Sunday, December 30, 2012

There are lots of things in the world to be really concerned about… The fiscal cliff isn’t one of them.

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The title to this issue of 4LAKids  is not an original thought. I was multitasking the other day, the radio droning in the background while I was answering emails, talking on the phone, surfing the web, etc – saving the world with a keyboard and a mouse – when someone said it in the background. I wrote it down and then promptly forgot who it was or even what show it was. But truer words….

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED that twenty children and six teachers were gunned down at school. And that while Sandy Hook was an aberration – numbers of children dying by gunfire isn’t. See the article following: Young Children Are Often Victims Of Gunfire In US.

WE SHOULD BE WORRIED. As the article reports, children tend to be safer when they are in school (because schools are essentially gun-free) but the NRA would like to reverse that by arming principals, teachers and volunteers. (A LA Times Op-ed, dripping in sarcasm, suggests arming kids.) Never mind that the worst school killing in US history – at Bath Township Michigan in 1927, 38 elementary kid and 6 adults dead plus at least fifty wounded was perpetrated by a school board member …or that the South Pasadena Junior High School Principal shot his way through that district, shooting seven and killing five (all adults) in 1940

The NRA is the lobbying arm of the firearms industry. They wrap themselves in the flag and the second amendment and insist on the right to manufacture and sell “civilianized” military assault rifles with thirty-shot clips as sporting arms and home defense weapons. Because being able to kill a man 300 yards away is a home defense requirement.

Isn’t it interesting that the whack job who shot up the elementary school and the whack job who gunned down the volunteer firemen both favored the Bushmaster .223 AR-15? The Bushmaster is the favorite weapon of whack jobs everywhere – and is a killing machine every bit as effective as a Trident Submarine.

I can enumerate 29 people the Bushmaster has killed in the last two weeks.
Q: How many people have been killed by Trident missiles since the first sub was launched in 1981?
A: Zero.

Wanna be scared? Go here: It’s a how-to video to convert a Russian-made semiautomatic shotgun to a fully automatic AK 47 12 gauge with a twenty round drum magazine – essentially by modifying the stock so the recoil makes it continually fire when you hold the trigger down. It’s the perfect weapon if you’re ever attacked by a rabid Broad-Side-of-a-Barn. Or, as the video proposes: by zombie watermelons.

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED that teachers in Utah are arming themselves after school district sponsored gun-training Professional Development. Maybe the front desk clerk should have that fully auto AK-47 12 gauge?

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED about the situation in Syria. And North Korea. And Iran.

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED about the gang rape and murder of the medical student on a bus in India. India: Birthplace of Gandhi.

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED about the genocides and brutal wars in East Africa. And The Horn of Africa. That the Arab Spring becomes a winter of discontent.

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED about assassination attempts on fifteen-year-olds by Pakistani Taliban for advocating education of girls.

THE FISCAL CLIFF is a piece of Political Theater with a script written by Congress itself in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the same wonderful law that brought us The Super Committee!) The Sequester and Sovereign Debt (Ceiling) meets the Filibuster in the last gasp of the 112th Congress. Luckily, right out of Greek Drama (not to be confused with the Greek Drachma) the solution lies in a Deus ex Machina: With the tick of a clock and the dropping of a ball in Times Square at zero-dark-zero Tuesday morning the dreaded tax hike becomes a welcome tax cut. We can party like it’s 2013! The Republicans and Democrats in Congress are playing the parts they wrote themselves while pretending to understand the economics and imagining their understanding can be distilled into sound bites and name calling, And Grover Norquist can slink back to whence he hath emerged – all obeisance made.

Total compromise: No promises broken/no promises kept. Would you like some tea with that?

WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED that the attack on Adult Ed continues. LAUSD’s popular and successful Aircraft Mechanics Training Program is on the chopping block – much like the celebrated/successful nurse training program that was tossed under the bus in the previous regime. Read the story below: AIRCRAFT MECHANICS SCHOOL AT VAN NUYS AIRPORT THREATENED BY LAUSD BUDGET CUTS. Note how the school principal as been told that LAUSD is investigating a reduction in the lease rate …and how the L.A. Dept. of Airports is unaware of any such thing.

