Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just a little smudge on the police blotter

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This is a piece nobody in their right mind would write. It is guaranteed to offend everyone; if you don’t take offense you are either a sociopath or not paying attention. In it I will defend an accused child molester against a respected educator who holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education.

The following story is pretty basic police blotter reportage: Cut+dried, just the facts:


By Lindsay William-Ross in LAist |

May 17, 2012 4:30 PM :: A 25-year-old man who worked in a temporary post as a teacher's aide at Gratts Elementary School in the Westlake district was arrested this morning on suspicion of committing lewd acts on children. The suspect, Jorge Dominguez, was subsequently terminated by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In a statement issued today, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said the allegations against the employee, who has worked at the school since 2004 and most recently as a temporary 6-hour-per-day worker, are "horrifying and sickening."

The LAUSD clarifies, though, that at this time there are no known victims at Gratts Elementary School, which is also known as Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars.

Deasy adds that the LAUSD is co-operating with the Los Angeles Police Department in the investigation.

Per the new protocol, the school is notifying the parents and guardians regarding the arrest and investigation, and the campus will offer crisis counseling or any special assistance needed.

Dominguez was arrested by detectives from the LAPD's Juvenile Division at around 5 a.m. Thursday, says City News Service. Jail records indicate he was being held at the LAPD's downtown jail on $100,000 bail.

I’m not going to go any further than to deconstruct the 6 paragraphs above – in which reporter William-Ross tells us that that Jorge Dominguez was arrested and is suspected of committing lewd acts on children. She also tells us that the victims were apparently not students at the school.

Dr. Deasy in his identity as LAUSD spokesperson announces that Dominguez has been fired …being summarily fired is the sanction employed for temporary aides, substitute teachers and disloyal senior staff at LAUSD who have incurred the superintendent’s displeasure. (If you look here [] you will see that Dr. Deasy would like to have his Mitt Romney-ian authority to fire at-will employees transposed to fire employees at will …if only if it weren’t for those pesky union contracts, the ed code and labor laws.

I am not going to make the argument here that folks are presumed innocent until proven guilty – or that social justice is not a thing one can adjust to one’s liking like the bathwater. And obviously Dr. Deasy isn’t either.

Mr. Dominguez is in jail …so for right now kids are safe from his alleged depredations.
If he makes bail he won’t be returning to his job.
If he’s found not guilty he and his attorneys will never have to work another day in their lives.

But here’s my point: Neither “horrifying” nor “sickening” are criminal acts or reasons for termination in themselves. They are adjectives. By employing them publicly the superintendent prejudges the case in the media and muddies the jury pool. Yes, I saw that the adjectives modify the noun “allegations” – but when one assumes the dark blue velvet robe and regalia of Doctor of Philosophy one takes up more than the funny hat.

In almost all other cases LAUSD won’t discuss “personnel matters” publicly; it’s been like pulling teeth to get the district and this superintendent to speak with parents of potential abuse victims. Miramonte? Telfair? Compare+contrast this story with the allegations of teacher misconduct in Eagle Rock last week |

I’m afraid that Dr. Deasy has seized the moral high ground (“Child Molesting is Bad!”) and wrestled it into the political quagmire of blaming teachers, value-addled assessments, competition for adequate funding and all the rest of Reform with an ®. As another blogger said of other events this week : “The public needs information, not PR.”

PART OF THE SMOKE+MIRRORS/MAGICAL (LACK-OF) REALISM IN GOVERNOR BROWN’S MAY REVISE BUDGET is a quiet transfer of the QEIA education reform from outside the Prop 98 guarantee to inside Prop 98.

This sounds fair. QEIA (The Quality Education Investment Act) is a good thing, an effective program reducing class sizes at challenged schools and producing results – proving that class size matters. If you don’t do better this year you don’t get the money next year – what a concept!

Except that QEIA isn’t a good idea dreamt up by educators working with policy staff and implemented by legislators – it’s a court-imposed settlement and payback to children from prior unconstitutional raids on Prop 98 funding during the Schwarzenegger Administration.

And that wrongdoing wasn’t just by Arnold – it was by the legislature controlled by the Democrats. QEIA is a past due debt owed to California schoolchildren being paid back by court order from previous years – and by including it in the current+ future funding guarantees it gets subtracted from what today’s children have been guaranteed.

We are robbing today’s Peter to pay back yesterday’s Paula. And both Peter and Paula are children. Six million of them in California’s public schools.

This is like proposing that the victims and their siblings pay the penalty for the crime against them.

