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The Gates Foundation and The Broad Foundation: Militant Reformers of LAUSD and Public Education or Militantly Ignorant(La Fundación Gates y la Fundación Broad: Reformas militante de Educación del LAUSD y público o militante Ignorante)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Several years ago, Patti Stonesifer the president of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was speaking at the Los Angeles Central Library about the Gates Foundation's using its vast wealth in addressing the deplorable state of American public education. In attendance were LAUSD Board Member Marlene Canter, Steve Barr of Green Dot Schools, and many other movers and shakers in public education, who had come to pay homage to the power that Ms. Stonesifer personified. At some point while I was sitting there, it dawned on me that Ms. Stonesifer, although she seemed very bright and had a personal fortune of over $350 million made working for Microsoft, was really in no better position to fix public education than I was. In fact, I actually might stand a better chance of succeeding than she did, because of what I knew from being on the inside as a teacher that she and the other people of good will present that evening did not know: After all, there point of entry into the public education reform arena was through the same corrupt and self-serving bureaucracy that was responsible for the long term and premeditated destruction of public education in the first place, which was not likely to give them anything but a distorted picture of what was really going on.

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01 2011

Some Suggestions For LAUSD To Save Millions On Just Textbooks...If They Really Want To (Algunas sugerencias para el LAUSD para salvar a millones en sólo libros de texto ... Si realmente quieren)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post Writer Evelyn Waugh's classic black comedy The Loved One was also the source of a subsequent film starring Jonathan Winters. The story is a loosely veiled spoof on Forest Lawn and the American way of death. In one classic scene of the movie multiply-part-playing Winters who is the owner of the cemetery, when he finds out that the land on which the cemetery is built is worth a fortune, screams at the top of his lungs, "How do I get those stiffs off of my property." He ultimate solves his problem with a clever scheme to sell burials in space, where he can clear the cemetery land at the same time that he is making a fortune selling high priced funerals that rocket the deceased into space.

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01 2011

LAUSD, UTLA, Public Education, and Race- A Fable for the 21st Century (LAUSD, UTLA, Educación Pública, y la raza-Una fábula para el siglo 21)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Many years ago in Africa before I Love Lucy was on television and the Amos and Andy radio show's White performers were not considered racist. And long before doo rags were a sign of Black pride, but rather a sign that Blacks had not as yet appreciated how beautiful they were, there lived only two races on the face of the earth. There were the Neanderthals and the Cro-Magnons. The Cro-Magnons were a truly superior people of not only higher intelligence, but also a high level of rare human empathy and a keen sense of fashion that is clearly lacking in 21st century America and elsewhere as humanity strives to see if it can assure its own extinction over the next 15 to 20 years by continuing to strip mine the earth, while irreparably maiming large segments of its population in public schools.

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01 2011

LAUSD and Complicit UTLA: Listen Today 1/18/11 at 8 a.m. on KPFK to The Silenced Majority(UTLA LAUSD y cómplices: Escuche hoy 1/18/11 a las 8 am en KPFK de Los Mayoría silenciada)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 18-20 KPFK's Uprising Show with Sonali Kolhatkar will talk about issues of real public education reform that are presently blacked out in the mainstream media. Listen live at 90.7 FM if you are in Los Angeles or podcast at: http://www.kpfk.org/listen-live.html If you want to listen later, the shows will be archived at: http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/ January 18th show on KPFK: What happens to teachers who stand against LAUSD endemic corruption Public education as LAUSD and UTLA see it are about adapting to failure, rather than positing a pragmatic and viable model that addresses the subjective needs of students, teachers, and their families to insure an environment where learning is not the exception and 50% of teachers do not quit within the first 5 years because of the untenable environment they are required to teach in with no administrative support for either good teaching or the minimal level of discipline it requires..

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01 2011

OPINION: John Deasy a disappointing choice for LAUSD superintendent by David Lyell

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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'm disappointed by the appointment of John Deasy as the superintendent to the LAUSD School Board. The school board didn't even bother to consider any other candidates, which is very strange. The public needs to remember that the mayor, who celebrated this appointment, after recently attacking UTLA, was also handed a vote of "no confidence" by teachers at eight of the 10 schools he takes credit for operating. The reality is that the teachers at those school sites operate those schools. The mayor, who rarely shows up, only operates them on paper, and dismally at that. We need to remember that this is the same mayor who, in 2009, spent 15 times as much as his nearest opponent on his campaign, then refused to debate him.

