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LAUSD - WHERE SCHOOL BULLYING ISN'T JUST ABOUT KIDS (LAUSD - DONDE EL ACOSO ESCOLAR NO ES SOLO DE LOS NIÑOS)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Did you ever wonder where kids learn about bullying in school? Try looking at the way in which teachers are treated by their principals with the blind support of LAUSD administration. Meanwhile, back at the Office of Administrative Hearings this last Monday March 21, 2011, an observer noted that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Attorney Mampre A. Pomakian kind of went ballistic before his closing arguments by attempting to attack my previous observations of his less then stellar performance at the hearing of harassed teacher Paulette Jackson that I posted earlier at Perdaily.

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03 2011

LAUSD, UTLA, AND THE NEO-LIBERAL "FINAL SOLUTION" FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS(LAUSD, UTLA, y los neo-liberal "SOLUCION FINAL" PARA PROFESORES PROFESIONALES)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) In the Warsaw Ghetto, a young zionist came back, after following the trains filled with Jews, to tell the Jewish leaders about Auschwitz and the extermination camps. The leaders, who had been supplying lists to the Nazis of the people in the ghetto to be "relocated" refused to believe what the young zionist was telling them about the "ultimate solution." They continued to fight among themselves, while offering their tacit support to the enemy, because that had allowed them to survive in the past. In the end, they were either killed in Auschwitz or in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. These folks didn't have a choice, teachers, students, and parents in LAUSD do.

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03 2011

FRANK SNEPP WINS THE 1ST ANNUAL JOSEPH GOEBBELS MEDIA MANIPULATION AWARD(Snepp FRANK GANA EL 1ER PREMIO ANUAL Joseph Goebbels manipulación del News)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) OUR WINNER EX-CIA AGENT FRANK SNEPP is who determines what gets on the air at KNBC is our choice for the Joseph Goebbels 2011 Media Manipulation Awards. Snepp worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 1968 until 1976.He started as an intelligence analyst and then graduated to being a full-time interrogator on the Station's counterintelligence staff. Snepp always has has a knack of .digging out valuable information from doing his interrogations, whether it be in Vietnam or later as a reporter. It must have been very frustrating for him to know about the corruption I shared with him about LAUSD, but one thing Frank has never done is go against those in power, who he has always blindly equated with American values, no matter how far they have strayed from fundamental notions of constitutional democracy.

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03 2011

WILL LAUSD'S JOHN DEASY AWARD THE FIRST ANNUAL JOSEPH GOEBBELS MEDIA MANIPULATION AWARD?(SE LAUSD PREMIO JOHN DEASY EL PRIMER PREMIO ANUAL Joseph Goebbels manipulación del News?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It has not been an easy job to destroy an independent media in this country and along with it any vestige of freedom of the press as supposedly guaranteed by the 1st Amendment. I think it is only fair that in the spirit of American Idol we go through the top individual L.A. candidates, who have done the most to destroy a free press this year, and award our 1st Annual Joseph Goebbels Award, given in loving memory of Germany's Propaganda Minister, who came to power in 1933 and was able to eliminate the intellectual traditions of one of the most civilized countries in the world in record time - sound familiar? Prescient?

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03 2011

LAUSD- Don't Mess With Teachers Video by Two Teachers and a Microphone Productions and Julia Sweeney "Sex Ed." Monologue

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)The problem with writing about the depressing corrupt reality of public education on a daily basis at the Los Angeles Unified School District and virtually every other purposefully constructed to fail inner city minority filled public school district throughout this country is that it is depressing as hell. Teachers, students, and parents that remain trapped in this system tend to naturally become apathetic as to the chances of ever turning things around based on their daily dose of a rote anti-intellectual approach to what could easily be changed into the joys and excitement of real education and the excitement of allowing their imaginations to run wild with all the possibilities as to what their lives could be. The message from those running this human hive is clear, don't think or question or the administrators will put a coat of school boy on your ass...and nobody wants that, do they?
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03 2011

LAUSD- Egypt, Wisconsin, and Now The Walkout at Hamilton High School

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Something important took place today at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. Students at the highly successful magnet school with excellent Humanities, Music, and Drama Magnets as well as 6 small learning communities who were threatened last week with the loss of 22 of their teachers decided to fight back. Using Facebook and other social media they organized thousands of their fellow students, parents, and supporters to stage a walkout from the school to say in the clearest of possible terms that they were not going to passively roll over and allow their educations and futures to be compromised by politically inspired manipulations throughout this state and country that were trying to impose draconian cuts to education that really had no rational justification. As one of the organizers of the event student Olivia Natt said in some of her remarks addressed to the whole student body, which had walked out of Hamilton High School in an orderly manner at 9:00am, "Children should not be used as leverage by politicians for their partisan political goals."

