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The LAUSD school board election campaign, at once ugly, turned uglier still.

When some asked me if they thought my being forced out of the District 2 race by unscrupulous signature gatherers had been somehow engineered by my opponent I said I thought not. I prefer to believe that the school board president wouldn’t stoop that low.

What I prefer to believe has nothing to do with the case. This week she stooped lower.

Monica Garcia’s “Which side are you on?” campaign flyer accuses her opponents – all four of them – of “standing up for child predators”. This is an all time low in negative campaigning.

• see NO SHAME: “Until this moment, Mónica García, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”]

It must be remembered that the “predators” are her problem. She is the school board president: the bad stuff happened on her watch. Monica and her hand-picked superintendent’s complicity aren’t in the predatory actions …but in the District’s inability at timely reporting and frank discussion. In the cover-up and whitewash. In the witch hunt for “bad teachers”.

A second flyer from the special interests supporting Monica (‘Major funding by Michael ®. Bloomberg [the mayor of New York City] and Parents and Students for Putting StudentsFirst [in other words: Michelle Rhee]') says: “Monica stands against child abuse: The special interests are waging an all out campaign to defeat Monica because she’s vowed to toughen the law to give local school officials the authority to immediately fire staff convicted of inappropriate sexual contact with students.”

This is pure balderdash!
• Those “special interests“ must be the California State Legislature – because they are the ones who refused to vote on Monica’s Law last year.
• The law Monica’s people says she’s advocating for already exists. The law Monica wants (SB1530, reborn this year as SB5) would allow her to fire individuals SUSPECTED (not convicted) of child abuse – in other words – to deny due process and the right to trial.

¿What Fifth Amendment?

Her mentor, Mayor Tony, violated the state constitution in his attempted to take over LAUSD. Monica, Deasy and Co. would violate the Federal Constitution and Bill of Rights.

When Monica+ Deasy consistently+institutionally failed to report child molesters permitted to resign to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing they placed children throughout California in harm’s way while they protected kids in LAUSD. When they fail to disclose+discuss child abuse at schools with parents at the school they violate a sacred trust between educators and parents.

According to state regulation, the superintendent must report the change in employment status no later than 30 days after the status changes when it is a result of alleged misconduct or an allegation of misconduct is pending.

FROM A LETTER TO DEASY FROM THE COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING: "Re: Superintendent's Mandatory Reporting Requirement":

"In one recent case we have no record of a report related to the teacher after the final settlement was reached and were only notified that the teacher was charged with multiple counts of lewd acts upon children more than six months after final settlement was reached by your District with the credential holder. Although the Commission is aware that errors can occur, please be aware of the potential for harm to students by not meeting your mandatory requirement to report information to the Commission when credential holders separate while charges of misconduct are pending." |

WHEN MONICA ACTS TO END ADULT ED, AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, ARTS ED AND PRESCHOOL – and then brings back a small portion of the programs she proposed to cut - she is NOT a savior. She is a budget-butcher with a meat axe.

When your backers put you on billboards as a poster child for Arts Ed [] after you’ve eviscerated the program you are a hypocrite, not an arts advocate. And the billboards are campaign ethics violations.

Monica’s most recent flyer – those who live in District 2 get two or three a day - says she is endorsed by the LA Times …and she’s right, But please read that endorsement – which begins: “We'll be upfront about this: We consider Garcia a poor choice for the school board, and we always have.” |

OBVIOUSLY (and obliviously) THOSE WHO WOULD BUY VOTES WITH THEIR MILLIONS cannot buy legitimacy or moral authority. Hopefully they cannot buy the election.

THE KEY VOTE ON TUESDAY WILL BEEN DISTRICT 4 and the A vs. Z contest between Kate Anderson and Steve Zimmer. With only two contestants in the race there will be no run-off. Zimmer has often been a pragmatic swing vote on the board, driving the superintendent, the ®eforrmers, the teacher UNion and 4LAKids crazy with his pragmatism. He has propped up Monica+Deasy when a vote against them might have been their undoing; he has sided with UTLA on other issues ...often following his own drummer. He has voted for charter schools most of the time – but has asked for charter school accountability.

