Archive for the ‘LAUSD’Category

MIRAMONTE SETTLEMENT BLOCKS ANY LAUSD DISCLOSURE- THE CRIMINALITY GOES ON

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) With the 11th hour settlements just prior to when the civil trial was scheduled to commence, the combined costs of the Miramonte sexual abuse scandal cases now totals $169 million, making it the largest school child abuse award of damages in history. And yet the clearly failed LAUSD administrative mechanism that allowed it to happen- or happen again in the future- remains intact in an LAUSD that is still immune from any outside investigation that this civil trial would surely have provided. The clearly dishonest motivation for LAUSD settling this case on the eve of trial is given strength and credibility by the realization that the plaintiffs couldn't have possibly gotten more money at trial than they got with this settlement, which is usually a defendant's motivation for settling. So what remains is the disreputable motive of covering up an LAUSD administrative culture that will continue to silence and cover up similar bad acts that continue unchecked throughout the District at this time. After all, those doing the covering up have yet to pay any price out of their pockets.

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11 2014

LAUSD & UTLA- IS CLASS SIZE REDUCTION THE BEST YOU CAN DO?

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In 1939 the famous Yiddish actor Boris Tomashefsky dies just before going on stage for the opening night of King Lear. The understandably distraught manager of the theater goes out on stage to break the news to the awaiting eager audience that the show will not go on because of Tomashefsky's has died. The manager offers them their money back. From way in the back of the theater an old lady yells out, "Give him an enema." The whole theater goes silent. "Madam," says the manager, "I don't think you understand. Mr. Tomashefsky is dead from a heart attack." The old lady pauses for just a moment and then says, "Well, it couldn't hurt."

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11 2014

TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE NEVER OBSOLETE- A SCARY THOUGHT FOR SCHOOL BOOK PUBLISHERS

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Here's a radical notion. What if a school districts like LAUSD owned all the copyrights of all the textbooks they used and had their teachers, who were so inclined, write chapters for these textbooks. The teachers would then share in a percentage of the copyright of the textbook or curricular materials they wrote to the extent that their work is a part of the total. It can be assumed that more than one teacher might like to supplement their income this way, so a degree of healthy competition might ensue that would only benefit the quality of the textbook ultimately produced and made resident on the school district's own computers as their property. There might also be a healthy national or international competition of potential teacher-writer contributors, which again would only redound to the improved quality of the textbooks produced. Even teachers working together to generate these materials would offer a more collaborative model that would have the added organization benefit of creating more cohesion in a teaching profession that has been under attack and divided for far too long now.

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10 2014

WILL THE REAL PROFESSOR DIANE RAVITCH PLEASE STAND UP?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Professor Diane Ravitch has become a G-d to her undiscerning and often cultish followers. What most of these people choose to see is her clearly unsurpassed knowledge of what is and has gone on in public education throughout the last 150 years. Without question she could be a revolutionary rallying point for countering the carefully planned and orchestrated program of public education privatization by charter schools run exclusively to increase the corporate bottom line and further dumb down the American public. However, the fact is that Ravitch has chosen to do nothing but talk and then only after the fact as can be seen in the recent Vergara case. This should have awakened her followers, but alas it hasn't.

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10 2014

DEASY TO CORTINES...FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE FOR LAUSD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) This week in the latest installment of what has become the long running Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) soap opera, we witnessed what can only be described as the surreal renaming of 82 year old retired LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines as interim LAUSD superintendent to replace Superintendent John Deasy. Deasy has resigned under an iPad-MiSiS cloud of suspicion that was continuing to develop into a storm. In fact, It might even occur to some of you that Deasy resigned now before more scandals regarding the fixing of student assessments, grades, graduations, the lack of delivery of instruction, and LAUSD finances came out, in hopes that this would stop any further investigations. Good luck on that one John.

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10 2014

LAUSD- IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEASY?

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We are at a crossroads at LAUSD and in public education around the country. Either there will be greater disclosure of LAUSD's longstanding incompetence and illegal activities with the requisite changes being implemented to stop them or it will be more of the same. The hardest thing to change is LAUSD's entrenched bureaucracy that has yet to be subjected to an independent audit of their policies and financial practices. This has continued because of political pressure from city, county, state, and federal government that has become more and more under corporate and foundation domination to privatize and monetize public education, which after all was John Deasy's Broad, Gates, and Walton inspired agenda.

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10 2014

HAS FERGUSON SUGGESTED A GAME CHANGER WHEN IT COMES TO HOW AND WHAT WE GET FOR NEWS...AND PUBLIC EDUCATION?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) We had only 18% voter turn out in the recent primary. And only 8% voted in the LAUSD election to fill the empty board seat of the late Marguerite La Motte. Now you can spin this as voter apathy, but I would rather spin it as voter intelligence- they know that neither candidate will bring about change as was seen in the LAUSD board election where both Alex Johnson and George McKenna were members in good standing of the good old boy network that has put LAUSD in the toilet now for generations. Although I gave them both the opportunity to specifically address the longstanding issues facing LAUSD, they declined.

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10 2014

ARE LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S EMAILS ABOVE THE LAW?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) What makes these LAUSD emails even more relevant are many pending lawsuits against LAUSD in a culture of impunity that has existed among LAUSD administration for generations. LAUSD administrators truly believe that anything they do is legal simply because they do it and is not subject to outside law or regulations. Case in point, the impunity with which LAUSD and public school administrators have carried out their witch hunt against teachers, not only in complete derogation of law and teachers' rights to basic due process, but actually believing that if they do it, it's legal. This has caused them to do and say things memorialized in emails that they never thought would come to light. Now, they will do whatever necessary to make sure they never see the light of day.

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09 2014

SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S IPAD SCANDAL- JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Given the present iPAD scandal that in reality is just the latest incarnation of a long list of corrupt practices at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one can only hope that finally the curtain will be opened on illegal practices to expose a long history of enumerable improper actions taken by LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, administration, and his immediate predecessors Ramon Cortines, David Brewer, and Roy Romer. Hopefully, this will finally lead to an independent and in depth audit of both financial and pedagogic decisions they have taken with rather questionable legal motives. What follows in this article are just a few of these corrupt actions that such an independent investigative audit might be well advised to look into. Feel free in the comment section to augment this list. Maybe this latest iPad scandal with Pearson Education and Apple will final cause a light to be shined on Deasy and his predecessors' shenanigans, so that critically necessary and long overdue real reformation of endemically corrupt LAUSD can finally be implemented. It is not enough for Deasy to lose his job, if all that takes place is his replacement by another over paid public school privatization advocate, whose greatest loyalty is to Broad, Gates, Walton, and the other foundations seeking to privatize public education for profit and not the public school student, teachers, and their families.

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09 2014

CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE BROUGHT AGAINST LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Whether the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy is criminally culpable for his actions in dealing with Pearson and Apple on behalf of the district concerning his clearly collusive actions in complete derogation of the public bidding process designed to get the best contract price and terms for the district should be determined by a criminal cause of action brought by the Los Angeles District Attorney. In addition, any other state or federal governmental authority that sees the potential violation of law in Deasy's specifically intended actions might also consider filing charges. Only such a forum is designed to get at the truth in this matter, because it has the legal process, e.g. discovery, deposition, and the compulsory gathering of relevant evidence that up until now has been retained and stonewalled by LAUSD in this IPad affair and many other questionable actions that LAUSD, Deasy, and present and prior administrators have engaged in without any public scrutiny. Surely, such a defective process remains a formula designed to foster continued improper actions that have finally become public in the IPad affair.

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08 2014

LAUSD BOARD ELECTION BETWEEN MCKENNA AND JOHNSON- IS THE BEST VOTE NO VOTE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the 1998 Warren Beatty film Bulworth, the scene in the Black church on Vermont, when he tells the folks present that the only time they will see politicians is when they want their vote, is reminiscent of the LAUSD District 1 race between George McKenna and Alex Johnson to replace recently deceased Marguerite LaMotte. But when it comes to the toxic daily and generational reality that people in this district and their kids continue to face, nothing will change. While I personally held my nose and sent in my absentee ballot for George McKenna this week, at some point in my adult life I would love to vote for something more than the lesser of two evils. McKenna clearly knows his way around the self-serving old boy network, so one might wonder as to why this seasoned "educational expert" hasn't been successful in changing LAUSD's ingrained culture of failure up until now?

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07 2014

2014 LATINO STUDENT REALITY AT LAUSD- ABSENT IN ESPARZA & OLMOS' 2006 FILM "WALKOUT"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) At the end of the film, the LAPD undercover officer who had successfully infiltrated those organizing the walkouts from Lincoln, Wilson, Garfield, Roosevelt, and Belmont High Schools had the most insightful statement, which he made to the young chicana who is the film's star and the audience's surrogate, "Schools aren't going to change." To the producers of Walkout, who I have always respected, I would ask them if they might be willing to consider a sequel- working title Walkout II- where the children and grandchildren of those depicted in the film finally teach gabachos the meaning of the Spanish phase Ya Basta.

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07 2014

Who Should Go, the Public Education Privatizers or the Teachers? By Kathleen Carroll

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) One of the main goals of the public education privatizers has been to make it easier, legally, to fire teachers. Understanding this goal is not difficult. You fire more teachers; you show how bad the public education system is with so many bad teachers. This in turn justifies systemic change or more euphemistically referred to as education reform. And the reform is always the same, more charter schools, more online education, more testing, more replacement of teachers with Teach For America Troops/others. Education reform also always includes more for profit teacher preparation programs- because now not only are the public schools really bad according to the privatizers, but now we don't have enough teachers in the profession, so we need to recruit more and find alternative ways, short cuts, on how teachers get licensed- enter for profit teacher preparation programs $$$$. The public education privatizers have the perfect business plan- create chaos, justify change, make change, make profits. And the more change, the more profits to make.

LAUSD'S TREACHEROUS ROAD FROM REED TO VERGARA- IT'S NEVER BEEN ABOUT STUDENTS, JUST MONEY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Contrary to what was asserted in 2010 with the Reed vs. State of California case, and now with the Vergara vs. State of California case, cutting the budget by attacking teachers at the top of the salary scale is the real motive of both the plaintiffs and the defendants in these put up cases that are anything but adversarial as actually required by law. The well-being of students and their constitutional right to an education has nothing to do with why teacher seniority is under attack. Corporate interests have gotten behind these two cases with collusive lawsuits against the State of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District as defendants, when these defendants actually share the plaintiffs desire to destroy a professional and fairly compensated teaching force solely for the motive of profit to more and more hedge fund run charters and the further dumbing down of our future electorate, so the average citizen will not have enough of an education to meaningfully comprehend just how badly they are being screwed.

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06 2014

LAUSD'S NEW MATH FOR SCREWING TOP TEACHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) A very specific illustration as to why veteran teachers like Sigi Siegel have been targeted in the thousands can be shown by simply running her compensation package. If Ms. Siegel had been forced to resign at age 50, which was her age when she was removed from the classroom on 2/29/2012, LAUSD would have saved about $1,650,000.00 over the subsequent 15 years until Ms. Siegel reached the age of 65. Here's the math:

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06 2014

ARE POLICE SOMETIMES THEIR OWN WORST ENEMIES? WHY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Someone once told me that if you dropped a frog into boiling water, it would jump out. But if you put it into a pot and then slowly raise the temperature around it, it would boil to death. Whether this is actually true or not, it seems like a pretty good analogy as to the situation we have now put our police into. Los Angeles, as opposed to New York City's police saturation approach to policing, has always taken the approach to police work that a small elite force of professional police are better able to effectively function, because in the past the vast majority of the public supported and respected the law. Sadly, this is no longer the case, because those in power at the city, state, and federal level have created a present reality where we no longer socialize our population with enough of an education to understand their own key role in maintaining social order. Simply stated, you can never put enough police in the streets to maintain social order, if the citizenry itself does not understand the importance of supporting the police and what they are supposed to be there for.

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04 2014

LAUSD AND FINALLY BREAKING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE (LAUSD y finalmente rompiendo LA ESCUELA HASTA PRISIÓN TUBERÍA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Students who are purposefully pushed through public education without being taught are merely ignorant. However, the people running these failure factories, despite their advanced degrees of questionable origin and value, are truly stupid because they are acting in a manner that is diametrically opposed to their own real self-interest, if quality of life and not salary was the measure of success. Rupturing the school to prison pipeline starts when the crimes of LAUSD and school districts like it throughout this country are confronted and stopped. It is 46 years since the Latino walkouts from E.L.A. schools and Latino public education at LAUSD is worse today than it was back then. So where is MALDEF...having self-congratulatory dinners with Latino children continue to be socially promoted without the foundational skills necessary to keep them out of gangs and the criminal just us system.

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04 2014

LAUSD and UTLA Collude to End Collective Bargaining and Civil RIghts for Teachers 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) If you are a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) you have no civil rights and no union rights. LAUSD may target you for removal, because you either refuse to go along with the longstanding and highly profitable financial scam they have been running for generations now called public education, aka minority daycare. It is being played against predominantly students of color in a school district that Whites abandon long ago (only 6% left in LAUSD), making it more segregated that it was prior to Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. Or if you are just "guilty" of having a great deal of seniority, which puts you high on the salary scale, you can be removed from teaching with no collective bargaining rights and especially no arbitration as guaranteed by the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is now systematically ignored, even if UTLA voted for it. By merely adding a gratuitous morals charge under California Education Code 44939.odt, a teacher can even be stripped of their Collective Bargaining rights to grievance and arbitration. This war against teachers started in 2006 when present chief LAUSD attorney David Holmquist was director of the LAUSD Office of Risk Management and Insurance Services. With 2006 Retiree Health Actuarial info.pdf, it became open season on older high-seniority and better paid teachers who either suffer from good teaching or honesty in the face of endemic LAUSD/UTLA corruption.

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03 2014

LAUSD and UTLA Collude to End Collective Bargaining and Civil RIghts for Teachers Part 2 ( LAUSD y UTLA coluden para poner fin a la negociación colectiva y los derechos civiles de los profesores parte 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) As somebody who went to law school and taught constitutional law at both the secondary and university levels, I had always operated under the delusion that one was innocent until proven guilty by a preponderance of the evidence in a civil case and beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal case. In the corrupt world created by the Los Angeles Unifed School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), nothing could be further from the truth. From the moment you are targeted for removal from teaching for what quickly becomes a never ending sequence of fabricated charges based on reasons mentioned in Part 1 of this article, you are presumed guilty by virtually everybody you deal with. And even those few people who see clearly that you are being railroaded by LAUSD and UTLA do nothing to intervene on your behalf, because they are terrified of losing their own jobs...or privileges While there are some pretty awful teachers within LAUSD, ironically, they will be the last to be harassed, attacked, and removed, because they play ball with corrupt LAUSD or UTLA administrations. None of this could take place if UTLA did its job and the law firm of Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad didn't help in facilitating your removal from teaching by LAUSD. Here is the way it is done:

HAS UTLA RANK-AND-FILE BEEN TOLD THAT I'M SUING UTLA? WHY NOT?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) As the pro forma United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) elections move into their final round of insider trading, why is it that the teachers these jokers have already failed to represent for the last 3 years aren't demanding their heads...or at the very least, some answers? With a voter turnout of less that 25% of those eligible to vote, the answer is simple: LAUSD teachers are so demoralized from past tolerated abuse by LAUSD and UTLA that they don't think anything else is possible and don't believe that the corruption in UTLA can ever be turned around. Hopefully what I have to say might change their minds and get them behind the legal action necessary to finally compel their union to act on their behalf. Clearly, this is a sine qua non to being an effective teacher at LAUSD- knowing your union's got your back.

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03 2014

KILROY WAS HERE AND RETRIBUTION WASN'T FAR BEHIND

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) How do you pick a title for a story that's so preposterous? You might call this one , The Curious Story of Lorcan Kilroy or The Truth Won't Set You Free. But, alas, it's all true. As it now stands, Kilroy, who was an art teacher at Van Nuys High School, finds himself excluded from his classroom, and in a letter (Link A (1).pdf) dated Feb 28, 2014, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing has revoked his credential. Kilroy claims they listed "significant publicity" in connection with his harsh letter to parents featured on NBC and his interview on "The Morning Answer" KRLA a few months ago. Click here to view the NBC spot. Kilroy states he sent the harsh letter on Jan 17 2012 because LAUSD School deans would not respond to his referral of his student for a slur- the student called him a "faggot," because they were retaliating against him for a civil rights complaint he already filed. That civil rights complaint was about his special education students not letting to choose their electives.

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03 2014

IS LAUSD DE FACTO SEGREGATION BETTER THAN DE JURE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In 2014, we will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark desegregation decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, but with a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that remains close to 90% Latino and Black, we are not only no closer to Dr. King's dream, but by every objective standard, we are much further away from it with an LAUSD today that is more toxic to students of color than it was in 1954. According to Michelle Alexander in her book The New Jim Crow, there were 380,000 people behind bars in 1978. Today there are 2.4 million and 60% are Latino and Black. So why isn't the connection between long purposefully failed public education and mass incarceration of poor youth of color ever addressed publicly or reported in the media? While the following liberal politicians, experts, and groups are admirably always willing to have a symposium on the catastrophic effects and how to deal with them of over-incarcerate colored folks, the cause of no timely public education that deals with kids at their subjective level is never addressed- no one seems willing to address the 850 lbs. LAUSD gorilla that continues to reek havoc on our youth with no public objection or outrage

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03 2014

LAUSD's 30 Million Dollar "Killer" Ipad Deal

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, the pauper passing as a prince uses the powerful Great Seal of England to open walnuts, because he doesn't know its power or how else to use it. The issuance of obscenely overpriced IPads to all LAUSD students is reminiscent of this joke, because it presupposes that generationally deprived and socially promoted students have sufficient mastery of enough prior grade-level standards to take meaningfully advantage of the exceptional potential that these devices have. Alas, nothing could be further from the truth. Putting a glitzy IPad bandage over the festering sore that is LAUSD yet again begs the question of just how long can these fools running this school district be allow free reign before somebody with the authority to intercede notices that Emperor Deasy has no clothes.

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03 2014

Tired of Being Sold Out to LAUSD by UTLA?- Try TeacherLaw-LA.com

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LAUSD continues to target teachers without any concern for their constitutional rights and more specifically in complete derogation of their right to timely due process of law in a legal system that presumes their innocence with LAUSD having the burden of proving them guilty of anything that would justify their being forced out of the teaching profession.

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03 2014

RAMPANT CHEATING IN L.A. TEACHER'S UNION, CITY WIDE ELECTIONS

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The union power slate has been visiting campuses since September of last year, ok? These same individuals had a dinner "meeting" with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, although what they talked about, no one knows for certain.... While its purely speculation on my part, its possible that the Superintendent met with these people to voice his dissatisfaction in Warren Fletcher---and to encourage these people to run for office, but the bottom line is playing those running for office at UTLA only strengthens Deasy's position...and weakens necessary union and teacher resolve to confront Deasy's witch hunt now and in the future.

The Great Boyle Heights UTLA Election Breakdown

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You can read a summary of the candidate responses provided by Educators 4 Excellence at http://www.educators4excellence.org/utla2014/candidate-responses, but of course, it'll be free of the fireworks. However, a podcast of the event is also available at this site, which may be free of editing. One thing for certain, if those who conquer their apathy and bother to vote feel even remotely like those who were in attendance at the event in Boyle Heights, the longstanding stink that has for far too long emanated from UTLA leadership might finally be allowed to dissipate and come to a long overdue end. In mustering up the resolve to conquer their apathy and vote, rank-and-file should be aware that only 25% of rank-and-file are expected to vote. That and the fact that Deasy's Fetcher only received 17% of the vote when he ran for UTLA president 3 years ago, just might be the first step toward reconstituting a professional teachers' union no longer capable of LAUSD intimidation or the duplicity of its present entrenched truth challenged leadership.

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03 2014

UTLA ELECTIONS- REAL CHANGE OR THE USUAL SUSPECTS?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It would appear that Fletcher may have lost Deasy's favor as his union president of choice. For Solkovitz, where else is there to go? Certainly not to a lesser office. For Caputo-Pearl, is he heir apparent over Fletcher to Deasy's good graces? Was there some kind of deal cut at Dragos? In fact, you might just ask yourself if the Iris Stevenson rehousing might just be a district manipulated scenario to afford Caputo-Pearl the chance to play the hero. Notice how Deasy is covering all his bases to insure future chaos in UTLA- his preferred UTLA reality. So are there any real alternative choices. If you believe in proof, then David Garcia might be that man. Garcia ran for the presidency in 2011. He was one of the first to protest cheating on behalf of Warren Fletcher in form of false candidates like Leonard Segal who used their time to declare their support for Fletcher. He has been active speaking out against union corruption ever since then. During his current campaign, he has promised to address union corruption, suggested a reconstitution of the union which would drive out careerists all the way from elected offices to area reps and members of the major committees like the BOD, the HOR, PACE..... He's promised to seek to lower the salaries of union officers and area reps to those of classroom teachers. He has sworn to seek the reinstatement of teachers who have fallen to the RIF and displacement. He promises to put an end to the illegal rehousing of teachers and to address previous victims. So he might be your man. The Union Power Slate certainly thinks so since it has devoted substantial time and effort attempting to malign his reputation.

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03 2014

LAUSD'S IRIS STEVENSON- GUILTY OF TEACHING WHILE BLACK...AND BEING AT THE TOP OF THE SALARY SCALE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Veteran LAUSD Crenshaw High School teacher teacher Iris Stevenson has been cooling her heals in teacher jail at LAUSD for the crime of having taken her students to an event out of state without having signed LAUSD permission slips. Although she had parent permission and the prestigious trips she has taken her students on in the past have always been approved, this time she has been put in "teachers' jail" since December 2013, because she failed to get pro forma permission. This is a completely unjustified use of incarcerating a teacher, since housing teachers should only be used when the teacher represents a threat to student safety and this form of isolation is necessary to allow a timely investigation to take place to determine if in fact the teacher threatens student safety as per the California Education Code. This was not the case with Ms. Stevenson nor is it the case with the vast majority of teachers who are being "housed" around LAUSD for the sole purpose of intimidating them into retirement.

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02 2014

The UTLA Pay Raise Rally and Beyond: Harsh Realities and Challenges By Dr. John Fernandez

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The UTLA "It's About Time for a Raise" Rally--On November 13, 2013, I attended UTLA's "It's About Time for a Raise" Rally at the District headquarters. Although UTLA provided free transportation to and from the rally, and sent out robo calls and emails to UTLA members, only about 600 hundred teachers and community supporters showed up. In the November issue 15th issue of the United Teacher, UTLA president Warren Fletcher described the rally as a "powerful first step" towards obtaining a pay raise for teachers. Fletcher also emphasized and that teachers must be willing to engage in a series of escalating actions for a pay raise to occur. Clearly, after going seven years without a pay raise, teachers definitely deserve a raise. But what was is so troubling about the pay raise rally was the low turnout by teachers. This clearly indicates a lack of interest and commitment on their part, even when it comes to something as serious as a pay raise. Of course, UTLA's leadership was there: citywide officers, Board of Directors, House of Representatives, chapter chairs, and hundreds of proactive teachers. But, UTLA's membership is about 32,000. With such a low turnout, it would not surprise me if the District offers no pay raise at all.

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12 2013

DAILY NEWS REPORTER BARBARA JONES "REWARDED" FOR NOT DEVIATING FROM LAUSD PARTY LINE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It's hard to get angry at the American public for doing nothing to stop the dismantling and privatization of public education for profit and the further dumbing down of the electorate, when freedom of the press- and the 4th estate that is supposed to insure it- has already been completely dismantled. If you had any doubt about the press being completely co-opted, the hiring of Daily News Reporter Barbara Jones as Chief of Staff for Los Angeles Unified School Board Member Tamar Galatzan should finally put that to rest.

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12 2013

LAUSD GIVES ME A CHANCE TO BE A HERO FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND FAMILIES - CARE TO HELP?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) offered me close to a quarter of a million dollars and vesting in my lifetime health benefits, if I would agree to settle and not go to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) to vindicate myself against charges fabricated against me. I reported that my school, Central High School Continuation, was graduating students and giving diplomas to students with low elementary school English language and math skills. After stalling the process for 3 years, most financially strapped teachers would have jumped at this offer, but I could not. What I could not rationalize away was that I was being given the option to just walk away pretty much financially intact, if I would just forget about the fact that 59 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, LAUSD remains segregated (closed to 90% Latino and Black) and toxic to students and teachers. But more importantly, I see a real armageddon for our society in the not too distant future, if something is not done to finally address the travesty that LAUSD and districts like it around the United States represent to predominantly poor and minority students of color. Nobody is offering these students any money after screwing them out of their right to an education and the ability to reach their potential and dreams, so how could I be comfortable taking LAUSD blood money to just go away.

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11 2013

MAYBE LAUSD CAN'T TEACH CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS BECAUSE IT DOESN'T USE THEM

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is virtually impossible to have an intelligent discussion of what needs to be done to finally fix the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) generationally failed public education system, if those in power and addressing the problem continue to accept without any critical analysis the unsubstantiated, misleading, and often downright dishonesty claims, demands, and policies of Superintendent John Deasy and his predecessors and likely successors. It is disheartening to see a virtuoso like Deasy playing the intellectually challenged LAUSD Board where in every interaction they lose by uncritically buying into everything he says without any relevant questioning. As regrettable as this is, after so many years of watching this one-sided process, it is not surprising because the LAUSD Board is not alone in their failure to apply any critical analysis to what Deasy spouts without any factual support.

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10 2013

DEASY'S RESIGNATION IS JUST ANOTHER TACTIC TO AVOID REAL SCRUTINY AT LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) For the last 4 years, this blog has always tried to address various aspects of LAUSD dysfunctionality and not the latest joker that the Board puts in place to implement its extremely flawed and longstanding model of top-down education that has shown no improvement for generations. LAUSD administration as constituted has never been held accountable to the poor and minority children and their families that are now the majority in our Los Angeles society. Whether it be Romer, Brewer, Cortines, or Deasy, there will always be the latest political, Black, Latino, White hope for maintaining the status quo- whatever it takes- where there is no place for poor children of color to live up to their potential as the rule and not the rare exception that defies the odds. Rather than relax on the news of Deasy's resignation, which will surely be followed by another superintendent cut from the same privatizing-blame-teachers LAUSD-Broad-Gates agenda, both teachers and parents need to redouble their efforts to continue pushing for a complete reorganization of LAUSD into an accountable entity where this destructive nonsense is no longer tolerated or possible.

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10 2013

WHY DOES UTLA CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LAUSD'S VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA TEACHER DISMISSAL PROCESS?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) After being placed in the District's North Teacher Detention Center (teacher Jail), although he faced no charges by the local policing authority, the teacher, Jim Hill, was subject of an administrative review conducted by Linda Del Cueto, the former local superintendent and highest-ranking official in the San Fernando Valley, who recently was demoted and reassigned to an administrative post in the Central Office of Curriculum and Instruction. While Superintendent in the South Area, Del Cueto was informed by parents that teacher Robert Pimentel was molesting their daughters at George De La Torre Elementary School, but did nothing. She allowed a known child predator to be taken by a crony administrator from school site to school site, where he continued to molest students. Yet, in this case, based on no credible evidence, Del Cueto issued a recommendation of dismissal for a teacher who had never received any prior negative parent complaints or poor performance evaluation.

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10 2013

CHIEF LAUSD ATTORNEY DAVID HOLMQUIST- ABOVE THE LAW?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) I feel like I'm living in The Twilight Zone when LAUSD's Chief Attorney David Holmquist can get away with the following statements and neither Reporter Barbara Jones of the Daily News, UTLA, or any other entity charged under law with defending the legal rights of teachers takes any exception with Holmquist putting LAUSD above the law by irrevocably determining that a teacher once charged by LAUSD who has been found innocent by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) can never go back to teaching: http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20131005/lausd-firings-mount-since-miramonte-scandal

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10 2013

LAUSD'S IPAD FIASCO - IT'S A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, the pauper passing as a prince uses the powerful Great Seal of England to open walnuts, because he doesn't know its power or how else to use it. The issuance of obscenely overpriced IPads to all LAUSD students is reminiscent of this joke, because it presupposes that generationally deprived and social promoted students have sufficient mastery of enough prior grade-level standards to take meaningfully advantage of the exceptional potential that these devices have. Alas, nothing could be further from the truth. Putting a glitzy IPad bandage over the festering sore that is LAUSD yet again begs the question of just how long can these fools running this school district be allow free reign before somebody with the authority to intercede notices that Emperor Deasy has no clothes.