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03 2011

LAUSD BLINDLY CLOSES RANKS WITH THEIR PRINCIPALS NO MATTER WHAT (LAUSD CIEGAMENTE CIERRA FILAS CON SUS DIRECTORES NO IMPORTA LO QUE)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) When I first started teaching back in the late 1980s, somebody told me that principals were Gods and I was foolish enough to believe that they did not mean this literally. Today I spent another day in the surrealistic world of the Office of Administrative Hearings at 320 W. 4th St. in Downtown Los Angeles in "courtroom" number 9 on the 6th floor, where I got another object lesson in just how unquestioningly LAUSD administration will support its principals no matter what they do. What I saw again was an expensive process where LAUSD Attorney Mampre R. Pomakian, Staff Relations or Human Resources Ira Berman (he can't seem to make up his mind) and an expensive cast of judge, commissioners, court reporter, paralegal, and a stellar supporting cast spent their time trying to prove that when it comes to teachers: IF IT DOESN'T FIT, YOU MUST CONVICT

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03 2011

LAUSD and the Office of Administrative Hearings - Just Us Without Justice ( LAUSD y la Audiencia Administrativa - Sólo nosotros sin Justicia)

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(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.

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03 2011

UTLA- ADDING INSULT TO INJURY... IF ONLY YOU HAD THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO STOP THEM

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) (This post keeps getting more and more surreal as the day goes on in terms as to what LAUSD and UTLA can do without due process of law or maintaining even basic civil rights having to do with the property rights involved in employment. I just received the following email from Tara Thomas at UTLA) "Thank you, I received your email. You didn't receive a ballot this time around because the eligibility is based upon paying Union dues as of February 4th payroll. Our records indicate that you have not paid union dues since December 2010. You are on Inactive status at this time. In Unity, Tara R Thomas UTLA Business Office Phone 213-637-5165  fax 213-368-6231 tthomas@utla.net" So it seems that all LAUSD would have to do to eliminate UTLA as a union is to put us all on unpaid administrative leave in complete derogation of the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable law, because by so doing, teachers - according to Tara Thomas of UTLA - would lose their right to vote at UTLA in any attempt to confront LAUSD corruption in the illegal dismissal of teachers or UTLA complicit in these illegal actions. So what happened to the legal presumption of being innocent until shown guilty by a preponderance of the evidence with the burden of so proving on the alleging party???

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)

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(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).

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03 2011

LAUSD- Where Public Education is conducted in a foreign language called English (LAUSD-En caso de Educación Pública se lleva a cabo en un idioma extranjero llamado Inglés)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It is not racism to say that predominantly Black and Latino students cannot learn when every effort has been made to destroy their intelligence by not timely addressing their fundamental needs in education or by not doing adequate remediation at an early enough age to get them caught up to their peer group. The Music Man and other teacher movies are Hollywood. The hard reality is that once the neurobiology and sociology human development milestones are allowed to pass without even attempting to fulfill them, permanent damage is done in a more and more irreversible manner as a direct function of how long they are allowed to last, until it is no longer possible for the student to reach what would have been their potential, if they had been taught in an age-appropriate manner.

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03 2011

NYC and LAUSD Public Schools- The Coast to Coast Homogeneity of Purposefully Failed Public Education by Susan Lee Schwartz

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It is insane and it makes me want to cry for our country's future, because these 'kids' will not be kids for long. In no time they are uneducated adults, incapable of doing the real work, the critical analysis that is required in today's workplace. No one makes widgets in this country anymore, and those who cannot think or analyze, as Bob Herbert wrote this week, will be relegated to the lowest paying labor. Just as fanatics have hijacked a wonderful, peaceful religion, so have profiteers and the billionaires hijacked our public institutions, purchasing the support of the media to put out the destructive misinformation and outright lies that have brought public education to an end. Put your 'money' where your 'mouth' is, and report on the genuine research that expert academics have presented on evaluation.

LAUSD and UTLA- CONNECTING THE DOTS OF BLATANT CORRUPTION (LAUSD y UTLA-CONEXIÓN DE LOS PUNTOS DE LA CORRUPCIÓN DESCARADO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Before the hearing began, Judge Nafarrette said, "I haven't even reviewed the file," which Administrative Law Judge Scarlett had only given him at 8:40am that same morning. But as I listened to the testimony, I realized this was only the last step of a seamless system of endemic incompetence that started with the unwarranted harassment and removal from teaching of Ms. Jackson by novice Principal Kendra Wallace of Daniel Webster Middle School with the blind support of LAUSD administration that not only offered no critical analysis of the completely false charges brought against Ms. Jackson, but actually helped in the fabrication of evidence against her.

LAUSD ENCOURAGES TEACHERS TO CHEAT ON ASSESSMENTS, SO WHY GET ANGRY WHEN CRESCENDO CHARTER DOES IT? (LAUSD anima a los maestros a hacer trampa en "Assessments," POR LO QUE POR QUÉ se enojan cuando CRESCENDO CHARTER QUE HACE?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Now, one can only be astounded by the blatant hypocrisy of LAUSD in going after Crescendo Charter Schools for some of the same practices that continue to take place on a regular basis in LAUSD schools, where teachers like myself are given answers to assessments that we are supposed to administer but not score. So why do we have the answers? Hmm... No one at LAUSD in administration or on the Board questions this or the results in their own schools, when students with low elementary levels in English, math, science, and social studies, somehow get passing grades on assessments that they objectively do not have the foundational skills to even understand, let alone do well on. In addition, clearly written on the proctor's copy of these assessments are statements that these assessments are going to be give again, so what the teachers not just at Crescendo, but throughout LAUSD are tacitly encourage to do is help their students cheat.. So why would honorable teachers do this? Could it have anything to do with the not so subtle threat that LAUSD administration holds over their heads with value added assessment (45% margin of error), negative teaching evaluations, and overt threats if these teachers don't knuckle under to the dishonesty that is promulgated by LAUSD administrators who are more concerned with creating the appearance of education then actually doing something that would accomplish it. Ask any teacher how their administrator would respond if they gave an "F" to a student who did no work, was habitually truant, and deserved it.