• IN THE END Deasy+Co. don’t want pragmatism and swing votes. They want salm-dunk loyalists to the ®eforrm, Inc. agenda.
• IN THE END charter schools don’t want accountability – they want more charter schools.
• IN THE END Deasy+Co. and Charters and Mayors Tony+Mike want Kate Anderson – a politically ambitious one-time candidate for assembly who will pretty much say anything and take anyone’s money to get elected to something. Anderson blames Zimmer for cutting Arts Education (which was Monica+Deasy and test scores über alles) and for the high costs of the RFK Schools (Again, Monica – when those decisions were made six years ago Zimmer was still teaching at Marshall High school!),

And “Anyone’s Money” just keeps rolling-in+flowing-out – courtesy of Bloomberg and Perenchio and Broad and Michelle Rhee – paying for paid “volunteers” to walk precincts on Kate's behalf. And blizzards of flyers stuffing mailboxes and TV spots on cable TV.

IN DISTRICT 6 THE RACE IS TOSS-UP. With incumbent Nury Martinez running for higher office and change assured UTLA has endorsed everyone. Strange bedfellows ®eforrm and organized labor supports union organizer Antonio Sanchez. 4LAKids supports Maria Cano – Maria has the experience and commitment of a community organizer who truly understands LAUSD: she knows the territory. And the bedfellow LA Times and Daily News endorse classroom teacher Monica Ratliff.

THE APOCALYPSE OF THE MONTH CLUB /or/ THANK GOD THE POPE’S NOT HERE TO SEE THIS! Arne Duncan: “We don’t have any ability to absorb dumb cuts like this!”

Welcome Arne to the real world of school budgeting as practiced outside the Beltway. Maybe when the cuts get put back programs can compete for it like a jump ball in a basketball game. Like Race to the Top. Like waivers from NCLB. Do not fear, Sequester’s here – see ...or -

H.R. HALDEMAN, NIXON’S J. WALTER THOMPSON MAD MAN brought advertising to political science in an ethical collision the nation has never recovered from. Karl Rove fine tuned the managed message and created the Tom Delay/Dick Cheney/Bush2 machine. Tweaking the test scores became The Houston Education Miracle, The Houston Miracle – ultimately a scandal in Houston - became No Child Left Behind. It’s about framing and spin doctoring and rebranding: Firing teachers’ became rightsizing. Charters and vouchers and outsourcing/privatizing public education became Parental Choice.

This week’s EdWeek op-ed “Rebranding Public Schools” (follows) describes in detail the lack of success of charter schools in general , illustrates the spin doctoring and media manipulation that frames failure as success – and – in a mixture of irony , reality and – if not dark certainly shaded humor – suggests that leaders in urban districts should seize the moment and publicly capitulate. They should simply append the ‘charter’ label to their schools. It would trip the tongue, but maybe we should just rebrand the District as LAUS(C)D . Maybe we could slip an ® in there too? Sell some naming rights: The Edythe and Eli Broad Greater Los Angeles Unified Charter ®eform School District, Inc. – A Gates/Walmart/Bloomberg/Fox/Koch Company. ¿Ya think?

¡Onward/Adelante! - smf


• District 4: STEVE ZIMMER
• District 6: MARIA CANO
• District 2. ANYONE BUT MONICA! …smf prefers and supports ISABEL VAZQUEZ
¡Please do not w rite in Scott Folsom. Thank you!

Wendy Greuel’s ads promise to reform public education …remember what happened last time?
Jan Perry is probably public education's best friend in the race - but unfortunately....
Eric Garcetti stepped up and advocated strongly to preserve Adult Ed when Monica+Deasy+Co. wanted to eliminate it. Eric worked to save the LAUSD Aviation Mechanic School at Van Nuys Airport. Eric has been an effective partner with LAUSD in education.

Carmen Trutanich (and Mayor Tony’s PLAS) eliminated the tremendously effective partnership between the City Attorney’s Office and Markham Middle School. [Secure in their Studies - Los Angeles Times]

Commentary by Jack Schneider, EdWeek |

February 27, 2013 :: Charter schools are a silver bullet for urban education. But not for any of the reasons you might think.

Charters, as research reveals, don't achieve particularly impressive results. In a study conducted by the Stanford University-based Center for Research on Education Outcomes, or CREDO, 17 percent of charters outperformed their traditional public school counterparts. But nearly half performed no differently. And more than a third—37 percent—produced results that were worse. Other studies have produced similar results. In short, charters are on average not that different from traditional public schools: Some are high performers, some are basement dwellers, and the vast majority are someplace in between.

Yet ask Americans what works in urban education, and you're likely to hear something about charter schools. As polling data reveals, support for charters has grown nearly every year for the past two decades and now hovers around 70 percent. And with backing from the Obama administration, the movement is booming. Roughly 2 million children in 40 states and the District of Columbia attend charter schools with enrollment growing every year.