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10 2013

LAUSD- NO COMMON CORE WITHOUT COMMON SENSE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) For a change, let me suspend my disbelief and assume that Superintendent John Deasy and those running the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and other underachieving school districts like it around the country are actually interested in turning things around in terms of academic achievement by the implementation of Common Core Standards. Of course, this requires the assumption that they are not just doing it to get their share of $4.35 billion of Race to the Top federal funds they stand to get if they adopt "college-and-career ready standards." In order to succeed with Common Core, they will have to be willing to implement some of these very same Common Core critical thinking standards, instead of blindly implementing Common Core form and not content as if the subjective reality of LAUSD's presently failed student population could be ignored to avoid the truly difficult work of making Common Core work.

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09 2013

LAUSD AS PRESENTLY CONSTITUTED HAS TO GO

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as presently constituted has to go. After generations of squandering the potential and destroying the lives of its predominant poor and minority student populations, those opposed to it have to finally understand that even hiring the best people to work at LAUSD as presently constituted is an exercise in futility for those of us who want real and quantifiable change and not mere disingenuous rhetoric in public education. When the United States went into Germany and Japan after the Second World War, it did not leave the Nazis in power or their militarist counterpart in Japan to run things, rather it set up a democratic from the bottom up governance, where those at the top could no longer coerce, while sabotaging real change. Such a Marshal Plan at LAUSD that centered the power of public education in the classroom and the individual school could achieve the same success that Finland and other countries have attained, where excellence and not money is allowed to be the primary motivator of public education.

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09 2013

IDEAS THAT CAN GET YOU LABELED A RACIST AT LAUSD

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The very notion of rich or white superiority is negated by a public education system designed to assure that a vast segment of our population will never be able to contribute to the well being of our society, but rather will remain a costly (though easily-avoidable) burden on all of society. This is not smart or in the true self-interest of those presently running the show. If we just allowed public schools to do what they do best and have easily done in the past with other immigrant populations, we will all be the better for it -- and the Chinese will not eat our lunch.

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09 2013

UTLA ACCUSES LAUSD OF RETALIATING AGAINST TEACHERS- WHO KNEW?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In a performance reminiscent of Claude Raines in Casablanca, United Teacher Los Angeles (UTLA) President Warren Fletcher came out today on KNX News Radio and seemed "SHOCKED." " When LAUSD maintains a culture in which teachers are afraid to speak up, where people feel cowed, UTLA has to step up to the plate. UTLA has to use whatever resources we have, whatever legal authority we have, to reverse that." Are we supposed to believe that Fletcher was surprised to find out that retaliation has been going on here at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), when literally thousands of teachers have already been hounded out of the teaching profession by Superintendent Deasy and his morally challenged predecessor Ramon "Snuggles" Cortines?

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09 2013

LAUSD "RUBBER ROOM" TEACHERS MEET AT UTLA

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Last Wednesday, August 28th, housed teachers came together at the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to finally try and address their targeting by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Upon arriving at UTLA to attend this meeting I had been invited to, I was told that I was on a security list that barred my entry into the building. This is probably due to the fact that I am in the process of suing UTLA and their attorneys at Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad for doing worse than nothing to stop the coordinated attack on the teachers they are paid by teachers' dues to defend. After some intervention on my behalf, I was finally allowed in, but only go up to the 9th floor to attend the meetings. I was told never to go to the UTLA office.

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09 2013

WHAT GETS YOU ACCLAIM IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS GETS YOU FIRED AT LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) During the last several weeks my phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from teachers being targeted for removal as the new school year starts at the Los Angeles Unified School Disrict (LAUSD). After a 3 month hiatus where the LAUSD Board has not been able to dismiss teachers, Deasy & Co. are gearing up for another year of removing teachers to save the district money by falsely accusing them of fireable acts on the road to breaking the union and privatizing public education. This is a phenomenon that is going on all over the country in a well orchestrated program that somehow never makes it into the mainstream media. While being at the top of the salary scale or about to vest in lifetime health benefits has been a sure fire indicator of those being targeted in the past, it seems there is an even more common indicator for teachers in the District's sights - being intelligent, dedicated, and an uncompromisingly good teacher. These teachers are viewed as a threat to maintaining a racist status quo of longstanding mediocre at LAUSD, where only the rhetoric changes and the teaching of critical thinking skills is seen as a threat to those in power that must be stamped out at any cost.

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09 2013

L.A. TIMES SANDY BANKS - REPORTER OR SHILL FOR LAUSD, BROAD & GATES, AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION? YOU DECIDE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Sandy Banks of the Los Angeles Times is too smart to mistakenly continue to concoct one-sided feel good articles that completely ignore anything but a "dominant narrative" that blames seasoned teachers for a long-failed public education system in a traditionally top-down LAUSD model that teachers have never had any ability to change. After reading our little email exchanges and the articles she wrote, are any of the issues I addressed ever addressed? Is this just an oversight? It is worth noting that after contacting me to seek my input, she ultimately never followed up on any of the issues I raised. It is also interesting that she cites in her defense to my initial email response the reporter's ideal of getting a scoop without every acknowledging that there is a filter on what she and other reporters at the L.A.Times and elsewhere in commercial and public media are allowed to report...if they expect to keep their jobs. In what profession other than teaching would you prefer a novice to a seasoned professional?- unless you didn't consider what teachers do to be a profession. Ms. Banks and her colleagues have no small part in disseminating this false message.

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08 2013

LAUSD- STILL ROTTEN TO ITS "COMMON CORE"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Barbara Jones is not a reporter, but rather an unquestioning conduit for the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) irrational propaganda that clearly has no basis in fact. In her latest homage to Deasy & Company entitled Back to School Means Big Changes, Challenges at LAUSD, Ms. Jones uncritically reports LAUSD's latest addition to its disingenuous edspeak party line that doesn't stand the slightest chance of changing what remains its purposefully failed public education reality that is toxic to students and teachers. Far from the "watershed year" that her article proclaims with a "new curriculum, toughen[ed] graduation requirement and an innovative system for dealing with disruptive students," in reality, Jones completely ignores the fact that students who have been socially promoted years beyond their ability are objectively incapable of doing any curriculum- "new" or otherwise, because they clearly lack mastery of the basic prior grade-level standards necessary to do so-

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08 2013

The UTLA Election Season is Upon Us by Dr. John Fernandez

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Anyone running for UTLA President or any other UTLA city-wide office should have a platform and how he/she is going to implement it. I remember Warren Fletcher's big campaign promise was that he was going to hire a professional negotiator--which he did not do--and appointed Betty Forrester Chief UTLA Negotiator, what a mistake! Forrester was completely out negotiated by the likes of the District's Dick Fisher. Forrester/Fletcher produced three disastrous TAs: The local School Initiative (2011), which virtually gives no power to parents--but gives some power to teachers and most of the power to principals. In this TA, there is no grievance provision for teachers. The Local schools Initiative model gives automatic waivers of most the Collective Bargaining Agreement to Local Initiative Schools. Sounds good on the surface--but a Local Initiative School can waive seniority among teachers for assignments and election of deans and department chairs and can eliminate lead teachers. Parents only have two representatives on a Local Initiative School Council of eight.

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08 2013

LAUSD- The Academic Credentials Problem: Vallas and Deasy

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) As I head off this morning after a more than 3 year wait to defend myself at the Office of Administrative Hearings, I received the following post from the Diane Ravitch blog that seemed rather appropriate- you be the judge

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07 2013

HOW TO USE PERDAILY AS A REFERENCE GUIDE FOR LAUSD BAD ACTS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) After 3 years and the writing of 472 posts at perdaily, you now have a comprehensive reference database for anybody who is interested in documenting the premeditated and purposeful failing of public education by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and school districts like it around the country. LAUSD openly engages in a strange mix of illegal and incompetent behavior to terrorize incredulous teachers and anybody else who has the temerity to stand up to their willful malfeasance. Given the unchallenged success that LAUSD administration has had over the last few years in removing teachers without ever respecting even basic constitutional guarantees of due process of law, it is clear that they will not stop targeting teachers and debasing public education until legally compelled to do so.

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07 2013

LAUSD: THE WAR ON ART OR THE ART OF WAR ON PUBLIC EDUCATION?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Recently, I received the following query as to why I thought with the passage of Proposition 30, art programs have not been restored. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my answer and analysis of this question. "Lenny, do you think that the Arts have a legal remedy, since they have been picked on to a far greater extent, and Arts programs are not being restored. The new funding was supposed to restore programs, but the board did not use the money for this. Arts programs are still cut. Any suggestions? Thanks."

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06 2013

THE 99 CENTS STORE EDUCATION FOR THE 99%

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In the old world from which most of our ancestors came, America served as a beacon, because unlike this stratified world of our origin, America was a place where if you worked hard both you and your family could prosper. Fundamental to this ability to prosper was the availability of having your children educated at public expense to their highest potential. This gave access to the same high level of critical thinking skills education that in the old country had been reserved only to the rich and upper class. Vindication of this revolutionary idea has been the unparalleled economic and intellectual achievement that the United States has been able to attain up until now, which has made us the leading society- both economically and intellectual- in the world.

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06 2013

ILLINOIS TEACHER ELLIE RUBENSTEIN QUITS ELOQUENTLY- SHE NAILS IT (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The following post was taken directly from the Huffington Post. Let me know if your situation at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) sounds disturbingly the same. At perdaily, we are getting teachers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Riverside, Sacramento, and all over the United States telling us the same story as Ellie Rubenstein of Illinois. And yet, teachers and their unions remain in denial, while LAUSD administrators are "only following orders."

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05 2013

LAUSD'S PART IN MAKING AN UNIFORMED ELECTORATE THAT MAKES IRRATIONAL CHOICES (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The following lecture by Professor Noam Chomsky seemed an appropriate post for election day in Los Angeles, because it gives an overview of the premeditated failure of public education in this country, why it is taking place, and who it serves. The phrase that is used most by teachers when confronted with the corruption of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) directed against them is, "I can't believe." Implicit in this incredulous response to the war on teachers and public education is another question, Why would those in power in this country dismantle something as essential to the well being of those who live here? Well, the simple answer is those in power are no longer concerned with the interests of all who live here. Chomsky's on Liberal Disillusionment with Obama offers one possible explanation. Take a moment and let us know whether this assessment makes any sense to you.

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05 2013

LAUSD'S BOARD'S A MODEST PROPOSAL TO FURTHER DISMANTLE WHAT'S LEFT OF SCHOOL DISCIPLINE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) One of the main reasons approximately 50% of initially idealistic teachers quit the profession within 5 years of starting is their complete and utter failure to receive reasonable discipline support from administration in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). While there was a time when LAUSD administrators supported teachers as a matter of course and served as a buffer between parents and students, now in the age of dismantling schools in favor of charters and privatization, the campaign to force out professional and fairly compensated teachers is in high gear with administrators putting a target on teachers with the clear message to students and parents that you don't have to take responsibility for your actions, you can just blame your teacher.

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05 2013

IS UTLA UNWITTINGLY HELPING LAUSD GET RID OF TEACHERS?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On April 26, 2013 the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) sent out a letter to all of the hundreds of teachers who are presently "housed" in LAUSD offices, their homes, or who have been put on protracted administrative leave with no pay or benefits in a process that normally goes on for years until the teacher is starved into accepting a nominal settlement to resign. What this letter requested was the permission of these targeted teachers to allow LAUSD to give United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) information as to where the teacher was physically and procedurally in terms of their incarceration status leading to inevitable dismissal from LAUSD. What most impressed me about this letter when I received it was the fact that it seems as if up until April 26th nobody at UTLA was concerned enough about the thousands of teachers who are either in the process of being removed or who have already been removed from their jobs without due process of law. Why didn't UTLA inquire before now?

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05 2013

Deasy's 30 Percent Teacher Evaluation Victory: UTLA's Capitulation and its Consequences By John Fernandez

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Coward: A man in whom the instinct of self-preservation acts normally.--Sultana Zoraya On January 19, 2013, teachers in the LAUSD approved a comprehensive evaluation system that will include student school wide test data and a host of other measurements, such as attendance rates, suspension rates, English Language Learner (ELL) progress and reclassification rates, and Graduation/Drop-out rates to determine their effectiveness in the classroom. The total vote was 16,892, of which 11,185 (66 percent) voted "yes", while 5,707 (34 percent) voted "no". Only about 50 percent of teachers eligible to vote did so. On February 12, 2013, the Los Angeles Board of Education ratified the 7-page LAUSD-UTLA Evaluation Procedures Supplement (Tentative Agreement). It will go into effect for the 2013/14 school year.

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04 2013

WHAT TO DO WITH THE MONKEYS RUNNING LAUSD AND UTLA

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same results.. all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

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04 2013

CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT FOR AGE AND DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LAUSD

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If you would like to get involved in something that Superintendent John Deasy, and LAUSD cannot ignore with impunity, do yourself and your colleagues a favor and fill out the form below. Last night I had a meeting with a lawyer who is connected to one of the biggest law firms in L.A. They are very interested in going after LAUSD for age and maybe even disability discrimination in a major class action law suit. What they are looking for are teachers who are or were at the top of the salary scale and/or about to vest in lifetime health benefits - that is older- who were forced out of teaching. You don't have to be aged to qualify, just old enough to be or have been removed from teaching because of your age/salary, even though LAUSD never mentioned age when they hit you with bogus charges designed to build a case to dismiss you or get you to resign or retire.

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03 2013

TAVIS SMILEY'S "EDUCATION UNDER ARREST" IGNORES THE CAUSES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When the bubonic plague spread through Europe in the 14th century, people noticed that if you burned enough infected bodies and the houses where they died, you would ultimately get rid of the plague- but not until your population had been significantly decimated. People at the time did not as yet understand what caused the plague, which was actually being carried by fleas on rats that were feeding on human garbage and waste. As long as they dealt only with the symptoms and not the underlying disease, one might say they remained plagued. Tonight at the California Endowment, I attended a prescreening of Education Under Arrest, a documentary Tavis Smiley did on how the zero tolerance policy in our schools has lead to the over-incarceration of predominantly African American and Latino youth. The way Education Under Arrest deals with this modern day plague on predominately youth of color in our public schools is reminiscent of how people initially attempted to address the bubonic plague: Education Under Arrest deals exclusively with the symptoms without ever addressing the clear and imminently addressable underlying causes, which dooms it to as much success in dealing with over incarceration of minority youth as they had in dealing with the plague in the 14th century.

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03 2013

WHAT DOES FINLAND HAVE THAT LAUSD DOESN'T - EQUITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad.

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03 2013

HAVE LAUSD TEACHERS RECENTLY BEEN INFECTED WITH A PERVERT VIRUS OR IS LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY LYING TO FACILITATE THE PRIVATIZATON OF PUBLIC EDUCATION? (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) At the end of the following video, Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia asks Superintendent John Deasy, "How long has this [teacher jail] been happening?" To which Superintendent John Deasy says, "It's been LAUSD policy for 15 years," the implication being that Deasy is just enforcing a long established LAUSD policy. The critically important follow up question remains purposefully unasked by Board President Monica Garcia: How many teachers were housed and dismissed or forced to resign 15 years ago and how many have been targeted, housed, and removed under Deasy's reign of terror against teachers. This question remains unasked, because the number of teachers targeted, housed, and dismissed or forced to resign has skyrocketed astronomically since the District saw itself going into the red on its budget as far back as 2004 and even more starkly since Superintendent Deasy's tenure began.

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03 2013

LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY IS A BLATANT LIAR- SO WHY DOESN'T KNBC'S CONAN NOLAN CALL HIM ON IT? (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In applying this fable to the Los Angeles Unified School District and its Superintendent John Deasy, I find it difficult to fault the venomous creature. Rather, I am demoralized by a mainstream media and other institutions that serve as a vehicles to uncritically ferry Deasy's lies to the public, when even a cursory examination of what he says and what they know could out him for the inveterate liar that he is. Deasy can't help himself, but Conan Nolan and his colleague Phil Healy at KNBC with their unfettered access clearly know better, since they once were reporters in the best sense of the word. Alas, they like the turtle will drown along with the rest of us, if they continue to facilitate Deasy's public education privatization motivated war on teachers that has nothing to do with bad teachers, but rather the 87% of the public education budget teachers' salaries represent that Deasy's masters Broad, Gates, Walton, and the other modern day robber barons covet.

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03 2013

EVER WONDER WHY UTLA DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT TEACHERS? WHY NOT POSE THAT QUESTION TO UTLA'S DISBARRED CARL JOSEPH

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Ask yourself what kind of organization, let alone teachers' union, would hire a disbarred lawyer like Carl Joseph who had his license to practice law revoked for moral turpitude? Who would hire and pay an estimated $160,000 a year plus generous benefits to such a person and then trust them with the professional lives of its teachers? Given these circumstances and other showing equally questionable judgement, Is it any wonder that UTLA continues to roll over for LAUSD by passively sitting by and doing nothing to stop the targeting and removing of what now amount to thousands of teachers without cause. In re Joseph (1989) 49 Cal.3d 430 , 261 Cal.Rptr. 407; 777 P.2d 180

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03 2013

REALITY, NOT THEORY, WHY LAUSD IS HIRING SUBSTITUTES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) L.A. Subs website has several posts under the title: "Theory Why LAUSD Is Hiring." There is no theory as to why the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is hiring substitute teachers- it's a financially motivated reality. They are hiring lots of subs to take the place of top of the salary scale teachers like many of you that they got rid of, because it's much cheaper with subs than with veteran teachers at the top of the salary scale with full benefits- this is no theory. It is also much easier to monitor substitute teachers as they approach the 100 days necessary to get them medical benefits in any given year and cut them off, before they vest in this right, which will further limit LAUSD's financial red ink.

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03 2013

The Guerilla Teachers Handbook by Espiritu Makiguchi

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The term "Guerrilla" is Spanish for "little war." It originated in the Napoleonic Wars. whe the French took over Spain. A "Guerrillero" was a soldier in the Spanish Rebel Army. However, during the Battle of Puebla, in Mexico, the French met a new soldier. This soldier did not fight in the conventional style of standing in straight lines and firing volleys of rifle fire at each other until one side dominated. This soldier hid in the bushes, behind rocks, inside buildings, up in trees and any other convenient hiding location. The attack would occur after careful planning, and the proper respect for time. The tactics employed by guerrillas date back to the ideas of Sun Tzu who wrote The Art of War. In this book he demonstrates how your small group could beat a larger army. He argued that you use your carefully planned and timed strength to exploit the weakness of the enemy. In our case, it is the small cadre of teachers versus the vast resources of your school district. This book is intended to give you the head's up regarding the disgusting tactics LAUSD public school administrators utilize to harass, push you out, stress you out and eventually, if they have their way, terminate your employment (taking your long earned benefits away from you). This knowledge will give you power, especially if you find yourself in a "housed" status.

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03 2013

LAUSD- IF CHARTERS DON'T WORK, JUST LIE AND SAY THEY DO

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Professor Diane Ravitch calls it "the dominant narrative." The incessant litany in the media that says the only things wrong with public education are bad teachers and not enough charter schools. Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels called this same kind of dominant narrative the big lie : "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." What good public education is about is truth. Not a single truth, but the individual truth that comes from a all students being educated to their highest potential. If you thwart this education by establishing a privatized dumbed down public education system, you have created the best mechanism for implementing Goebbels big lie on the largest scale.

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02 2013

LAUSD; HOW CRENSHAW STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS CAN FINALLY SUCCEED

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) There was a meeting last week at the Radical Women center for the Crenshaw Cougar Coalition to discuss how to address the attack on Crenshaw High School by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and its proposed reconstitution of the school. Although Beatriz Paez, who chaired the meeting, said they were interested in formulating a plan to address the proposed reconstitution, along with magnets, and ultimate privatization/charterization of Crenshaw. When all was said and done by the end of the meeting, it was clear that those running the meeting did not have a clue how to proceed. And even though they said they were interested in hearing about viable elements of such a plan, the reality of this meeting showed a complete unwillingness to develop a more pragmatic approach where the community would take responsibility for Crenshaw based on framing the students, parents, and teachers vision of what an excellent public education would look like at Crenshaw. While the Crenshaw High School community might not presently have such a clear and concise vision, the networking necessary to achieve it is well within their grasp, if they deign to reach out from this long segregated community.

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02 2013

WHY DO TEACHERS PERSIST IN TRYING TO CONVINCE LAUSD OF THINGS THAT NOT EVEN LAUSD BELIEVES ARE TRUE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Educated teachers, parents, and even most students knows that 2 + 2 = 4 and yet the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) keep insisting that it equals 5...or sometimes even 3. Then why do teachers continue arguing with them, since to do so only gives the irrational credibility through teachers and others entering into this stupid argument with a district and union that know 2 +2=4, but only insist it doesn't, because it is to their advantage in terms of money and uncontested power- think Broad, Gates, Walton, privatization and dumbing down of America to a place where few have the intellectual ability to question authority. This was George Orwell's prescient view of his future and our present that you might be aware of, if LAUSD hasn't already taken its toll on your higher brain function.

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02 2013

LAUSD'S FANTASY REFORMS CONTINUE BREWING THE LATINO "FIRE NEXT TIME"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) "Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?" ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time It occurs to me that in the discussion of what it will take to fix public education in the United States and to stem the downward spiral of our society, there are few other than inner city teachers and their students that actually have the slightest idea of the demoralizing reality we presently face on a daily basis in our schools. People outside and even many within remain blind to this reality. Furthermore, it is hard for dedicated teachers to defend themselves under the present onslaught of attacks motivated by the privatization juggernaut without resorting to language that is considered improper in polite society. Alas, this conundrum that teachers face with no help from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is not a place presently fit for education to take place.

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02 2013

CAN LAUSD UTLA REPRESENTED TEACHERS LEARN FROM GERMAN TEACHERS???

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Mensaje se repite en Español) German teachers begin nationwide strike MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 201319:29:26 EPA/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI / POOL German teachers begin nationwide strike http://www.neurope.eu/article/german-teachers-begin-nationwide-strike FEBRUARY 18, 2013 - 4:06PM | BY STANISLAVA GAYDAZHIEVA

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02 2013

WHY THE PLAS EXPERIMENT MUST END AT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL, Part II: THE NEW EAST LA CLASSIC: ROOSEVELT (PLAS) vs. GARFIELD (NON PLAS) by John Fernandez

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Mensaje se repite en Español) The Rivals The NEW EAST LA CLASSIC is about academics--not about football. It pits Roosevelt High School against Garfield High School. Roosevelt High School is under the Mayor's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools (PLAS). Roosevelt became a PLAS school on December 7, 2007, when teachers and parents voted 152-62 to become a PLAS school. Roosevelt High School currently has 2,900 students, of which 99% are Mexican/Latino. Roosevelt has a large immigrant student population, with a substantial number of English language learners (ELLs). Roosevelt has a faculty of 170. The Roosevelt faculty is represented by United Teachers-Los Angeles (UTLA). Roosevelt is made up of seven independent small schools with their own principal. An eighth principal oversees the seven schools. Roosevelt has no assistant principals or lead teachers. Roosevelt's six independent small schools, not counting the magnet school have an API for 2012 from 544 to 672. Roosevelt is located in Bole Heights, a heavily Mexican/Latino working-class community.

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02 2013

LAUSD: Follow The Money by Joseph K

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Mensaje se repite en Español) I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I'll confirm. I'll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that's all. Just... follow the money. -Deep Throat, "All the President's Men" (1976) If you want to know the direction LAUSD School Board President Monica Garcia and new candidate Kate Anderson want to take the Los Angeles School District after the upcoming election, then follow the money. In this case following the money isn't difficult because there is just so damn much of it. Start with an astounding quarter of a million dollars by Eli Broad, Superintendent Deasy's mentor and puppet master, and another quarter million by fellow billionaire, Latino media magnate A. Jerrold Perenchio, formerly of Univision. Together they pushed "their" Coalition for School Reform's coffers to $1.5 million. Then Mayor Villaraigosa who, along with Broad, was instrumental in bringing Deasy to LAUSD, called in the really big gun by brokering a deal with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who contributed an additional million dollars for the Coalition -money education historian Diane Ravitch called this "repugnant and an affront to democracy."

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02 2013

LAUSD TAKE NOTICE: Lawless America is ready to help you file Criminal Charges against those who wronged you

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Lawless America is organizing Nationwide Filing of Criminal Charges against Corrupt Government Officials and Others. How would you like to see your judge, attorney, ex, or other evildoer indicted, arrested, convicted, and imprisoned?

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02 2013

UTLA BACKS DOWN ON SURVEY ON LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT DEASY- PERDAILY COMES TO THE RESCUE

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United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has backed down on their plan to poll rank-and-file on the effectiveness of Superintendent John Deasy, so we at perdaily would like to take on this function. In addition to the following questions designed to ascertain the qualifications, honesty, and effectiveness of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in general and Superintendent John Deasy more specifically, we would like you to use the comment section below to propose your own questions, which we will add to this survey. Then, copy and paste your answers to the survey into an email and send it to: Lenny@perdaily.com and we will publish the results, if we get enough of a response. What does the 99% really think?

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02 2013

THE ASSAULT: ON PUBLIC EDUCATION, ON TEACHERS, AND ON DUE PROCESS by Susan Lee Schwartz

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Many years have passed, Lenny Isenberg, since you and I talked about breaking the enormous silence that surrounds the assault on teachers, -- the first round in ending the national institution of public education. In order to lie and rewrite history, an uninformed ignorant citizenry is required. To citizens who know The Constitution as the Founding Fathers envisioned it, the liars and ranters who fill the media with their outrageous false narratives would be unable to hold sway.

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02 2013

LAUSD & UTLA - A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR QUANTIFIABLE ACCOUNTABILITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español). LAUSD seems to really understand the mentality of teachers- we keep preaching to the choir, while it- with the help of UTLA leadership and bureaucracy- do nothing to stop the dismantling of the teaching profession and the decimation of our students and their families. My mantra is that if what we do and what we say can be ignored by LAUSD/UTLA with impunity, then it's not worth doing. With that in mind, there are several areas where we can do things that cannot be ignored, if we are willing to do something more than talk in what has amount up until now as one long staff development- and we all know that they too never come to fruition:

WHY THE PARTNERSHIP FOR LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS (PLAS) EXPERIMENT MUST END AT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL by JOHN FERNANDEZ

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On December 7, 2007 teachers and parents voted 152-62 in favor of the Mayor's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools (PLAS) to work "collaboratively" with teachers, parents, classified staff, and students to increase student achievement at Roosevelt High School. After 5-years, PLAS is a dismal failure at Roosevelt High School.

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02 2013

CALIFORNIA STATE WHISTLEBLOWER'S LAWSUITE EXPOSES WEB OF CORRUPTION AND DECEIT AT THE COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC) PART 1 By Steve Zeltzer

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Mensaje se repite en Español) Kathleen Carroll, a former government lawyer turned whistleblower at the California Commission On Teacher Credentialing CTC has filed a potentially explosive suit against CTC officials and the state government that charges that the Commission attorneys and management of the commission were engaged in numerous illegal acts possibly resulting in thousands of improperly sanctioned teachers in the state of California. Some of the charges in Carroll's charged the commission with tampering with the selection and composition of the Committee of credential members, CTC attorneys improperly tampering with case outcomes, acting outside their legal jurisdictional scope to go after teachers, promoting the existence of a high level of nepotism, cronyism, favoritism and conflicts of interest throughout the CTC and improperly maintaining underground regulations in violation of the administrative procedures act. It also alleges that CTC employees were retaliated against if they questioned the practices of anyone within CTC management.

