Archive for the ‘Waste’Category


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Facing a $468 million bugetary shortfall by 2021-22, LAUSD officials are now seeking a $610 property parcel tax to raise approximately $500 million annually. But given the two-thirds majority vote that would be required in November voting this year or in November 2020 to pass such a parcel tax, it is doubtful whether such a parcel tax would pass voter muster. Having once been a history teacher for LAUSD, before they fired me for being a whistle blower who reported they were fixing grades and attendance, let me see if I can give you a little short LAUSD history lesson about how LAUSD's endemic financial corruption should hopefully motivate you to get out to the polls and vote AGAINST any such parcel tax, because of LAUSD's clear record showing this endemically corrupt entity more concerned with the well being of its vendors and entrenched overpaid bureaucracy than it is with the education of the predominantly minority students that have the misfortune of being continually socially promoted through LAUSD's longstanding corruption without receiving even basic academic skills in this yet segregated public school system that literally makes no attempt to educate them.


07 2018


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(Mensaje se repite en Español) What kind of a credible and independent audit of the costs related to LAUSD's removal of allegedly bad teachers can the State of California Auditor objectively perform, when it goes into the audit without questioning anything LAUSD tells them?


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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.


10 2014

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.

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)

(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: 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.


05 2011

Kelley Williams-Bolar "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me." (Matthew 25:40) (Kelly Williams-Bolar "Cualquier cosa que hagas al más pequeño de mi pueblo, que lo haga a mí." (Mateo 25:40))

(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Kelley Williams-Bolar was recently charged and convicted of a felony for using the address of her father, instead of her own, to allow her children to go to a better school than the one they would have had to go to near the projects in Akron, Ohio where she and the children had the misfortune of living. Richard Pryor once said, "In America, all Black people want is justice...and when you go to court, that's all you see, just us," which brings up the question of whether a White person would ever have been charged with such a "crime" or would ever have been faced with the dilemma that Ms. Williams-Bolar faced, where her only culpable act was in trying to be a good mother with no option under law that allowed her to do this.


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)

(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.

Meet Professor Joel Shatzky from Brooklyn, New York , who could just as easily be describing LAUSD or any of the other purposefully failed public school districts in between (Conocer el Profesor Joel Shatzky de Brooklyn, Nueva York, que podría fácilment

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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 Professor Joel Shatzky's writing and videos are about New York City public schools, can you see your own purposefully failed public school in the following three videos he has written or in the many articles and Huffington Post blogs he has written? Joel Shatzky:Brooklyn, New York Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005) Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006-- ) Regular contributor to the Huffington Post: Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001) Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents. Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."

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)

(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.


01 2011

Teacher 'Coaches' Get Paid To Do Nails, Talk On Phone Or Just Disappear

Does anyone have a good coaching story? Reader 'Resident of the Land of Babble' describes just how elusive -- and unnecessary -- coaches seem to be. As a matter of fact, the coaching program would be the first item they would scrap from the LAUSD budget, and it's hard to argue otherwise when most of the scenes our reader describes sound like an episode of The Office. Read the email and you'll easily understand why...


05 2010


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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.

Nobody Minding The Store At LAUSD

I was initially heartened by the indictment of an LAUSD construction supervisor who was not only making over a quarter of a million dollars a year by working for the District, but was also making a similar amount through his privately owned company that he is alleged to have funnel business to by ensuring that LAUSD hired his company's employees as consultants. However, on looking into this matter more thoroughly, it became clear that this prosecution posed more questions than it sought to address...

A Parcel Tax Is The Best You Could Come Up With? Seriously?

In a school district with a poverty rate of 80%, during a time of economic downturn, where 91% of the 30% Whites that remain within LAUSD's boundaries have chosen to go to private or parochial school, why would you think a two-thirds majority of taxpayers would support a $100 a year property tax for 4 years to sponsor a failed school system that many don't use and more wish they could escape from -- if they weren't so poor?

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

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...


02 2010

Reporting Live From The 'Rubber Room'

In the spirit of the Academy Awards, I would like to thank my Principal Janet Seary, her boss Janice Davis, Superintendent Ramon Cortines and his chief of staff Jim Morris for becoming unofficial patrons of, and our campaign to propose and institute real change and consequences for all those that continue to undermine LAUSD for their own personal gain. Being able to sit for 6 ½ hours a day and write about what's wrong with LAUSD is, to quote Hamlet, "a consummation devoutly to be wish'd."


02 2010

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

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."


01 2010

Maybe LAUSD Has Money To Burn? Did You Ever Consider That?

We asked teachers to send us examples of what agitates them about LAUSD. My inbox exploded violently minutes later. It seems that with proposed layoffs, furlough days and cuts cuts cuts, what you guys hate seeing most is -- drum roll please --  money being wasted. So the real question is: Does LAUSD waste money or are teachers just cheap? Kidding. Read the emails.
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01 2010