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01 2011

Is LAUSD Another Bell? by Stuart Goldurs (Es LAUSD Un Otra Bell?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) LAUSD never reveals its line budget. LAUSD has departments and highly paid administrators that have no effect on education at the schools. LAUSD has lobbyists and outside contracts. LAUSD cuts from the lowest ends of the payroll. LAUSD blames the teachers for everything and maintains an adversarial relationship with them. LAUSD spends "$100 million per year on non-mandated assessments -- that is, testing not required by law -- and $43 million on mini-districts." LAUSD looks for ways to treat teachers poorly--especially those who speak out, those who keep difficult classes in order but do not produce strong test scores, and those that school administrators do not like.
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01 2011

From LAUSD to New York City Public School and everything in between: A NATIONAL SCANDAL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS by Susan Lee Schwartz Part 2

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Ordinary people who believe in the law of the land are incredulous and say, "How can our public school systems across the country be so corrupt? SIMPLE -with the help of the media and the complicity of the union. You see, while the media focuses and points the finger at those "bad teachers," at the 'dead-wood" the union mishandles tens of thousands of cases. THE WAY IT WORKS: • The crucial point where the contract would prevent charges based on abusive, false allegations from being IS AT THE SITE! • But, the union's rep on-site is a teacher who depends on the principal for everything: the student load, the duties, the materials, the program. Collusion with administration has become epidemic here and grievance procedures are abandoned or subverted. IT IS SO SIMPLE! To bypass the grievance procedure MANDATED in a contract, the principal tells a parent to complain directly to the CHANCELLOR or superintendent, with one of several SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS which mean the teacher can be REMOVED immediately. • CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS A FAVORITE , and teacher comments can be interpreted as threatening, and used to charge a teacher with corporal punishment. (Education law is clear that THIS is illegal.) • Sexual abuse " there has been a three -fold increase in these allegations interpreted from the ASSOCIATED PRESS release to mean that thirty percent of our teachers are abusive to students, when in truth, this charge is just a ploy to remove a teacher, in most of the cases. • Theft or misuse of funds: which is ironic, since it is administration that that often robs the school blind. • Drug Abuse: any allegation can doom a teacher.

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01 2011

From LAUSD to New York City Public School and everything in between: A NATIONAL SCANDAL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS by Susan Lee Schwartz Part 1

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Thus, across the country, a corrupt bureaucratic system has put into in place a procedure that circumvents the union contract, education regulations and basic civil rights laws, in order to remove any teacher. This process is the total abrogation of the civil rights of Americans... who just happen to be teachers! This "process" has so infiltrated our school systems, that now our teachers' careers, reputations, health care and financial security are destroyed and there is ABSOLUTELY NO RECOURSE TO THE LAW! Teachers have difficulty finding lawyers to represent them, because few lawyers have the deep pockets to litigate against an entity whose deep pockets are filled by your tax dollars. Litigation, in any case is a financial nightmare. Moreover, the judicial system is stacked against the teachers, as judges routinely rule in favor of the administrations. Teachers lose.

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01 2011

LAUSD: Connect the dots between business as usual and terror in the communities it fails to serve

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) What also struck me by sharp contrast right next to it was the face of presumptive LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, who was smiling in much the same manner as his predecessors Admiral Brewer and Ramon Cortines had while doing absolutely nothing during their tenures of office to change the long-failed culture of LAUSD. A culture where ignorance is still allowed to maintain racial fantasies that cause predominantly minority young people to pass through 13 years of education - if they don't drop out first - completely unscathed by the formation that would make them less susceptible to this useless waste of our nation's greatest asset. It also occurred to me that the images of Black and Latino incomprehensible grief has become so common place as an image in our society that people hardly pause in appreciating the catastrophic effect that such indifference to human grief has specifically on these communities, but also on all of us in this society. It is not just the Whites that have no expectation of Black and Latino youth living better, but it is also the Black and Latino communities themselves that have been forced to live in the L.A. version of Baghdad or Kabul for so long that they too have lost any hope for a better future.

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01 2011

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...

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(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.

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01 2011

WE PROVE IT: CENTRAL HIGH GRADUATING STUDENTS WITH 2ND GRADE READING LEVELS

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On June 19, 2009, Central High/Tri-C Continuation School in Los Angeles graduated and gave valid high school diplomas to students with reading abilities as low as 2nd grade, according to the students STAR Reading scores. All we have are the teachers, students and documents to prove it.