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01 2013

LAUSD'S "RESPONSIBLE" ADMINISTRATORS AND THEIR TOADY TEACHER PERVERTS GET A PASS, WHILE INNOCENT TEACHERS GET SCREWED

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Superintendent John Deasy removed the teacher from the school around the same time in March, 2012 after learning that the principal had received an allegation about the teacher four years ago but took no action. Sadly, this is not an unusual circumstances surrounding perverted predators, who are allowed to prey on young elementary children in Los Angeles Unified School District. Behind each of them is story of an incompetent administrator who either through intentional neglect or gross incompetence place young students at risk to be molested.

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01 2013

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE LAYS OUT THREE PRONGS OF THE PRIVATIZATION BATTLE PLAN (VIDEO)

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On January 19, 2013 I went up to San Francisco for a conference on the privatization of public education. My part of the presentation at the conference had to do with the nationwide witch hunt to rid LAUSD and districts like it around the country of teachers at the top of the salary scale, about to vest in lifetime health benefits, or who run afoul of their administrator for not following orders, no matter how illegal or irrational they are. In addition to my presentation public education veterans Danny Weil and Jack Gershon made incredibly insightful presentations. Take the time to watch the following videos, share them with your friends, network, and give us some feedback.

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01 2013

KICK OFF LAUSD'S BOARD MEMBER MONICA GARCIA- YA BASTA

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LET'S SPOIL Monica García's 2013 Campaign Kick-off Save the Date! Saturday, January 19, 2013 9am-2pm 1260 S. Soto Street #16,Los Angeles, 90023 Please join us as we launch our efforts to condemn Mónica García's attacks on public education BRING PICKET SIGNS This protest event is being sponsored by community activists against privatization of public education for more information: exposelausd@gmail.com

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01 2013

SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR LAUSD, IT'S HARD WORK INSURING STUDENT FAILURE OVER GENERATIONS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Probably the best indicator that racism is still alive and well in inner city public education in this country - and more specially at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - is the fact that nobody wonders why Latino and African American students continue to do so abysmally- it's as if it's expected of them. There is a tacit assumption that these students are somehow inherently incapable of learning and competing with more affluent predominantly White and Asian students. In offering poverty as the sole excuse for underachievement, forgotten is the critical function of public education in prior generations of poor immigrants to be accommodated to American society by the mechanism of a rigorous public education for all.

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01 2013

LAUSD & NYC TAKE NOTE, PERDAILY GOES NATIONAL (VIDEO)

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Take a half hour and watch the following coast-to-coast interview that New York City incarcerated and yet uncharged teacher Francesco Portelos did with me this morning. Also take a moment to check out his blog. In the national teacher witch hunt that has put the teaching profession under siege - a fact that never seems to make it into the corporate controlled mainstream media - we hope the following interview is the first step in consecrating a virtual commons that will help us in the coming weeks to finally create a national awareness of the war on teachers and what it is costing all of us.

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01 2013

LAUSD: PURVEYORS OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY RACISM

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) All that one has to do to know that nothing has changed for the better at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is to take note of the fact that the academic achievement of the vast majority of Latino and Black students, in a district that is close to 90% Latino and Black, has not only not changed for the better, it has significantly worsened. In light of the continuing abysmal results of schools like Dorsey and Crenshaw High Schools, an ex-LAUSD African American LAUSD administrator recently said to me, "Black schools were bad off before the Brown decision in 1954, but they were never this bad." So why does this persist? It has to do with the pragmatic neo-liberal agenda that co-opts progressive buzz words like no child left behind without the substance or true commitment to bring them to fruition. Worse yet, it is hostile to and targets anybody who actually tries to improve LAUSD in anything more than rhetoric. On a regular basis over the last 4 years and with a marked uptick in frequency since the Miramonte Scandal, I have been talking with many highly qualified and often nationally board certified and previously acclaimed veteran teachers who have been targeted and are in various stages of being driven out of the teaching profession.

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01 2013

LAUSD: NOT THE ONLY PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED TO RATIONALITY

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Here's an American teacher that is so fed up with the corrupt educational system he's quitting after YEARS of teaching (a job he LOVED). THIS is the sad and brutal TRUTH about how the government has COMPLETELY CRIPPLED teacher's ability to effectively educate our children. http://www.riggedreality.com

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01 2013

WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 5 PM

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On New Year's Day at 4 pm on 90.7 FM KPFK I will do a show on the deplorable state of public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), how we got here, what's the nefarious agenda, and the rather straight forward means of fixing it. Hopefully, this show will be the first in a series laying out in the clearest of possible terms what is wrong at LAUSD and what we can do to turn this unacceptable situation around. After an initial introduction of the topic and our panel, we will take calls from you the listening audience.

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12 2012

UTLA & TEACHER JAIL - WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? WHAT SPECIFICALLY ARE YOU DOING TO STOP LAUSD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) From LAUSD's point of view, what is the downside they face from screwing teachers? It is now close to 3 weeks since Scott Mandel wrote in a letter reproduced below that "UTLA President Warren Fletcher was actively working on your plight." So, other then staff-development-like rhetoric, what has been accomplished to address the exigencies of this longstanding and yet UTLA ignored teacher jail reality that has been openly destroying innocent teachers' lives for years? And UTLA officers and staff didn't know about this? UTLA not only knew, they consistently told innocent teachers, "You should resign, you've got a bad case." UTLA has given credibility to this LAUSD witch hunt by taking part in it, while never actually doing anything to defend teachers or hold LAUSD accountable. If you were LAUSD, would you stop the witch hunt under these circumstances? Why would you, when you got rid of 853 teachers last year without not even one getting their job back? They're batting a thousand.

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12 2012

TEACHERS ORGANIZE TO CONFRONT LAUSD WITCH HUNT

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COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT TEACHERS...AND YOURSELVES. Saturday December 22 4459 Eagle Rock Blvd Eagle Rock Ca 90041 from 6 to midnight Holiday Fundraiser to Support Teachers and Raise Awareness of Unfairly Targeted Teachers aka Teacher Jails aka Rubber Rooms

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12 2012

LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT DEASY CONTINUES TO LIE WHILE KNBC LETS HIM GET AWAY WITH IT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The following is a crystal clear example of how a mainstream local news media is able to document LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy in an outright lie then do nothing to confront Deasy or anybody else at LAUSD with the lie(s). The first video below is of an interview that KNBC Conan Nolan did with Superintendent John Deasy on February 13, 2012, where Deasy justifies giving alleged teacher child molester Mark Berndt $56,000, because according to Deasy, Reporter Nolan, and a supposed 2009 L.A. Times survey, 50% of teachers get their jobs back at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Deasy didn't want to take the chance that Berndt would get his job back. The second video completely contradicts this and was done by Nolan's reporter colleague at KNBC Patrick Healy on March 13, 2012, which says that in 2011, LAUSD got rid of 853 teachers and not one got their job back and only two went to the OAH and both lost. Both statements cannot be true and yet neither Nolan or Healy or any other news media dares to report the truth about Deasy and LAUSD, even though, given their daily access to LAUSD, they undoubtedly know the truth.

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12 2012

WHY TEACHERS SHOULD VOTE NO ON THE LAUSD-UTLA DECEMBER 2012 EVALUATION PROCEDURES SUPPLEMENT By Dr. John Fernandez

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Dr. John Fernandez submitted the following to Perdaily as reasons to not vote for the Tentative Agreement on teacher assessment. Perdaily thinks there are already several more basic reasons to vote against the TA: 1. The TA tacitly presupposes that students are at grade level and capable of being educated at grade level by any teacher, when the vast majority of students have been socially promoted without basic prior grade-level standards that are a prerequisite for a single-subject credentialed secondary teacher without remedial skills to be able to successfully teach them. Given this reality, which neither LAUSD nor UTLA ever took the trouble to explain to the judge in the pending case, it is irrational to make a teacher's assessment and teaching career dependent on how students years behind grade level do in their classes. 2. Minimal discipline is not enforced by administration to allow an environment where education can take place. Worse, students are given the clear message that they will receive a receptive ear from LAUSD administration, if they make false allegations against a teacher, instead of attempting to do their work or seek remediation in order to improve. 3. LAUSD already doesn't follow prior agreements with UTLA, its own Bulletin Policies or state and federal law. Therefore, there is no reason to believe they will follow this TA.

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12 2012

LAUSD: LET'S MAKE UP THE RULES AS WE GO ALONG TARGETING TEACHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Any parent or teacher can tell you that if you fail to timely, reasonably, and proportionally discipline a child, they will continue to act in an anti-social and disruptive manner that precludes the calm environment where learning and growth can take place. By logical extension, if people become adults without have learned how to respect others and the legal system that attempts to peacefully structure human interaction, then we are all in trouble.

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12 2012

LAUSD TO RECONSTITUTE CRENSHAW AND DORSEY HIGH- WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Do African Americans and Latinos ever get tired of auditioning for human being status in a fundamentally racist and corrupt Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) non-public education system that clearly has no expectation that their children are educable? It is 58 years after Brown vs. Board of Education and de facto segregated LAUSD non-public education is more segregated today than it was pre-Brown and yet this depressing reality goes unaddressed in a community that continues to let LAUSD call the shots. Because public education remains one of the few professions where minorities can enter the middle class, it seems that much of the leadership in the Black and Latino communities seem loathe to take cognizance of the fact that this bastion of the Democratic Party and liberal politics is responsible for a more pernicious racism toward Black and Latino students than anything that ever took place in the South. A Black colleague of mine remarked, "Before the civil rights movement innercity Los Angeles schools were bad, but they were never this bad." What follows is my analysis (in italic) of notes sent to me about a Crenshaw Community Meeting dated November 27, 2012. You can always reject what I say by pointing out my Jewish and almost White status or you might just consider the substance of my comments:

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12 2012

LAUSD TEACHER TELLS THE SAME STORY OF BEING TARGETED

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As Superintendent John Deasy and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) receive no real opposition from United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) nor the city, state, or federal authorities, the war against teachers continues, not only unabated, but increasing in intensity. This past Sunday I received 5 calls from terrified teachers who were telling the now all too familiar story of being targeted by their LAUSD administrator on completely fabricated charges. I must confess a strange curiosity to see how long LAUSD will be allowed to savage its teachers before anybody in authority will do something about it. I have taken the liberty of removing the teacher's name from the following post to assure that she does not suffer more harassment from LAUSD for speaking out. I will do the same for others who are willing to add their voice to the growing chorus asking for justice. Those of you who remain silent will have nobody to blame but yourself, when it is your turn to be targeted and removed. Oh, but you don't believe that.

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12 2012

IS LAUSD A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) If you or somebody you know has been targeted for removal or incarceration without due process of law by the Los Angeles Unifed School District (LAUSD), you might take the time and report your situation to the Public Integrity Unit of the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office. The jury is still out on whether the fix is in at the city, county, state, and federal government levels, but on the outside chance that integrity of public officials is not a fantasy of the past, you might write and tell your story about LAUSD's criminal behavior: There is strength in numbers and it is harder to sweep the statements of hundreds of targeted teacher under the carpet than it is to pick teachers off one at a time by denying them fundamental due process, incarcerating them in teacher jails for long than is necessary to clear or charge them, putting them on unpaid administrative leave, and stalling for years to try and starve them into submission. What LAUSD is doing is designed to make teachers both physically and mentally ill. Standing up for yourself and your colleagues at the very least is designed to recapture your adult status and self-respect. It's your call. Los Angeles Country District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Division 320 W. Temple St. 7th floor Los Angeles, CA 90012

LAUSD: YOU CAN'T LEGISLATE MORALITY- BUT YOU CAN TEACH IT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) A rigorous public education is not a luxury. Rather it is an absolute necessity for any society that has pretensions of being a democracy in something more than just rhetoric. With the more affluent and predominantly White population having escaped to the suburbs or private schools to avoid the Supreme Court's judgment that "separate but equal education is inherently unequal" in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case, what we are left with is not only a public education daycare system that has no academic rigor, but the reality that this purposefully failed public education system has been going on for so long now that even those who have been charged to run it- and are themselves a product of it- do so without either the education or historical vision necessary to succeed in this now daunting task.

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12 2012

NOTHING LIKE A SEX SCANDAL TO COVER A TEACHER WITCH HUNT

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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 reason Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) "officials failed to promptly report nearly 150 cases of suspected teacher misconduct- including allegations of sexual contact with students- to state authorities as required by law" is not as Howard Blume uncritically goes along with in his Los Angeles Times article yesterday. Rather, the reason that LAUSD was busy trying to intimidate mostly innocent teachers into resigning or retiring was to balance its in the red budget from 2004 until the present. The LAPD has cleared the vast majority of rubber room teachers in a timely manner, but that isn't enough for LAUSD or the media, who continue to have a feeding frenzy continuing to persecute innocent teachers. Those like Mark Berndt, where there is probable cause to hold them wind up in real not teacher jail. What is really going on is te wonks at LAUSD figured out that they could get a great deal of the red out of the district budget, if they got rid of teachers at the top of the salary scale, who also disproportionate availed themselves of medical coverage- 8% of all LAUSD medical claims were coming from an older teacher demographic that was accounting for 49% of total medical costs.

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12 2012

LAUSD FALSE IMPRISONMENT OF TEACHERS DOESN'T "BALANCE STUDENT SAFETY WITH TEACHERS' RIGHTS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Daily News Reporter Barbara Jones reports in her article "LAUSD 'jails' fill with teachers as misconduct complaints rise" that "the cost is enormous: $1.4 million a month in salaries...and $865,000 to hire substitutes. What neither she nor any other mainstream media reporter tells you is that this short term loss to LAUSD is more than compensated for when these housed, jailed or rubber room teachers- pick you euphemism- are coerced into resigning or are ultimately dismissed. Last year LAUSD brought false and often completely fabricated charges on the vast majority of the 853 teachers it forced out of their jobs, who were at the top of the salary scale or about to vest in expensive lifetime health benefits- something LAUSD is already $13 billion in the hole on for those teachers who have already vested and/or retired. By replacing these targeted teachers with novice teachers at the bottom of the salary scale and with much diminished benefits, LAUSD saves over $60,000 in salary and benefits per teacher. Do the math. This amounts to a $51 million savings in just the first year after these mostly innocent teachers have been liquidated. And this is a gift to the District that keeps on giving in subsequent years.

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11 2012

LAUSD: PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME OR DUE PROCESS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Hundreds of teachers are either being "housed" without work in "rubber rooms," already been forced to resign, or are in a protracted stall process that LAUSD with the present complicity of UTLA drag on for years to starve out falsely charged teachers before they get their day in a neutral forum. I've been waiting for 3 years now with no end in sight. Other teachers have been buried alive in this kafkaesque nightmare for far longer.

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11 2012

"CULTURAL SENSITIVITY" AND LAUSD

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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 most pernicious aspect of racism and prejudice as it presently exists in the Los Angeles Unified School Distirct's (LAUSD) and elsewhere in our society is that it tacitly defines Blacks and Latinos as inherently inferior and incapable of ever being able to evolve into something better. While this attitude is regrettably understandable in the mind of a racist, it also has become the dominant belief among many of the very same Latino and Black people against whom this prejudice continues to be practiced. It stands to reason that if we still live in a society that is more segregated today than it was in 1954, when the Supreme Court decided in the Brown case found that "separate but equal is inherent unequal," then people who continue to remain the product of such a destructive and still segregated public education system will continue to exhibit the ignorance and lack of self-valuation that are the hallmarks of segregation, racism, and a public education system that has no expectation that they can achieve to their potential.

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11 2012

SELF-DEFENSE FORM AGAINST THE LAUSD'S TEACHER WITCH HUNT

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With hundreds of teachers being targeted and removed from their teaching positions with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on trumped up charges without even basic constitutional guarantees of due process of law and in complete derogation of their rights as clearly laid out in applicable legal precedent, it is important that teachers so targeted seize the initiative, while not passively submitting to this witch hunt. To that end, the following document should be used to put LAUSD on notice, when they move for your illegal removal from you teaching position. Putting the district on notice like this will be the first step in a battle where you will frame the conversation for a change, while recapturing your status as an adult, professional, and well educated teacher who will not go quietly into the night.

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11 2012

ARE LAUSD TARGETED TEACHER STILL UTLA UNION MEMBERS WITH RIGHTS?

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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 an interesting practice that UTLA engages in vis a vis teachers that have been targeted on bogus charges for removal by LAUSD, e.g. rubber room and others. This practice consists of UTLA depriving teachers put on "unpaid administrative leave" by LAUSD- pending a hearing- of all rights as union members. During the last election of UTLA officers, I was able to vote in the initial election, which took place before LAUSD put me on "unpaid administrative leave," but UTLA would not let me vote in the runoffs, even though there had been no adjudication of my culpability of any of the bogus charges that LAUSD had brought against me. I can understand this kind of reprehensible behavior from LAUSD, but why is UTLA rubber stamping LAUSD action against its members without any due process of law or the assumption that one is innocent until proven guilty in a neutral forum. It is now 2 years since I was put on unpaid administrative leave and I have yet to have my day in court, which LAUSD with the help of Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad continue to stall by asking for continuance after continuance.

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11 2012

LAUSD: WHERE SOCIAL PROMOTION REMAINS UNADDRESSED

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Probably the greatest antidote for too much government is a well educated and self-sufficient citizenry. Clearly, the way this self-sufficiency has been achieved in the past is through excellent public education. For conservatives who now decry the intrusion of too much government, one must wonder why public education institutions like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are specifically designed not to function, while scrupulously avoiding the one change that would obviate virtually all of the draconian measures it employs that only adapt to LAUSD dysfunction, instead of finally and simply addressing it in a timely manner. LAUSD leadership seems more than willing to buy expensive technology for testing, security, and purported education, while never getting around to addressing the real problem of continued social promotion that is at the root of all the problems they are supposedly trying to address with expensive and yet misguided programs that clearly don't work.

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10 2012

LAUSD CARPENTER COMMUNITY CHARTER'S WITCHHUNT?

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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 teacher sits in a tiny cubicle in a "rubber room" all day long. What is a "rubber room?" One of at least six district offices, where teachers who are "being investigated" go, with no computer, reading materials, or communication with the outside world, save for their cell phones that they can use to call family members or doctors on breaks. I have done some investigation, since our teacher cannot talk to any parent, staff member, or administrator. I now know that as of today, there are 72 teachers in the same "rubber room" as Mrs. Finkelstein. Yes, 72!!!! If you multiply that by at least six, well - you get the picture. We have written and called our principal, his boss Jack Bagwell (our district's head of instruction), John Deasy, and Boardmember Tamar Galatzan. Deasy kicked down my first letter to a coordinator in our valley district office. She was nice, but told me parents tended to gossip, and not really know what was going on. Condescension from her aside, this is usually true. Except the fact remains, my teacher is not here, and no one knows when she's coming back. The only office to return our call and at least sympathize with our plight and help to the best of its ability was Ms. Galatzan's.

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10 2012

LAUSD AND THE EXPLOSION OF GANGS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Real power in people comes from education that must exist to insure every student reaches their subjective potential. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where there has not even been a good faith attempt to educate poor and minority students for generations - if ever - most administrators, teachers, students, and parents have long ago lost even the expectation that poor and minority students can learn at the same level as the more affluent- predominantly White and Asian student populations. When you think about it, shouldn't one of the primary purposes of LAUSD education be to make students aware that there are no limits, if you are willing to work hard? Rather at LAUSD, the purpose is clearly to break student and teacher spirit as early and as often as possible, while targeting any student or teacher who dares to object- "You have an attitude.".

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10 2012

LAUSD: THERE SHOULD BE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY IN 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) Students and teachers should have no expectation of privacy in school. As a matter of fact, it is the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) assertion of unchallenged false notions of privacy on behalf of its administrators, teachers, and students that has created the present dishonest, chaotic, and dangerous school environment that is the antithesis of what needs to exist in our schools, if we truly want no child to be left behind. Teachers can only be targeted for unjust removal from teaching at LAUSD and around the country, if there is no objective evidence as to what is really going on in classrooms. If every classroom in LAUSD had a camera on the teacher and the students, I think both teachers and students would comport themselves in a manner more conducive to an educational environment where real learning can take place. While I cannot speak for other teachers, I know that I have never done anything in a classroom that I am ashamed of or would not feel comfortable sharing with my students parents and the general public.

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10 2012

LAUSD'S BLACK AND LATINO FAMILIES: DOES ENDLESS STRUGGLE WORK FOR YOU?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana This evening I attended a meeting of predominantly African American parents, students, and Black politicos at the African American Cultural Center. The tone of the evening was set by Dr. Maulana Karenga in quoting the famed Black leader Fredrick Douglas, "Without struggle, there is no progress." While I agree with Dr. Karenga in principle, I take exception with members of the Black community doing pretty much the same thing they have done since Brown vs. Board of Education 58 years ago without varying their approach in the context of things being much worse today than they were 58 years ago and with the clear message that those in power ignore what these communities want and are made to pay no price for so doing.

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10 2012

LAUSD & NO ON PROPOSITION 32 - CONNECTING THE DOTS

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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 was a No On Proposition 32 concert by Tom Morello and The Nightwatchmen opening for Crosby, Stills, & Nash last night at Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. On its face Proposition 32 purports to change state campaign finance laws "to riestrict state and local campaign spending by: public and private sector labor unions, corporations, and government contractors. What it does not tell you is that it is sponsored by billionaire special interest groups that are specifically exempted from the terms of Proposition 32. And many of people like Gloria Romero, who are behind it, are precisely the same people crippling public education. It doesn't take much of an education to see what Proposition 32 is trying to do, if you have three basic skills: the ability to read, the ability to sequence facts, and the desire to do so. In a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as presently constituted, these are precisely the skills that the vast majority of students leave school without.

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10 2012

LAUSD'S CLEAR PURPOSE: TEACHING POOR AND COLORED FOLK TO KNOW THEIR PLACE

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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 it comes to explaining why public education in this country- and more specifically at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- continues to fail, every convoluted and implausible explanation is given except the most obvious: The people who own this country don't want poor and minority children to learn, because truly universal and excellent public education would be a threat to the present obscene consolidation of money and power in the 1% that continues to grow like a cancer with more than likely the same results in the end.

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10 2012

CAN LAUSD DYSFUNCTION CONTINUE IF PROPOSITIONS 30 & 38 FAIL?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Prop 30 & 38 are a Sophie's Choice: Either pass one or both of these flawed propositions to supposedly bail out a purposefully de-funded public education system made so by the richest in this state and the oil industry not paying their fair share of taxes or risk even more draconian cuts to public education, which will have a disproportionate effect on the poor and minorities ability to get a good K-12 and subsequent higher education from what once was the best public education system in the country.

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10 2012

COMMUNITY TO RESIST LAUSD MOVE TO RECONSTITUTE INNER CITY SCHOOLS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last night community members from Dorsey and Crenshaw High Schools got together in the Dorsey gymnasium to organize resistance to the planned imminent reconstitution of their schools by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy. Deasy plans to reconstitute Dorsey, Crenshaw, and many other predominantly low income, minority, and traditionally low-functioning schools in what it is no longer politically correct to call South Central Los Angeles. What most of those present did not seem to understand is that Superintendent Deasy has already made the decision to reconstitute there schools. What reconstitution means is that all staff are removed and new staff are hired from the bottom all the way up to the principal. The fact that school reconstitution has no statistical success seems of little interest to Deasy and LAUSD, since their real aim is the privatization of these schools and the profit it will bring to their corporate masters.

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09 2012

LAUSD: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF 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) Five years ago, there was serious concern about the critical shortage of teachers that would take place over the next ten years as the Baby Boomer generation- 4 times larger than any previous generation- reached retirement age and left the profession. This was projected to create a 50% loss of all teachers throughout the country. How would we be able to replace so many teachers in such a short period of time, given the already existing reality that 30% of new teachers quit teaching within their first 3 years and 50% leave within 5 years? So now here we are already 5 years into the projected mass teacher exodus spawned by Baby Boomer retirement and, if that wasn't already bad enough, we have added to this natural attrition the concerted effort of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- and other districts like it around the country- to force even more top-of-the-salary-scale high seniority teachers out of the profession to lessen salary costs in bad budgetary times. This is being done by hitting hundreds of teachers with clearly fabricated and unverified charges, followed by putting these teachers on unpaid status, and then using dilatory legal tactics against teachers designed to draw these proceedings out for years to starve teachers into resigning or retiring.

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09 2012

LAUSD: TEACHER QUALITY (REMOVAL) SPECIALIST

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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 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven, the bandit Calvera, played by Eli Wallach, tries to get the gunfighter, played by Yul Brenner, to help him rob the poor peasants in a small Mexican village by telling him, "If G-d did not want them shorn, he would not have made them sheep." As more and more teachers are targeted for removal from their jobs, while United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) does nothing to defend them, I must confess that Calvera's line runs through my mind again and again as I see my fellow teachers continue to seek redress from a union that continues to clearly show them that they will not lift a finger to help them get anything but shorn by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

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09 2012

UTLA: WHAT KIND OF A TEACHER DO YOU THINK I AM?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) A guy goes out with a girl and at some point toward the end of the evening he asks her, "Would you go to bed with me for a million dollar?" Without hesitation the girl says, "Sure." So the guy, reflecting on her response and his limited financial assets says, "How about fifty bucks." Irate, the girl replies, "What kind of a girl do you think I am?" To which our fellow answers, "I thought we'd already determined that. Now we're just dickering on the price." The same thought occurred to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): Why should we pay close to $80,000 a year plus benefits, when we could just get rid of high priced teachers by a combination of intimidation and false charges. Of course, key to the success of this war against teachers is the now proven assumption that the teachers' non-union United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) will do absolutely nothing to stop LAUSD's reign of terror against UTLA rank-and-file dues paying member teachers.

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09 2012

UTLA TEACHERS: THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING ON AT THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION

Strike Continues as Chicago Teachers Mull Contract's Gains and Losses Theresa Moran | September 17, 2012 Striking Chicago teachers will remain out of the classroom until Wednesday at least, as union members debate their tentative contract. The agreement makes gains on key issues while accepting concessions on health care and job security. Photo: CTU. http://labornotes.org/2012/09/strike-continues-chicago-teachers-mull-contracts-gains-and-losses Striking Chicago teachers will remain out of the classroom until Wednesday at least, after delegates decided to give union members time to debate the tentative contract negotiators brought to them on Sunday.

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09 2012

LAUSD: THIS AMERICAN LIE

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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 listening to the This American Life show entitle Back to School, it finally dawned on me what I dislike most about the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and public school districts like it around the United States: Vacuous rhetoric aside, those running these failure factories have no expectation that all students can learn. What Ira Glass and the crew at This American Life do is show why a disproportionate number of poor and minority student don't learn in public school and how to fix it.

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09 2012

DISPLACED, "RIFed" or SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS - LAUSD PLAYS BY ITS OWN RULES

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PRINCIPAL'S PET??? (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As thousands lose their teaching positions, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is supposed to make teacher cuts while abiding by its Collective Bargaining Agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). These decisions are supposed to be made exclusively based on the credential you have and your seniority determined by date-of-hire lists. So why is Central High School Emergency Credentialed, maximum 30-day substitute Jesse Williams still working? Is this a mere oversight OR an easily documented phenomenon throughout the District, where teachers - whatever their credential or seniority status is - keep their jobs based on being "tight" with their principal. While those with high seniority and clear credentials are either "riffed"(reduction in force), displaced or targeted, because their principal doesn't like them OR the principal has been ordered to get rid of teachers at the top of the salary scale or about to vest in lifetime health benefits.

