AT LAUSD THE PROBLEM IS NOT JUST CLASS SIZE

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While class sizes are too large at LAUSD, which is problematic to say the least, this is not what makes it impossible for teachers to be effective. Rather it is the fact that the vast majority of these students have been passed through their prior grade-levels- social promotion- without ever mastering the prior grade-level standards that would have allowed them to be effectively engaged by their teachers in subsequent grade-levels.

UTLA'S STRIKE WILL PRIVATIZE EDUCATION AT LAUSD

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I can't think of a better way of accelerating the corporate takeover and privatization of public education with corporate run charter schools than UTLA going on strike at this time. This is not to say that the issues UTLA has raised leading up to the strike are not valid, but going on strike at this ttime without a clear and mandatory prerequisite of organizing LAUSD parents to support the strike by keeping their children out of LAUSD schools has not been put in place.

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01 2019

UTLA STRIKING LAUSD INTO BANKRUPTCY- AND FUNDAMENTAL POSITIVE CHANGE?

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Our longstanding failed model of yet segregated non-education at LAUSD needs to come to an end and the looming strike by UTLA teachers might just be the best and most efficient way to accomplish this.

HOW UTLA CAN WIN AGAINST LAUSD WITHOUT A STRIKE?

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If United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo Pearl and the other leaders of the union really want to achieve their demands for a school work place environment with reasonable class size, administrative support for discipline, fair compensation for teachers, and an end to targeting teachers for removal who seek these and other excellent education goals, they need the support of their students' parents to join them in striking/boycotting LAUSD schools, which will cut off the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding from the State of California, based on in-seat student attendance, which regrettably is the only thing that those running LAUSD actually care about.

MAKING GLOBAL WARMING REAL ENOUGH TO STOP IT

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Clearly the biggest problem in getting humans to deal with global warming in a timely manner is in making it real enough now for those with enough power and informed vision to change its dismal and unequivocal dark vision of our future, while there is still time to change things for the better.

WHAT MAKES A VITAL SENIOR CITIZEN

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Recent medical studies have shown that "Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger" than one would have anticipated finding in 70 year old senior citizens. According to the study, these unexpectedly youthful seniors owe their common vitality factor to a shared lifelong engagement with sustained vigorous exercise.

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12 2018

LAUSD- STILL CRAZY [SEGREGATED] AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

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At the beginning of the week I went to UCLA to hear African American attorney Michaela N.Turnage Young, senior counsel for the NAACP Defense and Education Fund and lead attorney in the diversity admissions case against Harvard. When I asked her why the NAACP Defense and Education Fund choose to pursue Harvard as opposed to going after the yet blatant segregation in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and other inner city public school systems, I got silence from Attorney Turnage Young. Could it be that they didn't want to offend their corporate foundation donors by going after LAUSD et al? Or might it have actually been the greatest repudiation of racist sterotypes by showing that when push comes to shove, when anybody of whatever ethnicity gets a six-figure salary, they turn momma's picture to the wall?

EMERGENCY MEMO TO TARGETED TEACHERS

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Greetings Certificated Teachers, When you find yourself attacked by administrators in your school district, we recommend that you take immediate legal action against your employer. From the data we have collected,, (consisting of thousands of teachers, who have been unjustly targeted) we see a massive pattern and practice of age, race and gender discrimination against these thousands of teachers in the state of California and around the country. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you exercise your rights under workers compensation laws, if your physical and/or emotional state has affected your ability to teach. We also recommend that under no circumstances do you submit to the jurisdiction of the Commission on Professional Competence/Office of Administrative Hearings.

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11 2018

AN OPEN LETTER TO LAUSD'S SUPERINTENDENT BEUTNER

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When you were hired as superintendent, the fact that you didn't have an education background was deemed a deficit, but I think nothing could be further than the truth. What has been a major deficit in the past for all your predecessors has been their complete and utter lack of business and legal experience in running an LAUSD, which is in reality one of the biggest businesses in the state. All your predecessors at LAUSD only moved up from teaching into various higher and higher echelons of LAUSD administration only if they always did exactly what they were asked to do by their superiors without questioning it- whether it made any sense or not. So now what we are left with in LAUSD administration and what you have to deal with is an entrenched administrative bureaucracy, where nobody thinks and administrators and others just rubber stamp whatever they are asked by their superiors.

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11 2018

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS? WHY WAIT 8 YRS. TO LIFT MY CREDENTIAL?

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8 years after being summarily fired on completely fabricated charges by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- charges that really have more to do with how much money LAUSD continues to save by disproportionately targeting and removing more expensive high seniority teachers- the California Commission On Teacher Credentialing (CTC), after renewing my credential in 2012 and 2017 has finally gotten around to moving definitively to lift all my teaching credentials.

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