SO YOU THINK YOU'RE REGISTERED TO VOTE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In hopefully learning from the suspicious disqualification of approximately 125,000 voters in Bernie Sanders home town of Brooklyn during the New York primary on April 19th of this year, I would suggest that Californians who want to be absolutely sure they can vote and be counted in California's primary on June 7th take the preemptive precaution of avoiding any potential unpleasant surprises on election day by now checking their own voter registration status well before the May 23rd voter registration deadline.

RACIST PUBLIC EDUCATION STILL ALIVE AND WELL AT LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Predominantly students of color continue to exclusively be subjected to a non-education system of rote regurgitation of multiple choice answers with little or no writing or analysis. Their lessons consist of fragments of texts comprised of words and concepts they have never been taught. What most educational reformers ignore, who either have never been in an innercity classroom or do not care about dealing with the subjective reality they would find there, is that both teachers and students in these schools have an acquired aversion to the Socratic method of dialogue between teacher and student and the critical thinking it is designed to stimulate in both the student and the teacher.

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04 2016

LAUSD's MILITANTLY IGNORANT COMMITMENT TO A FAILED MODEL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION...AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Whether it's Donald Trump or those misguided souls continuing to set the course for public education "reform" at places like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), what they have in common is the complete inability to deal with objective and quantifiable reality in explaining how they intend to achieve their goals or whether these should be their goals in the first place. My favorite unchallenged feel good lie with literally no basis in fact that remains a clearly unattainable goal at LAUSD is that, "All students will be going to college." This flies in the face of the reality that the total capacity of all colleges and universites in the United States is 30% of high school graduates. So college and universities literally could not accommodate LAUSD's goal, even if the students were coming out of high school with mastery of all K-12 prior grade level standards, which they are not.

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04 2016

INTEGRATING L.A.'s MIRACLE MILE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When I was a twelve-year-old kid in Northridge, some neighbors came by all agitated to talk to my folks about "the negros that wanted to move into the neighborhood." They wanted all the lily-white and predominantly gentile neighbors to get together and buy the house to get it off the market...and stop the negroes from moving into the neighborhood. My father, who was from Chicago- and had suffered from antisemitism in his youth- wanted no part of this. He could have gained the illusion of assimilated acceptance for our family in the neighborhood by going along with this and forgeting his own recent past of social ostracism as other Jewish, Irish, and Catholic neighbors seemed willing to do- but he was not. I was never more proud of my father than at that moment.

(PHONE)BANKING FOR BERNIE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) I found myself doing something today that I have never done before. I went on line to: (www.berniesanders.com/phonebank) to call voters in the State of New York and elsewhere to try and encourage them to vote for Bernie Sanders in the April 19th primary. Despite having been told incessantly by the mainstream media from the beginning of the primary season that, "Bernie Sanders is not a serious candidate and he doesn't have a chance of winning," I nonetheless tried to point out to the people I talked with today how it is that somehow Bernie continues to keep racking up victory after victory with his latest on April 9th in Wyoming. My goal was to do my own small part to conquer the public's artificial media nurtured apathy that has attempted to marginalize Sanders from the beginning of the primary season. I found myself pointing out to the folks I talked with that the millions of dollars the Sanders campaign has raised with an average donation of $37 per person continues to give Hillary Clinton a run for her- seemingly endless supply of corporate- money. Money derived from endless $350,000 speaking engagements and dinners with bankers, Wall Street, and other corporate interests sanctioned by Citizens United in their continuing coup over the reminents of America democracy. Was it really part of our Founding Fathers original intent to include corporations in "We the people"?

ANYBODY LEFT IN MEDIA WITH THE MORAL COURAGE TO RISK BEING DONAHUED?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) While I'm sure there are many potential candidates for people who were targeted and labeled toxic for having reported something that even remotely approximated truth, I find the summary public career execution of television personality Phil Donahue to be a compelling first contender for this dubious distinction.

UTLA: A "UNION" THAT AMBIGUOUSLY FUNCTIONS AS AN EXTENSION OF LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Every week for the last 5 years I have been contacted by what seems to be a neverending parade of targeted senior teachers at the top of the salary scale that make up 93% of teachers being charged and subsequently removed from their careers at LAUSD. They all tell the same story: They are being hit with fabricated morals charges or inflammatory allegations of being racist for doing something as mundane as teaching about race in the context of the civil rights movement in a Social Studies class.

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03 2016

PERB SAYS BLATANTLY ILLEGAL? LAUSD AND UTLA SAY, "WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT THAT WAY"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In the recent 2/29/16 decision of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in favor of substitute teachers rights (UTLA loss in side letter case.pdf) United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has finally been held accountable...

AMERICAN POLITICS HAS BECOME A HOUSE OF CARDS

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When a sense of powerlessness has become endemic to the majority of Americans is there any wonder that a glitzy superficial appeal completely devoid of rational thought has succeeded in making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States? But while the prurient interest in Trump's hand size continues to capture the majority of "news" coverage in presidential debates, the opportunistic candidacy of a Hillary Clinton, who pledges allegiance to any idea that she thinks will get her voter support, is not far behind when all one really has to do for a reality check is look at the big money interests that continue to fund her ersatz populace campaign.

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03 2016

LAUSD "TEACHER SHORTAGE"...CREATED BY LAUSD'S ATTACK ON EXPENSIVE SENIOR TEACHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Someone once gave me an explanation of the Yiddish word chutzpah by saying, "It's like killing your mother and father and then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that you're an orphan." For another good example of chutzpah, one only need look at the present teacher shortage that in fact is only the logical result of a well organized and concerted attack on senior top-of-the-salary scale teachers who coincidentially??? make up 93% of teachers LAUSD continues to target with false morals charges under Education Code Section 44939- the assertion of which deprives them of grievance and arbitration through their union, before they are sent packing in a purposefully protracted process designed to financially and emotionally grind them down. But this war on senior teachers could never have been "successful" enough to create a teacher shortage without the tacit collusion and outright support of a teachers' union UTLA that now has the chutzpah to ask for and receive a 30% dues rise, because it allowed thousands of senior teachers- and their dues- to be removed without lifting a finger to come to their aid as one would think is the union's obligation under Article V, section 1 et seq of the present LAUSD-UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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03 2016

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