2(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) In the following videos from the January 24th Town Hall Meeting at El Camino High School, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy pulls a Pontius Pilate and washes his hands of any responsibility for finally implementing a system of excellent public education for all, by blaming Governor Brown and budget cuts for the longstanding dismal state of public education at LAUSD. "We have no control over our budget and must make do with whatever the state gives us," is the line that Deasy says again and again at the Town Hall before irate community members, while seeking to extort more money from property owners in Los Angeles, who have, up until now, always given LAUSD whatever money it asks for without ever having LAUSD held accountable for the results of this generationally failed public education system that continues to destroy the lives of predominantly Black and Latino students in a de facto segregated system far worse than what existed when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened with Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) After having read Superintendent Deasy's comments and those of board member Tamar Galantzan as well as those who responded, it's rather obvious what's at work despite references to students, parents and some subject areas being taught. This is all about money and trying to justify asking for more when most of us wonder about what happened to all the previous money raised through bond initiatives in addition to that contributed by wealthy donors, the men who would be kings like Eli Broad and Bill Gates.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) The actual task of fixing public education would be rather straight forward - if honestly addressed. There are several factors that continue to purposefully confound the process by substituting platitudes for any in depth and pragmatic program that would define itself by the student and their families actual existence and needs. Initially. we would have to pragmatically address the engrained subjective needs and deficits of those already in the system to whatever extent still possible, with the clear knowledge that the longer they have been in the present system, the more immutable the damage.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Wednesday night's town hall meeting sponsored by The Daily News at El Camino High School with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and Board Member Tamar Galatzan and moderated by Daily News columnist Doug McIntyre was a close second, when it comes to a self-delusional definition of chutzpah with idealistic quote from John Adams which Superintendent John Deasy opened the event and then proceeding to contradict it with everything he said about the bleak reality now facing public education in Los Angeles, while protesting that somehow it would still be possible for him, Galatzan, and other LAUSD employees to do their job..Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) When is a union not a union? Affected schools under the stabilization and empowerment initiative will be automatically waived from the district policy of giving priority placement to recently laid off teachers in newly vacant positions. District officials claim that this will ensure the placement of teachers who are the most "proper fit." In practice, however, districts and schools will have a free hand to replace experienced veterans with their younger and lower paid counterparts, if the positions are filled at all.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Kathleen Carroll was an attorney for California Teacher Credential (CTC) from 2006-2010, when she was summarily dismissed without even minimal respect for her right to due process of law. She was fired because she dared to point out that CTC, which is supposed to be under the executive branch of California state government, had become a law unto itself with no oversight where arbitrary and capricious actions of this agency were the rule and not the exception as to how they operated on a daily basis.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Probably the great malaise that continues to infect all those involved with public education is a sense of apathy and hopelessness. Whether explicitly expressed by those who have given up and are just hanging on until retirement or implicitly stated by those who continue to mouth platitudes on public education success in the face of their own continuing failure, there is not only no belief in or implementation of a plan for fixing public education, but conveniently no belief that it can actually be accomplished. In reality, nothing is further from the truth nor more indicative of the fact that racism is still very much alive and well in America for those of all ethnicities that continue to profit from the status quo.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) The following video from Chicago shows what needs to be done, if parents and other public education reform realists who are tired of being ignored. Their children will no longer be allow to fail in silence. Educators will no longer be allowed to be forced out or quit in droves from the mentally and physically unhealthy environment that has too long been allowed by corrupt administrators and the politicians that keep them in power unrepentant. If what we say or do can be ignored with impunity by those in power than it isn't worth doing. Clearly, what is going on in Chicago needs to happen here now.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It was 19th century British historian Lord Acton who said, "All power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely." You'd think by the 21st century we might have learned this lesson, but the purposefully failed Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which absolutely refuses to share power with any of its shareholders- teachers, parent, or students- has continued to exemplify this quote and there doesn't seem to be any governmental entity willing to bring it to any end, even though so doing is the clear prerequisite of finally having a well run and pragmatic public school system capable of dealing with the problems LAUSD continues to cause and is clearly incapable of addressing.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) LAUSD had a meeting today at Dorsey High School to roll out the Public School Choice Program for the parents and community members present. I went to the meeting, because my own analysis of this program, which I covered at perdaily clearly showed that this was just more of the same recycled and renamed vacuous school reform rhetoric from the past, e.g.LEARN, that has no chance of bring about any positive change to communities of color and poverty in LAUSD. What I felt most important for the parents to be aware of that were being asked to go along with this program is the fact that like all other supposed LAUSD reform, power will stay with the school principal and LAUSD Superintendent, who have an absolute veto over anything that teachers, parents, and students might decide actually worked better. Again, what LAUSD says in terms of parent, teacher, and student input is belied the reality of the clear legal language that again and again say the principal and superintendent maintain a veto and(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Probably the greatest irony of purposefully failed public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - with the active longstanding complicity of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) leadership - is the