SAME SEX MARRIAGE- A UNEQUIVOCAL QUANTUM LEAP IN CIVIL RIGHTS...BUT LET'S BE CAREFUL

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When it comes to Supreme Court decisions, Obergefell vs. Hodges, that has just given same-sex couples the right to have their marriage legally recognized throughout the United States, is unlike any other civil rights...

ESQUITH CASE: LONG OVERDUE LESSON FOR LAUSD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) There continues to be a great deal of rewriting history at the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to make it seem that teachers only got targeted after Miramonte to protect students. That outright lie is at the root of LAUSD chief attorney David Holmquist's incessant comment also echoed by Superintendent Cortines that, "We will always put student safety first, when dealing with teachers, which is why we are so cautious in dealing with alleged teacher impropriety." One need only look at the frequency and number of individual cases against teachers long before Miramonte to expose this lie. The figures show that the war against teachers and the huge number of teachers forced into retirement or brought up on fabricated charges started in earnest after then LAUSD Director Office of Risk Management & Insurance Services David Holmquist published figures in 2006 showing that teachers at the top of the salary scales (93% of all charged teachers), were pushing the District into bankruptcy. Something had to be done and LAUSD chief attorney did it, despite the necessity of trampling on thousands of teachers civil rights. And of course, none of this illegality would have been possible if our "free press" had just asked the same questions I'm posing here. The L.A. Times and other supposed news media have scrupulously avoided doing so by continuing to muzzle their reporters, who are never given the green light to follow the facts and the money. With the now targeted renown master teacher Rafe Esquith might LAUSD's premeditated illegal actions finally see the light of day?

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06 2015

MIDDLE EAST ISSUES IN MID-WILSHIRE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Happened to catch a preview showing the other night at the Levantine Cultural Center of director Ben Loeterman's well researched and insightful documentary film Seeds of Conflict. It carefully examines the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict circa 1913 by reenacting the actual statements made by members of the various factions at the time, while showing rare footage recently discovered from the period.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO EXAMINE TARGETED TEACHERS LEGAL OPTIONS

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Targeted Teachers2.jpgOn June 28, 2015 at 11:00 am there will be an informational meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills to examine the legal options of teachers who have been unjustly targeted and/or terminated by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

LAUSD RELAXES GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS- FAIRNESS OR MORE PREMEDITATED FRAUD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Rather than address its longstanding failure to educate students in a timely age-sensitive manner, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has now voted to further degrade the value of a high school diploma by letting students pass an A-G college requirement course with a "D". LAUSD itself has created this regrettable situation by continuing for what is now generations to socially promotion students, whether or not they have objectively met a course's standards, so that now when they take these higher skills A-G college prep courses, too many do not have the underlying basic language and math skills necessary to do passing work.

AFTER 226 YEARS, WE NEED ANOTHER CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) To effectively deal with this unpleasant reality of centralization of power in fewer and fewer corporate hands under perversions of constitutional law like the Citizens' United Supreme Court holding, a new constitutional convention made up of representatives sent from all the states that meet and amend all aspects of the constitution that might have worked in 1789 and after, but clearly no longer work and remain effective after 226 years for limiting the disproportionate and undemocratic control that corporate interests now openly threaten our democracy with. Distortions of core civil rights like free speech and press by monopoly capital that sees 5 corporations owning virtually all media in this country need to either be addressed by a new constitutional convention or our democratic is clearly doomed.

GAY MARRIAGE- A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME MIGHT ACTUALLY SMELL SWEETER

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Gay marriage.jpg (Mensaje se repite en Español) With a present divorce rate in California of 55% and comparably high levels of divorce around the country, I don't see how gays and others presently still excluded by some states from the institution of marriage could possibly do any worst than heterosexuals fellow citizens have with the institution of marriage, where the majority of couples now part long before death.

CARE TO FIND LAUSD IN ATLANTA?

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In her article, Reporter Jenny Jarvie clearly lays out the administrative practice of using data as an "abusive and cruel weapon to coax employees into crossing ethical lines." And of course it never occurs to her or other reporters to look at LAUSD to see if the same clearly illegal practices are not going on there in the second largest school district in the country- too big to fail or be indicted?

LAUSD'S MATT HILL CONTINUES TO FAIL UPWARD AS BURBANK UNIFIED'S NEW SUPERINTENDENT DESIGNANT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In opposing the choice of LAUSD's Matt Hill as the new superintendent of the Burbank Unfied School District (BUSD), the Burbank Teacher's Union regrettably missed its strongest argument when it only faulted Mr. Hill for his not having ever been a teacher. While it has always been conventional wisdom that teaching experience is an absolute prerequisite for even being considered as a superintendent, the reality of that job shows that nothing could be further from the truth in handling the day to day running of what in the final analysis a more than 6 billion a year business. The superintendent as fiduciary of the district in reality should have a normal adversarial relationship to the vendors of goods and services whose exclusive interest is in maximizing profit, which is clearly antithetical to that of the district. It Is Hill's lack of business acumen, along with that same deficit in Cortines, Deasy, and other prior LAUSD superintendents that continues to see the district being constantly raked over the financial coals with iPad, student records, and other very expensive scandals attributable to a culture of institutionalized bad business practices.

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04 2015

TEACHER TENURE: L.A. TIMES "REPORTER" BLUME CONTINUES TO MANIPULATE HIS READERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Los Angeles Times Reporter Howard Blume has had far too much access to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and all the other players in public education for far to long to actually believe anything he reported in his 4/11/15 frontpage article entitled "Voters take a dim view of teacher tenure." What Blume and other "reporters" who want to keep their jobs have learned to do is omit relevant facts that they clearly know and consciously withhold from the people they interview in order to manipulate these sources into helping him- out of their ignorance- to write a story the conclusion of which Blume already had going in. Sadly, Howard Blume is not the only reporter who has degraded his profession in aid of corporate interests trying to further privatize government function.

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