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09 2012

UTLA: LAUSD's JUDAS GOAT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Cattle can be very dangerous if they realize their own power and use it in a concerted effort to be free. This is why slaughterhouses use Judas goats to calm the sheep or other cattle, so that they can be calmly lead to their demise. Much the same technique is used by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and its in-house union United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), which employees 7 out-of-classroom union officers to pacify union rank-and-file into believing that their union will protect them as more and more teachers are culled from the herd on the way to a total elimination of unionized teaching as a profession at LAUSD. By the time most of them realize what is going on, the boom has already been lowered and they are out of a job, while also having LAUSD move to have their credentials lifted by California Teacher Credentialing, so they will never again be able to find a job anywhere in California. What makes this system work is that the teachers, like the cattle lead by the Judas goat, remain incredulous until it is too late.

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09 2012

LAUSD: DOING ITS PART IN "THE UNRAVELING" OF AMERICA INTO PAKISTAN?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Over the years I have kept in touch with my old Indian school chum Madukar Shah from my days in the late 1960s and 1970s at UCLA. While I didn't know it until I visited him in India several years ago, Madukar is the Maharajah of the Indian state of Madya Pradesh, even though this no longer means what it once did to his powerful ancestors, which he can trace back with absolute certainty to about the year 1000. He has lived in New Delhi most of the time, since we were in school together more than 40 years ago. All splendid images of old Errol Flynn movies and Light Brigades aside, Madukar is really the caretaker of a dead civilization with empty castles like Birsing-Deo, that he no longer has the money or inclination to pay for the 150 servants necessary to open it. Could Shah's ancestors have ever imagined the decline of the earthly paradise India once was? Is such a decline possible here in America for many of the same reasons?

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09 2012

HOW CAN JONATHAN KOZOL REMAIN "MORALLY OUTRAGED" ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR 45 YEARS?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) With 13 books to his credit, Jonathan Kozol is surely one of the most insightful progressive voices dealing with what continues to be wrong with poor and/or minority public education in the United States. So why did I find myself getting angrier and angrier as I sat in the audience at the toney private Willows school in Culver City last night listening to Kozol regaled the audience with colorful stories from his 45 year career in public education?

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09 2012

LAUSD vs. LEONARD ISENBERG - WRITTED TO SUPERIOR COURT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) So, rather than play in this rigged game framed by LAUSD with the tacit support of UTLA, where my rights and the rights of thousands of targeted teachers to basic due process of law continue to be ignored, I decided to writ my case to the Los Angeles Superior Court, not based on the facts of my case, but rather based on the notion that the legal process to remove me as a teacher from LAUSD has completely ignored my due process rights and should be dismissed as a matter of law, irrespective of any underlying case based on completely and obviously fabricated hearsay - if anybody bothered to look. If I am not successful in Superior Court, I will writ my case into the Appellate Court and beyond into the federal court system. While I have no guarantee that I can get a fair hearing based on the uncontroverted facts of my case showing a complete and utter lack of due process, I will continue to fight, if only to recapture my status as an adult, who cannot be institutionally bullied by LAUSD and UTLA. In the final analysis, I have no guarantee that I will receive justice, but I would rather continue to fight until I get a clear and unequivocal message that the game is rigged. Even if that is the case, I will still have my self-respect, base on the notion that I did everything within my power, which is more than most of the people on both sides of this witch hunt presently have have done.

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09 2012

THE REAL COST OF PURPOSEFULLY FAILED PUBLIC EDUCATION AT LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) One problem that most progressive intellectuals seem incapable of understanding or factoring into their analysis of the decline and fall of the American Empire is that predominantly poor and/or minority filled public schools have been failing for so long now that there "graduates" no longer understand enough English to realize how clever these intellectuals are.

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09 2012

LAUSD- A COMPLETE AND UTTER LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY (VIDEO)

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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 amazes me just how quickly people forget their own history. Back in 1952 when I first went to Laurel Elementary School in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was a completely different and a measurably better reality than it is today. There were no school police and the structure of LAUSD was not based on accommodating itself to failure and the violence it generates, while attack anybody who dares to question this insane approach to education.

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09 2012

NYC TEACHER BRIAN JONES DESCRIBES LAUSD? (VIDEO)

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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 describing the blatant corruption and targeting of teachers by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) over the last 3 years, people outside of public education- and even many within- have remained incredulous as to the severity of what we have described at perdaily, which remains nowhere to be found in the mainstream or public media. Even teachers, who themselves have been targeted for removal on completely fabricated charges, when told of another targeted teacher, always ask the same question, "What did they do" Even though they know from their own experience that you don't have to do anything. These teachers still don't want to believe just how corrupt LAUSD is and how openly complicit or just plain stupid their union United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) remains.

A BIG LAUSD TEACHER LABOR DAY SALUTE TO STRIKING CHICAGO TEACHERS (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If one dispassionately asks what is the defining difference between how teachers and students are allowed to be treated in Los Angeles as opposed to Chicago, one immediately focuses on the dynamic Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) and its President Karen Lewis, which is in marked contrast to the in-house company union that United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Warren Fletcher presides over and fiddles with as the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) burns teachers and students UTLA is paid by dues to protect. While the LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy clearly has no respect for Fletcher and UTLA leadership, last week he couldn't help but publicly lamenting the fact that he has "no partner" in UTLA to negotiate with.

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09 2012

SAYS BULLYING LAUSD, " WHY NOT TARGET INNOCENT TEACHERS FOR REMOVAL? UTLA WONT STOP US"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Here's a story we hear more and more often from teachers and other Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employees, since the Miramonte sex abuse scandal, who have been caught completely off-guard, when LAUSD hits them with trumped up charges and moves for their dismissal. "I cannot believe this is happening to me." Well it is time to believe and move to take legal action independent of your either corrupt, collusive, or just plan inept union, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). Or, the concept of a fairly compensated profession teacher corp will go the way of the dinosaur in the not too distant future. No, the vast majority of you will not last long enough to make it to retirement.

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08 2012

Take note LAUSD: "Starving the Future" by CHARLES M. BLOW (NYT)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Starving the Future by CHARLES M. BLOW (NYT) (In my war against what has become the mundane day to day fraud of public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) along with purposefully corrupted school districts like it around the country, take a moment to look at the macrocosm view of where this is all going in the not too distant future. Are you frightened yet or still into denial?)

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08 2012

LAUSD'S WITCH HUNT AGAINST VETERAN TEACHERS BY PAULA HURDLE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As a 25+ teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I find the educational environment today extremely hostile and dangerous to veteran teachers. Where there used to be respect and appreciation for working and surviving in a system that provided little support or financial incentive, there is now ridicule, abuse and disdain for what we do and our profession as a whole.

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08 2012

WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATED RACISM, LAUSD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (CUANDO SE TRATA DE RACISMO INTEGRADO, LAUSD ES UN EMPLEADOR CON IGUALDAD DE OPORTUNIDADES)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If it wasn't okay for White people to exploit people of color for hundreds of years to assure continued White social dominance. Then why should it be okay for a now fully integrated administration at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) of Black, Asian, Latino, White, and whatever to continue to do so?

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08 2012

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LAUSD BOARD REGARDING REED vs. LAUSD

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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 giving Superintendent John Deasy authorization to ask the California Supreme Court to reverse the recent appellate decision overturning the Reed vs LAUSD decision, I think the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Directors should consider the following regrettable facts:

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08 2012

UTLA "LITIGATES" TO LAUSD'S STANDARDS- A FORMULA FOR DISASTER

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Criminals have more rights than dismissed teachers. If you think this is hyperbole, take a moment and go through what teachers are subjected to that no self-respecting criminal would have to endure.

AT LAUSD, ADVOCATING FOR LATINO RIGHTS CAN COST YOU YOUR JOB ( AT LAUSD, DEFENSA DE LOS DERECHOS latinos pueden costarle su trabajo)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Superintendent John Deasy called me tonight on a robo call to tell me how well they were doing at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In our brief telephonic interlude Deasy seemed moist with anticipation for the student test scores that were being released on August 31st. Me, I don't have to wait for August 31st to know the dismal results of Latino students, irrespective of what the test scores say, because I know that predominantly minority filled and de facto segregated school districts like LAUSD, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and many others have been caught fixing Latino students test scores and will do anything necessary to cover up LAUSD administration dereliction of duty to these students. Anything... except the substantive restructuring of LAUSD that might finally allow these students to live up to their potential. Why does Deasy and his acolytes get away with it? Because nothing has been done to dissuade the majority of White, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians administrators from their racist belief that traditionally underachieving Latino and Black students cannot do any better and to push them to live up to what I know to be their potential is cruel and not nice. From their point of view, this conveniently lets those selling out these students off the hook.

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08 2012

LAUSD MIGHT LOOK AT "15 Reasons Reformers Are Looking to Finland"

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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 stands to reason that one has a better chance of finding a more efficient model for doing almost anything by being open to the greatest number of potential solutions. Probably the most self-defeating aspect of most cultures is their reticence to use ideas developed by other cultures, even when it is clear that they are superior. The incestuous nature of administration at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) continues to ensure its own failure through militant ignorance, because pragmatic change validated by measurable success is never a part of their world where form trumps content every time. With the hope that even this old dog can either learn a few new tricks or be mercifully euthanized, I thought you might enjoy this alternative of what public education might look like at LAUSD, if ...

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08 2012

LAUSD TEACHERS: CARE TO FRAME THE CONVERSATION FOR A CHANGE?

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As the war against a professional, well-educated, and fairly compensated teacher corp continues unabated across the United States, what remains missing in this most important discussion is the voice of teachers authoritatively laying out the reality of what they do for a living in a manner that might counter the incessant "dominant narrative" of the mainstream media, that only sees bad teachers as the problem and charter school as the panacea. Dr. Wendy C. Kasten of Kent State University has prepared a survey for teachers to take that might offer an alternative view of just how difficult it is to be a good teacher. However, Dr. Kasten's survey will have little credibility, unless she can get a sufficient number of teachers to take it. If you want the public at-large to finally understand just how hard we work, you might find the time to do the survey, so that you can finally frame the conversation for a change on just what it will take to fix public education.

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08 2012

LAUSD - REED VS. UTLA OVERTURNED ON TECHNICALITY - WILL UTLA NOW FINALLY MAKE ITS STRONGEST ARGUMENT?

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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 a split decision, 2 out of 3 justices of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed Reed vs. United Teachers Los Angeles solely on a technical aspect of the case, while not addressing the lower court's primary holding that compromises teacher seniority. The majority only agreed that United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) had "a right to a trial where the merits of the case can be examined more fully." Therein lies the problem: UTLA as well as the majority of teachers they represent find it almost impossible to frame the issues of a conversation or a lawsuit, even when their very future as teachers or as a union hangs in the balance. In taking on LAUSD, UTLA has seemed incapable in recent memory of arguing rationally in a manner that reflects the reality of the situation and not the gospel according to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). UTLA seems to ALWAYS tacitly accept LAUSD's position as a point of departure. By asking just one question and insisting on a logical answer, UTLA could turn this discussion of supposed student and teachers rights in inner city schools around.

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08 2012

LAUSD TERRORIZES 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) After initial denial, if you ever come to the regrettable realization that you have been targeted by your principal for removal and that the institutional bullying orchestrated by him or her at the behest of their superiors at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- aka Beadry- is not going away, you might think of giving me a call...but I wouldn't tell anybody if you do. The first thing I tell the ever increasing number of people that contact me is that at least for now it will do you absolutely no good to let it be known that you have contacted me. To do so will only raise the harassment and retaliation level immediately and assure that LAUSD will all the more quickly move to submit your name to the LAUSD Board for dismissal, because those in power at LAUSD know I will not be intimidated into backing down, like the 853 teachers they got rid of last year. Guilt by association? You bet!

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08 2012

CLEARLY LAUSD/UTLA HAVE NO INTEREST IN ASKING WHY THE VALUE ADDED MODEL (VAM) DOESN'T WORK

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Why should single-subject credentialed teachers with a substantive course to teacher, little time to do it, and no remediation skill set have to address the substantial deficits of their students as a prerequisite to being able to understand the teacher's class? Is this realistic? These students arrived in these teachers classes already hopelessly behind. Why should Value Added Model assessment be used to hold teachers exclusively responsible for the predictable after the fact failure of these students on their annual student assessment?

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08 2012

LAUSD AND THE INSTITUTIONAL BULLYING OF 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) Doing your job in deference to LAUSD culture of going along to get along is the best way to get yourself targeted for removal. Only some of the hundreds of examples reported to perdaily of reasons LAUSD is pursuing dismissal of teachers are: Reporting that you have been sexually harassed by co-workers; As a mandated reporter, reporting that a child is being molested, when the principal doesn't want you to do so for fear that it might affect Average Daily Attendance; You are at the top of the salary scale and LAUSD could hirer more than 2 teachers for what thy are paying you; You are about to vest in lifetime health benefits under the Rule of 80, where your age and years of serve equal 80. This will force LAUSD to declare another $300,000 in unfunded lifetime health benefits in addition to the $13 billion they already owe to already retired teachers; In a district that is 73% Latino, you advocate for these students and their parents right to an education, instead of the glorified daycare system, where Latino students are actually worse off by every measure than they were 44 years ago during the E.L.A. Student Walkouts; You have reported that you or one of your students is being bullied; Charged with invasion of privacy for having taken pictures of your class at P.E. having a tug-of-war; Sent a student to the nurse without a note; Put your arm around a student after they did well in class; Charged with cheating on periodic assessment, because your students did well in a normally low-functioning school; Your are disabled and the District not only doesn't accommodate you as they are legally mandated to do, they do everything they can to get you to quit; You reported a female assistant principal going into the boys' locker room when they were changing; You were accused of putting your hand underneath the blouse of a female student in front of the class, but none of the students saw this other than the female student and her friends who had been habitually truant in your class; You had a stroke after getting no support for discipline; Lifted a disabled student "forcibly" off the carpet; You were assaulted by students and subsequently charged with child abuse; Reported the fixing of attendance; Reported the high school graduation of students with very low English and Math skills; You are one of several Asian math teachers in predominantly Latino schools who refused to socially promote students incapable of working at grade level; Reported that program was illegally cut, so they cut you; Discussed middle school social studies standard dealing with Abrahamic religions; "Walked too close to another teacher in a threatening manner;" Testified that another teacher fixed grades and attendance; Charged with "inappropriate contact" and terminated even though police investigation found no evidence and dropped case; Complained that you had 42 students in an Honors English class; Presently in an LAUSD "rubber room" without any charges.

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08 2012

Culture in Decline | Episode #1 "What Democracy?"(VIDEO) by Peter Joseph

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) At perdaily, we spend most of our time focused on the microcosm of purposefully failed public education as it presently exists at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and public school districts like it around the United States and around the world. These pseudo educational systems are designed to assure that the citizen is mentally incapable of challenging the corporate plutocracy agenda that is clearly inconsistent with the future long term survival of human beings on this planet. Therefore, if critical educational skills are the prerequisite for attaining this clarity, then rote education must be maintained at LAUSD and institutions like it around the world, where the sole purpose is to assure that the failed ideas of the corporate plutocracy remain unchallenged by critical thought. The following half hour video rationally sequences all the pieces together in a manner that explains clearly what the ramifications of our present system will be in terms of our very existence on this planet, unless we allow these anachronistic systems and institutions to finally evolve. Evolution is the key element of any viable biological or political system. It is our shared and sustaining belief at perdaily that a highly educated population capable of independent thought still has the power to turn things around as the inherent contradictions of the corporate plutocracy become more glaring. Think, conquer your apathy, and do something clever, while we still have the time. Anyone who has ever accomplished something that they thought was impossible has the key to conquer media nurtured apathy.

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08 2012

IS LAUSD A NOT SO SMART A.L.E.C.?

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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 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a prime mover in the race to privatize public education for profit and what they see as the collateral benefit of further dumbing down the Anerucan public, so they not only don't think of questioning authority, but literally no longer have the education or vocabulary necessary to do so..

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07 2012

LAUSD IS NOT ALONE IN THEIR MILITANT AND DESTRUCTIVE IGNORANCE

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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 know it's not Halloween yet, but If you want to get a scary vision of the confederacy of dunces that seems to be fungible in public school districts throughout this state and the country, check out below Dr. Mary Sieu, Deputy Superintendent in Cerritos of the ABC Unified School. When asked in the following video (and others that you can also see at You Tube) whether she thought it was appropriate to call the police and report a teacher who had threatened the lives of other teachers, try though she would, she could not compel herself to come up with an answer.

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07 2012

THE DEFECTIVE 2007 LAUSD PAYROLL SYSTEM IS STILL A THREAT TO YOUR RETIREMENT by Mark Hemphill

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For some time now it has been the unexpressed goal of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to curtail its operating costs by reducing teaching staff. Of course, not so for administrators but rather the opposite. But by far their preference for departing teachers lies among the veterans. They're the ones drawing the highest salaries. They're the ones closing in on lifetime benefits while in retirement. They're the ones nearing their twenty fifth year of service which would qualify them for retirement payments for life based on their single highest year of salary. So they're the primary targets to be transferred to teaching courses foreign to them, to be subjected to the unfavorable and unjustified evaluations, and to be falsely accused of crimes against children, if that's what's necessary to get them out.

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07 2012

More UTLA and LAUSD Collusion? The De Facto Tenure Scandal by Anonymous

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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 we have a theoretical situation in which a teacher who has taught with the District for 15 years at under 18 hours could be bumped by a rookie teacher who taught only 2 years but was somehow able to secure more than 18 hours.

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07 2012

STOP LAUSD DELAY TACTICS - BECOME A COMMISSION ON PROFESSION COMPETENCE PANEL MEMBER

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If you would like to take an active part in ending the witch hunt against the removal of hundreds of teachers without due process of law, then you might consider becoming a panel member for the Commission of Professional Competence (CPC) to stop the stalling that is starving teachers into submission, resignation, and the ultimate lifting of their credentials by California Teacher Credentialing (CTC), so they will never again be able to work anywhere in California as a teacher. Here's how it is done.

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07 2012

WHAT "BUSINESS" OTHER THAN LAUSD WOULD FORCE OUT ITS MOST EXPERIENCED?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Given a choice between having a first year intern operate on you or having a skilled surgeon with 20 years of experience perform the operation, which would you choose? So why is it different when it comes to teachers and the art of teaching? Because what goes unchallenged in this society in a supposed move to fix purposefully failed public education is the fallacious belief - constantly repeated in the media, until the public is brainwashed - that anybody can teach or that those who cannot do anything else teach and it is their incompetence that has put us in the fix we are in today. The only way one can continue to believe this group libel of the teaching profession is by ignoring all the evidence from around the world and here at home. In Finland, only one in ten of the people who apply to teach actually get hired. But Finland, with the highest educated population in the world also has virtually no turnover in their teaching profession, because it is a well paid and highly respected profession that doesn't drive the best people out of it. In the United States and more specifically at the representative Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) 50% quit within 3-5 years.They quit because they are highly educated professionals on a par with doctors, lawyers, and engineers who get absolutely no support from school administration and even less respect from the society at large.

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07 2012

HELP WANTED: SEEKING EXPERIENCED LAUSD ADMINISTRATOR

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Help Wanted -Seeking experienced LAUSD administrator -Must be honest, ethical, courageous -May have been recently fired or is being targeted for same - Prefer someone fired for refusing to engage in illegal or unethical activities (free legal services possible) -Must have documentary evidence (notes, memos, emails); be willing to testify under oath; be able to provide names, dates, other witnesses, incidents. Compensation: Salary = $0 Benefits = regain self respect; enjoy the admiration from your subordinates (if you still have any); enmity of your superiors (nobody ever said you can't get even)

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07 2012

DECONSTRUCTING THE NEWS AT LAUSD BY SOCIAL MEDIA MANIPULATION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last week defense attorney Brian Claypool, called a press conference of all the major news media outlets in Los Angeles on behalf of his 11 Miramonte student clients and their families. The question he initially posed was, "Why 6 months after this alleged child molestation scandal, there has been no independent investigation of this matter or any ones like it in LAUSD by any independent government agency? And why has LAUSD been allowed to just swept it under the carpet? Claypool focused the majority of his wrath during the 20 minutes he spoke on the thesis that nothing would change in a district like LAUSD - more concerned with collecting Average Daily Attendance (ADA) money payments from the state as opposed to their real responsibility of protecting and educating children - until some administrators went to jail for what amounts to a criminal conspiracy to cover the whole thing up or scapegoat other teachers without ever addressing the corrupt and incompetence of an LAUSD administrative culture that allowed it to happen in the first place.

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07 2012

LAUSD: MIRAMONTE ATTORNEY BRIAN CLAYPOOL SAYS, "IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY...SOMEBODY'S GOT TO GO TO JAIL" (VIDEO) ( LAUSD: MIRAMONTE abogado Brian Claypool dice, "se trata de dinero ... Alguien tiene que ir a la cárcel" (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Attorney Brian Claypool, who represents 11 Miramonte students and their parents against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), has a commitment from the FBI to investigate why - 6 months after the Miramonte child molestation scandal - there has been no independent investigation of not only the Miramonte scandal, but what appears to be a culture within LAUSD administration that places Average Daily Attendance (ADA) revenue streams from the State of California above any concern for the students and their family's who have been subjected to a clear pattern of intolerable behavior over years.

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07 2012

A MODEST PROPOSAL TO REPLACE LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY

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For those of you who haven't as yet realized the national and international character of the well coordinated attack on public education and more specifically teachers, I would suggest you take 14 minutes and watch Evelyn O' Connor's acceptance speech, when she was recently chosen as teacher of the year in Ireland. What you will find is a highly intelligent and courageous teacher putting it all on the line, because she values her students and professional integrity as a teacher more than she fears the reprisals that have justifiably kept her colleagues from speaking out in Ireland and around the world.

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07 2012

HOW TO GET YOUR TEACHER FIRED- DEDICATED TO LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY

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As both George Santayana and Sir Winston Churchill said, "Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it." While Alex Padilla's Senate Bill 1530, which would have allowed a further erosion of teachers already ignored due process rights, was defeated in committee in Sacramento to the chagrin of Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy, the following video is a glimpse into the heart of darkness that Deasy has already empowered in the wake of the Miramonte child abuse scandal, that he continues to shamefully use to attack the vast majority of non-pervert and dedicated teachers, whose only crime is that they are: at the top of the salary scale; about to vest in lifetime health benefits under the rule of 80, which would cost LAUSD another $300,000 in unfunded benefits to add to the already $13 billion they already have; or are just trying to maintain rigorous academic standards for students, who find it easier to denounce their teachers than actually do the work they require. Check out the following video and tell us what you think...if you do.

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06 2012

LAUSD & UTLA: A POSITIVE VISION OF WHAT COULD BE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As we at perdaily go into hiatus for the summer to prepare for the next academic year and the litigation it will bring to hopefully redress the longstanding yet clearly avoidable failure of LAUSD and their facilitators at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), I thought I would end this year on a positive note by giving you a description of what a public education system that might just work would look like. It is my contention that all factions be they administrative, certificated, classified, students, parents, and the union would have a much, dare I say happier and more productive, less depressing time of it, if the real implemented excellence of public education was pursued in something more than mere rhetoric.

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06 2012

AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2012-13 JOBS AND SERVICES RESTORATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAUSD AND UTLA By Dr. John Fernandez

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Not only is the Agreement misleading, tentative, and conditional, the Agreement fails to support the claim that 4,149 jobs will be restored and does not give an exact number of all pending Reduction in Forces (RIFS) and job loses that will take place after June 30, 2012. For instance on page 4 of the Agreement, Section 5a, the subheading states: "Total Estimated FTE Position Restorations is 4,149." Thus, the 4,149 is an estimate and not an absolute number.

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06 2012

LAUSD: WHAT'S THE ANSWER? HELL, WHAT'S THE QUESTION?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) My problems with the Los Angeles Unified School District started when I was 8 years old and had the misfortune of having Mrs. Arthur as my 3rd grade teacher at Laurel Elementary School. Like all children prior to being cowered and anesthetized by the mindless repetition of most LAUSD classrooms, I was on fire with the desire to learn. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. I would inhale assignments and always give more than the minimum, which in retrospect was problematic for Queen Arthur, which is what we called our 3rd grade teacher. She would sit in the back of the class and stuff her face with sandwiches, cookies, tea, and anything else she could get her hands on, while being waited on by the cutest little girls in the class, who attended to her every need. The rest of us students would be given one tedious worksheet after another to monotonously consume as much time as possible, so that Queen Arthur would not have to attempt the arduous task of actually getting up from her throne...I mean desk.

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06 2012

LAUSD'S BOY - STATE SENATOR ALEX PADILLA AND SB 1530

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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 State Senator Alex Padilla decides to throw a little gasoline on the arson fire set by Superintendent Deasy in his crusades to get rid of as many teachers as possible by proposing Assembly Bill (AB) 1530. If passed, the results for teachers and public education would be nothing short of catastrophic.

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06 2012

UTLA/LAUSD Tentative Agreement: WHY WE'RE VOTING NO By Area Chairs Aaron Bruhnke, Jose Lara, Dan Barnhart, and Gillian Russom

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) (Perdaily salutes the intelligence of the teachers who wrote this - take heed or continue to suffer the consequences) We cannot support this Tentative Agreement, because doing so would mean endorsing a process that accepts huge concessions without an organized fight, and feeds the RIF cycle that has destabilized our schools for four years. We are voting "No" because:

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06 2012

LAUSD: COURT TO RULE IF STULL CAN BE USED TO SCAPEGOAT GOOD 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) According to a recent Los Angeles TImes article, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant will rule today on requiring the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to use student test scores in teacher STULL evaluations, which are supposed to determine if the teacher is doing a good job or should be placed in a category of teachers ultimately facing dismissal. LAUSD, specifically this case engage in the post hoc fallacy when they try to scapegoat teachers for the failure of students simply based on the fact that they were in the teacher's class and, therefore, the teacher must be responsible if they are now failing.

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06 2012

LAUSD'S IMPERIAL NOTION OF LAW- WHOSE RIGHTS ARE THEY ANYWAY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As I have tried to point out in recent perdaily posts, the major way in which the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has successfully gotten rid of thousand of teachers is by getting them to buy into allowing LAUSD to define what is going on and who has what rights. I call this framing the conversation, which as of this writing, LAUSD continues to do successfully in virtually all the cases it has brought against teachers. In order to hopefully turn this around in the future, let me go through just some of the false assumptions LAUSD administration gets teachers to buy into, which predictably continues to cause them to lose their jobs.

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06 2012

LAUSD'S HUMAN RESOURCES HEAD VIVIAN EKCHIAN IN MY MEMORY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Since the regrettable Miramonte child molestion scandal, the numbers of teachers that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is targeting, harassing, and summarily removing on bogus charges has exploded as Superintendent John Deasy and others in charge at LAUSD try to use this administratively allowed scandal as a pretext for removing as many high priced teachers as possible. This has created a culture of fear at LAUSD where t\hose attacked tend to allow LAUSD to frame the conversation in trying to defend themselves against these bogus charges. This is a big mistake.

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06 2012

THE INSULAR CULTURE OF LAUSD IS ANTITHETICAL TO EXCELLENT PUBLIC EDUCATION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Today I went to speak before the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Directors before they were scheduled to go into closed session to deal again with the Scot Graham - ex-Superintendent Ramon Cortines alleged sexual harassment issue that the LAUSD Board voted 4-3 in a previous session several weeks ago to pay Graham a $200,000 settlement and $250,000 worth of lifetime health benefits. This prior clandestine action of the Board unwound because it flew in the face of the public notice requirements of the Brown Act. In addition, the fact that the Board "outed" Mr. Graham caused his attorneys to balk at the proposed settlement offer.

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06 2012

SCOTT GRAHAM VS. RAMON CORTINES REVISITED BY LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again" This seems to have become the motto of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Directors. Two weeks ago in a clandestine yet well orchestrated proceeding that only certain reporters were initially made aware of, the LAUSD Board attempted to settle potential legal liability for the alleged sexual harassment of LAUSD Director of Leasing and Asset Management Scot Graham by then Superintendent Ramon Cortines As we pointed out at the time, there were certain legal and logical problems with the Board's misguided and poorly executed attempt. Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at their 10 a.m. meeting., the LAUSD Board is going to try and take a second shot at putting this situation to bed, although considering the charges, maybe that is not the best metaphor to use.

