billions of dollars? Any wonder LAUSD is or will be bankrupt soon? Too many pigs feeding at the trough.

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