Archive for the ‘Tips’Category

WE PROVE IT: CENTRAL HIGH GRADUATING STUDENTS WITH 2ND GRADE READING LEVELS

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On June 19, 2009, Central High/Tri-C Continuation School in Los Angeles graduated and gave valid high school diplomas to students with reading abilities as low as 2nd grade, according to the students STAR Reading scores. All we have are the teachers, students and documents to prove it.

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11 2010

Pali Charter... The Rich Getting Richer

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Tipster: At the meeting of the Board of Directors of Palisades Charter High School on June 5, 2010, the outgoing Executive Director Ms. Dresser-Held presented a new salary schedule for school administrators. Now their salaries will grow by $ 5,000 each year plus the same annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) raise that the faculty might subsequently get. Thus, in five years, an administrative salary from the starting amount of $ 99,000 goes to an impressive 129,000, after which regular career increments and COLA will continue to apply. Isn't it a betrayal of the charter goals in the school that proclaimed that it would change the LAUSD paradigms, focus on the needs of classrooms and teachers, set new priorities, and do things differently?

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

Waste A Lot, Always Want More...

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Tipster :"... i thought you should know about the waste. i'm sure you've heard about the cameraman who takes pictures for the LAUSD webpage and how the job pays over $100k. For years now, lurking in the local district offices theres an admin with the same pay range who is referred to as the "data guy" that position is being extended as a coordinator position on campuses. case in point: at garfield high school there is a data guy, at the top of the pay scale, who is the coordinator in charge of "data." whatever the qualifications are, i'm going to assume the individual should be skilled with math, statistics, and the Student Information System. the guy sits in his cave, with a B.A. in geology, and makes about 150k with all the overtime he is alloted..." READ THE REST
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05 2010

There's Gold In Them Charters!

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VIA Democracynow: "Wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits by using a little-known federal tax break to finance new charter-school construction," Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez write in the New York Daily News. "The program, the New Markets Tax Credit, is so lucrative that a lender who uses it can almost double his money in seven years."

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05 2010

THIS BATHROOM HANDRAIL COST LAUSD $2,785!!

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A tip we received from an LAUSD insider accompanied with project cost files once again demonstrates that these people should be prosecuted for the magnitude of their corruption... or incompetence. The source of our tip uses just two seemingly small projects -- shade canopies ($218,000) and bathroom handles ($2,785) -- to prove a point.

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

LAUSD: Fixing Public Education One Door At A Time

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Frequent contributor Rez of Babble submits another tale of life in the top-down world of LAUSD, where no good act goes unpunished. It seems rather bizarre that not only is the intellectual competence of teachers likely to get an administrator(s) on your case, but highly competent craftspeople fear punishment, if they dare to do their work with the creativity and skill that years of experience has given them. This is why it took six crews, seven visits and almost two weeks to fix a door. Workers who wish to expedite the process without infuriating the District are known to whisper "We'll fix it, but you can't let anybody know that I did". One wonders how long it would have taken if the door did not belong to an administrator? READ THE EMAIL...

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02 2010

The Friday Mailbag

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Sorry for the delay. Email time!

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02 2010

You Should Help Us... Help You (Which Helps Us)

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Let me brag for a second... it was a little over three months ago that Lenny and I launched perdaily. Did I mention we have had no idea what we were doing? Fast-forward from December to now and it's incredible to think we started out with just three or four visitors -- mostly sympathetic family and friends -- and now we're averaging anywhere from 200-400 people a day. We could do even better though, we just need YOU to tell us how!

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02 2010

Teacher: I've Been Waiting For Classroom Repairs... For FIVE Years

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How would you like to teach in a class with broken baseboards and ceiling tiles, graffiti and rats? Not only is the room dilapidated, but it's been burglarized one...two...three...FOUR times. Don't worry though, our teacher says repairmen have been to the class on a few occasions over the last half-decade -- they just aren't allowed to fix anything. Sorry, district rules! READ THE EMAIL...

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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...

The Definitive Guide To Everything Perdaily: Including How To Use This Site (And Remain Anonymous).

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Recently we've gotten a ton of email from readers (which is good), but a fair amount of the questions revolve around "Can I remain anonymous?" and "How can I remain anonymous?" or "What is safe to submit?". Earlier we urged those in the education field to come forward, and while we told you why, we didn't do a good job of explaining how. Consider this the long overdue FAQ/tutorial for the site.

We've Been Busy + LAUSD Says We Hurt Their Feelings (Update Soon)

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We've been very busy with LAUSD nonsense in the last week....they're apparently angry because we won't stop picking on them (we have no idea what they mean) -- but don't worry -- we'll have more stories for you guys in the upcoming days.... KEEP THE TIPS UP! We aren't going ANYWHERE. tips@perdaily.com
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01 2010

When Disciplining Students Is NOT Allowed

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It's like Deja Vu when I read the description of the intolerable situation our reader is being subjected to on a daily basis. I harken back to my own experience 4 years ago at Mark Twain Middle School, where Principal Lessie Caballero refused to discipline clearly disruptive and abusive students who were tacitly allowed to stop education from taking place. Down to the state "red team" audit, which found no discipline plan in place, our situations are exactly the same. And sadly, Principal Caballero -- in recognition of her excellent work -- has been promoted...away from students and teachers. Read the email...

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01 2010

Oh The Irony. Teachers Forced To Take Boring, Useless Classes Too.

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When your in a credentialing program called "Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment", at some point you might expect, well, teacher support and assessment. This isn't the case, says reader Anonymous Valley East (A.V.E.). The sessions -- besides being redundant -- taught A.V.E. how to "...keep my head low... and blend in with the culture around me."

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01 2010

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