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06 2012

IS LAUSD LIABLE FOR EX-SUPERINTENDENT RAMON CORTINES' "ROMANTIC" ADVENTURES? (VIDEO #10)

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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 law there is the notion of respondeat superior, which basically holds the employer responsible for the acts of their employee performed during the course of performing their duties as an employee. Since LAUSD has reasonably already attempted to stop sexual harassment to the best of its ability by already mandating sexual harassment training for all its employees, it would seem that it has not only fulfilled its duty as employer, but also shifted the duty not to sexually harass to ex-Superintendent Ramon Cortines. What more could LAUSD have been reasonably required to do to avoid legal liability and shift it to Cortines who was not only charged with enforcing District sexual harassment policy and training, but one must also reasonably assume took the training himself and then subsequent allegedly ignored it by sexually harassing Mr. Graham. Under these circumstances, it would seem that LAUSD would be well within its rights to strip Mr. Cortines of his employee benefits for gross dereliction of duty, while he was superintendent of LAUSD. After all, isn't that what they are doing to teachers with no evidence at all of malfeasance?

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06 2012

IF UTLA PRESIDENT, WARREN FLETCHER, CAN'T GUARANTEE TRANSPARENCY, INTEGRITY AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST A CIRCUS by John Dixon

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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 UTLA constitution has no meaning unless the membership guarantees that the Constitution is upheld by all means by all of us. How many times has our Constitution been violated? In reality, one violation is more than enough to realize that there is a problem. It is not a matter of how many times ---it's actually a matter of whether our constitution can be violated or not. If we agree that the Constitution was put together to represent every member's interests equally, then there is not one reason to validate wrong doing, specially by those who hold high elected positions of power. In other words, if a violation of our constitution is tolerated, then it is clear that someone's rights is being violated. In that case, any violation -major or minor--represents the same level of damage of the union's integrity. Now, if the HOR, which is the body that represents every teacher of this Union, can not regulate what itself can do, how do we expect it to regulate what everyone else does? If this can not be achieved, then I can strongly argue that our House Of Representatives has become irrelevant.

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05 2012

WILL UTLA EVER UNDERSTAND THAT LAUSD IGNORES THEM?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By this definition, the leadership of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) must be insane. Today UTLA staged yet another demonstration. This time in front of Manual Arts High School supposedly to express their objection to the planned reconstitution of the school by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in supposed derogation of an agreement they had with UTLA. Although these demonstrations, that resemble a football pep rally NEVER have any impact on decisions LAUSD has already decided to take, this never seems to stop President Warren Fletcher, Secretary David Lyell, and the other passive leadership of UTLA from staging yet another meaningless exercise in futility, which only seeks to further demoralize an already demoralized UTLA teacher rank-and-file for what amounts to nothing more than a photo-op for UTLA leadership. Worse yet, these actions serve to show LAUSD how inept UTLA is in failing to organize their rank-and-file so they might offer a credible threat of striking or other job actions, which are the ultimate litmus test of any organization that dares to call itself a union.

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05 2012

WHY LAUSD REALLY FIRED PATRICIA MCALLISTER (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Probably one of the clearest examples of managing the news to discredit somebody was seen several months ago in the case of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) substitute teacher Patricia McAllister. While I found her message of how zionist Jews, who supposedly run the Federal Reserve, as being responsible for our present financial woes to be garden variety antisemitism, I was, nonetheless, fascinated by her other well documented message of how the LAUSD Board was in the pocket of big construction companies and charter developers who gave large sums of money to LAUSD Board members' re-election campaigns. This story definitely deserved being covered by the mainstream media, but instead was buried when Ms. McAllister's antisemitism was given precedence in the "news."

LAUSD: Rename the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

Dear Friends of Perdaily, I just created a petition: LAUSD Board of Education: Rename the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, because I care deeply about this very important issue. I'm trying to collect 250 signatures, and I could really use your help. To read more about what I'm trying to do and to sign my petition, click here: http://www.change.org/petitions/lausd-board-of-education-rename-the-ramon-c-cortines-school-of-visual-and-performing-arts?share_id=PxXTSGmImKpe=pce It'll just take a minute! Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. It'll succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word! Glory

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05 2012

LAUSD'S "RACE [LATINO & BLACK THAT IS] TO THE BOTTOM"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Probably the greatest indication that we still live in a society where race remains the immutable primary determinant of how well a student does- instead of having become irrelevant- is that nobody wonders why perfectly normal Latino and Black students continue to do abysmally in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and elsewhere in the United States in similarly minority segregated school districts.

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05 2012

WHY DIDN'T LAUSD'S EX-SUPERINTENDENT CORTINES SEXUALLY HARASS ME?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As I patiently wait for my court date before the Office of Administrative Hearings that is presently set for September 10,2012, two years and 7 months after I was removed from my class on bogus charges, I lament the fact that ex-Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Ramon Cortnes didn't think I was cute enough to hit on me, the way he did on LAUSD Director of Leasing and Asset management Scott Graham. If he had, I don't think I would still be waiting for a settlement of LAUSD's bogus case against me and neither would hundreds of other teachers who have been put on protracted unpaid administrative leave in hopes that LAUSD will starve us into illness or resignation. According to and article in the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Graham filed his sexual harassment case against ex-Superintendent Ramon Cortines in March and the LAUSD Board voted him a $200,000 settlement this week- nice. And if that wasn't enough, they threw in lifetime health benefits, estimated to be worth another $250,000 - my sources say they're worth $300,000 which gets added to the present total of unfunded health benefits, that presently adds up to a total of $13 billion.

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05 2012

LAUSD HAS BECOME TOO COMFORTABLE WITH BAD EDUCATION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Human beings are creatures of habit and as such seem to become uncomfortable when you ask them to deviate in any way from what they are accustomed to, even if what they are accustomed to is clearly an inferior public education that leaves them with a level of achievement that will cause them frustration for the rest of their lives and is far below what they would be objectively capable of attaining under a more rigorous and nurturing system. The longer one waits to address these avoidable deficits the more engrained they become and the more likely it is that teachers will have less success in surmounting them. The older the student gets without timely age-sensitive educational fundamentals being put in place, the greater the resistance and likelihood that both the teacher and the student will fail.

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05 2012

LAUSD'S FINAL SOLUTION FOR EXPENSIVE HIGH SENIORITY 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) The biggest problem with bringing about change in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is that most people of good will find it impossible to believe that people running a school district could actually be so malevolent. In what now amounts to the hundreds of calls I have received from teachers being targeted by LAUSD for dismissal from their jobs on completely fabricated charges is these teachers steadfast belief that there must be a misunderstanding and all they have to do is explain themselves to somebody higher up at LAUSD. If not vindicated by LAUSD, then at least those charged with defending them at their union United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) will have to intercede on their behalf. Of course this misunderstanding or the isolated improper behavior of their principal will ultimately be set right by those in power, who will reverse the actions taken to remove them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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05 2012

ETHNIC STUDIES INTEGRATES ALL AMERICANS

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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 only way we will know that we have succeeded in creating in a public education system "with liberty and justice for all" is when we can see ourselves in the brown and black faces of those demanding a right to a quality education system that reflects their history in a manner that should make us aware that it is our history too. This is the essence of the never ending process of what it must mean in the best sense to become an American - to be more than what we initially brought to this country in search of a better life.

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05 2012

Attacking Teacher Seniority in Court is Misguided Non-Solution (Video #9)

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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 was a press conference today in a courtyard at 1451 Wilshire Blvd. in front of an LAUSD "rubber room," where the people listed below either naively or maliciously attempted to make the litigation to eliminate teacher seniority the key issue for fixing everything wrong with LAUSD.

LAUSD'S STATIC MODEL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION FANS RACISM (VIDEO #8)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Public education is a critically essential function in any society. But in a heterogeneous American culture it is even more imperative that we use public education to create unity and strength from our diversity. Failure to do so is clearly creating the adversity we are now experiencing, because public education is no longer recognized by those in power as essential to our continued well being. When correctly implemented, public education in an American context not only gives our future citizens the intellectual tools and perspectives essential to be integrated into what must remain an ever evolving American society, it also incorporates the unique strengths and contributions of all our component cultures. G-d help us if the static definition of what will be valued in this country remains exclusively White Anglo-Saxon Protestant and male.

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05 2012

LAUSD'S Illlusory New A-G Graduation Requirements (Video #7)

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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 days ago the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board voted to lessen the number of units necessary to graduate from high school, while at the same time requiring all students at LAUSD to fulfill the A-G college preparatory requirements if they wanted to graduate. At the very least, this would seem kind of a mixed message, where on the one hand you are making it easier to graduate, while on the other, you are making it harder. A closer analysis of what is going on is even more alarming. Superintendent John Deasy had proposed that the present 230 unit requirement to graduate from LAUSD should be lowered to a mere 180 units. The Board refused to go along with this, so they compromised at 210 units. Why you would want to lessen units when you are supposedly trying to make education more rigorous is something that eludes me. But for those who actually do something more than just sit in the Beaudry headquaters building of LAUSD, it is clear that the real issue is not how many units a student takes, but the rigor of the courses offered and whether or not the students have the foundational skills necessary to do the work in any courses.

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05 2012

FINALLY MAKING A STAND AGAINST LAUSD IN THE OAH

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For years the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been running roughshod over teachers, who they have succeeded in removing from their livelihood as professional tenured teachers as if they had no rights under collective bargaining or to due process of law. With the Miramonte Child Abuse Scandal, matter have only gotten worst as the removal of teachers without honest cause has reached a deasying pace. Today in Courtroom #9 at the Office of Administrative Hearings at 320 W. 6th Street in Downtown Los Angeles just maybe the first step was taken by Attorney Ronald Lapekas to finally hold LAUSD responsible to the rule of law - even for teachers.

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05 2012

REJECTING THE COMMON CORE by Anthony Scott

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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 Perdaily, there have been many articles about the privatization of our educational system. As a teacher in California, I want to encourage you to reject our states adoption of the common core standards as another effort to privatize our education system. While our current system can be improved, this is not being addressed by common core. What is at issue is how the common core gives two companies an unregulated monopoly on our education. First, the common core standards were not created by an unbiased group of experienced and dedicated teachers. They were the invention of the Pearson Corporation, a massive publishing empire, and the Microsoft Corporation (under the auspices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) with support from Eli Broad. They are designed to give these two corporations a monopoly on textbooks and on-line resources. Here's how using the common core math standards as an example.

LAUSD AND THE WHY OF PRIVATIZED PUBLIC EDUCATION (VIDEO #6)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) One of the main functions of government has been to educate its population. With ever increasing corporate sovereignty that has gotten to the point where it challenges the supremacy of government, corporations are in an all out fight to privatize public education. The reasons are two-fold: 1. A revenue stream that is conservatively estimated at $370 billion a year lies in the balance for private interests that are finally able to supplant the tradition public function of educating our youth. It is estimated that a hedge fund could double its money in 7 years by running a publicly funded charter school, while taking advantage of generous federal and state tax benefits. Then, like with the credit default swaps and sub prime fiascoes, these charter operators could then dump these debt laden charter back on the state and taxpayers for them to clean up the mess. 2. In addition to a financial benefit, corporate privatization of public education means that public education could be dumbed down to the point where those coming out of high school would be at a 7th grade level at best. More importantly, the privatization of public education would assure that the future citizens of this country in whom our Founding Fathers vested the power to oversee and control government, would not have enough of an education to hold government or the corporations that now dominate it in check.

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05 2012

LAUSD'S MIRAMONTE SCANDAL- HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? (VIDEO #5)

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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 Miramonte Child Abuse Scandal shows a disquieting picture of the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) top-down model of school administration, where the defensive mechanisms that should have been in place to protect students were sabotaged by a culture where nobody dares contradict the principal and where blind support of the principal sanitizes even the most reprehensible individuals. While the isolated behavior of a few teachers was allowed to go on by LAUSD administration for years in the Miramonte and other cases, the magnitude of harm done to a greater number of students, teachers, and others involved in LAUSD is far greater because of this culture where you move up by not questioning anything the principal does or doesn't do. What allowed the exploitation of students was a culture where the blind obedience to a principal in this top-down culture was able to insulate Mr. Mark Berndt and allow him to keep damaging the children in his charge. What is not reprehensible is that Superintendent John Deasy, instead of looking at the administrative culture that allow these awful acts to take place in the first place and continue for as long as they did, has decided to use this regrettable event to speed up his own witch hunt against teachers in his campaign for the privatization of LAUSD with charters- a prerequisite of which is getting rid of expensive top-of-the-salary scale professional teachers.

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05 2012

MIRAMONTE TEACHERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST LAUSD TREATMENT- UTLA DOES NOTHING (VIDEO)

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SEE VIDEO OF THE EVENT (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Yesterday at the new and as of yet unopened Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Augustus Hawkins High School on 60th Street, the teachers of Miramonte Elementary School, who have spent the last 3 months incarcerated there without even minimal due process of law, final spoke out against how they were being treated by LAUSD, which, in derogation of their civil rights, has presumed them guilty instead of innocence and has flagrantly trampled over their civil right. In the fear laden environment that permeated the well-orchestrated gathering, some of these teachers anonymously read eloquent statements about the unjust manner in which they have been treated, while clearly indicating the continuing damage that they have been allowed to sustain from LAUSD and their union United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), some of whose officers did not miss this photo opportunity to show physical solidarity with teachers, even though they have turned a blind eye to them over the last 3 months.

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05 2012

LAUSD Teachers: the New Satanic Serial Child Molesters? by Michael Dunn

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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 initial written over a month ago, the following repost of this blog that appeared in the Modern School blog seems regrettably more apt than ever. Attacking teachers' unions, collective bargaining and due process rights, pensions, salaries and privacy has not ended the achievement gap nor mollified the critics of public education. Now the witch hunt for teachers is taking a new and twisted turn for the worse, thanks to several recent and coincidental abuse allegations against Los Angeles Unified School District employees and an orgy of hysterical media reports portraying the problem as rampant and due in part to the teachers union.

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05 2012

UTLA's Failure and Why (Video #4)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) While no union wants to go on strike, it must be the real threat of a strike that causes management- in this case LAUSD- to bargain in good faith. The fact that UTLA has never organized its rank and file and sees itself as an adjunct of LAUSD makes it a de facto non-union that adds insult to injury by collecting monthly dues for services as a union it never has fulfilled. With no positive adversarial relationship between LAUSD and UTLA, LAUSD has been and continues to savage teachers without an concern of consequences from demoralized teachers who have the misfortune of being "represented" by this non-union UTLA. Several years ago, then UTLA President A.J. Duffy placed empty chairs in front of LAUSD headquarters on Beaudry to illustrate how many jobs were in jeopardy. What he illustrated to then LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines was that he could not get his rank and file in the streets and out of the classroom. The last 5 presidents of UTLA saying, "Let's see what the District has to say," illustrates the subservient position UTLA has always taken in dealing with LAUSD. It is no wonder that the very future existence of UTLA as a union is now at stake.

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05 2012

LAUSD'S DEASY- ABOVE THE LAW? by Rene Diedrich

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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 already clear from Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy that he considers the law a mere formality that he can dispense with at will. In continuing to act in complete derogation of teachers' contractual and civil rights, Deasy has place himself above the law, while placing teachers officially beneath it. He suggests we are worthy of universal contempt and expects us to concede our civil rights. And let's face it, up until now we have. This bully may be meaner than a rattle snake in a heat wave, but to let him strike again and again without fighting back is based on fallacious reasoning. Maybe our union United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is a Judas, but we can still stand as unified teachers, unless you are willing to join the teachers who have already been targeted and removed or forced into retirement in numbers far beyond anything State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) has ever seen in its history.

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04 2012

LAUSD CREATES EXPANDED TEACHER POOL FOR OAH?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you have been following the events at LAUSD, you know that many teachers are being targeted for dismissal for trivial and non-existent reasons. This has led to an increase in disciplinary hearings at the Office of Administrative Hearings. I have become aware of a serious problem faced by teachers who choose to challenge their dismissals: It is extremely difficult for teachers to find a panel member so they must take "pot luck" with whomever the Los Angeles County Office of Education provides. This means that the only information the teacher has about the panel member he or she "selected" is their name, address, and phone number. LAUSD, on the other hand, has both access and resources to locate a teacher who may be more to LAUSD's liking before he or she is appointed as a panel member. I believe that the playing field should be leveled so that attorneys and teachers representing themselves can locate and evaluate the qualifications of the panel member they choose to appoint.

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04 2012

LAUSD DUMPS TENURED TEACHERS WITHOUT VALID SKELLY HEARINGS

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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 present feeding frenzy that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) administration is engaging in as it dumps hundreds of teachers without anything even remotely resembling due process of law that is required by the landmark case of Skelly vs. State Personnel Board (1975), teachers need to be aware of what they and the District should really be doing, if they have any hope of keeping their jobs. One need only look at the rules under which these mandatory Skelly Hearings for the removal of tenured teachers are supposed to be run to know that they are completely ignored by the District. Everyone who is now being subjected to the Skelly Hearing process by LAUSD should be aware of the following:

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04 2012

LAUSD: SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AS A PREREQUISITE FOR EDUCATION (VIDEO #3)

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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 failure to follow LAUSD's own bulletins, the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining, and state and federal are only part of the reason that LAUSD remains such an unmitigated failure when it comes to educating predominantly minority students that make up the vast majority of its student body. At to this LAUSD policy of social promotion and a system of non-discipline that does whatever it takes to continue to collect Average Daily Attendance (ADA) money from the state and you get a rather clear and uncontradicted picture of why LAUSD has failed in its mandate to educate for generations with nothing on the horizon that can improve this dismal situation without the complete reconstitution of LAUSD into a more pragmatic organization with checks and balances designed to hold all students, teachers, administrators, and parents accountable. Check out the following video and share your comments with us at the end.

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04 2012

LAUSD: THE DEVIL AND JOHN DEASY BY MARK HEMPHILL

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) No, this is neither a parity nor a satire based on Steven Vincent Benet's, The Devil and Daniel Webster. In that story, the Devil met his match. Rather it's about how John Deasy managed to turn his own little witch hunt into a full blown reign of terror. This all started with the first reports of allegations against several teachers at Miramonte Elementary School. That has yet to be sorted out but it did initiate an entire series of allegations of sexual misconduct against teachers at other schools which the news media eagerly reported while the shock and awe effect was in full force - if it bleeds it leads.

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04 2012

LAUSD TOP-HEAVY ADMNISTRATION (VIDEO #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) The following video examines the dysfunctional top-down administrative culture of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the blind obedient anti-intellectual culture of generationally failed public education it has created in Los Angeles and throughout California and the rest of the country It is our motivating belief here at perdaily that the continuation of this system where the interests of vendors, contractors, and corporations over those of our future citizens is a formula that will lead in the short-term to the dissolution of this country as anything that even remotely resembles a democracy, since power vested in the people under a constitution has little meaning if those people do not have the education necessary to hold government and the corporations that dominate it in check.

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04 2012

IS LAUSD HELPING TO BANKRUPT WORKERS' COMPENSATION?

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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 finally got up to testify, I took a different tact. I told the panel about how LAUSD was systematically targeting and driving innocent teachers out of the classroom, whose only crime was they made too much money at the top of the salary scale, were about to vest in lifetime health benefits, or were just good teachers trying to maintain high public education standards in a system that had long ago degraded into a glorified daycare system. What I tried to show in my three minutes of testimony was that LAUSD's assault on its teachers had a clear and measurable impact in the number of teachers from LAUSD and other school districts around the state that were being subjected to an unrelenting and protracted campaign designed to terrorize them sufficiently to give up their livelihood as teachers. Physical and mental disability under these conditions that LAUSD administration systematically subjects targeted teachers to is a logical and yet avoidable consequence of initially giving teachers no support for discipline in their classes and then attacking teachers with false charges while continuing to subject these teachers to highly abnormal levels of stress where physical and emotional breakdown are the logical and yet avoidable results. All LAUSD has been interested in in facing its budget deficits over the last few years is getting high-on-the-salary-scale teachers off their books at any cost. If they should wind up on Workers' Comp, LAUSD could care less, since such claims, which LAUSD continues to fight through Sedwick risk management are much cheaper than the vested rights teachers have under collective bargaining.

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04 2012

HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED... ONCE YOU'VE BEEN MARKED FOR ELIMINATION by Mark Hemphill (¿Cómo se juega el juego ... Vez que haya sido marcados para la eliminación por Mark Hemphill)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you've been reading the posts from perdaily.com over the past year or so, you doubtlessly know that Lenny Isenberg has written endlessly about the use of accusations and detention by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as means to end the careers of veteran teachers at the top of the pay scale before they vest in lifetime health coverage. He's also been diligent about reporting the lack of effective defense provided these teachers by the United Teachers of Los Angeles. Most of these teachers crack under the pressure and never return to the classroom. But a few do.

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04 2012

VIDEO #1 Does Seniority and Tenure Really Exist at LAUSD?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Seniority and tenure of teachers is becoming more and more a dead issue as thousands of teachers around the country are removed from their top-of-the-salary-scale jobs in total derogation of their contract and union rights by school districts trying to deal with huge budgetary shortfalls in something less than an honest manner. In accomplishing this under the pressure of ever tightening budgetary constraints, LAUSD is clearly engaging in a witch hunt where the fabrication of charges against completely innocent teachers is common place. Under the added cover of the Miramonte child molestation scandal the speed at which LAUSD administrators are being encouraged to target, charge with false charges, and removed perfectly innocent teachers has hit a rather feverish pace. Watch the following video and see for yourself. Feel free to comment below or get in touch with us at perdaily, if you would like to tell your own story.

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04 2012

LAUSD: THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (LAUSD: EL mundo al revés)

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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 hear a story one time, I think it might be an anomaly, but when I get numerous calls over the last several months saying exactly the same thing, my interest is peeked. It hardly seems surprising that students have figured out that administrators at LAUSD are targeting teachers at the top of the salary scale, about to vest in lifetime health benefits under the Rule of 80, or who are just trying to actually teach students and not go along with the purposefully dumbed down LAUSD culture that moves students from grade to grade, whether or not they pass the previous grade. This has inspired students that have been socially promoted without foundational skills or the work habits necessary to do any work to go after their teachers with threats that if they persist in demanding reasonable discipline in class or requiring that the students actually do their classwork or remedial work that these teachers have given them, they will report the teacher to the school administration for having verbally or physically abused them.

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04 2012

LAUSD: RECALL MONICA GARCIA...IT'S A GOOD START

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Recall Monica Garcia F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E WHAT: Recall Monica Garcia Campaign Launch WHERE: LAUSD Headquarters, 333 S. Beaudry Ave, LA, CA 90017 (in front of Board of Education entrance) WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2012. 11:30AM (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Mónica García has consistently ignored the voices and needs of our parents, students and communities, employing repression to stifle legitimate dissent.

THE UNCHALLENGED FRAUD OF LAUSD AND WHERE IT HAS LED

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The supposed operating premise of Superintendent John Deasy and his predecessors at LAUSD that has been accepted without question by the mainstream media has been that they want the best possible public education for all students. What the reality of LAUSD continues to tell us is that Nothing could be further from the truth. The shameful state of public education in general, and minority filled inner-city schools in particular, is that no good faith attempt has been made over the last 58 years - since Brown vs. Board of Education - to address these inherently "separate and unequal" public schools that are clearly and by any reasonable measure, worse off today - and even more segregated - then they were in 1954. Whether it is the purposeful or negligent failure of our leaders to address this long festering and potentially mortal wound to our democracy, the reality in 2012 is that failed public education is more responsible than any other factor for the increasing polarization of American society between rich and poor, haves and have nots. Like the great societies that have preceded us, this continuing present failure to address this inequity in the face of what we say we stand for as a people, if it remains unaddressed, will lead in the not so distant future to the disappearance of "one nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all."

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04 2012

LAUSD: EXCLUSIVELY DISCIPLINING TEACHERS AND NOT STUDENTS IS A FORMULA FOR DISASTER (LAUSD: La disciplina exclusivamente para los maestros y non para los estudiantes es una fórmula para el desastre)

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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 a certain sick irony to LAUSD's being so concerned at this time with teacher discipline, because in the last 10 years they have had little concern with student discipline for fear it might have cost them in Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funds from the State of California. If this has meant that teachers get no support for reasonable discipline as a necessary component for maintaining a classroom environment where education can actually take place, so be it. With no discipline of anybody but teachers, who try to maintain rigor in the academic process, the predictable result is that students get little or no education and either drop out or are given diplomas or high school equivalency certificates that are not worth the paper they are written on.

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04 2012

LAUSD: TEACHING DOWN INSTEAD OF RAISING THE BAR (LAUSD: ENSEÑANZA hacia abajo en vez de subir el listón)

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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 average it is an undisputed fact that African American and Latino students at LAUSD fail to achieve to their potential. Taking cognizance of this reality should not get one labeled as a racist, but it does, since doing otherwise would actually require substantive changes to the feudal top-down model of public education that is still entrenched at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and elsewhere in this country to assure that Black, Latino, and poor students never reach their potential. Given the innate curiosity of all human beings, LAUSD and fraudulent school districts like it around this country - that Whites and other affluent people avoid like the plague - can only continue to achieve programmed mediocrity and failure with students of color by continuing to implement a clearly failed model of segregated public education that the Supreme Court of the United States said was inherently unequal 58 years ago in Brown vs. Board of Education.

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04 2012

LAUSD TEACHER WITCH HUNT GOES INTO HIGH GEAR

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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 hardest thing to understand for LAUSD teachers targeted for dismissal is that there doesn't have to be any rational justification why their principal is moving to get rid of them. During the last couple of weeks my phone has been ringing off the hook with teachers telling me the most surrealistic tales of how they have been accused of the most outlandish administratively fabricated actions against them that are being used to build a case for their dismissal.

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03 2012

LAUSD: CONTINUES TO IGNORE CHEATING & CORRUPTION AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL/TRI-C

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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, March 27th, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will send out a team to see how Central High/Tri-C Continuation High School with its 27 stand-alone classroom sites scattered throughout the city is doing 3 years after WASC gave this school a 6 year accreditation. This accreditation is supposed to serve to validity for colleges and universities the high school diploma that this continuation school gives its students. The problem is that the vast majority of the students at this school do not even have rudimentary skills in English and Math, which are the foundational skills they would have needed to do high school level and subsequent academic or trade school work. If, unlike LAUSD administration, you are curious as to how this could be true, realize that even a cursory examination of Central High School/Tri-C classrooms, records, and their practices would substantiate my claims. Alas, up until now, nobody has bothered to look as Central High/Tri-C, which continues to collect Average Daily Attendance money for what amounts to glorified daycare - that is if the students even bother to show up, which many of them do not. So a fair question might be: How did a continuation school where the vast majority of students are far below basic pass and qualify to get a diploma that WASC says meets grade-level and high school graduation standards, when these students lack even rudimentary skills? The simply answer is that they didn't. Worse yet, LAUSD administration has made no attempt to address this continuing fraud that is the rule, rather than the exception, at most LAUSD schools.

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03 2012

LAUSD SURVEY: EITHER THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE OR THEY DON'T CARE - YOU DECIDE (ENCUESTA LAUSD: YA NO TIENEN UNA PISTA O no les importa - USTED DECIDE)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Until March 23rd, you have the dubious honor of taking an LAUSD survey online at the LAUSD website dealing with homework, A-G requirements, and standards based promotion. Regrettably, what this survey shows is that LAUSD administration not only doesn't have a clue as to what the problems are, they don't even know what questions to ask to determine how to proceed in a manner that might actually improve things. For starters, the survey presupposes student abilities that are not there, because of a longstanding LAUSD policy of socially promoting students irrespective of their mastery of prior grade-level standards. This while doing little or no remediation to actually address these deficits, before they become conclusively undermining to the education process at the secondary level (middle and high school). Here single-subject credentialed teachers have neither the training nor time to address these permissive deficits that LAUSD administration is responsible for never having addressed earlier.