Thankfully mayoral candidate/city councilman/friend of adult ed Eric Garcetti is engaged. Note that Mayor Tony is not… he is busy breaking a city lease for workforce development programs made with the community college district at the Van de Kamps site in Glassell Park. []

The current leadership at LAUSD Beaudry is totally committed to K-12 as measured by standardized tests to the exclusion of everything else -- including adult ed, early childhood ed, school libraries, arts and music and after school programs. Tablets-and-laptop-computers-for-all – the test platforms for the new Common Core Standardized Tests – seem to be attractive shiny/sparkly things on the Toys R LAUSD wish list. Much like the fiscal cliff argument, restoring what was been cut …whether programs/jobs/days/hours (or gosh-forbid: Employee morale) is called “raising employees salaries” by the powers that (shouldn’t ought to) be.

THERE IS AN INTERESTING REVIEW of a biz book I intend to read in today’s L.A. Times (lifted from the Financial Times of London) called THE PIRATE ORGANIZATION: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism []

The book points out that we are in love with pirate culture. Pirate DJs in the fifties spread the gospel of Chuck and Elvis. (It’s no mistake that Keith Richard IS Captain Jack Sparrow’s father!) What goes around comes around/No good deed goes unpunished: Pirate music downloaders undid the music industry. Apple founders Jobs+Wozniak started by building+selling black boxes to pirate phone calls.

Current charter school operators are much the same as earlier century privateers – using their charters as letters of Marque to raid traditional public education. The difference being that these freebooters prey on the very governments that grant their charters.

The entire State of California seems a bit of a pirate, ignoring the Feds mandate to access teacher performance based on test scores … and then pretty much stating the obvious in pooh-poohing No Child Left Behind. CALIFORNIA OFFICIAL SAYS NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW 'NULL AND DEFUNCT'

CONCERNS FOR THE NEW YEAR: Keep kids safe and clean and healthy; make schools safer, cleaner and healthier. Identify, Retain and Maintain successful programs. Honor and Respect the folks who make it happen: Employees / Parents / The Community.

¡Onward/Adelante to 2013! - smf


by The Associated Press |

December 24, 2012 7:16 PM :: WASHINGTON (AP) — Before 20 first-graders were massacred at school by a gunman in Newtown, Conn., first-grader Luke Schuster, 6, was shot to death in New Town, N.D. Six-year-olds John Devine Jr. and Jayden Thompson were similarly killed in Kentucky and Texas.

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, died in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., while 6-year-old Kammia Perry was slain by her father outside her Cleveland home, according to an Associated Press review of 2012 media reports.

Yet there was no gunman on the loose when Julio Segura-McIntosh died in Tacoma, Wash. The 3-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with a gun he found inside a car.

As he mourned with the families of Newtown, President Barack Obama said the nation cannot accept such violent deaths of children as routine. But hundreds of young child deaths by gunfire — whether intentional or accidental — suggest it might already have.

Between 2006 and 2010, 561 children age 12 and under were killed by firearms, according to the FBI's most recent Uniform Crime Reports. The numbers each year are consistent: 120 in 2006; 115 in 2007; 116 in 2008, 114 in 2009 and 96 in 2010. The FBI's count does not include gun-related child deaths that authorities have ruled accidental.

"This happens on way too regular a basis and it affects families and communities — not at once, so we don't see it and we don't understand it as part of our national experience," said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

The true number of small children who died by gunfire in 2012 won't be known for a couple of years, when official reports are collected and dumped into a database and analyzed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to release its 2011 count in the spring.

In response to what happened in Newtown, the National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun lobby, suggested shielding children from gun violence by putting an armed police officer in every school by the time classes resume in January.

"Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones ... They post signs advertising them and in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk," said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre.

Webster said children are more likely to die by gunfire at home or in the street. They tend to be safer when they are in school, he said.

None of the 61 deaths reviewed by The Associated Press happened at school.

Children die by many other methods as well: violent stabbings or throat slashings, drowning, beating and strangulation. But the gruesome recounts of gun deaths, sometimes just a few paragraphs in a newspaper or on a website, a few minutes on television or radio, bear witness that firearms too, are cutting short many youngsters' lives.

One week before the Newtown slayings, Alyssa Celaya, 8, bled to death after being shot by her father with a .38-caliber gun at the Tule River Indian Reservation in California. Her grandmother and two brothers also were killed, a younger sister and brother were shot and wounded. The father shot and killed himself amid a hail of gunfire from officers.

Delric Miller's life ended at 9 months and Angel Mauro Cortez Nava's at 14 months.

Delric was in the living room of a home on Detroit's west side Feb. 20 when someone sprayed it with gunfire from an AK-47. Other children in the home at the time were not injured.