GOVERNOR BROWN ALSO PROPOSES TO ELIMINATE THE CALIFORNIA FITNESS TEST (CFT or FITNESSGRAM® [] given to all students throughout the state in grades 5, 7 and 9 to save the state money. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.

• This may come as news, but California and the nation are in an epidemic of obesity, poor physical fitness and obesity-related illnesses – with Type II (“adult-onset”) Diabetes emerging as a childhood disease. The data produced by the CA Fitnessgram helps indentify this epidemic and the causes, victims and potential treatment, outcomes and remedies. The data helps qualify prevention and education programs for grants and funding from the feds and foundations. The test identifies at-risk individuals. Of all the testing we do in CA schools this just may be the most valuable in that it saves lives.

Additionally the following exists in the Ed Code:

• Under EC Section 51241(b)(1), governing boards of a local school district or the office of the county superintendent of schools MAY grant a student an exemption from courses of physical education for two years any time during grades ten to twelve if the following criteria are met: (1) the student consents to the exemption; and (2) the student has met satisfactorily any five of six standards of the physical performance test administered in grade nine pursuant to EC Section 60800 (the FITNESSGRAM)
• If a student in grade nine does not satisfactorily meet five of the six standards of the physical performance test, THE STUDENT IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTION from physical education courses under EC Section 51241(b)(1). |

I am not a fan of the Two-Year PE Exemption - but it is the only way many school districts can address the fiscal, staffing and scheduling challenges of students meeting heightened graduation and college admission requirements. In LAUSD we have wrongly/or/rightly declared these one and the same – and by not permitting 11th and 12th graders the exemption many will not be able to graduate in four years.
The law is explicit: If the CFT is not given in 9th grade all students will have to take four years of PE in high school. The unintended consequential cost to districts in providing those classes and master calendar flexibility will be far greater than the savings to the state in not administering the Fitnessgram.

AND THEN THERE’S THE LEGISLATIVE ANALYST’S OFFICE (LAO) OVERVIEW OF THE MAY REVISION: “While we find that the administration's economic and revenue forecasts are reasonable, we are concerned that….” (following)

OUR CHILDREN/OUR FUTURE (aka the PTA/Munger Initiative) IS THE ONLY INITIATIVE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT THAT SPECIFICALLY INCREASES PRESCHOOL-12TH GRADE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING. OCOF has an interesting and hopefully convincing widget – an “App” [] – that informs voters how much their local school and school district will get when OCOF passes. Last week EdVoice rolled out a SIMILAR widget that informs voters how much their local school and district HASN’T GOT and is owed by Sacramento’s continuing deferrals of the Prop 98 School funding guarantees. []

I urge you to visit both. Do the math. And then do the voting.

And – because saying so isn’t in their job description: On behalf of nine million California youngsters – the six million in K-12 plus the three million waiting in their strollers and car seats - thank you for everything you do for them every day.

¡Onward/Adelante! - smf


By Barbara Jones Staff Writer, Daily News/Daily Breeze |

5/17/2012 07:03:50 PM PDT :: Despite a lack of financial and political support from Gov. Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Unified will expand its transitional kindergarten program this fall to all 400-plus elementary schools in the district, officials said Thursday.

TK is a two-year program that lets youngsters progress at their own pace, giving them extra time to master the academic, social and developmental skills required of today's kindergartners.

Los Angeles Unified has been operating 109 TK classes under a pilot program. While the district initially planned to add 100 more schools each of the next three years, officials have decided instead to launch TK everywhere this fall.

"With the success of our transitional kindergarten pilot program, we have seen firsthand the impact of giving our students the gift of time," Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement.

"Our students are making strong gains, especially in early literacy and math, and our English-language learners are making dramatic progress."

TK is the result of a 2010 law that gradually moves up the date that kids are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Under the new law, the cutoff for standard kindergarten shifts this year from the long-standing Dec. 2 deadline to Nov. 1, and to Oct. 1 in 2013 and Sept. 1 in 2014.

Youngsters whose birthdays fall between the cutoff date and the previous threshold of Dec. 2 will be eligible for TK - an estimated 125,000 statewide by 2014.

There has been considerable uncertainty about the future of transitional kindergarten.

Because of the state's financial crisis, Brown said in January he wanted to eliminate TK, a proposal that was eventually rejected by both the state Senate and Assembly. When he released his revised budget proposal on Monday, there was no money to fund TK programs.

But Nora Armenta, executive director of the Early Childhood Division for Los Angeles Unified, said administrators so believe in the program they figured out a way to expand TK using existing resources.