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03 2012

LAUSD: WE WILL NOT SCREW TEACHERS..."EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW"

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But this is not the worst of what LAUSD is doing. My phone has come off the hook this week with teachers calling in desperation with variations of the same story. They have been hit with fabricated charges to encourage them to resign from the District. They are told by LAUSD Staff Relations that their names will not be reported to California Teacher Credentialing for further action if they do this. What they are not told is that the limitation of further action being taken against them by LAUSD or CTC, if they resign, has the clearly stated exception, "Unless required to do so by law." Of course, the law requires LAUSD to file against all these teachers with CTC, given that the gambit LAUSD is running against most targeted teachers starts by hitting them with trumped up morals charges under California Education Code Section 44939 , that are followed up by suspensions of more than 10 days. This leapfrogs over any UTLA-LAUSD Collective Bargaining Agreement rights to file a grievance or seek arbitration on these phony charges, (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) But most importantly, morals charges and suspensions over 10 days require LAUSD to file with CTC.

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03 2012

What UTLA and LAUSD Must Do: Some Solutions to Our Current State of Affairs in the LAUSD by Dr. John Fernandez (Lo que UTLA y el LAUSD debe hacer: algunas soluciones para nuestro actual estado de cosas en el LAUSD por el Dr. John Fernández)

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After being in office for over seven months, UTLA President Warren Fletcher finally came out swinging. He denounced the move by L.A. Unified to transfer Miramonte Elementary School teachers--not only are all faculty at Miramonte being transferred-- but every Miramonte employee from the principal to the janitor. In today's Los Angeles Times (02-10-2012),UTLA President Warren Fletcher is qouted as saying, "When teachers were told that they were being transferred, dozens of teachers were in tears." Union President Fletcher went on to say that "They[the teachers] are part of the fabric of this community." What is troubling about the teacher transfers is that UTLA accepted them on the condition that they would be temporary and would not damage an innocent teacher's employment record. However, the transfers are not temporary and deemed to be administrative, which is considered disciplinary.

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03 2012

Teacher Firings Conflict With LAUSD "Wake Up Call" By Patrick Healy, Jason Kandel and Olsen Ebright

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Within the past year, LAUSD has terminated 853 teachers, and only a fraction are pursuing appeals. Records show that since 2009, no fired teacher who went through the entire appeals process to a ruling has been reinstated.

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03 2012

LAUSD: BOUND, BLINDFOLDED AND BUTTERED BY RENE DIEDRICH

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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 is, if nothing else, predictable. We may not fully comprehend the reasons for the way it operates, but most of those who deal with the second largest school district in the nation have come to expect weirdness, waste and surreal circumstances coupled with chaos and strange logic like the recent announcement that in response to the Miramonte scandal, the district has banned blind folding students, which is part of a reading program that helps develop an ability to explicate sensory details that are not perceived with one's eyes. I have to admit, this seems like an inspired almost esoteric lesson.

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03 2012

CTC Whistle Blower Attorney Kathleen Carroll's Disturbing View of the Future of Public Education (VIDEO)

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What follows is a 17 minute overview given by California Teacher Credentialing whistle blower Attorney Kathleen Carroll that lays out the master plan for the privatization of public education at LAUSD, California, and throughout the United States. It is my belief that a functioning democracy that vests power in its presumptively educated people through the constitution is totally inconsistent with a privatized public education system, where the electorate is purposefully dumbed down for profit. For a comparable scam? Think credit default swaps and the sub prime meltdown. What do you think? Or do you?

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03 2012

LAUSD BOARD PROPOSED CHANGES TO TEACHER DISMISSAL PROCEEDINGS A COMPLETE SHAM

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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 proposed changes to the teachers' dismissal process in light of the Miramonte and other child abuse scandals that have recently rocked LAUSD are based on patent falsities. The reality is that the present legal structure for teacher dismissal proceedings would have been more than adequate, if LAUSD administration had not been completely derelict in its duty. Sadly, reporters like KPCC's Tami Abdollah who covered this story only parrot the false statements feed to her, while exercising no independent journalistic investigation that even a cursory examination of the facts would have shown to be untrue. Regrettably, this seems to have become standard operating procedure in virtually all mainstream media. The real reason LAUSD is seeking to streamline the teacher dismissal process has more to do with getting rid of expensive teachers at the top of the salary scale, teachers about to vest in lifetime health benefits under the Rule of 80, or simply to get rid of teachers like myself who had the temerity to question overt and longstanding administrative fraud by LAUSD administration in assessments, attendance, promotion of students, and graduation, where no honest standards have been maintained by LAUSD administration for years. Next stop: privatized public education.

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03 2012

LAUSD'S WILL MAKE FINAL BUDGET CUTS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITHOUT PROMISED PUBLIC INPUT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Tomorrow, March 6th, LAUSD's Board of Directors will make final decisions behind closed doors in complete derogation of their promise last month to reconsider the proposed draconian cuts with parent and other stakeholder input. These cuts, if allowed to go through, will decimate adult education and many other vital programs throughout LAUSD, which the LAUSD Board was unwilling to do last month, when confronted by sustained resistance from parents.

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03 2012

Brave New World No Public Education, No Democracy! by SIMONE HARRIS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) But we were talking about vultures. These corporations are poised to supply the artificial heart of learning to a wounded public school system they fully intend to finish off. But they won't succeed. No they won't because our communities are going to fight for our beloved schools, we teachers are going to fight for our students, and our students are going to demand the education they deserve!

The Guerilla Teacher's Handbook Part 4 by Espiritu Makiguchi

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Next, you will have a meeting with your principal. They will have formal written charges and you will sign that you received the document (your signature does not mean you agree to the contents--this should be printed under your signature). There is nothing you can say that will help the situation. They have their mind made up. You didn't know it, but your outspoken behavior or desire to improve things put a huge target on your back. In the economic downsizing, principals get target practice. They find a way to formally remove you from the classroom and if they can, charge you with immoral conduct to skip over your collective bargaining rights to grievance and arbitration.

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03 2012

The Guerilla Teacher's Handbook Part 3 by Espiritu Makiguchi

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post Diisciplinary meetings These meetings are for purposes of discussing something someone believes you have done wrong. It is important that a witness or most specifically, a union representative attend that meeting with you, unless the UTLA Chapter Chair is in the pocket of the principal, which is becoming all too common. Anything said during this meeting can be used against you. You will not be allowed to tape record anything unless you do it in secret. Be aware, in California it is a felony for them or you to secretly record a conversation. During this meeting, you should say only one thing, "I have done nothing wrong. I have followed the district guidelines and I will continue to follow them."

The Guerilla Teacher's Handbook Part 2 by Espiritu Makiguchi

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Let the administration continue with its attacks, however, create a notebook, in chronological order and keep an accurate account of each event and all communications. Do not use school email, these communications can be used against you. If you are given a school computer, give it back. If they find or put pornography on it, this will become a charge against you. You have no right to privacy on their property. In fact, do not communicate verbally anymore. Verbal communications are ambiguous and your principal could later bold face lie and negate her verbal information. He/she could claim you didn't understand or you misinterpreted. Insist that any directives be put in writing so you can accurately understand what it is you are being asked to do. This leaves a very important paper trail which helps in your enemy defeating itself.

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03 2012

The Guerilla Teachers Handbook Part 1 by Espiritu Makiguchi

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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 tactics employed by guerrillas date back to the ideas of Sun Tzu who wrote The Art of War. In this book he demonstrates how your small group could beat a larger army. He argued that you use your carefully planned and timed strength to exploit the weakness of the enemy. In our case, it is the small cadre of teachers versus the vast resources of LAUSD and school districts like it throughout the country. This is intended to give you a heads up regarding the disgusting tactics public school administrators utilize to harass, push you out, stress you out and eventually, if they have their way, terminate your employment (taking your long earned benefits away from you). This knowledge will give you power, especially if you find yourself in a "housed" aka rubber room status.

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03 2012

LAUSD'S LATINO MAJORITY AND REVERSE RACISM (Mayoría latina del LAUSD y racismo a la inversa)

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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 positive American identity is based on a heterogeneous model that has always taken what this country is at any time, combined it - often with an ambivalent and begrudging attitude - with the diverse ethnic identities of the tired and poor huddled masses yearning to be free, who have come or been brought here in search of a better life. Up until now, this has constantly created a new and more dynamic synthesis of what it means to be an American. This in turn has made this country and those who make it up more viable than we were before in either our country of origin or in an America without this unique contribution. We as a people are better for this messy and tumultuous process.

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02 2012

JURUPA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY A MINI-LAUSD by Anthony Scott (Jurupa Distrito Escolar Unificado del Condado de Riverside Un MINI-LAUSD por Anthony Scott)

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Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For readers of Perdaily, it is important to recognize that what is occurring in LAUSD is occurring in other districts. Jurupa Unified School District is located in the city of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, CA. It services approximately 19,000 students and is ethnically diverse. For disclosure, I am currently involved in a group action lawsuit against JUSD, RIC 10015548. Below I have described only a few of the reasons why a large number of employees of JUSD have filed a suit against our district.

CARE TO TALK ABOUT LAUSD STAFF DISCIPLINARY PROCESS? (Interesa hablar del LAUSD PROCESO DISCIPLINARIO DEL PERSONAL?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you are finding what Superintendent John Deasy is saying about the LAUSD disciplinary process to be something less than factual, now is your chance to have your say, while maintaining you anonymity. Sharon McNary of KPCC is interested in hearing from you and will respect your anonymity, because she understands the justifiable fear of reprisals you might have.

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02 2012

SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY PERVERTS JUSTICE FOR ALL TEACHERS (SUPERINTENDENTE JOHN DEASY PERVIERTE LA JUSTICIA PARA TODOS LOS MAESTROS)

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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 Superintendent John Deasy needs a whipping boy for the engrained and dangerous institutional incompetence that his and prior administrations at LAUSD have allowed to exist, because they have not done their job.

IS KNBC STARTING TO QUESTION LAUSD IN OTHER AREAS BECAUSE OF MIRAMONTE? BY MARK HEMPHILL (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you were watching KNBC Los Angeles news coverage last night, you may have seen a report by Conan Nolan titled, Where Do Problem Teachers Go? The "Rubber Room." It served as a sort of one minute and fifty three second limited spot summary of Leonard Isenberg's last article, "LAUSD & UTLA: THEIR PROBLEMS ARE STRUCTURAL NOT PERSONNEL," in which Lenny articulates the many levels of accountability due to LAUSD and UTLA for the conditions which permit disasters like the events at Miramonte Elementary School and the archaic detentions centers called rubber rooms.

LAUSD & UTLA: THEIR PROBLEMS ARE STRUCTURAL NOT PERSONNEL

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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 much easier to point a finger at the latest incarnation of LAUSD institutional failure, Superintendent John Deasy, then to finally realize that the problem isn't Deasy per se, but the way LAUSD is set up to fail. Once we understand this we can take the time and effort necessary to reconfigure LAUSD into a viable form that finally allows this critically necessary institution of public education to get it right. What hangs in the balance is whether or not we will remain a nation that honestly aspires to being "One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice [and education] for all."

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02 2012

STUDENTS FIRST'S MICHELLE RHEE SPEAKS AT LAUSD'S R.F. KENNEDY LEARNING CENTER (VIDEO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Michelle Rhee and her husband Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson appeared on Wednesday night at the R.F. Kennedy Learning Center. In this carefully orchestrated event Rhee gave a data rich presentation that clearly showed a public education in longstanding corruption and dysfunction. What was missing was any in depth understand of what caused this regrettable situation in the past and what continues to fuel its existence.

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02 2012

LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY'S FAIRYTALE (CUENTO DE HADAS LAUSD Superintendente John Deasy)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Deasy's self-serving main purpose is rather to frame the discussion of these regrettable and avoidable events in a manner in which LAUSD has no responsibility. Ironically, it is precisely this district penchant for never taking responsibility that has in fact created the fertile ground for a "culture of silence" he mistakenly ascribes only to teachers, who in reality are too terrorized by LAUSD administration to speak up, when clearly the price of so doing is to be targeted for losing your job.

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02 2012

KUDOS TO UTLA PRESIDENT WARREN FLETCHER, SHAME ON LAUSD'S JOHN DEASY (FELICITACIONES A UTLA PRESIDENTE WARREN FLETCHER, LA CULPA A JOHN DEASY DE LAUSD)

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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 important for the credibility of this blog to recognize when those we have rightfully criticized in the past finally stand up and speak truth to power. Today, February 9th, on the Pat Morrison radio show on 89.3 KPCC, UTLA President Warren Fletcher finally lived up to his responsibility as the head of a union charged with the protection of predominantly innocent teachers in a a school environment that is safe for all. This was in marked contrast to what LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and his predecessors have done in their longstanding abysmal treatment of teachers, which in the context of the Miramonte tragedy, LAUSD has been seeking to lay exclusively at their feet.

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02 2012

LAUSD'S MIRAMONTE GUILT BY ASSOCIATION? by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD ESCUELA MIRAMONTE CULPABILE POR ASOCIACIón?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you've been watching the news, reading the papers or listening to talk radio at all during the past week, you've heard of the events at Miramonte Elementary School. Two longtime male teachers have been accused of the most reprehensible acts against children and recently a female teacher has been accused of acting in concert with them. To make matters even worse, over the past few days it has been revealed that complaints of the same nature were made against another teacher several years ago, which were never addressed. Needless to say, this story has gone ballistic and has easily been disseminated across the country by now. Parent reactions have been justifiably severe. They include soliciting the services of attorneys, withholding attendance, demonstrating outside the school and making further inquiries. The immediate result has been what's described as an "unprecedented" action by the district superintendent of LAUSD, John Deasy. He has moved the entire staff, both certificated and classified off the campus and by this Thursday, February 9th, he'll have replaced them entirely. So what we should now be asking ourselves is what exactly brought these events about and what are the motivations in the steps taken thus far by the district.

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02 2012

LAUSD: SABOTAGING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AT JFK HIGH SCHOOL? (LAUSD: Sabotear MAESTROS Y ESTUDIANTES EN JFK HIGH SCHOOL?)

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CHECK OUT VIDEO OF KENNEDY HIGH DEMONSTRATION (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Today we went out to Kennedy High School in Granada Hills to support the highly respected teacher Manny Alvarado who has been unjustly targeted for punishment by his principal Suzanne Blake, who has put him on 3 weeks of unpaid administrative leave without anything even remotely resembling justifiable cause or fair process. In so doing, Principal Blake has shown a complete and utter disregard for the well being of Alvarado's students, who uniformly describe Alvarado as a dedicated and inspirational teacher, who should rather have been lauded for the difficult job he has gladly done in fulfillment of a vision of public education that LAUSD leadership seems at a loss to achieve.

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02 2012

LAUSD: AN UNSEEMLY CULTURE THAT PERVERTS EVERYTHING IT SHOULD STAND FOR

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Not only has LAUSD administration continued to sweep these scandals under the carpet for years, they do so while allowing the sexual harassment and bullying of teachers and others as well. When a female reported that she was being sexually harassed at her school, not only was nothing done, but charges where brought against her that have lead to her removal from the classroom and her livelihood. This woman is only one of hundreds of teachers that have been subjected to this treatment as a matter of standard operating procedure at LAUSD.

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02 2012

PERDAILY'S LEONARD ISENBERG CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF LAUSD ON SMILEY AND WEST RADIO SHOW (LEONARD ISENBERG DE PERDAILY pide el boicot de LAUSD SU SMILEY & WEST

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) This Saturday, February 4th I will be on the Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornell West Radio Show that you can listen to on KPFK at 11 am or on KPCC at 10 pm or go about 1/3 of the way into the following link: http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/tavis/local-tavis-1002649.mp3

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02 2012

LAUSD, JOHN DEASY, AND EXTORTING A NEW PARCEL TAX (LAUSD, John DEASY, y extorsionar a un nuevo impuesto sobre parcelas)

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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 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.

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02 2012

LAUSD AND UTLA: A CONFEDERATION OF DUNCES by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD y UTLA: una confederación de los necios por Mark Hemphill)

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(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.

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01 2012

LAUSD: BLIND OBEDIENCE AND INSTITUTIONAL BETRAYAL (LAUSD: obediencia ciega y la traición INSTITUCIONAL)

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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 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.

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01 2012

IS LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY GUILT OF MALPRACTICE? (Es superintendente de LAUSD CULPA DE JOHN DEASY mala praxis?)

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(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..

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01 2012

LA schools agreement to give unions greater role in imposing cuts By David Brown and Dan Conway (LA escuelas acuerdo para dar a los sindicatos un papel más importante en los cortes imponer por David Brown y Dan Conway)

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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 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.

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01 2012

EMERGENCY RALLY IT IS TIME TO DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION

BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND PICKET AT EL CAMINO REAL HIGH SCHOOL 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. Woodland Hills, Ca. 91367 Wed. Night JAN. 25, 2012 AT 6:30PM LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT Dr. John Deasy and Tamar Galatzan will be hosting a so called town hall meeting.

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01 2012

Denied Educational Equity or Discriminated Against by LAUSD? (Negó la Equidad Educativa o discriminados por el LAUSD? por L. Joanne Tachera) by L. Joanne Tachera

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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 October 11, 2011, Mr. Art Zeidman, Regional Director of the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, in San Francisco send Superintendent Dr. Deasy a sixteen page letter (Case No. 09-10-5001) that outlined civil rights protections that LAUSD had agreed to remedy. The full text of that letter may be read and/ or downloaded at www.ed.gov/. (In the top right corner Search box enter either "Los Angeles Unified School District" or "Case No. 09-10-5001" and the website's internal search will take you there.) Those federal civil rights include protections against race, color, age, disability, and national origin discrimination. What laws and federal protections were looked at in their one and a half year audit of LAUSD? Discrimination based on race, color, and national origin as prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI. Sex discrimination including sexual harassment as prohibited by the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX. Disability discrimination as prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its recent amendments. Age discrimination as prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

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01 2012

CALIFORNIA TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC): "WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT" - SOUND LIKE LAUSD CULTURE?(CALIFORNIA Credenciales de Maestros (CTC): "Nosotros somos el gobierno" - SONIDO como la cultura del LAUSD?)

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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 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.

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION- REALLY FIX PUBLIC EDUCATION- IT'S REALLY NOT THAT DIFFICULT IF YOU WANT TO

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(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.

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01 2012

LAUSD'S ATTEMPT TO IMPLEMENT HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES IS A PREDICTABLE FAILURE (INTENTO LAUSD para implementar ALMUERZOS SALUDABLES DE LA ESCUELA ES UN FRACASO PREVISIBLE)

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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 reports that its change of menu for its students has not been received with much success. Maybe this has something to do with a complete and longstanding inability by LAUSD leadership to create the requisite culinary knowledge and taste that it must build in the communities where it schools exist in order for students to want to eat a wholesome diet. Poor diet is just another indicator of an educational and social system designed to destroy instead of nurture minority and poor children. Eating wholesome food is a learned characteristic of any society that completely educates - in the broadest sense of the word - all its children. In French society from birth babies are TAUGHT to eat healthy food that is presented as part of the country's distinct cultural identity as early as baby daycare (creche) from the time their mothers have to go back to work when their babies are 3 months old. In addition, those mothers had already received prenatal care to insure that their prenatal diet while carrying the child maximized the possibility to fulfill the genetic potential of their child.

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12 2011

CAN CHICAGO PARENTS TEACH LAUSD PARENTS BY EXAMPLE?(PUEDEN HACER LOS PADRES CHICAGO enseñar a los padres del LAUSD con el ejemplo?)

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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 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.

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12 2011

LAUSD'S IMPERIAL SUPERINTENDENT JOHN DEASY DISES DAC (DISTRICTWIDE ADVISORY COMMITTEE) PARENTS

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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 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.

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12 2011

LAUSD Public School Choice - More Non-reform (LAUSD Opción de Escuela Pública - Más no la reforma)

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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 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

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12 2011

TENTATIVE LAUSD/UTLA AGREEMENT IS A DISASTER Part 2TENTATIVA LAUSD / UTLA acuerdo es una DESASTRE Parte 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) 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.

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12 2011

TENTATIVE LAUSD/UTLA AGREEMENT IS A DISASTER Part 1TENTATIVA LAUSD / UTLA acuerdo es una DESASTRE Parte 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) 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.

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12 2011

LAUSD's Director of Employee Relations Ira Berman- The Banality of Evil 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) 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.

LAUSD's Employee Relations Director Ira Berman - The Banality of Evil 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) 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.

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12 2011

LAUSD TEACHERS: VOTE NO ON TENTATIVE LAUSD/UTLA AGREEMENT...IF YOU CAN

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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 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.

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11 2011

THE LAUSD BOARD GAME: KIND OF LIKE MONOPOLY...ONLY DIFFERENT (EL LAUSD tablero de juego: algo así como MONOPOLY ... sólo diferente)

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(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

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11 2011

LAUSD's CRADLE TO PRISON PIPELINE by George Buzzetti (CUNA LAUSD a la tubería PRISIÓN)

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(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."

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11 2011

THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION JUST ANOTHER CASULTY OF PURPOSEFULLY FAILED PUBLIC EDUCATION? (LA ELECCIÓN PRESIDENCIAL DE 2012 SOLO OTRA DE CASULTY propósito FALLÓ LA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last night I went to the Hammer Museum for one in a series of excellent programs moderated by KPFK 90.7 FM's Ian Masters entitled Political Persuasion: The 2012 Elections. As we start the countdown to next year's presidential election, I was surprised by the unanimity between the veteran but opposing campaign strategists. Both Bill Zimmerman, who has worked on many political campaigns for candidates or ballot initiatives and Dan Schnur, the now director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, who worked on virtually all Republican presidential campaigns since Ron Reagan, agreed that it would be least educated that would hold the balance of power in deciding whether Barack Obama would get a second term or whether a Republican would replace him.

LAUSD's DEEPEST FEAR

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(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..

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11 2011

THE SUCCESS OF FOX NEWS IS A LIVING TESTAMENT TO FAILED LAUSD PUBLIC EDUCATION (EL ÉXITO DE FOX NEWS es un testimonio vivo de LAUSD FALLÓ LA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) While it requires only a rudimentary education to spot the daily blatant distortions that Fox News KTTV 11 puts out in lieu of any real, truthful, and unbias reporting, the fact that Fox News successfully continues to get away with this travesty passed off as the "news" is a powerful testament as to just how far the average America has gone down from being educated in a manner that LAUSD students and their parents of the 1950s and 1960s took for granted. As I described in the prior post about Fox 11 KTTV News concerning morally challenged "Reporter" Daniel Leighton, what Fox does is pander to the deep seeded ignorance and prejudices of its listening audience, while requiring no critical analysis of itself or of its audience that seems incapable, because of its own LAUSD "education," replete with not even basic skills of critical analysis, to make them aware of the rational contradictions of virtually everything Fox 11 KTTV says. It is not out of the realm of the possible to imagine a Fox ad campaign with the slogan, "Fox News, well thought and objective analysis never gets in the way.

FOX NEWS COMES TO THE AID OF LAUSD "RUBBER ROOM" TEACHERS? (FOX NEWS viene en ayuda de LAUSD "RUBBER ROOM" MAESTROS?)

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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 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.

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11 2011

LAUSD and the "success" of neo-racism (LAUSD el "éxito" del neo-racismo)

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(en español después) Who is more likely to rip off a poor person of color? A person with a middle class background who has never suffered the deprivation the majority of people of color have experienced as a by-product of the post-Columbus world they live in or people of color who are logically more tempted by finally being given access to a 6 figure salary and benefits for going along with a system of exploitation they have never had access to?

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10 2011

CONGRESSWOMAN KAREN BASS & ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION FOR CIVIL RIGHTS RUSSLYNN ALI SPEAK ABOUT FIXING PUBLIC EDUCATION...WITH NO MONEY TO DO IT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last night at the Center for the Junior Blind in Baldwin Hills, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali spoke about fixing public education as "the most important civil rights issue of our generation." And yet, In laying out where we stand now and the Obama administration's ambitious goals for fixing public education by 2020 Assistant Secretary Ali tried the impossible task of trying to reconcile her optimism with her equally honest assessment that there was not only no money to fix public education, but the rather extreme likelihood that there would be even less in the future.

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09 2011

LAUSD and California Education Code Section 44944 (LAUSD y de Educación de California Sección 44944 del Código)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you have been targeted for dismissal as a teacher by LAUSD, there is one way that you might be able to defend yourself, which United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and their attorneys at Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad seem to avoid at all costs. California Education Code Section 44944 requires: (a) (1) In a dismissal or suspension proceeding initiated pursuant to Section 44934, if a hearing is requested by the employee,the hearing shall be commenced within 60 days from the date of the employee's demand for a hearing. This provision is presently ignored by LAUSD, UTLA, and Trystad, Schwab & Trygstad to the detriment of the teacher being brought up on charges and facing dismissal.

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09 2011

LAUSD "Honors" Perdaily.com

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As perdaily approaches its two year anniversary this November of writing about all the news that's fit to print about the inept Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), that somehow never seems to see the light of day with the Los Angeles Times or any other mainstream media outlet - or Broad and Gates Foundation financially dependent National Public Radio outlets for that matter. In moments of self-doubt, one wonders whether we are making a difference? With the excellent self-critical educational skills that I developed as a student from an LAUSD of a different era during the 1950s and 1960s, I reflected as we post our 300th blog post as to whether what I am reporting makes any difference in the unceasing and purposeful decline of public education at LAUSD and the rest of predominantly minority filled public school districts throughout this country. After all, it's hard to stay a racist without LAUSD and its compadres throughout this country continuing to cultivate stereotypes of Black and Latino stupidity from the naive optimism of Black and Latino children and their parents who continue to pursue the American dream, when they should know better by now.

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09 2011

An Attorney's Observations of LAUSD's Rubber Rooms by Ron Lapekas, esq. (Observaciones de un abogado de habitaciones de goma LAUSD por Ron Lapekas, esq.)

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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 read Mr. Isenberg's blog about the rubber rooms, I thought the District's process was, at worst, simply stupid. This morning, I had an opportunity to visit one of these teachers at his temporary assignment. Teachers call these temporary assignments "rubber rooms", apparently due to the similarity to holding facilities at mental hospitals that have walls made of rubber to prevent patient self-injury. What I observed was appalling - and what I heard was even worse. Teachers are required to sit in separated cubicles that are more reminiscent of jail visiting facilities than of a school site. I also confirmed that the District has given them absolutely nothing to do - not even "busy work". Having been required to work at an empty desk during my own whistleblowing experience, I know that being required to do nothing while being watched constantly is an extremely stressful and totally punitive procedure.

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09 2011

Advice to LAUSD "Rubber Room" Teachers to Overcome Siege Mentality (Asesoramiento a LAUSD "Rubber Room" Los maestros para superar la mentalidad de asedio)

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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 continues to incarcerate more and more innocent teachers in "rubber rooms" (usually Local District Offices) in a desperate attempt to either balance their budget or get rid of competent teachers who have balked at going along with LAUSD corruption and long failed business as usual policies that administrators without imagination haven't a clue how to change. In a culture that finds daycare in lieu of the excellent public education preferable, these teachers were foolish enough to believe that they could implement against LAUSD & UTLA incompetent self-dealing, something better and consistent with the ideals that got them into teaching in the first place. These teacher are tortured on a daily basis by LAUSD administrators who would have no trouble working a Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo..

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09 2011

LAUSD, UTLA, & California Education Code Section 44939 - How to Get Rid of "Bad Teachers" (LAUSD, UTLA, y Código de Educación Sección 44939 - ¿Cómo deshacerse de los "malos maestros")

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you were a school district like the Los Angeles Unified School District that had a $408 million budget shortfall for the academic year 2011-2012 and $15 billion in unfunded and already vested lifetime medical benefits, what would you do? Here's a little gambit that would make Bernie Madoff or John Gotti proud. The scintillating intellects at LAUSD and their new Superintendent John Deasy straight from the Gates Foundation with his mandate to privatize public education, tells his underlings to target teachers with the following characteristics:

LAUSD and UTLA's A.J. Duffy - Truly a Man for All Seasons (LAUSD y UTLA AJ Duffy - Verdaderamente Un hombre Para Todas Las Estaciones)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) H.L. (Henry Louis) Mencken, like recently termed out UTLA President A.J. Duffy eschewed the use of a first and middle name throughout his career, which I am sad to say is about all these two men have in common. Mencken, who was known at the "Sage of Baltimore" for his satire, wit, and journalistic excellence would have had a field day in examining the blatant hypocrisy of A.J. Duffy and his mercenary proclivities for never being fettered by any belief that he wasn't willing to sell out...for the right price.