This widespread faith in charters is particularly surprising because public confidence in the nation's schools is at an all-time low. In the most recent Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa poll, only 19 percent of Americans gave the public schools an A or B grade, and 30 percent gave them a D or an F. Charter schools, of course, are public schools. Yet, somehow, they have been immune to the national panic about education, even without producing demonstrably different results.

"Leaders in urban districts should seize the moment and append the ‘charter’ label to their schools."

Many supporters of the public schools are outraged at this uncritical faith placed in charters, and for good reason. Charter boosters have frequently worked to make charters look good by making traditional public schools look bad. And just as troubling, charter supporters have often gone after teachers, making the case that traditional public schools are rendered ineffective by one-sided collective bargaining agreements. Consequently, charter skeptics have tried to chip away at the public's faith in charters, believing that if they can burst the charter bubble, they will restore the place of traditional public schools. But they are wrong. And in turning their backs on charters, they are missing a tremendous opportunity.

Schools, whether or not we choose to admit it, operate on faith in their quality. Such faith is what attracts and motivates capable teachers. It is what draws the most active and concerned parents. And it is what keeps young people showing up each day. High or low test scores certainly can corroborate what we already believe about a school. But ultimately our decisions about where to teach or where to send our children are driven not by careful analysis so much as by unreasoning belief. In the second half of the 20th century, Americans gradually lost their faith in urban education. Believing city schools to be inadequate, middle-class parents moved to suburban districts or sent their

children to private schools. In so doing, they left a stain on the systems they exited—marking them as the sole domain of those without better options. Without a way to inspire faith, urban schools have been unable to turn back the tide. They are a failed brand.

Charter schools, however, present an opening. Because regardless of whether people should believe in charters, they do. Capitalizing on that faith, leaders in urban districts should seize the moment and append the "charter" label to their schools. Think of it as a massive rebranding effort.

This, certainly, will not be the most substantive of recent school reform initiatives. Yet it just might be the most powerful. Why? First, because such a rechristening would collapse the divide between public school supporters and charter boosters, bringing badly needed resources and enthusiasm into traditional public schools. Second, such a move might give quality-conscious parents a new perspective on urban education. As the president of the St. Paul (Minn.) Area Association of Realtors put it in an online news article: "It's all about reputation and word of mouth, and people see that as the truth." In the same story, she said the city's schools "just don't have a good reputation out there." But imagine if they did. Imagine what city schools would look like if teachers, parents, policymakers, and students began to believe in them again.

In considering a districtwide rebranding, leaders should establish two conditions. First, to prevent the weakest schools from sinking to the bottom, these new charters should initially operate under the aegis of the district, much as traditional public schools do. And second, to prevent the exploitation of teachers, rebranded schools should recognize current collective bargaining contracts.

Charter boosters, no doubt, will raise objections to these conditions, claiming that they undermine charter autonomy. But savvy district leaders will frame their efforts as a transition, not a ruse. Although districts would at first grant little autonomy to these new "charters," they could promise increasing independence to schools that demonstrated effectiveness. And while the district would initially control labor contracts, effective charters might begin to negotiate school-specific collective bargaining agreements. Such moves, of course, might not satisfy charter zealots, but they would appeal to the movement's moderate majority. And though refashioning schools as charters might irk defenders of traditional public schools, it just might restore the support they so badly need.

For decades, socially mobile parents otherwise happy with city living have worked to get their kids out of urban schools. In the process, they have turned perceptions of low quality into reality and delayed the pursuit of educational equity. But with a deft and simple policy move, leaders in urban districts might manage to reverse the equation. Building on faith in charters, they might begin to restore the confidence required for making city schools great again. And eventually, they might even give us reason to believe.

- Jack Schneider is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., and the author of Excellence for All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America's Public Schools (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011).

by Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College in the Huffington Post |

2/28/2013 9:46 am :: For years, Los Angeles has been ground zero in an intense debate about how to improve our nation's education system. What's less known is who is shaping that debate. Many of the biggest contributors to the so-called "school choice" movement -- code words for privatizing our public education system -- are billionaires who don't live in Southern California, but have gained significant influence in local school politics. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent contribution of $1 million to a political action committee created to influence next week's LAUSD school board elections is only the most recent example of the billionaire blitzkrieg.