Essentially, TK students will be assigned to an existing kindergarten class, with teachers given additional training for how to best work with the younger kids.

"We're doing the work already, but this is just a different way of organizing the children and having more skill in understanding their needs," she said.

She estimated that 4,000 students will qualify for TK classes this year, with a similar number signing up annually through 2014 as the new cut-off date is implemented.

"This is putting 4,000 students back into the system," she said. "It's saving jobs and helping parents who wouldn't have a place to put their kids or would have to put them in a private preschool."

Los Angeles Unified is among the nearly 200 districts that are registering students for transitional kindergarten for next year.


By Kimberly Beltran, SI&A Cabinet Report.|

Thursday, May 17, 2012 :: Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget still seeks to eliminate the legal requirement that schools, starting this fall, must offer a new kindergarten-readiness program for 4-year-olds whose birthdays occur after Nov. 1, the kindergarten age cutoff date.

The governor’s proposal would, instead, make transitional kindergarten optional by giving districts authority – and average daily attendance money – to offer those 4-year-olds an extra year of kindergarten, effectively creating a two-year kindergarten program.

The proposal sends something of a mixed message to districts, many of which have been planning new programs to comply with the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 – the law requiring transitional kindergarten.

Brown’s revised May budget, released Monday, does away with the term transitional kindergarten and contains no funding for it. But the governor’s Department of Finance staff has said districts still can, on a case-by-case basis, offer to enroll certain 4-year-olds in regular kindergarten classes and the state would pay for them just as it does other students.

But many legislators who worked in support of the bill that created the program already this year have shown a strong reluctance to follow the governor’s lead and cut the program.

The issue is just one of many Brown and legislative leaders are focused on as part of closing the state’s yawning $16 billion spending shortfall this summer.

There is some sense among Capitol insiders that supporters of the program have gained the upper hand.

In January, when Brown first proposed eliminating transitional kindergarten, the administration estimated the savings at $223.7 million.

But fiscal analysts subsequently have trimmed the expected savings to $91.5 million as a result of what the administration calls the “anticipated declining enrollment costs as well as an expected increase in two-year kindergarten costs.”

As proposed in the revised budget, those savings would be used to restore budget reductions to support and expand preschool programs.

The governor’s initial suggestion in January that transitional kindergarten be de-funded left many districts in limbo, wondering whether they should expend the energy and resources to plan and implement the program.

Even now, with the governor standing by his proposal to cut the program, state law still requires districts to prepare age-appropriate curriculum this fall for 4-year-olds whose autumn birthdays occur after Nov. 1, the cutoff date by which a child must turn 5 to enter kindergarten in the 2012-13 school year.

For the 2013-14 school year, the deadline date becomes Oct. 1; and Sept. 1 is the cutoff date for the 2014-15 school year and each year thereafter.

Some districts, like LA Unified, already offer a transitional kindergarten program and plan to continue doing so. Others plan to begin programs this fall while still others have said they have no intention of trying to create something new given their fiscal positions.

Education consultants and advocates who closely monitor the ever-shifting political landscape mostly are advising districts to follow the law and to plan for some form of transitional kindergarten.

“We continue to advise districts that the legislature is unlikely to implement the elimination of the transitional kindergarten requirement,” said Barrett Snider, a legislative advocate and director of government and public affairs at School Innovations & Advocacy (SI&A is corporate host of the Cabinet Report). “The governor cannot “blue pencil” transitional kindergarten funding. That money is based upon average daily attendance and is provided as a continuous appropriation, rather than as an appropriation in the budget act. Schools are virtually certain to receive funding for transitional kindergarten attendance going forward.”

•• smf’s 2¢: TK is supposed to be a stand alone program, not a combination class with K – that was the intent of Senator Simitian and SB1381. TK should not be a revenue generator for school districts, it is supposed to be an opportunity for four and five year olds.

TK and K are both optional programs, neither is cumpulsory for parents and their kids.

There is pending legislation to make Kindergarten attendance compulsory [ AB 2203 | ]– (appx 10% of CA kids don’t go to K) - but not TK. The likelihood that this will pass this year, or that the governor would sign it, hovers closer to zilch than nada.


By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer, LA Dialy News |

5/20 :: More than one-fourth of Los Angeles Unified's continuation high schools may be shuttered next year as a cost-cutting move, shrinking a program seen as a last resort for students at risk of dropping out.

Continuation schools on the campuses of North Hollywood High and Taft High in Woodland Hills are among 13 that would be closed under a plan to save the district $6.5 million.