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09 2011

WILL LAUSD OFFER A CLASS IN BOGUS PUBLIC EDUCATION REFORM 101?

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Check out what follows as a clear explanation of how the fix is in with public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District and elsewhere throughout this country in the move to privatize public education. See what mainstream media blacks out and what should be part of the discussion on real public education reform.

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08 2011

LAUSD and Green Dot Should Talk - Locke High School's Ace Academy Does Not Have to Be a Casualty of Business as Usual

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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 Green Dot Schools then CEO Steve Barr did a video interview for a documentary on public education that I was working on. In it he said, "We can turn around Locke High School in a year." It occurred to me at the time that if you could make up for all the damage that had been done to these students in South Central (I'm not politically correct, since changing the name hasn't changed the reality for the better in this area), then none of us would have to go to 13 years of K-12 education. It is now years later, where only 14 of the original 500 student class graduated and only 85 of a recent 1400 student class graduated. This does not mean that even those who graduated were college ready with A-G requirements. Rather than think and ask why this is happening and finally address student deficits in a timely manner, before it is too late for most students by the time they get to high school without Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) or basic math skills, people still refuse to address the underlying faulty reasoning that tries to fix the damage after the fact and then implicitly accepts race and poverty as the explanation as to why students don't succeed.

What's Behind LAUSD's Witchhunt Against Older Teachers? (¿Qué hay detrás caza de brujas contra el LAUSD docentes de mayor edad?)

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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 discussing my own case with Mr. Lapekis and LAUSD's desire to deprive me of my lifetime health benefits under the "Rule of 80" (where my age and service time add up to 80 to give me lifetime health benefits), Ron points out that LAUSD already has approximately $15 billion in fixed unfunded lifetime health benefits for those who have already vested and is doing everything- legal and illegal- to stop as many teachers like myself from vesting.

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08 2011

Ask LAUSD and UTLA IF THE REAL DAVID LYELL WILL PLEASE STAND UP (Pregunte LAUSD y UTLA si el verdadero Lyell DAVID SE favor ponerse de pie)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) David Lyell's political aspiration are his exclusive motivation. The well-being of his fellow teachers has nothing to do with anything he says or does. Before David ran for UTLA Secretary, he blogged for me at perdaily to advance his candidacy, while doing the same at NYC teachers, and anywhere else he could to promote himself, his career, and his candidacy for UTLA Secretary - his first step toward the political career he so covets - think LAUSD Board member Jose Huizar for a comparable plan. Predictably, after being pursued for access to perdaily and other sites where I blog, II haven't heard much from David since his election. I wonder why?

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08 2011

LAUSD and Superintendent Deasy- Listen to Diane Ravitch

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LAUSD and Superintendent John Deasy should listen to Diane Ravitch and the majority in this putative democracy that want the excellent public education that LAUSD has stood against for generations. The Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation want to privatize public education and if successful will condemn our democracy to the junk heap of history if they are successful in taking education away from "We the people," who have to be educated in order to function as the arbiters of power that keeps politicians and their corporate masters in check.

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08 2011

LAUSD'S Ex-Superintendent Deprived of Victory Lap by Perdaily's Lenny Isenberg by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD Ex-Superintendente Privados de Vuelta de la Victoria por Mark Hemphill)

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When the Q&A period commenced, Lenny was the first to be called. He related the recent test fixing scandals in New York, D.C, and now Atlanta and asked Cortines to respond to similar allegations that Lenny reported to Cortines 2 years ago along with physical evidence that Lenny has about the same test fixing going on at LAUSD. Immediately, the smile departed from Cortines face and he became ostensibly defensive. But Lenny went on to relate his personal experience as a teacher long aware of these "fixing" issues - as most teachers are - and how he had been targeted and terminated for his refusal to stand by silently, but rather attempting to report it to the Los Angeles Times Reporter Mitchell Landsberg, who although reporting this scandal to Cortines, never wrote a word about it in the Times. As of this writing, the L.A. Times continues to blackout this topic and many others dealing with LAUSD corruption.

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07 2011

I'll Bet You LAUSD Fixes More Student Assessments Than Atlanta (Te apuesto LAUSD Arreglos Más evaluaciones de los estudiantes que Atlanta)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For 23 years I was an acclaimed teacher who taught school with excellent teaching evaluations and no negative marks of any kind against me. Only when I dared to say that cheating on student assessments was rampant in my school and throughout LAUSD (for which I have documentary proof) was I subjected to a well orchestrated campaign of harassment, highly defamatory false charges, and ultimate dismissal from LAUSD which is now pending before an expensive and protracted legal process that LAUSD seems content to endlessly throw money at even though they have no evidence against me that has not been fabricated.. I guess I should be flattered that they recently engaged the toney outside law firm of Bergman and Dacey to continue the assault. This is why I was not surprised by today's revelation about the fixing of student assessments in Atlanta, Georgia. "Rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in this city's long-troubled public schools," is a mirror image of the scam that continues to go on unchecked at LAUSD.

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07 2011

Teaching Language to Students by Laura Estrada (La enseñanza de idiomas a estudiantes de Laura Estrada)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Language has often been a political issue in the United States whenever there have been large waves of immigration. As an antidote for this national xenophobia, speaking a different language has been discouraged through social intimidation, violence, and attempts to establish English as the official language, or simple refusal of services to those that don't speak English. In the not to distant past, non-English speaking students were forced to abandon their native language or were subjected to punishment in school for speaking it.

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07 2011

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- The Fundamentalist Taliban of Public Education

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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 a disturbing trend that is becoming more and more prevalent in various aspects of American society, which has come to have much more in common with the fanaticism it derides in Muslim fundamentalism than in a rich history of free thinking that derives strength from and protects the ideas of those who question authority. Irrational orthodoxy that eschews fact, logic, and reason, while taking exception with this same type of aberrant behavior in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, sees no problem with imposing their right reasoning against parallel intellectual traditions in these countries and the United States of rational social order and accomplishment.

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07 2011

LAUSD, CHARTERS, AND INSANITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Given the unrelenting decline of American public education and the war-failed economy which is being used to justify its continuing premeditated destruction, one often hears in description of this sick farce: "The definition of insanity is to continue implementing the same failed policies with the expectation of a different result. While that seems to be a pretty good explanation of the militant ignorance that continues to drive public education policy into the ground, there now seems to be even a better definition: "The definition of insanity is to continue using the same people whose failed policies destroyed public education in the first place to try and fix it." Case in point, Richard Riordan, Caprice Young, and Judy Burton to name just a few of the usual suspects that continue unquestioned by the corporate controlled mainstream media to implement the corporate agenda to privatize the $250-370 billion "business" that public education represents, while dumbing down the public education foundation of this democracy to assure that corporate actions motivated solely by greed/profit will go unquestioned.

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06 2011

Seven Other Acronyms For the SS: LAUSD, UTLA, PAC, PEAC, HOR, LASUBS and STC by Mark Hemphill

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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 we think of those who collaborated with Nationalsozialismus or Nazism and the Third Reich during World War II, we usually have quite appropriate visions of Vichy France. But early on, the Nazis had sympathizers in many other countries organizations including in America and some moved on to becoming allies and collaborators. It may be surprising to realize but some of these were even Jews themselves who went so far as to help in the selection of other Jews who would go to the camps. Most noteworthy and vile among the many features of Nazism was racism, assassination and genocide. But the Nazis also opposed liberalism, democracy, capitalism, industrialization and, of greatest interest to us, trade unionism. The most powerful unit within Nazi corps was the Schutzstaffel or the SS which faithfully enforced the policies listed above. They did the dirty work. So the issue to be addressed here is the similar nature of certain organizations and their working committees who are taking over the field of education within our own Los Angeles community. For any of you who have done any time with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) the comparisons to Nazi Germany are more than apparent. The totalitarianism and suppression of freedom of expression are commonplace and daily ordeals. Teacher intimidation and roundups grow in frequency. The loses of protections under tenure, permanency, and seniority are recent. The end of careers or the threat of it is a constant presence. And what makes these conditions so much worse is the ever reliable collaborative relationship the district holds with its partner, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA).

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06 2011

LAUSD IS ONLY A COG IN THE WHEEL THAT SILENCES DISSENT (LAUSD ES SOLO UN DIENTE EN LA RUEDA QUE DISENSO SILENCIOS)

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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 a difficult thing to say - and it would seem from what I read - a difficult thing to comprehend, but there is very little that can be done within the existing power structure at both the state and federal level. Having said this, you must understand that I am not "so negative," as I have been labeled, but rather a realist who would like to act in a way that is likely to REQUIRE a response from the corrupt power structure that presently ignores us at no cost to themselves. You can file an action with Public Employees Review Board and the likely result with be that you will lose...two years from now in an action decided by the same type of political appointees that are as much in the pocket of LAUSD as is the California Teacher Credentialing, where 43% of the employees are afraid for their jobs if they report the nepotism and corruption that is rampant in these and other state and federal agencies. You can demand that LAUSD, UTLA, and other corrupt entities treat you in a manner the complies with law and your rights to equal protect and due process, b

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06 2011

If The Epic Scale of LAUSD Incompetence Is Too Much For You, Try Palisades Charter High School (Si la escala épica de la incompetencia del LAUSD es demasiado para usted, trate de Palisades Charter 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) In trying to understand how the magnitude of such complete and utter gross incompetence or just plain old fashion corruption can go on for so many years at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) without anybody in a position of government authority taking action to stop it, it occurred to me that maybe the shear magnitude of the stupidity might have made it difficult for the average person to get their mind around it, especially if their own public school education taught them to follow orders and avoid critical thought whenever possible.. So lets look at a another more comprehensible mini-LAUSDesque boondoggle that recently occurred at Palisades Charter High School, where the same type of downright militantly ignorant actions of their board voted to not offer long term administrator Ann Davenport a renewal of her contract, even though she has always had excellent performance evaluations and the support of the faculty, while representing the greatest continuity and institutional knowledge that has not as of yet been driven from the school.

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06 2011

George Carlin Understood Why LAUSD Does Not Educate (George Carlin entendido por qué el LAUSD no educa)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) While the ongoing corruption, incompetence, and programmed failure of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as an educational institution is bad enough, when one measures the continuing abysmal results that this purposefully failed system has had with those unlucky enough to have no alternative for their education, what is far worse are the archaic values it promotes that continue to be touted and unquestioningly accepted by the majority of our society, who themselves are a product of this public education system where critical thinking is not abided.

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05 2011

The Best Defense Against LAUSD Corruption Might Just Be The California False Claims Act (La mejor defensa contra la Corrupción del LAUSD podría ser la de California Ley de Reclamos Falsos)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Rather than let this corruption go unchecked, I encourage you to become a little proactive and send me any documentation you might have of where the State of California has been defrauded in either the aforementioned examples or in any other manner you might be privy to: Lenny@perdaily.com I will work will attorneys specialized in this California False Claims Act, which includes qui tam provisions enabling the recover of such money. California's law, which was passed in 1987 was modeled after the Federal False Claims Act, but since LAUSD is a public entity, they are immune from prosecution under the federal False Claims Act qui tam proceeding, but not immune from state action. The reason LAUSD administrative corruption is at epidemic proportions is because those running the district have had no consequences for ripping off LAUSD. Even if somebody is tenacious enough to stick with a clearly less than objective judicial system for the years necessary, it is clear that California's courts are loathe to hold corrupt officials at LAUSD responsible. And even in the unlikely situation where you do win a case, LAUSD and not the then retired corrupt official gets left holding the bag.

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05 2011

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.

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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.

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05 2011

LAUSD "You Can't Get There From Here" (LAUSD "No se puede llegar desde aquí")

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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 have been publishing perdaily for about a year and a half now. Maybe some of you wonder why I continue to show LAUSD and UTLA administrative corruption and incompetence no quarter, while constantly seeking to illustrate the all too often depressing reality that these self-serving and dishonest administrators have made in Los Angeles and elsewhere by building a system of public education that accommodates to failure, instead of pragmatically demanding the best from every student and teacher. While some of you might think my fight involves the harassment, bogus charges, suspensions, and ultimate dismissal proceeding that LAUSD with the help of UTLA is still trying to hang on me and other innocent teachers throughout the district, you would be wrong as I am not vindictive no matter how egregious and malicious the crimes of the those at LAUSD and UTLA are.

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05 2011

LAUSD Teachers- Who Do You Trust, Arne Duncan or 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) The reform of the evaluation process is the first step in honoring teachers. The criteria and the methods for GENUINE, AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT of performance exists and can be found in The American Educator and education periodicals and forums. Diane Ravitch and Randi Weingarten are just two of the voices of reform that discuss GENUINE EVALUATION there, and in education forums. We do not need your cockamamie schemes and cynical words. American teachers do not need you to invent 'reform.' Your ideas have dishonored us for too long, to be fooled by your rhetoric now. You sir, are not an educator but a politician who can say what you will, but we teachers know the truth of what you stand for. We see all that you have done toward the goal of privatizing education.

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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 rape...off 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..

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05 2011

Are You Able And Willing To LEARN Why LAUSD Does Not Work? (¿Es usted capaz y dispuesto a aprender ¿Por qué el LAUSD no funciona?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) While the mainstream media is willing to continue irrationally vilifying teachers for what is wrong in public education and continuing to ignore the proverbial 850 lb. gorilla of LAUSD administrative incompetence and corruption that really has always had the power to bring about change, but consciously chooses not to, I am not. Clearly the not-so-clever folks running LAUSD who continue to run public education into the ground for their own benefit and that of their corporate patrons, who seek the privatization and monetization of public education, could not do so unless they got some help from respected academics, politicians, and others whose judgment might just be colored by their own egos and financial self-interest. Case in point, I just got off the phone with Professor William Ouchi from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management, who not only was the chairman of LEARN (Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now) back in May 1999, but wrote an article entitled Education Reform Lessons from the Trenches, where he sings the praises of this now destroyed public education reform program that was designed to "increase accountability and strengthen reading instruction."

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05 2011

LAUSD- The Bloodletting Continues (LAUSD-continúa el derramamiento de sangre)

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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 was a time when doctors believed that bad blood made people sick and that all you needed to do was let out some of the bad blood and the patient would get well. At some point after many years of using this technique, somebody finally took notice of the fact that an inordinate number of patients were dying and that the ones who were getting well were doing so in spite of this ill-advised treatment. Finally, members of the medical profession stopped bleeding people. Alas, it seems that although clear and unequivocal evidence shows that value added assessment has at least a 43-45% margin of error, according to academics like Professor Diane Ravitch of New York University and others according to all relevant data on the subject, militantly ignorant people in administration at LAUSD and the lemming reporters at the L.A. Times and other mainstream media outlets of print and electronic media around the country continue to follow LAUSD over the cliff in trying to lay their own blame on teachers whose blood they have no problem in continuing to let.

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05 2011

If LAUSD Doesn't Change, Maybe You Should - Ten Signs that You Need to Find a Different Kind of Education for Your Child by Jerry Mintz (Si el LAUSD no cambia, tal vez debería - Diez señales de que es necesario encontrar un tipo diferente de educación

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For those of you who haven't realized it yet, the dysfunction and corruption of purposefully failed public education is not just limited LAUSD, but rather is a nationwide disgrace and scandal. In the months to come, perdaily will connect you to others around the state and country that refuse to accept purposefully corrupt and failed public education. The following post was written by Jerry Mintz of the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO). For those of you who feel trapped, when it comes to viable education options for yourself or your kids, think about connecting with his site and the other we list daily at the end of the article: Jerry Mintz, Director Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) 417 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Hts., NY 11577 www.EducationRevolution.org info@EducationRevolution.org 800-769-4171 (domestic) 516-621-2195 (international)

LAUSD- "I Don't Have to Show You Latinos No Stinking Education" (LAUSD: "No tengo para demostrar que los latinos no apesta Educación")

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) At the root of public education's generational failure to educate Latino and Black students in this country is the unrelenting not so subliminal message that these young people are inferior and cannot learn. While it was bad enough when this kind of pernicious racism was practiced exclusively by Whites against Latinos and Blacks, what now makes it worse are institutionally de facto racist entities like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which have succeeded in co-opting elements within the Latinos and Blacks communities to work in for it in sustaining this failed system by continuing to offer only the rhetoric of quality public education, while few within this institution - whatever their ethnicity - actually have a good faith belief in the inherent ability of these students to succeed like their more affluent peers of a lighter persuasion.

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05 2011

Conference For Education This Saturday At Pasadena City College

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Education is a Right! Saturday, May 7, 12 noon - 4pm Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge 1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91106 Creveling Lounge is near the corner of Colorado & Hill

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05 2011

Mainstream Media's Inability To Tell The Truth About LAUSD (Incapacidad principales medios de comunicación a decir la verdad sobre el LAUSD)

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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 talked with Connie Llanos today of the Daily News. She is an excellent reporter and could be much better, if she was allowed to do any story she has knowledge of. Given the time, research, and access she has already achieved covering the topic of public education, it is clear to me that she knows a hell of allot more than she is actually allowed to report.

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05 2011

LAUSD - The Making of a Trojan Horse by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD - La realización de un caballo de Troya por Mark Hemphill)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you're expecting a retelling of Homer's Iliad here, you're going to be disappointed. For that I'd suggest the local library where any number of translations are available to help you wade through all ten thousand ponderously repetitive lines. Or maybe you could rent that awful movie with Brad Pitt. No, this is all rather about supposed reformers in public education, the politicians who support such well publicized reformers, and the "liberal press" which stands behind them. But I promise you that we'll get back to that Trojan Horse before it's all over. Let's start briefly here with statement about the political party which always boasts of the need for reform in education while paradoxically defunding it at every opportunity. And, no, by referring to one political party I don't mean to make reference to either Democrats or Republicans. I mean specifically "one" singular political party, because, if you haven't caught on yet or if you've been in a coma for the past thirty years or so, you may not know that, aside from language and logos, there's no tangible difference between either Democrats or Republicans. In this same sense, there's equally no distinguishable difference between neo-liberals and neo-cons. They're all the same and particularly on education policy.

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05 2011

LAUSD'S GRANADA HILLS CHARTER HIGH WINS ACADEMIC DECATHLON- IT'S ALL ABOUT EXPECTATIONS...OR THE LACK OF THEM (Granada Hills Charter High School of LAUSD Gana Decatlón Académico - ES TODO SOBRE EXPECTATIVAS ... O LA FALTA DE ELLOS)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) My take on Granada Hills Charter High School's national victory in the Academic Decathlon last Saturday, April 30th, is quite different than that of Reporter Rick Rojas of the Los Angeles Times in his article "Granada Hills wins top decathlon tiltle." I have two questions and one answer that seems to me to focus on and explain the apparent contradiction in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) being so successful in the Academic Decathlon over the years and yet such an abysmal failure when it comes to educating the lion's share of its students. - How can students in a school district where close to 50% of the students quit school in frustration or indifference, just between the 9th and 12th grade, be able on a regular basis to win the National Academic Decathlon 12 times? - Why it is that in a school district like LAUSD where the total enrollment in 2010 was 73.4% Hispanic/Latino and 10.2% Black and only 5/9% Asian and 9.5% White, that the predominant make up of the 12 LAUSD teams that have won the National Academic Decathlon are predominantly Asian and White?

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05 2011

LAUSD Teachers, Parents, and Students Might Learn From Arizona

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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 keep getting the same complaint from fellow teachers and parents, who think that they and the students will somehow miraculously survive the reductions in forces (rifs) and the havoc it is reeking on public education around this country, if they are just nice and positive in the face of their own imminent professional and intellectual demise, "Lenny, you're not positive." or "You need to emphasize what is good at LAUSD" or "We like what you say, we just don't like how you say it." When in reality, what they don't like is having to get off their respective backsides and actually do something other than listen to themselves talk to people at LAUSD that are clearly not listening. Tonight at Millikan Junior High in the San Fernando Valley, parents, teachers, staff, and students got together to plan and network with a group founded by 7 mothers called Educate Our State who are working for a walkout in all public schools around the state for May 24th.

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04 2011

A Crash Course for LAUSD's New Superintendent John Deasy

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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's new Superintendent John Deasy spoke with members of NewTLA and other LAUSD teachers at the Santee Learning Center today after school. What impressed me the most was when he acknowledged the fact that he, "Didn't have the answer to many of LAUSD's problems." While he is clearly an intelligent man who wants to tap into and facilitate the talents of all LAUSD employees, he still doesn't realize that the culture of LAUSD is a top-down bureaucracy that has steadfastly fought any notion of two-way accountability that might allow Deasy to implement his goal. Just ask Professor Charles Kerschner, who wrote a book about LAUSD, how LAUSD bureaucracy destroyed LEARN reforms in the 1990s. When President Barack Obama first got into the White House, he fought to keep his own Blackberry, because he didn't want to be wholly dependent on the White House inner circle for all of his information. He wanted to be able to access friends and dissident ideas that might have great value, simply because they were not filtered through his bureaucracy.

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04 2011

THE FORCE TO RECKONED WITH, THE BOYCOTT by Mark Hemphill (La fuerza a tener en cuenta, El Boycott)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For any reader who hasn't taken out the time to spend five minutes devoted to the articles recently appearing in perdaily.com suggesting the power of a parent and student boycott, you may be missing one of your last chances to save public education and the noble profession of teaching. In fact, before reading any further here, you may wish to go back and first read LAUSD vs. REBELS WITHOUT A CAUSE-BOYCOTT?, WILL BLACK AND LATINO PARENTS SUPPORT A BOYCOTT OF LAUSD? and LAUSD BOYCOTT. The language herein is quite colorful but not merely rhetoric. You have to understand the essential principle at work, What's stated are facts and events unfolding even as you read this - if you choose to do so. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that you may know most of it already as do many others and especially if you're in the teaching profession. But that's also the problem. While the feds, the state, and district go about their business of shaving expenses by reducing education to a series of cheaply packaged programs - that only vendors profit from - and teaching to a rating scale of performance against the criteria of these programs, we all stand by waiting for someone else to do something about it because we correctly realize that others see what we see.

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04 2011

Will Black and Latino Parents Support a Boycott of LAUSD? ( Los padres Negro y Latino Apoyar a un boicot del LAUSD?)

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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 a school district like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) with a combined Latino and Black student population of close to 90%, several important questions were brought up when we met last Friday, April 22nd to explore whether Latino and Black students and parents would support a boycott of LAUSD in an attempt to finally hold corrupt and self-serving LAUSD administration and the politicians and corporate interests that keep them in power accountable to this majority constituency.

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04 2011

LAUSD Boycott

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) You have no expectation that criminals act rationally, so why would you think that the logic of firing one principal instead of 3 teachers would make any sense to the not so petty criminals running LAUSD and public school districts like it around the United States. These people could never have gotten or continued to maintain their corrupt power over generations of students and their parents, if they were not protected by politicians at both the state and federal level, who are themselves put in power by corporations that want to privatize public education to monetize the potential $250-370 billion a year business of public education, while dumbing the citizenry down to eliminate dissent.. Google Professor Lois Weiner and neo-liberal agenda. Maybe after you read this you will not expect to be treated fairly and might finally decide to do something before it is too late.

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04 2011

LAUSD vs. REBELS WITH A CAUSE - BOYCOTT?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Here is a riddle for you: What does all opposition to LAUSD endemic corruption have in common? Answer: It only responds to LAUSD's malicious and premeditated incompetence and harassment and never makes LAUSD administrative leadership face the consequences for their bad acts. As you have heard me say before, and which any teacher knows in dealing with their students, if there are no consequences for bad actions, either from students, teachers, or LAUSD's arrogant leadership, then nothing will change. A MODEST PROPOSITION TO TURN THIS SITUATION AROUND- What if students at all schools around LAUSD decided to stage a walkout on the same day, much in the manner that students at Hamilton High School recently did?

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04 2011

LAUSD- Teachers, once they start coming after you, it never stops (Los maestros del LAUSD, una vez que empiezan a llegar después de ti, que nunca se detiene)

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JOHN GOTTI - NYC OR LA's NEXT SUPERINTENDENT? - "HIGHLY QUALIFIED" (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) In the last couple of months, emboldened by "the dominant narrative" of the corporate media blaming teachers for for their own longstanding incompetence, LAUSD has significantly augmented the number more teachers - especially those at the top of the salary scale - it is going trying to force out of the profession on bogus charges. My email at perdaily has exploded with desperate teachers who have come under attack and don't know what to do. This appears to be motivated by a desperate effort at LAUSD to balance their $408 million deficit, before lower echelon administrators start losing their jobs. The teachers who contact me at perdaily all tell a strikingly similar story of having ridiculous fabricated charges brought against them to try and force them into quitting or early retirement, rather than face the costly hearing process, appeals, and exorbitant lawyers fees and protracted court costs over years on unpaid administrative leave of trying to save their jobs.

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04 2011

LAUSD ENCOURAGES CHEATING ON ASSESSMENT- AND THEY ARE NOT ALONE (LAUSD ALIENTA TRAMPAS DE EVALUACIÓN Y no están solos)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If Teacher Paulette Jackson supposedly did not turn in her lesson plans on time, even though she often stayed at school until 10pm preparing for the next day, she was put on unpaid administrative level without benefits and LAUSD moved for her removal as a teacher in complete derogation of a 14 year exemplary career. Dave Peters goes to a school as a substitute and winds up being fired, when a man with an LAUSD visitor's pass on his shirt allegedly touches two of his students. Where was the school's administration? How is a sub supposed to know who is supposed to be on campus? Sorry, not relevant in LAUSD Mike Bujko reports a female assistant principal going into the Boys' Locker Room while the boys were changing and Bujko is harassed and forced into early retirement. Roz Press gets sprayed with a toxic fire extinguisher and has been sick for the last 10 years, but LAUSD goes after her and not the student.

LAUSD Cannot get better if the majority of Whites think like this (LAUSD No se puede mejorar si la mayoría de los blancos piensan así )

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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 received another missive from Jill1975 in our continuing exchange that started because of the Jazmine Williams article on the Huffington Post, about the Hamilton High School walkout to protest draconian LAUSD budget cuts that threaten the very existence of Hamilton's excellent magnet and other programs. As a social studies teacher and student of history, I note that historically the greatest social instability, that is often contemporaneous with the decline of prior societies, comes when not only is there a huge disparity of wealth and education, but also when the more affluent segment of society live in a fantasy land. What follows is more of Jill1975 magical thinking that gives you an insight into the all too common phenomenon of White entitlement and perceived and self-fulfilling minority inferiority, now brought to you by the fully integrated and corrupt administration of LAUSD and other public school districts around the country that continue to fail for generations with no consequences. Could it be that they have the public education system they want?. My response follows. Again, feel free to make your own comments as to what you think of what she writes:.

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04 2011

LAUSD's Grim Fairy Tale in Braille for Self-Inflicted White Blindness- Think Oedipus (Cuento de hadas Grim LAUSD en Braille para autoinfligidas ceguera blanca Piensa Edipo)

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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 following is a comment I responded to in the Huffington Post about Jazmine Williams article on the student organized walkout at Hamilton High School that we cover hear at perdaily. Feel free to add your own take on what I believe to be the naive comments of Jill1975 and others, who don't seem to have a clue as to the reality that LAUSD teachers, students, and parents have to deal with on a daily basis. Could it have anything to do with the complete blackout in the mainstream media as to what is really going on?