complete lack of imagination exhibited by these two entities in carrying on self-serving business as usual to the ongoing determent of predominantly Latino and Black students who have been and continue to be sold short on the public education that is their right. A testament to just how long this pernicious system has been in place is that most educators - whatever their ethnicity - have no real expectation that minority children can learn. In an old television police show, the intro would always say, "The names have been changed to protect the innocent." At LAUSD, the names of their latest "education reform" scam are always changed from Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN) to Charter to Small Learning Community to ESBMM and now to Local Initial School (LIS), but if you review previous incarnations of supposed education reform, that is all that has changed and the innocent students and teachers are never protected . The present Memorandum of Understanding that LAUSD and UTLA leaderships are trying to rush through as an early Christmas present for themselves is exactly like earlier reforms that never pragmatically address the dismal reality of LAUSD schools with anything other than edspeak rhetoric, instead of a specific plan that lays out what you do with students who have been socially promoted from grade to grade without having fulfilled grade level standards until they quit, disrupt the class because they are no longer capable of being engaged, or "graduate" with a diploma that isn't worth the paper it is written on.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last night I attended a United Teachers Los Angeles House of Representatives meeting at the UTLA headquarters. For those of you with better things to do with your life, I will give a less in depth analysis of why this tentative agreement is a disaster for teachers - and by logical extension - students, parents, or anybody else that actually wants real public education reform. Simply stated: It's business as usual On tomorrow's post I will go into a more details analysis - if you are still not convinced - of the specific terms of the proposed contract that are problematic to say the least.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) After listening to the incoherent charade that Ira Berman had been laying out to my teacher friend in much the same manner that I am sure he has used to con other less informed teachers into resigning from LAUSD, I now start to lay out why I really came to this meeting. LAUSD administrators have "maliciously" and mercilessly destroyed the lives of teachers and other certificated and classified employees without the slightest fear of being held responsible for their heinous crimes, because of the arguably blanket immunity of California Government Code Section 821.6.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) During the last several weeks I have been inundated with phone calls from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) rubber room teachers and others who the new regime of Superintendent John Deasy is moving to dismiss in an expedited manner, Finally many of these long targeted and completely innocent teachers are starting to realize that LAUSD's actions against them - and not against teachers and administrators who are in fact guilty of what they have been accused - have nothing do do with culpability, but rather getting rid of as many high priced teachers as possible - along with the expensive benefits they have accrued for a lifetime of professional career service. It is only recently that these teachers have become aware that once their own dismissal proceedings start, they never stop irrespective of whether there is any evidence to prove that they have done anything wrong.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) LAUSD and UTLA have announced that they have reached a tentative agreement UTLA President Warren Fletcher is either suffering from early onset Alzheimer's or he has totally capitulated to LAUSD leadership either out of being in over his head as UTLA president, stupidity, or concern about maintaining his recent personal good fortune of having his annual salary and benefits phenomenally augmented over his measly teachers salary and a manner not too dissimilar to LAUSD administration that also have forgotten that they started their careers in education as teachers and then got as far away from the purposefully cultivated insanity of the average LAUSD classroom.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) New for the holiday season for those of you who are looking for the gift that keeps on taking. It is called the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Game, it has very little to do with education and everything to do with making obscene amounts of money at whatever the cost. For those of you who have played Monopoly in the past, the transition to the LAUSD Board Game should be rather straight forward. Like Monopoly, it's all about money, but adds the crucial function of reinforcing negative racial and ethnic student stereotypes, while bring to the game world the leading edge media favorite of applying these negative stereotypes to teachers and anyone else who gets in the way of the ultimate goal of the game: The privatization of public education and the dumbing down of as much of the 99% as possible(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) This is the "Cradle to Prison Pipeline" I have been working on. The alignment of what happens to certain segments of youth in the K-12 system perfectly lines up with the prison population. This is a mathematical proof. This alignment is too close for it to be an accident. I have sent my information to several researchers around the country and they seem to see this also. I am seeing the results of this lack of providing an education to students as they then end up in the justice system. Another outrageous enterprise for investors. This is our criminal world today and I do not mean those youth I mean the adults who do this to them. Nothing like this can be an accident. I have been putting this information into the public sector for over 20 years and Richard Arthur for over 50 years. As Richard once said "Why not put them in jail when they are born. I would save a lot since that is what is going to happen anyway."(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As one clueless superintendent after another is anointed by the forces of public education privatization and the mass media to implement revolutionary public education reform that never seems to come about in our public schools, nobody in a position of power questions or seems willing to hold accountable a non-system of public education where predominantly Black and Latino students have the continued and generational misfortune of being sold out with a one-way ticket to the underclass..(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) On November 2, 2011 I get the following email from Daniel Leighton of Fox News Channel 11, "Give me call re story on lausd rubber rooms 3108773392 thanks." Now since Mrs. Isenberg didn't have any dummies for children, I wonder what Fox would want from me, since calling me a progressive would be a major understatement. After several emails back and forth, Mr. Leighton says to me, "Listen, we are just a Fox affiliate, I determine what gets on the air." What Mr. Leighton says he is interested in doing is uncovering the phenomenal waste incurred by LAUSD that locks hundreds of teachers in LAUSD Local District Offices, other sites, or in their homes for years on end, while it continues to pay them.