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11 2010

LAUSD: Que le vaya bien

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) After 184 posts on this site made every school day for the last year, I think I have public education reality out there for anybody who would like to look through this site for the rampant corruption and what I have suggested could be done about it. In the future, I will keep this site up and monitor those who contact and want to post, but I will now only post on an occasional basis as I need the tremendous amount of time it takes to write 5 posts a week to defend myself and others through expensive and time consuming legal process. Clearly, teachers are the key to bringing down corrupt LAUSD and it is for this reason that LAUSD administrators brutally attack anyone who dares challenge their militantly ignorant policies that continue to destroy student and teachers lives. In talking with some of the 80 - 200 teachers who share my fate of either being on paid or unpaid administrative leave, there are clear similarities in the abusive tactics that LAUSD has employed against all of us in complete and utter disregard for truth and due process of law.
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11 2010

LAUSD: Now It Begins (Ahora Empieza)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On Tuesday, November 9th at 4:44pm I received a call on my cell phone from Janice Davis, Head of High School Programs for LAUSD. After 8 months of being confined to my home between the hours of 7:30am to 3pm, Monday-Friday, she was calling to tell me that the LAUSD Board had rubber stamped LAUSD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Judy Elliott's recommendation made on October 4th to have me put on unpaid status as a first step toward dismissing me from employment as a teacher from LAUSD. Now begins the real fight in venues, that at least in theory, are out of LAUSD's control and where I will have a right to judicially enforced discovery to request the non-existent documents that LAUSD has used as a basis to sustain false charges against me while refusing to authenticate anything in total violation of anything that even resemble due process. There is nobody at LAUSD who has a good faith belief that I am guilty of anything other than not going along with their fraud. Given that I know for certain that I have done nothing wrong, in all likelihood when compelled to produce documents to support their charges, they will refuse, drop the charges, and place me back in another school only to start the process of intimidation all over again with incessant assistant principal visits and writing me up on a new series of nonexistent charges until I do what the majority of teachers in my situation do which is to quit, retire, or if they are lucky get bought off upon the signing of a non-disclosure agreement with LAUSD that forbids them from discussing the terms of their settlement or anything else about the way they were treated.

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11 2010

LAUSD/UTLA : In a fit of PEAC

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On November 5th last week, I received the following terse email from David Rapkin of Progressive Educators For Action (PEAC), the self-proclaimed progressive activist arm of UTLA: "At a certain point, people and groups need to disagree forthrightly on principle and part ways clearly. It is the decision of the PEAC leadership that your posts are no longer welcome nor permitted on the list." David Two days later after sending the following incendiary comment to David: Enjoy the cool aid (reference to Jim Jones, Guiana, and the cult-like adherence to doctrine to the point of adamantly refusing to hear or deal with anything outside accepted dogma, i.e. fanatic.
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11 2010

LAUSD, UTLA, The L.A. Times and Yellow Journalism

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On Sunday, November 7th Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article entitled "Teachers unions clout in question," which is a completely and utter distortion of everything that he knows from having daily and intimate access to the highest echelons of LAUSD, which he once described to me as resembling a "MASH triage unit in Superintendent Ramon Cortines's offfice," where they are running from brush fire to brush fire without a clue as how to deal with any of the issues they face in a logical and definitive manner. Mitchell Landsberg, Jason Song, Howard Blume, and other journalists that limit themselves to publishing what Diane Ravitch ironically calls "the dominant narrative" party line that is parroted all the way down the line from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who all know the reality of public education's programmed failure that has gone on for generations, but choose for what must be their own career security to write articles that incessantly mention dominant narrative talking points without the slightest critical analysis which should be the hallmark of real journalism.

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11 2010

Teacher at Point Blank by Jo Scott Coe

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When I was a teacher and UTLA Chapter Chair 10 years ago at Palisades High School, I had a colleague named Janis Adams who was unmercifully brutalized by students who put out an underground publication that libeled her by superimposing her face on Larry Flint Hustler Magazine pictures, with salacious articles that were attributed to Janis Adams 7 year-old son. Don Savarese was the principal of the school who - following long established LAUSD protocol - was allowed to be the principal for 2 years to retire out at a higher rate, because he had diligently played LAUSD's game throughout his career. As a non-boat rocker, he did nothing while Janis Adams was allowed to suffer the outrageous behavior of these students, because in a very real sense he had already retired. As UTLA Chapter Chair I reported what was going on to Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who was in his first stint as LAUSD superintendent. The students parents lawyered up and the District decided to give the students their own teacher and expensive film editing equipment to avoid a lawsuit while doing nothing for Janis Adams. Adams sued and a jury awarded her $4.5 million based on 5 separate counts on which they were unanimous. The judge threw out the verdict, which started a 10 year odyssey that recently ended in the California Supreme Court. LAUSD spent $1.2 million further beating up on Ms. Adams who ultimately signed a confidentiality agreement, so she cannot talk about the case and most likely got only Workman's Compensation for her 10 year ordeal. It is worth noting that the judge in the case was quoted as saying, "Any woman who becomes a teacher has to expect to be sexually harassed." The reason I tell you this prologue is because I want you to read Teacher at Point Blank by Jo Scott Coe. After publishing this website for a year now, what I have found is that people who are willing to write the truth about what is really going on in public education are rare. Those who bring impeccable research skills together with the ability to organize and write in a manner that is accessible to the general public as well as educators are something that is even rarer.