Angel was cradled in his father's arms on a sidewalk near their home in Los Angeles when a bicyclist rode by on June 4 and opened fire, killing the infant.

Most media reports don't include information on the type of gun used, sometimes because police withhold it for investigation purposes.

Gun violence and the toll it is taking on children has been an issue raised for years in minority communities.

The NAACP failed in its attempt to hold gun makers accountable through a lawsuit filed in 1999. Some in the community raised the issue during the campaign and asked Obama after he was re-elected to make reducing gun violence, particularly as a cause of death for young children, part of his second-term agenda.

"Now that it's clear that no community in this country is invulnerable from gun violence, from its children being stolen ... we can finally have the national conversation we all need to have," said Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP.

This year's gun deaths reviewed by the AP show the problem is not confined to the inner city or is simply the result of gang or drug violence, as often is the perception.

Faith Ehlen, 22 months, Autumn Cochran, 10, and Alyssa Cochran, 11, all died Sept. 6. Their mother killed them with the shotgun before turning it on herself. Police said she had written a goodbye email to her boyfriend before killing the children in DeSoto, Mo., a community of about 6,300.

In Dundee, Ore., Randall Engels used a gun to kill his estranged wife Amy Engels and son Jackson, 11, as they ate pizza on the Fourth of July. An older sibling of Jackson's also was killed. Engels then committed suicide. The town of more than 5,000 people boasts on its website that it is a semirural town with "the cultural panache of a big city."

Many of the children who died in 2012 were shot with guns that belonged to their parents, relatives or baby sitters, or were simply in the home. Webster said children's accidental deaths by guns have fallen since states passed laws requiring that guns be locked away from youths or have safeties to keep them from firing.

But even people trained in gun use slip up — and the mistakes are costly.

A Springville, Utah, police officer had a non-service gun in his home that officials said did not have external safeties. His 2-year-old son found the gun and shot himself on Sept. 11. The names of the father and son were not released at the time of the shooting.

Obama has tapped Vice President Joe Biden to shape the administration's response to the Newtown massacre. The administration will push to tighten gun laws, many that have faced resistance in Congress for years. The solutions may include reinstating a ban on assault-style rifles, closing gun buying background check loopholes and restricting high-capacity magazines.

Those may have limited effect for children like Amari Markel-Purrel Perkins, of Clinton, Md. He shot himself in the chest on April 9 with a gun that an adult had stashed inside a Spiderman backpack.

Like most of the child victims at Newtown, Amari was 6.


By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times |

December 27, 2012 :: A popular vocational center at Van Nuys Airport that has trained thousands of aviation mechanics during its 40-year history faces closure or relocation next year if the Los Angeles Unified School District can no longer afford to keep the facility open.

Educators, students, national organizations and business owners at the airport say the loss of the program would be a blow to those seeking technical careers in the aviation industry, which is already suffering a shortage of qualified entry-level mechanics.

"Many businesses hire our graduates, from small engine shops to major aerospace firms," said Michael Phillips, a senior instructor at the school. "It would be devastating to our program if we had to close or move."

The North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center is housed off Hayvenhurst Avenue in a hangar with adjoining workshops and classrooms. The facility is filled with more than a dozen aircraft, including helicopters and a U.S. Air Force T-33 jet trainer from the 1950s.

The setting is ideal. Van Nuys is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world and home to hundreds of aircraft. Scores of aviation businesses surround the runways. There are engine shops, airframe shops, flight schools and fixed-base operators that offer an array of services including charter aircraft.

"It's an inspiration," said Matthew Dods, a 24-year-old student from Thousand Oaks who left a retail job to pursue an aviation career. "Closing the school just doesn't make sense when so many people are looking to hire fresh air-frame and power plant mechanics."

The center, which opened in 1971, offers a two-year program that prepares students for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. About 100 students attend per semester and the total cost of tuition is $2,400, far cheaper than at private technical colleges.

Carlynn Huddleston, the school's principal, said the district's budget problems are continuing to threaten the program, which has already cut its staff and canceled evening classes.

The school might be relocated to another North Valley Occupational facility in Mission Hills, but there would be less space and students would have to share workshops with other trades.

"We would be squeezed into some rooms. There is no hangar," Huddleston said. "The program would become second rate."

If closed or relocated, the center would join other aviation programs that have been shut down or scaled back at school districts and community colleges across the region.

The situation has attracted the attention of the Van Nuys Airport Assn. and major organizations, such as the National Business Aviation Assn., the National Air Transportation Assn. and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn. All have urged LAUSD Supt. John Deasy to keep the school at the airport.

