Archive for January 2019

COLLUSIVE SETTLEMENT OF LAUSD STRIKE

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The collusive settlement of the UTLA-LAUSD strike just announced on the morning of January 22nd by LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, UTLA's President Alex Caputo-Pearl, and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti predictably fails to consider the real reasons for LAUSD's longstanding failure to educate its predominantly minority and still segregated student population in a district that remains more concerned with the profits of its corporate "agreed upon no-bid vendors," rather than spending money on the timely addressing of its students' subjective academic levels and needs.

AT LAUSD THE PROBLEM IS NOT JUST CLASS SIZE

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While class sizes are too large at LAUSD, which is problematic to say the least, this is not what makes it impossible for teachers to be effective. Rather it is the fact that the vast majority of these students have been passed through their prior grade-levels- social promotion- without ever mastering the prior grade-level standards that would have allowed them to be effectively engaged by their teachers in subsequent grade-levels.

UTLA'S STRIKE WILL PRIVATIZE EDUCATION AT LAUSD

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I can't think of a better way of accelerating the corporate takeover and privatization of public education with corporate run charter schools than UTLA going on strike at this time. This is not to say that the issues UTLA has raised leading up to the strike are not valid, but going on strike at this ttime without a clear and mandatory prerequisite of organizing LAUSD parents to support the strike by keeping their children out of LAUSD schools has not been put in place.

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01 2019

UTLA STRIKING LAUSD INTO BANKRUPTCY- AND FUNDAMENTAL POSITIVE CHANGE?

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Our longstanding failed model of yet segregated non-education at LAUSD needs to come to an end and the looming strike by UTLA teachers might just be the best and most efficient way to accomplish this.

HOW UTLA CAN WIN AGAINST LAUSD WITHOUT A STRIKE?

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If United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo Pearl and the other leaders of the union really want to achieve their demands for a school work place environment with reasonable class size, administrative support for discipline, fair compensation for teachers, and an end to targeting teachers for removal who seek these and other excellent education goals, they need the support of their students' parents to join them in striking/boycotting LAUSD schools, which will cut off the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding from the State of California, based on in-seat student attendance, which regrettably is the only thing that those running LAUSD actually care about.

MAKING GLOBAL WARMING REAL ENOUGH TO STOP IT

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Clearly the biggest problem in getting humans to deal with global warming in a timely manner is in making it real enough now for those with enough power and informed vision to change its dismal and unequivocal dark vision of our future, while there is still time to change things for the better.