For more than a decade, however, one of the biggest of the billionaire interlopers has been the Walton family, heirs to the Walmart fortune, who have poured millions into a privatization-oriented, ideological campaign to make LA a laboratory for their ideas about treating schools like for-profit businesses, and treating parents, students and teachers like cogs in what they must think are education big-box retail stores.

As a business chain, Walmart has spent a fortune -- in philanthropy and campaign contributions -- trying to break into the Los Angeles retail market with its low-wage retail stores.

Now the Walton family -- which derives its fortune from the Arkansas-based Walmart -- is trying to use that fortune to bring Walmart-style education to Los Angeles.

The Waltons have long supported efforts to privatize education through the Walton Family Foundation as well as individual political donations to local candidates. Since 2005, the Waltons have given more than $1 billion to organizations and candidates who support privatization. They've channeled the funds to the pro-charter and pro-voucher Milton Friedman Foundation for Education Choice, Michelle Rhee's pro-privatization and high-stakes testing organization Students First, and the pro-voucher Alliance for School Choice, where Walton family member Carrie Walton Penner sits on the board. In addition to funding these corporate-style education reform organizations, since 2000 the Waltons have also spent more than $24 million bankrolling politicians, political action committees, and ballot issues in California and elsewhere at the state and local level which undermine public education and literally shortchange students.

In 2006, Greg Penner, who married Carrie Walton Penner (daughter of Walmart chairman Rob Walton and granddaughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton) and serves on Walmart's board, spent $250,000 to oppose a statewide ballot initiative that would have created a universal preschool system to give California's children a much-needed leg up in early education. It also would have created thousands of good jobs for preschool teachers.

In Los Angeles alone, the Walton Family Foundation has donated over $84.3 million to charter schools and organizations that support them, such as Green Dot Schools, ICEF schools, and the Los Angeles Parent Union, as well as $1 million to candidates or political action committees which support diverting tax dollars away from public schools. They believe in high-stakes testing, hate teachers unions, want to measure student and teacher success primarily by relying on one-size-fits-all standardized tests, but have an entirely different set of standards when it comes to judging charter schools.

You'd think that the Waltons would invest in ideas that would improve education. But there's little evidence that private charter schools and vouchers -- the Waltons' two big obsessions -- are effective at boosting students' learning outcomes. A 2009 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University discovered that only 17 percent of charter schools provided a better education than traditional public schools. Thirty-seven percent actually offered children a worse education. In other words, on balance, charters make things worse, even though many of those schools "cream" the best students from regular public schools. Just this month, the same Stanford center released a study that called for stronger monitoring and review processes for charter schools.

Other research confirms that charters rarely deliver on the promises their backers make. In October 2012, the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Education released an audit finding that the California Department of Education lacks the necessary oversight capabilities to monitor charter schools' compliance with federal law. With about 100,000 children in charters -- the highest number of charter students in the country, representing more than 15 percent of the children in the district -- Los Angeles bears the brunt of this regulatory failure.

The Walton family became America's richest family by creating a retail model built on ruthless cost-cutting, low wages and few benefits. So, it isn't surprising that some studies show that charter school teachers are paid less than teachers at traditional public schools and have few years of education on average. Is this the right model for our schools?

Many studies show that parents' incomes are the best predictor of students' academic performance, which results in a wide "achievement gap" between affluent and low-income students. Walmart contributes to this gap. It is not only the nation's largest private employer, with well over one million employees, but it also has the largest number of poverty-level jobs in the country. If the Waltons, who still own half of Walmart, really wanted to do something to help improve schools, they could start by paying their employees a living wage.

If we are serious about the future of our children, we must ask: why are the Waltons, a largely out-of-state family with no ties to Los Angeles' children and little background in education, intent on turning our communities' educational choices into a junior version of the cut-throat, profiteering corporate world? It's time for us to take a hard look at ideological billionaires who are throwing their wealth into undermining our schools -- before our children pay the real price.

- Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College

From Anonymous Secondary Principal to the AALA Update, week of March 4, 2013 |

Just wanted to share/vent. The number of successive meetings makes it impossible to supervise instruction at the schoolhouse.

This week:

• Tuesday --1/2 [day] meeting (including travel to and from ESC office) on Algebra SPA results;
• Wednesday -- day long principals’ network meeting;
• Thursday--day long operations meeting.

Monday was a holiday, so that leaves

• Friday for everything else, including writing up 2 teachers, visiting classrooms, planning PD for next week, approving payroll, etc.

