Black Boycott of Public Education.jpgIf what we do and what we say can continue to be ignored with impunity, then it is not worth doing. You can propose reforming the corrupt practices of a long failed and yet segregated entity like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), but if there are no significant consequences to LAUSD administration and their corporate puppet masters for their endemic now generational corruption, it will just keep going on in complete derrogation of their students' fundamental right of getting a good education.

One action that would finally confront and radically change LAUSD's corrupt administrative culture would be a district-wide strike of all students, so that LAUSD administration could no longer just collect Average Daily Attendance (ADA) money from the State of California, based exclusively on mere student attendance, while continuing to fail to educate the majority of its super majority and yet defacto segregated minority student population. It's 65 years after Brown vs. Board of Educations said, "Separate but inherently unequal" and yet we are more segregated today than we were then- a fact nowhere to be found in the corporate and foundation controlled media.

The mere presence of students in classes, who have continued to be socially promoted grade after grade without even basic academic skills mastery- to almost assured future failure when they leave school- can no longer be tolerated. The way to stop it is to cut off LAUSD's clearly unearned ADA funds, because that would finally stop subsidizing an LAUSD that knowingly continues to fail to give even a basic education to the majority of its students.

Luckily, there are actually very few steps, questions, and conditions that have to be addressed and answered in order to bring about a successful boycott that will finally get LAUSD students the excellent education they have long been entitled to:

1. If parents agree to pull their LAUSD students out of school, they need to know that their children will be safe.
2. The safe part of this equation can be supplied by giving classes in local community churches and other public buildings, where students could go as an alternative to going to their school. Simply stated: If the students don't go to their LAUSD school, LAUSD doesn't get the ADA money- now you've finally got their attention.
3. Another concern of parents is having their children continuing to be competently educated. This could be addressed by retired and yet credentialed teachers offering to teach these striking students for free in church site classrooms within the community. It is worth mentioning that there are approximately 10,000 former excellent high seniority LAUSD teachers who were and continue to be wrongfully terminated, so LAUSD can hire younger much cheaper teachers on emergency credentials. One would think these fully credentialed targeted senior teachers might be predisposed to supporting this LAUSD school boycott.
4. It is also worth mentioning that the regular teachers of the boycotting students should be encouraged to NOT respect the student boycott, but to rather show up at their respective schools, since this would require LAUSD to pay them, which would only increase the pressure on LAUSD to settle the boycott.
5. We could create a website program with a list of every school within LAUSD, where parents, students, teachers and their supporters can go and leave their contact information that will be shared with all others who go to that site to connect with the other members of their community. They can then get together in person and organize their community to not only win the boycott, but to also plant the seeds of individual-school-based parents, students, and teachers councils that will subsequent to the strike have a controlling role in the running of their school- down to the choosing of a principal, based on student academic success and not LAUSD's present blind obedience administrative hierarchy model.
6. By using the existing well-organized designed structure of a website, individuals will not only be able to connect with their local school's other interested students, parents, teachers, and community members, but these groups that they form locally will also be connected to other like-minded groups at different, elementary, middle, and high schools. And then to other local district elementary, middle, and high schools, which will elect representatives from throughout the District at large to come together in person to make sure that their clearly majority status and democratically devised public education plans are no longer ignored by a corrupt and dysfunctional LAUSD administration, that has clearly shown that real public education for all students is its last concern.
7. Dr. Martin Luther King's 1955 Selma-Montgomery successful bus boycott was founded on the critical fact that 74% of this segregated bus system's ridership were African Americans- if they didn't use the bus, the system would go bankrupt. Faced with bankruptcy, they integrated the bus system. At LAUSD, 90% of the district's student body is African Americn or Latino- if they don't go to school, LAUSD doesn't get the ADA money from the State and federal government and is bankrupted.

It presently costs as much as $146,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile. One would think you could educate them for far less.




08 2019

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A boycott, given the 90% majority status of Black and Latino "minority" student populations at LAUSD and elsewhere, seems a no-brainer. One can only wonder why groups like the NAACP, Urban League, La Raza, and others haven't yet implemented this winning strategy? Action against LAUSD in this case would clearly be better than only continuing to react to LAUSD's latest atrocity

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