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04 2011

Candari vs. LAUSD - Where you remain guilty even if proven innocent (Candari vs LAUSD - Cuando usted sigue siendo culpable aunque se demuestre lo contrario)

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(Mensaje se repite en Espanol) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) A belated happy birthday to the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Still fighting to make your wisdom and insight a reality in our America. While injustice of any kind is reprehensible, it is my belief that the greatest injustice possible takes place when government authorities abuse there vast power to attack individuals without even the slightest good faith belief that they have done anything wrong. After sitting through the teacher Paulette Jackson's inquisition that was held two weeks ago in the Office of Administrative Hearings, I was curious to find out if the way she had been treated in complete and utter derogation of her civil and property rights was an exception or the rule. Regrettably, what I uncovered was a consistent and undeviating pattern of complete and total disregard of individual LAUSD teachers and classified staff rights. Mampre Polmakian was the LAUSD attorney representing the District against Ms. Jackson in a matter that by all rights should have been handled by UTLA grievance under the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargains Agreement, if UTLA leadership wasn't so clearly in collusion with LAUSD against its own members.

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04 2011

LAUSD Needs to Know "What Teachers Make" Video by Taylor Mali (LAUSD debe saber "Lo que los maestros hacer" Vídeo de Malí Taylor)

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(Mensaje se repite en Espanol) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Often when people find out that I went to law school, they look at me rather quizzically and in disbelief and ask, "Why would you want to be a teacher?" Something I take the humorous approach and respond by saying, "California doesn't need another Jewish attorney." At other times when I reflect on what this means in terms of the value our society gives to teachers, I am saddened by a materialism that thinks it can define success by how much money you make. I just celebrated my 64th birthday last Friday and although it will probably get me labeled un-American, probably the least important thing to me at this point in my life is making more money - although I plan on pursuing the salary and benefits that LAUSD has taken from me by removing me from teaching on trumped up charges.

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04 2011

Is LAUSD Above the Law? by Roz Press (Es LAUSD encima de la ley por Roz Press)

(Mensaje se repite en Espanol) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) MY HORRENDOUS STORY: I am all too familiar with LAUSD's inhumane treatment of teachers that have been attacked at school. On Dec. 8, 2000 a student in my class attacked me in class. My life and health changed forever. Before the attack I worked everyday at Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills CA. I was a fully credentialed contract teacher and I was a very happy, healthy and positive person with the energy of 100 people. I taught 5 or 6 classes a day with almost 40 students in every class. On Dec. 8, 2000 I was attacked in my classroom by one of my students who sprayed me in my face with the toxic chemicals from a fire extinguisher. The principal, Mrs Charness, never called the paramedics even though I was gasping for air.
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04 2011

MAINSTREAM MEDIA DISTORTS REALITY TO JUSTIFY THE FAILURE OF LAUSD AND UTLA HAS GONE ALONG FOR THE RIDE (Los Principales de Media distorsiona la realidad para justificar el incumplimiento del LAUSD y UTLA HA IDO adelante para el paseo)

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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 is very popular in the mainstream media these days is using the false dichotomy to misdirect the reader or listener away from other possibly more viable alternatives by failing to acknowledge that they even exist. A relative simple and straight forward example of this phenomenon could be seen on the March 30, 2011 Patt Morrison show on KPCC where the topic had to do with whether half-day or full day kindergarten was better for young students, who came most likely from lower socio-economic families where standard English (or Spanish for that matter) was not the language spoken in the home. Throughout the 20 minutes or so devoted to this segment Patt Morrison carefully steered the conversation between the supposedly exclusive positives and negatives of either option without ever addressing whether some other factors might also be at play.

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04 2011

UTLA Makes Dysfunctional LAUSD Possible: A Landmark Year For Union Election Corruption by Mark Hemphill (UTLA hace disfuncional LAUSD posibles: un año clave para la Corrupción Electoral del Sindicado por Mark Hemphill)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) (As I get read to post this 3rd article in a series about corruption at UTLA by Mark Hemphill at perdaily, the UTLA election results are in and Warren Fletcher has been elected president with David Lyell as Secretary. While Fletcher was able to take the top spot at the union, he did not carry all of his slate. Given the low turn out in the run-off, allegations of gross irregularities, and general teacher apathy, Fletcher does not have much time to posit a clear and specific plan to rally support from rank and file, before UTLA is made irrelevant by the incessant outrageous actions by LAUSD that have gone unanswered by A.J. Duffy and the exiting cabal that have continued to run things at UTLA into the ground. Whatever you thoughts are at this time, the least effect thing that teachers and other LAUSD employees can do is to continue to fight among ourselves instead of coming together behind Warren to keep him focused on what needs to be done for us to become a force to be reckoned with as the silenced majority at LAUSD - majority needs to rule. Notice that the minority who continue to run things at LAUSD still face no consequences for their dishonesty. Any teacher can tell you what happens in a classroom when there are no consequences and clearly the same is true for LAUSD administration - care to give them consequences? Warren deserves at least a chance to see if he represents anything other than the same capitulation to LAUSD that has gone on for the last 4 administrations of UTLA. Clearly, whether you choose to accept it or not, Warren will either reestablish a fair balance of collective bargaining with LAUSD or he just might be the last president of this union)

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03 2011

UTLA Makes Dysfunctional LAUSD Possible: A Landmark Year For Union Election Corruption by Mark Hemphill (UTLA hace disfuncional LAUSD posibles: un año clave para la Corrupción Electoral del Sindicado por Mark Hemphill)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Part 2: The Roles of Ambitious Bit Players If you had the patience to read through part 1 on this subject, you now have a good idea of just how rife with corruption the first round the UTLA election was. You also know the main offenders and how all attempts to hold them accountable have met with less than enthusiasm by the union or generally ignored. Nevertheless, the reader deserves to know the depth to which the corruption has reached. Chiefs are of little impact without braves to do their bidding. The same applies here. To compromise this election to the level reported, it took great cooperation from smaller players with origins where it would have never been expected. There isn't the time or the space to cover every one of them, but the following is a representative example.

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03 2011

UTLA- A Landmark Year For Union Election Corruption by Mark Hemphill (UTLA-un año clave para la Corrupción Electoral del Sindicato por Mark Hemphill)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Part 1: Where It All Began Unless you're a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching community, you probably didn't know that round one of the elections for offices within the United Teachers of Los Angeles union has come and gone and round two comes to a conclusion March 29 between the two surviving virtually indistinguishable runoff slates to decide the remaining offices. However, even if you're a member of the teaching community, you may not know of these events, given that estimates of the voter turnout ran as low as 15% and no higher than 17%. Pretty sorry for the second largest teacher's union in the country. At some school sites, teachers didn't even know there was an election, and if they did, they couldn't identify the candidates much less separate them by their positions on issues. But even if you're not a teacher, Keep this in mind. What happens here will dramatically effect all teachers, public education and you by transference. So read on if you want to know what's really going on.
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03 2011

LAUSD's John Deasy and the L.A. Times Jason Song Teach You How to Make More Money Less - New Math? (Deasy de LAUSD y Jason Song del LA Times te enseñan cómo hacer más dinero menos - Matemáticas nuevo?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) One of the advantages of having a long and purposeful failed public education system, where abysmal English language skills are only matched by equally atrocious math skills is that the Los Angeles Times reporter Jason Song can write an article entitled, "L.A. schools chief cuts his own pay" and fewer people are left with enough critical thinking skills to question either the linguistic sophistry or fuzzy math that Song uses to arrive at his conclusion in complete derogation of what has actually taken place. The fable goes something like this: Gates Foundation's John Deasy is given the job of Superintendent of LAUSD to replace Ramon Cortines at $330,000 a year with no other candidates for the position. Ramon Cortines has been paid $250,000 a year, if you don't count his generous benefits package and the $150,000 a year he also made from Scholastics for 10 years in a clear conflict of interest that LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia told him not to worry about, even though LAUSD had $16 million a year in contracts with Scholastics. As we have seen elsewhere lately, it just seems like some people are above the law.

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03 2011

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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CLICK AND CHECK OUT THE VIDEO

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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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02 2011

LAUSD - A CHILD'S LIFE IS LIKE A PIECE OF PAPER ON WHICH EVERY PERSON LEAVES A MARK - CHINESE PROVERB (LAUSD - LA VIDA DE UN NIÑO ES COMO UN PEDAZO DE PAPEL EN QUE CADA PERSONA deja una marca - PROVERBIO CHINO)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Contrary to what seems to be the present belief, education is not a dispensable luxury, it is an absolute necessity for all people, if they hope to live in anything other than chaos. Schools are the one place where we all come together as a people to acquire the indispensable tools we will need along with knowledge of heritage that define us, so that we can live in peace as a productive people furthering the work of civilization started by our ancestors. Education is supposed to be that civilizing agent for which there really is no replacement. Without education, people have no stake in society or the law that are supposed to structure it. There are not enough police or soldiers in the world to maintain law and order, if the majority of people have not been educated into feeling that they are part of "we the people," from which police and other governmental authorities derive their delegated power. Without education, we wind up living in an ever more polarized and alienated society, where police and not teacher are charged after the fact with the impossible job of maintaining the law in predominantly minority underprivileged communities that have been purposefully uneducated. It is only logical that there is no support for law in these communities and that police snap under the stress of trying to maintain order where the majority of the people in poor inner city communities have not been given the basic elements of education necessary to give them a stake in the society and laws that the police are charged with enforcing. What is fostered by this ignorance are stereotypes held by both the ignorant - not stupid - minority communities about the police and of the police about these communities of color that put both of them constantly at odds. It is worth noting that in lieu of an intelligent teacher, we interpose a not as well educated police officer, who is allowed to have the lowest score on the civil service examination in trying to cope with the complex problems of broken families and failed education that they had no hand in making.

UTLA 1ST ELECTION ROUND OVER - NOW THE REAL FIGHTING BEGINS (RONDA 1 DE ELECCIÓN UTLA - AHORA LA LUCHA REAL COMIENZA)

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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 first round of the UTLA Election have now been tallied with 6186 union member voting out of an approximate 45,000 members for a dismal 13.75% turnout. While UTLA can continue to call itself a union for a little while, until LAUSD finishes dismantling it with the help of UTLA leadership, a real union has the ability to get rank and file into the street to shut down LAUSD, before LAUSD succeeds in shutting down teaching as a fairly compensated profession in Los Angeles. This is a big part of the neo-liberal agenda for the privatization of public education and the dumbing down of curriculum and is going on all over this country. UTLA can only succeed by doing something more than just reacting to the latest outrage proposed by LAUSD. It requires UTLA leadership to actively organize rank and file under a clearly stated and specific alternative plan for real public education reform that concentrates on reforming LAUSD and not teacher, which UTLA leadership presently stands by and allows to be harassed, dismissed, and scapegoated for the crimes of this district that A.J.Duffy and his cronies have allowed to continue while taking no action.

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02 2011

LISTEN UP LAUSD - NO RESPECT (NO HAY RESPETO)

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FINALLY A TEACHER HAS THE GUTS TO TELL THE TRUTH AND THE MASS MEDIA FINALLY REPORTS IT (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It is regrettable that Honors English teacher Natalie Munroe had to trash her students in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for anybody to take notice of the plight of teachers across this country. What is even more regrettable is that most of what she said is true and has been true for years - although blacked out in the mainstream media - but administrators and parents prefer to attack teachers rather than deal with the underlying problem. After all, purposefully failed public education has been going on for so many years that the parents and administrators themselves are a product of a system where they were never required to learn manners, so they never taught them to their own children.

LAUSD AND MILITANT IGNORANCE - HELL, IT'S NOT THEIR LIVES THEY RUIN (LAUSD y militante IGNORANCIA - INFIERNO, NO ES SU VIDA QUE RUINA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Blind adherence to stated school course objectives irrespective of the student's actual academic level will not provide students with effective instruction in content areas, because it presupposes an adequate reading ability, which is not always the case. Rather, what I suggest is a technique that is used effectively with mentally ill people - you allow them to regress to a level at which they can function comfortably and then start to bring them forward. The sooner this is done, the greater the likelihood that you can turn around the student, however, if students are allowed to get to the secondary level without addressing their deficits, it becomes more and more difficult - if not impossible - to turn around the damage caused by neglecting to timely educate a student. What we see a great deal of at LAUSD is permissive retardation by failure to teach appropriate academic and social skills in a timely manner. The Lau decision said that it was unconstitutional, not to mention irrational, to try and teach 1800 Chinese speaking students complex mathematics in English, when they could not understand the language. Why is it any less illegal to try and teach 11th grade history to my 2th grade reading level students? The text level is just as foreign to them as English texts in complex mathematics are to Chinese students. If anything, the culpability is greater because the Chinese students inability to learn is not due to the continued misfeasance of an educational system over a 12 year period, but rather due to the fact that they immigrated to a foreign country.
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02 2011

IF LAUSD ATTEMPTED TO EDUCATE, RATHER THAN ACCOMMODATE TO LOW FUNCTIONING, IT JUST MIGHT BE SUCCESSFUL(SI LAUSD INTENTO PARA EDUCAR EN LUGAR DE ADAPTARSE AL FUNCIONAMIENTO BAJA, sólo puede tener éxito)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog postIn my never ending) quest to make teaching better, let me end this post with one suggestion that could make things a whole lot better and really wouldn't cost very much. Every year teachers retire and take with them into oblivion all the lesson plans that they have used over their careers. While ever lesson plan we have done is not great, all of us have certain lesson that we have given that are truly excellent. What would it take to build a database of these lessons broken down by grade level and subject matter with all the other collateral material that we might have spent a great deal of time putting together. Wouldn't this be a great gift for a new teacher to give them a good point of departure in the daunting process of starting to teach?T Imagine being able to look a five or six lessons with a myriad of approaches and levels on any chapter in any subject. One of my mother-in-law's favorite expression is, "You can't straighten dogs legs." Does this apply to school districts as well?
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02 2011

LAUSD IS RIGHT, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A "TROUBLEMAKER" AKA EDUCATOR (LAUSD tiene razón, yo siempre he sido un "alborotador" AKA EDUCADOR)

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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 looking for a post for today, I started to browse through some of my old files and came across an assignment I did in 1997 when I was getting my teaching credential at California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA). As I read through it, I couldn't help but noticing that the same form over content, we're gonna do it the same way, even if it doesn't work, anti-intellectual attitude was as alive and present back then as it is today with no sign of abating. But since the majority of affluent people are out of this purposefully failed system and don't have the intelligence of seeing how it is going to impact their lives and the lives of their children, I guess we will all have to wait until the LAUSD and the Educrats bring this society down around all of our ears. EDSE 423 Leonard Isenberg Professor Osborn Learning Log #7 March 1, 1997 Taking this program seriously is making my life more and more complicated. Rather than float from class to class in mindless performance of the varied tasks that I am supposed to unquestioningly accomplish, I am cursed with what Guilford so aptly describes a divergent thinking mentality that "produces multiple responses or solutions" that are drawn from synthesizing that which all my professors are putting out there. In so doing, I am confronted with an irrational approach to education that can only advise me to shut up and do as I am told. I keep telling myself that I must look at the bright side- as I approach 50 and am in the midst of dealing with my mid-life crisis, I can still regain my youth by the déjà vu experience being forced back into looking at reality the way I did when I was in junior high school. And if I question the irrationality around me, I get chastized like I used to when I was 14 by people who still think that because is an answer instead of a conjunction.

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02 2011

NYC Public School Chancellor Joel Klein Doing His Imitation of LAUSD's Superintendent Ramon Cortines by Polo Colon

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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 LA Friends and Colleagues, A few short years ago, you all avoided going through a calamity that was about to befall you that would have had huge ramifications for all education systems throughout the United States and the rest of the world. But thank God, you were able to at least temporarily avert the travesty at that time by your staunch and steadfast resistance. At that point, you became heroes of education, but maybe didn't realize it. Our Mayor Bloomberg tried to export to you, via your sycophantic Mayor Villaraigosa, the establishment of mayoral control of your public schools. The Supreme Court twice upheld your right to be free from such tyranny, but it was not without your courageous fight against mayoral control that the court took note as well as action. The decision was conclusive and decisive in your favor. It put a halt to Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to storm the country with his privatization of public education and plans to get his for-profit institutions on the fast track to domination. Again, kudos and thanks for making sure that it did not happen. Here, in New York, chaos now reigns supreme as this megalomaniacal master of mediocrity, misinformation and manipulation, the "education mayor" has been nothing short of disastrous in his administration and has unleashed his AGWs (administrators-gone-wild) to perpetrate ever-renewed waves of administrative terrorism to subvert the concept of public education, remove the control almost entirely from the people and liquidate whatever vestiges of union strength had been left from his constant barrage of demolition. And now he's promoting his efforts to end seniority rights and tenure in a national movement to vilify teachers for wanting any sort of job protection from unscrupulous demagogues like himself and his incompetent chancellors. Here, you must resist again, for it is surely going to revisit your area, with the possibility that Arne Duncan and Obama and/or Bill Gates, George Soros or the likes of Michelle Rhee joining in the frontal assault. Best wishes for your and our unity to defeat the neo-lberals agenda for the end of teaching as a profession and the privatization of public education..

UTLA Election Fraud?- You Can't Have A Corrupt LAUSD Without A Little Help From UTLA(No se puede tener un LAUSD corruptos, sin un poco de ayuda de UTLA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As of this writing, I have received no ballot and was wondering how many of you are in the same situation, which seems designed to maintain the same cabal of Duffyesque control at UTLA in the person of Julie Washington et al, who Duffy has taken every opportunity to push to the rank and file, while denying other candidates and slates equal access. Today at perdaily, we received allegations that there was "beginning to emerge election mail tampering, possible fraud with packets of opposition candidate flyers, supposedly mailed out, by firm hired by UTLA." In addition, we receive other claims that "many dues payers received packets of candidate flyers only AFTER they voted!" What further added to what is more and more seeming like a concerted effort to thwart Opposition candidates and an honest election is that the, "Flyers were also either double stuffed or sent on duplicate packets so even more dues payers got NO flyers of some opposition candidates at all with their packets."

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02 2011

So You Thought This Nonsense Only Went On at LAUSD or NYC Public Schools?(Así que tú que pensabas que este disparate sólo pasaba en las Escuelas Públicas del LAUSD o Nueva York?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) While the rational mind tells you that the harassment, intimidation, and bullying you see at LAUSD are not just happening to you and 200 teachers deposited in rubber rooms around the District, there is something very empowering about realizing that there is nothing personal about these despicable acts that are practiced around this country to silence the majority of excellent teachers who dare to stand up for what they know to be right. It is rather sad that our unions seem equally tainted by the same corruption that exists in these purposefully failed school districts, where money and power have long ago supplanted the desire to give all students the public education they are entitled to. What follows is Lorna Stremcha's story in her own words. See how much of her Montana reality is exactly the same as what you or one of your colleagues has experience in Los Angeles Unified, NYC Public Schools, or the vast majority of purposefully corrupted school districts in between that continue to maintain power at any cost by savaging teachers and ignoring the needs of students.

In Order to Form a More Perfect Public Education- 6 Articles by Anthony Cody (Para formar una más perfecta de Educación Pública- 6 artículos de Anthony Cody)

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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 danger with writing a site like perdaily five days a week is that you spend far too much time confronting the dark corrupt world of public education as seen through the unimaginative eyes of those running it. To counter this occupational hazard, I had the pleasure today talking with Anthony Cody, an educator from Oakland California. Rather than spend our time talking about what is wrong in public education, which we all know so well that it is creating an attitude of futility and apathy among us that is the antithesis of why good teachers got into teaching in the first place. While neither one of us wants to ignore what is wrong, we both thought that a better way of addressing it might be to posit what teachers would do to reform public education, if we were given the support to implement our clear vision inspired by years of experience as professional teachers. In furtherance of our conversation, Anthony sent me the following 6 links to articles that he has written and projects he has been involved in that specifically address problems we are all facing.

NYC Public Schools- Parents and Students Protest New Chancellor Cathie Black - Let Them Eat Cake(Las Escuelas Públicas de Nueva York-Los padres y estudiantes protestan Nueva Canciler Cathie Black - Let Them Eat Cake)

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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 distance between the issues of LAUSD teachers, parents, and students and those of NYC Public Schools. If you agree, go to http://www.nycteachers.com and register to create a national forum where we can finally be heard. When you introduce presently isolated people in NYC fighting for better public education or when you meet somebody in L.A. who shares your goals and concerns by the connect you have made at http://www.nycteachers.com/ than you will know that you have taken the first definitive step to ending corruption and premeditated incompetence in public education. What do you have to lose except your present apathy, which is no condition for a teacher to suffer from, unless you want to infect your students with it.

Teachers: You Will Never Change LAUSD Until You Change UTLA - Voter Guide

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(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) The following candidates are not together on a slate, but represent the best voices in UTLA to bring much needed change to our union. Only 20% of all members vote. So even if you do not vote for any of these candidates, please vote! Part of the reason we get kicked around so much by the school district is because we are not actively involved, and we do not make our voices heard in elections. Officers: President: Warren Fletcher NEA Vice President: M.J. Roberts AFT Vice President: John Cromshow Elementary Vice President Juan Ramirez Secondary Vice President: Frances M. Copeland Treasurer: Scott Johnson Secretary: David Lyell Board of Directors: NEA Central Area: Catherine R. Proctor NEA Valley East Area: Erika Jones AFT Valley East Area: Lisa Karahalios NEA Valley West: Colleen Schwab NEA Harbor Area: Haidee Fierrro, Elgin Scott, Aaron Bruhnke, Candidate for Special Education: Tim Delia Candidate for Substitutes: Dave Peters If you do not receive a ballot in the next few days, please call and/or email Tara Thomas at UTLA to request a ballot. You can reach Tara at: 213.637.5165

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02 2011

The National Association to Prevent Teacher Abuse (NAPTA) by Karen Horwitz (La Asociación Nacional para la Prevención del Abuso de Maestros (NAPTA) por Karen Horwitz)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As we have said many times over during the last year on this site, the unquestioned fallacy that remains the exclusive mantra of mainstream media is that the longstanding failure of public education is the responsibility of teachers, when nothing could be further from the truth. In the following comment, meant to address this purposeful distortion of who is really responsible for failed public education, Karen Horwitz, the founder of NAPTA, talks about who should really be held responsible for the ongoing and premeditated failure of public education in this country. My voice, the voice of Karen Horwitz, and those of the silenced majority - which is never given space in mainstream media - is really the dominant narrative that must be heard, if we ever expect to reconstitute an uncorrupted public education system as the sine qua non of this country's continuation as a philosophically and economically vital democracy, where the interest of the majority take precedence over those who continue to pervert the system for their own self-interest:

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02 2011

Public School Reform: A Crusade against Evil? by Rene Diedrich (Escuelas Públicas de la Reforma: Una cruzada contra el mal? por Rene Diedrich)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) "We all know that the destructive individuals of the world have a way of finding each other, organizing, and building a forceful assembly that at times has had the power to destroy us all." Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, Evil is the antithesis of good--especially what linguist Noam Chomsky declares is the Greater Good. Evil behavior "deprives innocent people of their humanity, from small scale assaults on a person's dignity to out-right murder." Evil is arguably inherent with the efforts being made to assure failurein public education, by districts like LAUSD, whose notoriously adversarial relationship with teachers denotes the downfall of quality in our community's schools, most of them serving students who are among the working poor majority or already deeply entrenched in the city of lost angels' skid row poverty as it stretches from blocks into miles of dissident souls betrayed by the American Dream. The wanton attack on educators and certain schools, along with the escalation of "business" paradigms counterintuitive to the mission of public education are alarming trends, as teachers passionately note here on Perdaily.com and in pro-pedagogy blogs across the nation as well as in Great Britain, Canada and Australia.

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02 2011

No Accountablity for LAUSD Or Denver Public Schools When L.A. Times Carries On It's Long History of Union Bashing (No Accountablity de Escuelas Públicas de Denver O LAUSD Cuando Los Angeles Times continúa Es larga historia de la Unión 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) Let me take this opportunity to welcome Nicholas Riccardi to the L.A. Times Staff. His article in Saturday, January 29th's Los Angeles Times entitled A school's triumphant rise continues that most hallowed of Los Angeles Times traditions of irrationally attacking labor - in this instance teachers - while giving LAUSD and Denver public school administrators a pass for corrupt and failed public education systems that they are the architects of. If administrators of Denver's Bruce Randolph School are the admitted architects of failed public education as Superintendent Ray Cortines and his predecessors are the architects of failed LAUSD schools, then why would destroying a unionized professional teachers corp in any way address the structural failures in design that teachers had no say in implementing in the first place? Ironically, the only teachers it will get rid of are those who refuse to complement the emperor on his new clothes.

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02 2011

OPINION: The School Board Election: What LAUSD doesn't want you to know (OPINIÓN: La Escuela de Junta Electoral: ¿Qué LAUSD no quiere que usted sepa)

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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 they don't want you to know is that charters started as a way to explore innovative teaching practices, that fewer than one in seven charters produce better results, and while they should be explored, charters should not be promoted as the "be all end all" to the problems facing our schools that the politicians - school board members and the Superintendent - have refused to address for years. What they also don't want you to know is that there's an incestuous relationship between current and former board members, district employees, and many in the charter school industry. We need to follow the money trail. Our incoming superintendent, John Deasy, negotiated an $80,000 salary bump despite recent layoffs, pay cuts, and firings - all done because the district supposedly doesn't have enough cash. The board didn't even bother to consider any other candidates. Deasy has worked for the Gates Foundation, embracing their push for value-added assessments, despite that, at best, value-added has a margin of error of plus or minus 45 points, and even worse, the foundation has been withholding data from researchers.

KPFK's Shows the National Scope of LAUSD White Chalk Crime (KPFK muestra el alcance nacional del Delito del LAUSD tiza blanca)

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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 January 18th, 19th, and 20th, Sonali Kolhatkar dedicated three segments of her daily morning show Uprising on KPFK - 90.7FM at 8a.m. - to the endemic corruption that continues to be allowed in the running of public education at LAUSD and elsewhere throughout the United States. She focused on the systematic harassment of any teacher that stands against this corruption in defense of honest and rigorous public education for all in a country that is now more segregated than it was pre-Brown vs Board of Education.

Whistleblower Teacher at LAUSD Board of Education Meeting

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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 was a teacher for LAUSD for 32 years with good evaluations until I and 2 other colleagues (P.E. Teachers) reported a female Asst. Principal entered the boys' locker room when the football team was changing for a game. As "mandatory reporters, we reported the incident and the administration as a whole started various kinds of harassment and retaliation as a result of that reporting. It got to the point where it became unbearable to continue working for LAUSD, which forced me to retire 2.5 years earlier that I had intended. I filed a lawsuit against the LAUSD and the individuals involved and am currently in the Appeals process. During the trial 5 employees and administrators perjured themselves while giving false testimony even thought there was direct evidence from the LAUSD itself that there were boys dressing in the locker room when the AP went into it. The LAUSD has used every trick in the book to try to get this case dismissed and was unable to do so. We are moving forward with the hope that a positive result for us in this case may open up Pandora's box against the LAUSD and many more teachers may come forward with similar lawsuits. Call me, if you like. I am in Rio de Janeiro 1.954.671.0279

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01 2011

Forget Seniority: LAUSD Teachers No Longer Safe From L.A. Times Distortion of Reality (Olvídese de antigüedad: Los maestros del LAUSD que ya no están a salvo de Los Angeles Times, Distorsión de la Realidad)

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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 Jason Felch and Jason Song's latest piece of yellow journalism for the L.A. Times entitled "Teachers no longer safe in seniority," one cannot help being astounded at the ability of these two journalistic aparatchiks to say so much while consciously leaving out critical information that might allow their readers to come up with exactly the opposite conclusion The Two Jasons want them to. What makes this all the more reprehensible is that anybody with the access to LAUSD of The Two Jasons and their other job threatened colleagues at the Times undoubtedly know that what they "report" are scripted talking points of a neo-liberal agenda to destroy the remnants of real public education and the knowledge and empowerment our Founding Fathers counted on public education for to give the citizens of this country as the repository of power under the constitution- no education, no democracy.

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01 2011

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