There still seems to be a disconnect between what we are expected to do and the time we have to accomplish it. I am on campus every Saturday to try and catch up; a losing proposition.

•• smf’s 2¢: This cry for help needs no further explanation. Check the full Update page for the AALA response if you want. I realize the bit about writing up two teachers won’t elicit all that much sympathy from 4LAKids’ teacher-readers – but perhaps an administrator who’s not so overworked would be a little more sympathetic. And more than likely those teachers are just as stressed and under-appreciated – they are certainly under supported.

I remember the The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union “Look For the Union Label” anthem: “Sure we work hard, but who’s complaining?”

But this is no time to cave in and go all uncomplaining. Your workplace isn’t a station at the widget factory; it’s a school where children and young people need to be safe, healthy and educated. The environment described is neither safe nor healthful. The-powers-that-be care only for data that supports their belief that data identifies success and everything else is anecdotal.

Children need to read technical manuals because technical manuals will be on the test. Moby Dick is an anecdote.

They do not give an instance of airborne intercourse for much else – and even less for the wellbeing and morale of their employees.

Remember what Mr. Buddy Holly of Lubbock Texas taught us: “Rave On!”

By smf for 4LAKids

“The Teachable Moment” has become an educational cliché. If ever there was a person who seized a number of teachable moments and wrestled them to the ground, it was Surgeon General C. Everett Koop,

When Dr. Koop was named as surgeon general by President Reagan his appointment was opposed by liberals and progressives because of his public reservations about abortion. When he left office he was a figure beloved+respected by all ….with the exception of Big Tobacco. The picture of Dr. Koop with his Yankee chin whiskers and naval officer's uniform (The Chief of the US Public Health Service is a Navy Vice Admiral) is the image of The Surgeon General. He looked like Captain Ahab – not Ahab undone by his nemesis whale but Ahab promoted to admiral – and Koop’s mission against tobacco smoking makes Melville’s Ahab look like Caspar Milquetoast.

Before he came to Washington Dr. Koop was practically the inventor of neonatal surgery – as the savior of thousands of infants (and through education and pioneering technique millions) – how could he not be opposed to abortion? Yet Koop balked at the Reagan Administration’s request that he oppose abortion on medical grounds – he contended it was a moral issue and not an issue of public health.

His 1988 Surgeon General’s Report – his crusade against smoking and the Surgeon General’s Warning printed on every pack of cigarettes since was a game changer. In his term as Surgeon General tobacco use began to wane– it has declined every year since. Koop informed, he educated and he did holy battle against tobacco. He did what leaders do: He led. Smoking isn’t just bad – it is evil … in a purely public health sense.

Koop was every bit as successful in initiating the fight against AIDS-HIV. The disease was preying on Haitians, homosexuals and drug addicts – social outcasts – but Koop educated us all that the epidemic was our epidemic – and that its victims were our brothers and sisters. The vengeful judge doing battle with his terrible swift sword became the scholar-priest with the lamp of knowledge – enlightening us all.

We continue Koop’s mission in education today in Tobacco Use and Prevention Education (TUPE) and AIDS/HIV Education – embedded in the curriculum – every bit as important as Language Arts, Math or Science, Only more so – few die from failure at algebra.

Dr. Koop was first and always and ultimately a pediatrician. After that he was a teacher - and he taught not just an entire generation but across generations. He saved and changed lives well beyond his own generation and into future generation.

A long and wonderful life well lived. Godspeed.

HIGHLIGHTS, LOWLIGHTS & THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT: The Rest (but not necessarily the best) of the Stories from Other Sources

Eric Garcetti has the backing of the teachers union and wants to unite the union and reformers. Wendy Greuel wants local decision-making. Jan Perry wants a non-voting seat on the board.
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Scott Folsom is a parent leader in LAUSD and is Parent/Volunteer of the Year for 2010-11 for Los Angeles County. • He is Past President of Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA and represented PTA on the LAUSD Construction Bond Citizen's Oversight Committee for ten years. He is a Health Commissioner, Legislation Team member and a member of the Board of Managers of the California State PTA. He serves on numerous school district advisory and policy committees and has served as a PTA officer and governance council member at three LAUSD schools. He is the recipient of the UTLA/AFT 2009 "WHO" Gold Award for his support of education and public schools - an honor he hopes to someday deserve. • In this forum his opinions are his own and your opinions and feedback are invited. Quoted and/or cited content copyright © the original author and/or publisher. All other material copyright © 4LAKids.
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