Leonis Continuation High in Woodland Hills is also on the list, although its anchor campus, El Camino Real Charter, has asked the school board to let it incorporate the intervention program, which would save it from elimination.

Officials say they can keep all of the continuation schools open if the district's labor unions agree to double-digit furlough days or other concessions, issues that are now the subject of nearly daily negotiations.

In the meantime, students and administrators say the schools provide a critical resource for students who are struggling or failing outright - but who refuse to give up.

"This school has been here 40 years, and is a community institution," said John Berns, principal of Amelia Earhart Continuation School, the North Hollywood campus on the chopping block. "Some of our students are children of people who graduated from here.

"If we close, this would be a disservice to the most vulnerable students in our community."

Los Angeles Unified operates 40 continuation schools, which offer small classes, flexible schedules and strong academic support. Students can work at their own pace to make up failed classes and get back on the path to graduation.

A year ago, Fatima Castro was finishing up her junior year at North Hollywood High with F's in four of her six classes. Realizing that she'd never graduate if she remained in the 3,000-student school, she enrolled in Amelia Earhart, where five teachers work with about 120 kids.

"I'd taken math for four years, and just didn't get it," said Castro, 18.
Principal John Berns at Earhart Continuation High School in North Hollywood. (Hans Gutknecht / Staff Photographer)
"After I came to Amelia Earhart, I passed algebra in two months and now I can do geometry.

"I'm getting A's and B's in all of my classes - A's and B's! And next month, I'm going to graduate."

Classmate Bryan Solorio described the feeling of futility as he fell farther and farther behind in his classes at NoHo High, with teachers too overworked to help him grasp the basic skills he missed as he was promoted from grade to grade.

On the verge of dropping out, he decided to give school one last shot. He enrolled last fall at Amelia Earhart, where he caught the attention of veteran teacher Norah Cunningham.

"Miss Norah asked me if I needed help, and I said `Yes.' She asked what I needed help with, and I said, `Everything,"' Solorio recalled.

Cunningham sat with him for hours, tutoring Solorio in English and math and instilling a sense of purpose in the soft-spoken young man.

"I was never proud of myself before, but now I'm achieving something in life," said Solorio, who wants to attend community college after he graduates in June. "Miss Norah helped me feel like I can do anything."

Administrators don't dispute the value of continuation schools, especially as the district sharpens its focus on graduating 100 percent of its students. They say, however, that they can't continue operating the program at current levels because the state's financial crisis means less money for public education.

For 2012-13, the district is facing a $390 million deficit, although that could shrink or swell, depending on the state's revenues. That shortfall has prompted officials to propose ending many popular programs so they can divert funding to operate core K-12 schools instead.

Adult and early childhood education classes and regional occupation centers are on the chopping block, although officials hope to salvage most of those with financial concessions from employee unions.

That's also how the district would be able to restore some $15 million trimmed from its Options program, which includes continuation schools, and classes for dropouts, chronic truants, pregnant teens and chronically ill youngsters.

Most of the Options cuts would be made by reducing counseling and other support services for troubled students, said administrator Jan Davis, who oversees the program. The continuation school closures would make up the rest.

The original closure plan called for shuttering the schools with the lowest enrollment. Because that would have unfairly impacted neighborhoods in South and East LA, Davis crafted a new list that also took geography into consideration.

She declined to identify the schools targeted for closure, but said they are scattered throughout the 700-square-mile district. Other sources said the schools include Amelia Earhart, Leonis and Thoreau Continuation School on the Taft campus.

Davis said the 13 campuses serve about 1,100 students. If the schools are closed, students could find another continuation school or Options program, or return to a traditional high school setting.

Berns, the Amelia Earhart principal, worries that at-risk students will simply walk away if forced to find an alternative to a school where they've found success.

"It's not that the teachers at North Hollywood High don't care, but they've got 200 students a day so they can't give any one kid much time. Here, we relate to every student almost as family.

"For an assistant principal at a large school, it's very difficult to have more than a one-minute conversation during the day. Here, you're accountable to me," he said. "I'm not going to lose you in a crowd. I'm not going to let you go."

••smf’s 2¢: Here’s what’s going to happen.

1. The closed classrooms will be given to charter operators under Prop 39.
2. The charters will not serve the continuation population, or special ed or English Language Learners – they will compete for and draw general ed students.
3. This will open up more space for charter expansion.

This is privatization and the corporatization of public education …and, if you are upset by such things: union busting. The Bureau of the Census, which is part of the Dept of Commerce – which should know – has ruled that Charters are Private Schools that spend Public Money.