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11 2010

LAUSD: The Catch 22 In Fixing Public Education (El Catch 22 en la fijación de Educación Pública )

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) I've been writing this blog for about a year and it finally dawned on me that I have always taken for granted that others shared my belief as to why public education reform is an essential priority for a democratic country. While others think it is essential, they do not think so because education is an essential tool for citizens of a democracy to insure that they are not hoodwinded by government/corporations, rather they have other reasons why it is essential: For parents, it is a place where they can dump their kids and abdicate all responsibility for maintaining the educability of their children by enforcing reasonable standards of behavior that would allow the teacher to teach and other students to learn. "He's your problem between 8 and 3." The fact that Johnie never does any homework is of little concern to many of these parents who themselves were a product of the same failed public education system. For students, it is a place to hang out with their friends. While we know that over 50% find this not enough of a reason to finish school and quit between the 9th and 12th grade. How many drop out from kindergarten to the 12th grade is a figure LAUSD has not seen fit to share with us.
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11 2010

LAUSD: "Truant Deterrent and Intervention" ("Truant disuasión e intervención")

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) This month marks the 1 year anniversary of perdaily. Sometimes I think I've just about covered all of the issues of incompetence and deceit engaged in on a daily basis by LAUSD administration and then something new pops up - the gift that keeps on giving. The art of doing nothing to actually fix public education in Los Angeles and elsewhere in this country is that the bloated LAUSD bureaucracy has to give at least the illusion of actual doing something. There latest effort was told to me last night in a robo-call from LAUSD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Judy Elliott. This is the same Judy Elliott who carried on a pro forma meeting with me on October 4th where she decided to submit my name to the LAUSD Board for immediate dismissal - Surprised? In last night's call Dr. Elliott was calling to make me aware of a new LAUSD program called Truant Deterrent and Intervention designed to deal with the large number of LAUSD students who wander the streets of Los Angeles on a daily basis and get into trouble. Under the program, once these students are apprehended by the police, they will be taken to one of 8 centers located within the District where they will be put into a "safe instructional environment."
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11 2010

LAUSD: What Real Reform Might Look Like (Qué reforma real podría ser similar)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) I believe that one of the most important changes that could be instituted to bring about a profound positive change in our school system would be the changing of its physical organization. The model that we have used in our big cities for over a hundred years is based on a factory model of regimentation that has even been rejected by productive factories in the post-industrial period. Since W. Edward Deming changed the focus of Japanese factories from the "top-down" model they inherited from the Americans and the Europeans before them, the emphasis has been on work groups that set their own priorities in search of a better quality product and higher levels of production. In order to achieve this same goal with education in the LAUSD, I would change the organization and control of the school. For example, in the average high school which takes up a city block, I would no longer devote 50% of the physical plant to sports. According to Maslow's "hierarchy of needs," one never gets to a "need to know and understand" or "self-actualization needs" until the "physiological and safety needs" are satisfied. In the worst of the city schools that I have taught in, over 75% of the kids want to learn but are precluded from so doing by an unstable family life or the violence around them.

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11 2010

The Cost of LAUSD's Continuing Failure in Deciphering the Miracles of the Mind (El precio del continuado fracaso del LAUSD en descifrar los Milagros de la Mente)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It seems that scientific verification that genes affecting behavioral traits are the "most susceptible to environmental influences" has closed off another possible rationalization as to why we do not educate our people better. In a very real sense it is not the brains of the lower classes that need to be "remodeled" but rather the brains of the upper classes that still have not figured out that their own nurturing and safety is brought into question by a society where the disparity between rich and poor is ever increasing. As a student of history, this disparity of wealth and opportunity between rich and poor has always lead to a social dislocation that all classes have paid dearly for. Even before it was known that "intervening at kindergarten appears to provide only a minuscule benefit compared to intervention in the first weeks of life, the leaders of our society showed a militantly ignorant attitude in dealing with our most valuable asset. I remember one of the first acts that Ronald Reagan took upon becoming President was to take away the funds for feeding pregnant mothers, which had ensured that they received sufficient protein while their bodies were making a fetus- no protein, no brain.
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