Results tagged “Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)”

Are The PEAC and NewTLA "Opposition" Within UTLA Really An LAUSD 5th Column?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Yesterday, I was drawn to the 8th floor of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) building on Wilshire Boulevard, because I was intrigued by the email I had received about the meeting, which said it was going to be about trying to define alternative and truly effective ways to deal with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) corruption and dysfunction that has continued undaunted to assure that predominantly Latino (73.4%) and Black students (10.2%) of LAUSD student population do not get the public education they are entitled to and which would allow them to be productive member of society. When I arrived, I saw David Rapkin and several other people from the self-proclaimed "activist" teacher faction of UTLA called PEAC. I had had a run in with them 14 months ago as Rapkin immediately pointed out at one of their meetings, when I pointed out that we were now 40 years after the student walkouts in E.L.A. and that Latino education at LAUSD was now worse than it was then, to which I was told, "It takes time to build a union movement." As I left that meeting, I pointed out that 40 years of "radical organizing without results seemed a bit much, given the desperate conditions that LAUSD Latino students continue to face that are now even worse than they were back then." I went on to say that my students didn't have the luxury like they did to sit around in what strongly resembled a faculty staff development- which also never seem to go anywhere- talking about revolution in public education, but never actually doing something that might bring it about.


05 2011

LAUSD Non Sequitur Education Reform Needs A Boycott (LAUSD Reforma Educativa Es "Non Sequitur" que necesita un boicot)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Although teachers, parents, students, Osama bin Laden, and the Tooth Fairy have been blame for what is wrong in public education the corrupt and incompetent leadership of LAUSD is always given a pass, when it comes to what changes would definitively and finally fix public education, even though they are the ones clearly response for our present long-failed public education system. Logic should dictate that you cannot put Count Dracula in charge of a blood bank, an arsonist as the fire chief, or people who have shown for generations that they don't have a clue as to what will work. They have never once succeeded in improving big city minority filled public school districts with their non sequitur reforms. What I find fascinating, although a bit depressing, is what people do when faced with this public education system that is built on accommodating to failure with no expectation of ever succeeding in turning itself around. In the present discussion of the captive silenced majority that really wants something better, I find that they tend to talk about factors that have either nothing to do with public education reform or factors that would not be present at all if a decent public education system was being implemented, which it is not.


05 2011

California Teacher Credentialing Corruption Ignored In Favor Of Teacher Bashing (Corrupción Acreditación de Maestros de California ignoradas en favor de Maestro Bashing)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Kathleen Carroll was supposed to testify on Monday, May 9th before a committee of the California State Legislature looking into these allegations of impropriety at CTC about corruption within this agency, but when I turned on the coverage of the hearing by local Sacramento CBS affiliate channel 13 with the Internet link Ms. Carroll sent me, I couldn't believe my eyes at the distortion Sacramento CBS affiliate Channel 13 had the dishonesty to air as "news." What these disreputable "reporters" had done was front load the piece with a totally unrelated and unsubstantiated introduction about "bad teachers," who were accused of having shown "pornography to their students" or another teacher, who had "committed campus." The introduction went on further to talk about "thousands of teachers," that had done bad things, but which CTC had never even bothered to investigate. None of this had anything at all to do with Attorney Kathleen Carroll's testimony about CTC corruption within the CTC and had nothing to do with "bad" teachers, other than the fact that teachers had been denied due process in CTC's sloppy handling of files presented by districts like LAUSD's in their attempts to railroad these teachers out of the profession without cause or with highly suspect documentation of allegations that might justify removing a teacher's teaching credential and with it their livelihood..


05 2011
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