"This is a huge asset for the city," said Curt Castagna, president of the Van Nuys association. "A couple hundred students from the school have been hired at the airport. These are good-paying jobs, and they have provided economic value locally and to the industry."

Bill Dunn, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn.'s vice president of airport advocacy, reminded Deasy in a letter that the mechanics school has gained national recognition. Closing it, he wrote, would only aggravate a growing shortage of aviation mechanics.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for aircraft mechanics and service technicians will increase 11% annually at least until 2016. Industry analysts say the number of graduates will not keep pace with retirements and those leaving the trade, let alone the projected need.

Huddleston is looking into whether Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of Van Nuys Airport, would be willing to lower or virtually eliminate the school's rent, which, she says, is about $12,000 a month. She added that she is also working with the district to see if the lease can be extended for a year to buy some time.

Though the FAA requires airports to charge tenants a fair rent, agency policy allows reduced or nominal rents for nonprofit, accredited education programs that benefit aviation.

Diana Sanchez, a spokeswoman for Van Nuys Airport, said that Los Angeles World Airports has long supported the mechanics program but that the school district faces financial challenges beyond rental expenses.

Though there have been tentative discussions, she said, district officials have not formally approached the airport department about a new rental agreement. She added that Los Angeles World Airports is willing to work with the aviation center and the FAA if a proposal is made.

GARCETTI URGES EFFORT TO SAVE AVIATION MECHANICS SCHOOL: The councilman says he will ask the city airport agency and L.A. Unified to explore ways to keep the program running at Van Nuys Airport.

By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times |

December 29, 2012 :: Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti on Friday called for measures to keep a highly regarded aviation mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport from shutting down or being moved to smaller facilities elsewhere.

Garcetti said he will request at the Jan. 4 council meeting that Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of Van Nuys, and the Los Angeles Unified School District explore ways to ensure the continued operation of the vocational school, which has produced thousands of mechanics during its 40-year history. Because of tight budgets, the district might close or relocate the school.

"The aviation training program at Van Nuys Airport is a critical asset for Los Angeles," Garcetti said. "I am deeply concerned that it could close."

The North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center, which opened in 1971, is located off Hayvenhurst Avenue in a hangar filled with more than a dozen aircraft, including helicopters and an old U.S. Air Force jet trainer.

The two-year course at one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world prepares students for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration and potential employment with aircraft maintenance shops, commercial carriers and aerospace firms.

Center officials say, however, that budget problems could force the LAUSD to close the school next year or move it to smaller facilities at another vocational center unless Los Angeles World Airports can lower the rent, which has been about $12,000 a month.

There have been some tentative discussions so far, but nothing formal has been proposed.

David Bowerman, an instructor at the center, called Garcetti's effort to get substantive talks going "a good idea." He said the school now has about 100 students per semester and provides technical training to those who don't want to go to college.

The situation has attracted the attention of the Van Nuys Airport Assn. and major organizations such as the National Business Aviation Assn., the National Air Transportation Assn. and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn. All have urged LAUSD Supt. John Deasy to keep the school at the airport.

Garcetti, who cited an article about the aviation center's plight in The Times this week, said that saving the program would help address a growing shortage of entry-level mechanics in the aircraft industry and continue to offer Los Angeles area residents a career path if they are interested in aviation.

"In setting priorities during tough budget times, the school district must focus on education programs that lead directly to industries that are hiring now and in the future," Garcetti said. "A trained aviation workforce in Los Angeles is critical to the competitiveness of our airports, our aerospace industry, our trade sector and our overall economy."

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December 29th, 2012, 12:58pm :: One of California’s top education officials said the federal No Child Left Behind law is no longer credible or legitimate because too many states have been given a waiver.

“They have already disowned the program in terms of the U.S. Department of Education by the secretary already declaring it null and defunct in effect in 33 states," said Michael Kirst, President of California’s State Board of Education. "I don’t see that it has any credibility or legitimacy left.”

His board sets policy for the most public school children of any state in the nation.

President George W. Bush signed the law in 2001, setting 2014 as the year that every student, including those whose first language isn’t English, will be proficient in English and math.

“It’s turned out to be illusory and not attainable by any state,” Krist said.

The Obama administration has been exempting states from the 100 percent proficiency goal and other key provisions — but only if they meet a list of reforms.

Krist said Federal officials told him California's waiver application is about to be denied, likely because California has not agreed to use student test scores in teacher and principal evaluations.

