Archive for the ‘Mail’Category

Online "Learning" Revisited

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Tip: "...The unaddressed lax security allows for students to cheat at any time. Some students have friends complete the assessment portion. Some students even have their parents complete that portion, several admit to it. Students with decent computer skills keep the lessons open and search for answers. While a majority of the students use trial and error, knowing that a majority of the questions will be repeated."
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06 2010

Adams VS. LAUSD Revisited...

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We recently received a comment regarding an earlier post on perdaily and my own rather continuing tenuous situation at LAUSD:

"Gloria Allread's firm took a hit in the Adams vs. LAUSD case where it went to trial, the jury came back unanimously in her favor, they polled the jury on each count, they were unanimous in her favor, and then the judge did non obstante verdicto- he vacated the jury verdict which forced the case up on appeal. By that time Allread's firm was out of it and had out of pocket losses on the case of $70,000." READ THE RESPONSE...
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05 2010

PALI Charter Parent Writes Us...(Read The Letter)

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As a parent whose children went and go to Palisades Charter High School, I have been trying to understand what caused the turmoil that the school has been going through during the last several months. I have visited almost all the board meetings since the beginning of the school year. Even though I do not belong in the loud group of parents who attend board meetings to show how bad their manners are, I sometimes have to control myself in order not to shout out: why you all can't see what is happening right in front of you?!

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04 2010

The Friday Mailbag

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Sorry for the delay. Email time!

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02 2010

What's In The Mailbag? Who Won Mail Of The Week?

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It's Friday! Let's save the song and dance and get straight to the mail -- but wait -- this ever-evolving segment now includes a Mail Of The Week feature. Who snagged the first ever MOTWA?

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02 2010

The Friday Mailbag: A Sampling Of This Week's Email

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Every Friday (starting now) I'll open the mailbag up and give readers the chance to have their thoughts, suggestions and/or well-written responses posted for all to debate. The emails we receive are posted almost word for word (minus most typos). Long story short, don't go blaming us if/when you angrily disagree. Read our mail...

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02 2010

My Principal Janet Seary: "This Is War...I Like War" (Read Our Emails)

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Via Lenny: About 2 years ago, I applied for an out-of-classroom position at Central High School, which required a cleared teaching credential and tenure with LAUSD. Nonetheless, my Principal Janet Seary gave this position to Nestor Albert Vargas, who at the time of his appointment had only an expired emergency credential, which only allowed him to work as a substitute. Because I didn't accept this unjust action in clear violation of the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement and subsequently filed a PERB action against my principal and LAUSD for allowing it to take place, all hell broke loose.

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02 2010

BREAKING: LAUSD Internal Memo 'Layoffs, Budget Cuts, Pay Reductions' For Classified Workers (View Memo)

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Is it possible for LAUSD to declare bankruptcy? It is hard to imagine that some Chapter 11 like reorganization of the District wouldn't be better than what presently exists and continues to cause loss to students, teachers, and now Central Office and Facilities staff who can expect a 20% personnel reduction and a 50% operational budget reduction. View the memos...

Classified Employee Tells Us: We Have It Rough Too

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By now most of you know about the email we got out to about 20,000 LAUSD employees. Well maybe it sounded a little too pro-teacher. There are tons of pitiful teachers out there. And the Union... let's not even go down that road (yet). But in the cosmic tug-o-war  between LAUSD and the Union, there's a whole constituency that goes ignored, everyone who isn't a teacher or administrator. What did I learn? The people at UTLA can be so petty.

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01 2010

A Primer For Teacher Whistleblowers

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As teachers are laid off, medical benefits diminished, and salaries unilaterally cut, do you still think that saying nothing about the fraud you see perpetrated by the LAUSD administration means you'll be left alone? Imagine what Superintendent Ray Cortines thought when he looked out of his window and saw only 300 of the 33,000 members of UTLA demonstrating. The only power you have to stop the further dismemberment of public education in LAUSD is to use what you know...
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Going Off The Deep End: PALI Pool Part 2 (With Response)

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Remember when we got that tip about the somewhat murky goings-on at Pali Charter? Well someone named "Amy" responded. Hmm, for starters, "Amy's" comment was so robotic, so LAUSDesque, so non-sequitur and completely void of any substantive information that we almost have to entertain the idea that it really was none other than Amy Held, Executive Director of Pali Charter. And if it wasn't her? Let's just pretend anyway....

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01 2010

MAIL: A current LAUSD teacher writes to us....

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A lot of teachers want to provide insight to the not so current crisis in education. Here's what one teacher sent us. Want to share your thoughts, complaints or general experience within the school system? Write to us too! tips@perdaily.com (you can remain anonymous)
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12 2009