AN OPEN LETTER TO LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT BEUTNER

Austin Beutner.jpgDear Superintendent Beutner,

I am a whistle blower and ex-LAUSD teacher who was fired in 2010 on completely fabricated charges, even though I had well documented evidence and a prior exemplary 20 year teaching career. Why was I fired? Because I dared to report rampant fraud in both LAUSD's financial and academic functions, which continues to put the District on the verge of bankruptcy.

Although many have told me that you are merely the latest iteration of superintendent bent on moving LAUSD toward privatization for corporate vendor profit with little regard for improving LAUSD's academic achievement, I also felt that your recent excursions around LAUSD, where you have gone into offices and asked employees what they were actually doing on a day-to-day basis, gave me at least a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, your business, philanthrophist, and teacher mother experiences might mean that for the first time at LAUSD, you have the pragmatic good business skills necessary to finally address and fix an LAUSD that 40 years ago was actually better able to educate all its students and did so at a fraction of the cost to our society. And of course these unnecessary costs should now include the deferred costs of a criminal justice system that presently has to clean up the purposeful academic mess entrenched LAUSD bureaucrats create by falsifying grades, assessments, and attendance, which leaves LAUSD ex-students on the street with no way or education to be productive working members of our society- next stop jail?

When you were hired as superintendent, the fact that you didn't have an education background was deemed a deficit, but I think nothing could be further from the truth. What has been a major deficit in the past for all your predecessors has been their complete and utter lack of business and legal experience in running an LAUSD, which is- in the final analysis- reality one of the biggest businesses in the state, irrespective of its non-profit status.

Presently, all your predecessors at LAUSD have done is move up from teaching into various higher and higher echelons of LAUSD administration, but only if they always do what they are asked to do by their superiors without questioning it; whether it makes any sense or not. So now what we are left within LAUSD administration and what you have to deal with is an entrenched administrative bureaucracy, where nobody thinks and administrators and others just rubber stamp whatever they are asked to by their superiors.

While this is pervasive throughout the District and directly responsible for the dire financial and academic straits LAUSD presently finds itself in, it is not a phenomenon at just the lower levels of the District, but also permeates a captive Board.

Just one example to show you just how high this dysfunction goes can be seen by looking at the career of your interim LAUSD superintendent predecessor Vivian Ekchian, whose success at LAUSD is directly attributable to her willingness to sign any document placed before here, whether or not she had any actual knowledge as to the facts involved.

So, you have a choice. You can either depend on LAUSD's entrenched and self-serving bureaucracy for the information necessary to finally address and fix LAUSD definitively or you can ask me and all the other credible people who will never ask you to believe anything they cannot give you detailed evidence and other proof to substantiate. Alas, most of these folks have already been targeted and removed from the District for having dared to challenge LAUSD party line, but a bright guy like you should have no trouble determining as to who you think is telling you the truth. And as for me, I would be happy to tell you what I know for free with no conflict of interest, given that I am no longer an LAUSD employee, since 2010, when I was fired.

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