1Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For readers of Perdaily, it is important to recognize that what is occurring in LAUSD is occurring in other districts. Jurupa Unified School District is located in the city of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, CA. It services approximately 19,000 students and is ethnically diverse. For disclosure, I am currently involved in a group action lawsuit against JUSD, RIC 10015548. Below I have described only a few of the reasons why a large number of employees of JUSD have filed a suit against our district.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Here is a riddle for you: What does all opposition to LAUSD endemic corruption have in common? Answer: It only responds to LAUSD's malicious and premeditated incompetence and harassment and never makes LAUSD administrative leadership face the consequences for their bad acts. As you have heard me say before, and which any teacher knows in dealing with their students, if there are no consequences for bad actions, either from students, teachers, or LAUSD's arrogant leadership, then nothing will change. A MODEST PROPOSITION TO TURN THIS SITUATION AROUND- What if students at all schools around LAUSD decided to stage a walkout on the same day, much in the manner that students at Hamilton High School recently did?(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) From the first day of this farce, the judge and two retired teacher were given LAUSD's book of "evidence" against Ms. Jackson, even before the judge decided as to whether it was admissible or not. Even after the judge had ruled that some document could not come in or other documents of questionable origin could, there was no attempt made to limit what access these two retired teachers would have to "the evidence" presented by LAUSD. While a professional judge might be able to limit his ultimate deliberation to admissible evidence, one could not reasonable expect two retired teachers to not be impermissible swayed. However, even with LAUSD's failure to comply with discovery of documents requested by Dr. Michael Wells, who was helping Ms. Jackson in her defense, based on a claim of sovereign immunity, the rank incompetence of LAUSD shown through. One witness who had written Ms. Jackson up for alleged improper behavior admitted that he had never observed her firsthand and had only written her up "as a favor" to somebody else at LAUSD who asked him to do so and yet this proceeding was allowed to go on.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) How You Can Expect to be Treated by the National Education Association (when you need them most) by Daniel Geery Following negotiations of our Master Agreement, in 1989, the Shelley School District hired a new superintendent, Val Edrington, well-known for his militaristic approach to things. Edrington was not pleased with my active role in the IEA and NEA. Shortly after his arrival that I was placed on probation, based on a long list of nonsensical allegations, such as "dominating grade level meetings," being absent when I was present, getting "blacktop smudges on PE balls," having inadequate lesson plans (though for seven years the previous administration commended my teaching and lesson plans), and for the content of a letter that was never published, wherein I questioned the superintendent's questionable history and activities in our district. Specifically, I had composed a draft of a letter about the shenanigans of the superintendent, took it to a local paper to see what one of the reporter's thought might need to be changed for it to be published. He kept a copy and took it to the school district's lawyer. To my surprise and horror, a termination hearing was scheduled in May, 1991. I asked the Idaho Education Association and its Executive Director to send a lawyer to assist me. "We can't," they claimed--such an action, they said, would be "too costly." A kangaroo court proceeding ensued. No record was made that was suitable for review, I was fired, with no income and no recourse.It is difficult to convey in words how demoralizing and depressing this situation was. In this small community, social support evaporated. The mere firing of an educator meant to many that I must have done something horribly wrong to be terminated from a tenured teaching position (several of my peers, aware of what was going on, were deeply concerned, but at a loss as to what to do).(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) What they don't want you to know is that charters started as a way to explore innovative teaching practices, that fewer than one in seven charters produce better results, and while they should be explored, charters should not be promoted as the "be all end all" to the problems facing our schools that the politicians - school board members and the Superintendent - have refused to address for years. What they also don't want you to know is that there's an incestuous relationship between current and former board members, district employees, and many in the charter school industry. We need to follow the money trail. Our incoming superintendent, John Deasy, negotiated an $80,000 salary bump despite recent layoffs, pay cuts, and firings - all done because the district supposedly doesn't have enough cash. The board didn't even bother to consider any other candidates. Deasy has worked for the Gates Foundation, embracing their push for value-added assessments, despite that, at best, value-added has a margin of error of plus or minus 45 points, and even worse, the foundation has been withholding data from researchers.(Mensaje se repite en Español) For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post Although Professor Joel Shatzky's writing and videos are about New York City public schools, can you see your own purposefully failed public school in the following three videos he has written or in the many articles and Huffington Post blogs he has written? Joel Shatzky:Brooklyn, New York Joel.Shatzky@cortland.edu Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005) Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006-- ) Regular contributor to the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-shatzky/educating-for-democracy-l_1_b_809924.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/searchS/?q=Joel+Shatzky Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001) Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents. Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is my New Year's resolution for 2011 to finally develop and publicize a clearly stated and specific platform for real and accountable public education reform by bringing together people from all over this country to share their collective and remarkably similar insights as to the real nature of the purposefully failed and the endemically corrupt present public education system as well as a rather straight forward way it can be dealt with. This is the first of many blogs from myself and an initial list of insightful educators, parents, students, writers, and others from all of the United States whose views have been systematically excluded from the mainstream media and the present carefully controlled monologue of bogus public education reform that will continue until we the people stop and replace it with a truly functional public education system. The links to these tenacious heroes who continue to posit a positive views of excellent public education for all will be posted and linked to on a daily basis on this site and increased as they are joined by others from around the country until we reach the critical mass necessary to achieve the pragmatic and effective implementation of public education that we are entitled to. Browse through their links to see the stark similarities of the present corrupt public education system around this country and their clear vision of what has to replace it if we intend to survive as a democracy that vests power in its highly educated citizens.
Results tagged “Corruption”
JURUPA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY A MINI-LAUSD by Anthony Scott (Jurupa Distrito Escolar Unificado del Condado de Riverside Un MINI-LAUSD por Anthony Scott)
LAUSD and the Office of Administrative Hearings - Just Us Without Justice ( LAUSD y la Audiencia Administrativa - Sólo nosotros sin Justicia)
Understanding the National Context of LAUSD, UTLA, and NEA Corruption - To Understand, Read Idaho Teacher Daniel Geery's Post(Entender el contexto nacional del LAUSD, UTLA, y la corrupción NEA - Para Entender, Leer Post Geery Idaho Daniel Maestro)
OPINION: The School Board Election: What LAUSD doesn't want you to know (OPINIÓN: La Escuela de Junta Electoral: ¿Qué LAUSD no quiere que usted sepa)
Meet Professor Joel Shatzky from Brooklyn, New York , who could just as easily be describing LAUSD or any of the other purposefully failed public school districts in between (Conocer el Profesor Joel Shatzky de Brooklyn, Nueva York, que podría fácilment
A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO END ENDEMIC CORRUPTION IN LAUSD AND ALL EQUALLY INCOMPETENT MINORITY FILLED BIG CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO FAIL (Un CAMPAÑA NACIONAL PARA PONER FIN A la corrupción endémica en el LAUSD...