LAO’s Office: THE 2012-13 BUDGET - OVERVIEW OF THE MAY REVISION + The Revise itself,; CPB, Educated Guess, SIAA, UCLA-IDEA, AALA and Dr. Deasy all we

California Legislative Analyst's Office
May 18, 2012 :: In the May Revision of his 2012-13 budget proposal, the Governor identified a larger budget problem of $15.7 billion for state leaders to address in the coming weeks. While we find that the administration's economic and revenue forecasts are reasonable, we are concerned that the amount of property tax revenues from former redevelopment agencies (RDAs) may be substantially less than the May Revision assumes in 2011-12 and 2012-13. If so, this could increase the state's Proposition 98 school funding obligations and, therefore, the size of the budget problem above administration estimates. Moreover, the administration's $1.4 billion estimate for the amount of General Fund benefit that may be achieved in 2012-13 from transferring former RDAs' liquid cash assets to school districts is highly uncertain. We advise the Legislature to focus on adopting realistic and ongoing budget actions to continue the progress the state has made in reducing its annual operating, or structural, deficit. We describe and assess the administration's major May Revision proposals. In some cases, we offer alternative ways to achieve the savings targeted by the Governor. With regard to Proposition 98, we offer alternatives to both the Governor's basic budget plan and his trigger plan.




•SI&A ON THE MAY REVISE: Brown’s May Plan Offers More Money, But Defers Payments + Brown’s May Budget Ties School...

•UCLA IDEA ON THE MAY REVISE: Cuts are Spread Wide and Deep “…spared K-12 schools but targeted programs and services that directly touch California youth” |


•DR DEASY ON MAY REVISE: from Facebook |


By Stephanie Espinoza, New American Media EthnoBlog |

May 18, 2012 3:36 PM :: The EdSource 2012 symposium, in collaboration with the California State PTA, brought together educators, parents, policy makers, and researchers last week at the Anaheim Convention Center to discuss the impact of California’s budget deficit on schools and children. The discussion centered around the theme “Striving for Success in a Time of Crisis.”

California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor opened up the discussion with an overview of the state's budget deficit: it’s bad, it’s going to get worse, but there’s hope. According to Taylor, it usually takes two to five years to recover from a recession. In this case, it will take California more than five years to recover. Why? The answer lies in that the state relies on temporary solutions that only prolong California’s recovery. For the upcoming year, the projected budget deficit is estimated at over $15 billion.

What does this mean for children’s success in school? Three panelists addressed this question based on their studies. The research of Ashlyn Nelson, Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington, shows that mobility caused by the housing crisis has negative consequences for school children. Kids going through foreclosure, for example, are more likely to be absent or expelled from school.

Russell Rumberger, Professor of Education at UC Santa Barbara, added to these findings. According to Rumberger, mobility is also a form of instability for an entire community because when people are forced to move, it creates overcrowding which leads to changes in school boundaries.

John Rogers, Associate Professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, also added to the discussion. Roger’s research shows that the recession has also created shrinking opportunities in California’s public schools. Today, half as many schools are providing summer school. Schools have also cut instructional time, which means less teacher time and attention for kids, less time to improve instruction, and less time to address growing social welfare needs.

The symposium ended with a panel of representatives from nonprofit organizations and school districts that added their view to the current school-community landscape and offered suggestions on what schools, families, and communities can do to help one another. I had the opportunity to represent my Central Valley community and be part of this discussion as a panelist. I spoke about how the Arvin High School guidance counseling program in the Central Valley has reorganized as a group to help their large student population.

As a recent college graduate from a low income, minority, and first generation student background, I was able to relate to the findings from the researchers.

Growing up in Kern County, the importance of an education is not part of the daily discourse. Kern County has some of the highest expulsion, suspension, and dropout rates in the state. Unfortunately, the kids most affected by the recession are low income and the crisis makes it even more difficult to keep them in school.

When asked by Louis Freedberg, Executive Director for EdSource, on my thoughts as the only youth sitting on the panel, I responded, “I do have hope” for California despite the crisis we are facing. Especially when there are many youth and community members that work toward making a big difference in student’s lives. I know many college students that take up part time jobs as tutors and advisors for students. I also know community members that volunteer their time to mentor disadvantaged youth. It is people like them who help counter the negative effects that the crisis has created in our schools and children.

•Stephanie Espinoza is a fellow with New America Media's Youth Education Fellowship. The fellowship is a six-month long program for youth reporters aged 16-24 on education reporting. It is sponsored by the California Education Policy Fund.

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