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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.

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 800-769-4171 (domestic) 516-621-2195 (international)


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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.

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.


(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.

OPINION: Value-added assessments: has the data been cooked? by David Lyell (OPINIÓN: las evaluaciones de valor agregado: los datos ha sido cocinado? por Lyell David)

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By David Lyell (left), LAUSD teacher (Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) A report published this month by UC Berkeley economist Jesse Rothstein raises serious ethical questions about the objectivity of an analysis of "value-added" models by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his report, "Review of Learning About Teaching," Rothstein concludes that The Gates Foundation's "Measures of Effective Teaching" (MET) Project contains, "troubling indications that the Project's conclusions were predetermined." Rothstein asserts that "the Gates Foundation has widely circulated a stand-alone policy brief (with the same title as the research report) that omits the full analysis, so even careful readers will be unaware of the weak evidentiary basis for its conclusions."

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..

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 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 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.