California’s teachers union opposed doing that.

Former Long Beach Unified superintendent Carl Cohn doesn’t think it’s necessary, either. He says students were doing fine even before No Child Left Behind and don’t need more rules from the federal government.

“Some of us are saying, you know what, in the real world of urban school districts for ten years we actually made gains in student performance without beating up on teachers and without tying evaluations to student test scores,” Cohn said.

Joanne Fawley, president of the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association, said No Child Left Behind has done more harm than good by focusing learning only on what’s going to be on the test.

“English teachers have been told in many schools not to teach novels or literature because they take too much time and are not tested,” she said.

Despite the waivers, it remains the law of the land, said USC education scholar Katharine Strunk. She credits the law with improving student achievement nationwide and slimming the achievement gap between students of different races.

“I don’t think it’s a failure of a policy, I think that there are parts of NCLB that no longer make sense or perhaps never made sense,” she said--specifically the 100 percent proficiency requirement.

By one estimate 80 percent of California schools will fail to meet that requirement in 2014. Observers say that may be the impetus for federal lawmakers to overhaul the education law.

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By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer, LA Daily News |

12/28/2012 08:27:41 PM PST :: The sounds of the brass and drums soared over Chavez Ravine on Friday as the columns of student musicians, their sneaker-clad feet churning, marched up and down the rolling hills of the Dodger Stadium parking lots.

They were practicing the music and memorizing the choreography, but the 350-plus members of Los Angeles Unified's All-District High School Honor Band were also training for the 5 1/2-mile Tournament of Roses Parade route they'll tackle on New Year's Day.

"Marching is even harder than playing," said Khuyen Nguyen, an accomplished flute player from Cleveland High, who took up the 10-pound baritone just two months ago so she could participate in the brass- and percussion-only group.

Now in its 41st year, the Honor Band draws musicians from high schools around the district. Horn players -- trumpet, trombone, baritone, mellophone and sousaphone -- are recommended by their music teachers, while auditions are held for drummers, the flag and shield teams, and the drum majors who lead the band.

The musicians rehearse every Saturday beginning in the fall, then every day of winter break -- forgoing vacations, hanging out with classmates or just sleeping in for the rigorous practice sessions.

They're booked this weekend, too, performing today at Disneyland and on Sunday at Bandfest, a showcase of Tournament of Roses musicians.

"We get to play with so many people and make so many new friends," said Keira Fernandez, a 17-year-old drummer at North Hollywood High School who marches with a 40-pound quad set braced against her 110-pound frame. "It's so worth it."

The kids' enthusiasm is matched -- if not exceeded -- by band director Tony White, who, 28 years ago, played cymbals with the group as a senior at Narbonne High.

"The band represents not only LAUSD, but all of Los Angeles," said White, now the performing arts coordinator for LAUSD's Beyond the Bell Branch.

"It gets youths involved, and gives them a sense of belonging, a positive experience ... For some of these kids, this will change their lives."

Verdugo High senior Dorian Lopez picked up a trumpet for the first time this year at the urging of his campus mentor, music teacher Victoria Lopez. She recommended him for the Honor Band despite his inexperience, and Dorian thrived under the discipline that White demands.

"It's been such a fun experience -- the energy, the music," said Lopez, who plans to enlist in the Marines and audition for the Corps' prestigious band.

Many of the band members are veterans, returning year after year for the connection they make with other young musicians and the chance to march in the nationally televised Rose Parade.

They'll have to arrive well before dawn for Tuesday's parade, which starts at 8 a.m., marching 58th in the 92-entry lineup of floats, equestrian groups and other marching bands.

"It's really, really cold, especially your toes and nose," said Jetzell Verduzco from Southeast High, returning for the second year as a member of the flag team that performs at the rear of the band.

"But it's a fun experience getting to bond with other students and go from being from different schools into performing as one group."

Wilson High senior Jerry Pulido also is back for his second year, this time as head drum major, leading the columns of musicians as they perform a rotation of six songs.

"Running the whole band - the respect you get as a drum major - is really, really incredible," said Pulido, wiping the sweat from his forehead during a break from Friday's rehearsal.

Retired Lincoln High Principal Art Duardo, a longtime volunteer for the band, knows that training and adrenaline will take the musicians only so far. The drummers' arms will be aching, the horn players' lips will be burning and everyone's feet will be throbbing before they reach the end of the two-hour trek down Colorado Boulevard.

"At one point, there's nothing left," Duardo said. "All they'll have is heart."

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