LAUSD: Understanding Workplace and Educational/Academic Bullying/Abuse by Lorna Stremcha © 2006 (LAUSD: Comprender el lugar de trabajo y de la Educación / Intimidación Academia / Abuso de Lorna Stremcha © 2006)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Bullying/abuse in the workplace and educational/academia setting deprives families and society of security; financial stability, emotional balance and can result in debilitating health for the victim/target and or their family members. Those that abuse/bully others in the workplace, in the schools, in the boardrooms are destroying intelligent and talented people from living productive and quality lives. Workplace and educational/academia bullies/ abusers are obliterating lives. THERE IS NO INTERVENTION IN 85% OF THE CASES Workplace abuse/bullying is two to three times more prevalent than illegal discrimination. In most cases, it is sub-lethal and non-physical. According a Zogby Poll approximately one in six workers have directly experienced workplace abuse.
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03 2011

LAUSD Is Deaf to Ravitch: 'A moment of national insanity' by Valerie Strauss (LAUSD es sorda a Ravitch: 'Un momento de locura nacional por Valerie Strauss)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) I thought the following article from the Washington Post was well worth your reading. Please share it with as many of your friends as possible. It is clear that we are the silenced majority, who are finally starting to connect on the Internet to overcome the longstanding blackout in the corporate controlled mainstream media. In a country where over 90% of Americans get their only information about what is going on from the local "news," we must take education to the Internet to escape the intellectual ghetto we presently find ourselves in and raise the awareness of this country as to what is really going in in public education and elsewhere, before the American version of Mubarak or Gaddafi winds up in power...if that hasn't already taken place.

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03 2011

LAUSD: LOOK WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IN PHILLY- SOUND FAMILIAR? ( LAUSD: MIRA LO QUE DICEN EN FAMILIAR PHILLY-SONIDO?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) There is no way that public education throughout this country can be as bad and corrupt as it presently is without the willing collusion of teachers' unions like UTLA and those in Philadelphia, NYC, and elsewhere with their dysfunctional school districts. If you would like to try and turn it around, you must conquer your LAUSD/UTLA purposefully cultivated teacher apathy and vote for new leadership in the UTLA runoff elections. This is the first step to change and accountability for everyone at LAUSD and UTLA, along with the politicians who empower them and look the other way while they systematically dismantle meaningful public education in this country. Key to fulfilling the clear corporate agenda of ending democracy in this country is eliminating a publicly educated citizenry that is capable of understanding the ramifications of what is being done to them and their children in public schools that has made them incapable of having sufficient education to operate as a repository of power and oversight as anticipated by our Founding Fathers.

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03 2011

The Truth About Teachers

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02 2011

Duffy's Long Term Capitulation to LAUSD (A largo plazo capitulación de Duffy a LAUSD)

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THE NON-IDENTICAL TWINS? (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Duffy, Over the last 6 years, it has been hard to distinguish any difference between what you and Julie Washington do. Now, if you have your way, I will not have to. If Julie Washington gets in to continue your disastrous regime's approach to dealing with LAUSD, in another 3 years there likely will not be a UTLA to stand up for our rights. It takes a great deal of chutzpah to accuse others of "lying by omission," when that is what your regime has done for two terms and a total of 6 years. As I have mentioned several times on this site, I was a teacher for 23 years with excellent Stulls and not a mark against me, until I reported the fraudulent graduation of 79 students from my school with valid diplomas, even though they had low elementary school reading abilities on the STAR Reading Assessment with some as low as 2nd grade. You also know that teachers are giving assessments that they have the answers to, even though they are not supposed to grade them. But, with bogus value added assessment with a 45% margin of error, these teachers are not supposed to "help their students do well," when they know their very jobs may hang in the balance?

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02 2011

Michelle Rhee, Human Beings, and Teachers

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Dear Michelle, In response to your video, I always become suspicious when somebody says, "Research shows" and then doesn't cite the research that supports firing more senior teachers in favor of new teachers- especially, since the academics I talk to like Professors Lois Weiner, Diane Ravitch, and others completely disagree with you and they are willing to cite data. Also, using a pejorative word like "antiquated" to describe "last hired, first fired," simplistically ignores at least the arguable logic that those who have done it longer tend to do it better. Would you like a first year resident operating on you or a 20 year veteran that has done the procedure hundreds of times. Implicit in your comments are the false belief that good and seasoned teachers are not professionals and can be replaced by novices whose idealism is equal to years of experience.

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