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A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
UTLA Facebook page.
Rene Diedrich March 21, 2014 at 02:21 pm
Fletcher has betrayed the rank and file, but things will only get worse for teachers and schoolsRead More with Caputo Pearl and a skate of stained incumbents behind him. Switching puppets helps Deasy dodge accoubtability for his litany of egregious transgressions . Pearl cheated by visiting schools , which us illegal and gave him an advantage as did the media bias arranged by Deasy in blogs , newspapers and even a smear job on the real underdogs in the Wall Street Journal . Unions were easy to topple when the billionaires got in the mix . Leadership in UTLA, CTC , NEA , AFT AND UFT Have notoriously sold out to line their pockets which all ready counts from $225,000 to $450,000 just on salery. There are bonuses, pensions, expense accounts, PPO s, cars, housing, vacations and paid speaking engagements but all that is not enough. When school officials share these same wages and benefits as the union leaders , they become peers with great power and peon teachers bringing in 10% of what the leaders do become the PWT ( poor white trash ) of professionals . What makes my blood boil is the wanton indifference to our mission as educators . Its all about. Profits and heeding the call of the eduction industrial complex with its edtech, testing, VAMBOOZLE virtual schools, charter Goldmines, scripted lessons and philanthropy gone wild . Eli Broad admits he knows nothing about teaching but says they. Can manage business. Education is not a business. Whatever these test factories are is not a public service and breaking the union never meant that it would not exist . That symbiotic relationship is necessary to maintain such a dysfunctional system, but any duty the union had to teachers was subverted by the plutocrats and their political puppetry . Pearl or Fletcher makes no difference. That's why less than 20% voted and none of them are likely to strike or rally bc they know their days are numbered.
Palisades Charter High School is an independent charter school in Los Angeles Unifed School District.
Don March 17, 2014 at 07:00 am
Since its apparent after decades of inept indifference by LAUSD and the Teachers unions, what areRead More the citizens of Los Angeles going to do about it? Continue apathy or demand with whatever measures necessary inmasse to say enough is enough. How about vouchers to start?
Ken Smith March 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm
I read throught the actual research and the reporter only highlighted the positive. One of theRead More important pieces of information was that the study stated that 30% of charters in LA will perform below standard in math and 1/4 below standard in English. They also did not list the average demographic for the schools which I found significant and stated earlier. out of about 150,000 students, there are under 6,000 special education students. That is less than 4%. At my campus we have 22% special education and those numbers highly impact our performance and test scores. Again, charters had a higher number of whites which typically have higher test scores, a much lower number of latino students who historically do not score as high as whites or asians, and a lower number of students in poverty. I think it is clear how charters are making the advances in testing. They are getting students that 1. Have family support. 2. Want to succeed so they are making choices to improve. 3. There are less students with challenges like poverty, special needs and behavior.
Frank Estrada April 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Time to beak up LAUSD for the childrens sake..
The UTLA Facebook page.
Don March 4, 2014 at 07:32 pm
Notice the familiar theme They said the same things when the new construction school bonds wereRead More passed then supplemented to the tune of 19 billion dollars Then they had the same theme again with the Maintenance and upgrade bonds to the tune of 7 billion dollars Then they combined new construction and Maintenance into a single organization and then spent New Construction Bond money on Ipads Class sizes were reduced, new schools were built, over 700 and nowthey're throwing the same theme at us again By the way a teacher works a 155 day school year. You work 255 days a year. That's 100 days difference. A starting teacher at 50k equates to over 80,000 dollars a year Feeling impoverished yet. You should. You're paying an awful lot for awful performance So paying them for being bad, doesn't sound all that good now does it?
Don March 5, 2014 at 06:44 am
Oh I forgot. What about the California Lottery where a minimum of 33% was to go to education. TheRead More system is fleecing you and if you go along with this you earned the right to this debacle. Tenure, outrageous pensions, workers comp fraud, can't fire incompetence and they feel neglected and mistreated. Somethings wrong with this picture
Books have gone missing from LAUSD libraries that are not staffed with professional librarians, a union rep says.
Nicole Williams February 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
They're too busy buying iPads at RETAIL prices!!!!When there's a sub, they automatically watch aRead More dvd! My kid could learn MORE at home watching TV than at an LAUSD school. It's so frustrating!!!!!You can't even log onto the Net on a desktop at schools-it's RIDICULOUS!!
Librarygal February 25, 2014 at 06:35 am
As an LAUSD Library Aide since 2000 I have seen a lot of changes. Most of us have been reduced to 3Read More hours a day. A typical day can be up to 6 classes scheduled, primary grades get story time, students come in at the same time to exchange books so they can keep up with the required reading program Accelerated Reader, teachers need guidance to find books which supplement the curriculum, not to mention shelving, putting up monthly displays, etc. We are constantly looking for funding to purchase new books & fun ways to promote the library. It's sad to think about school libraries that have to be closed because there is no Library Aide or Teacher Librarian. I promote the public library daily, but most students do not have the opportunity to go because their parents don't have time to take them. Hopefully things will change so all students may have equal access to the school libraries.
JMarsh February 25, 2014 at 07:14 am
The first elementary school I taught at years ago had a full-time credentialed librarian. She wasRead More wonderful. The library was always in order and open. We had a weekly library visit with our class. If you were studying a topic you could let her know and she would pull a number of grade level books on the subject. She always had featured books on display in the library. They were about holidays, etc. She really made a difference! None of the other schools I taught at had a librarian.
LAUSD has a plan -- criticized by some -- to put iPads in the hands of all students. Patch file photo.
GarfieldNeighborhoodWatch February 21, 2014 at 07:13 am
what happens when a student "loses" his ipad? maybe sell it on ebay to make some money?
michelle February 21, 2014 at 08:08 am
I have 3 children at LAUSD and I don't want them to be on an iPad at school. I understand that theRead More iPad is an excellent learning took for many schools; however, the schools where the iPads are being used provide a comprehensive training program for the teachers so they can best utilize this great resource in the classroom. The teachers at our elementary school barely know how to upload a PDF to the teacher section of the school website! Buying iPads for each student is a complete waste of money and whoever was involved in making this reckless decision should be forced out of their position. They clearly have not thought about the many trials and tribulations that will come along with iPad ownership. Why not just provide each school with 2 iPad carts and have them rotate in the classrooms? Start there! What a bunch of dummies we are paying for.
michelle February 21, 2014 at 08:11 am
Oh and my children have to eat lunch outside in the 109 degree heat from the asphalt. Ridiculous.
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Murray Weisberg October 3, 2013 at 02:54 pm
It's the parents that have changed. None of us ever died from homework. It was just something thatRead More had to be done. It helped teach us to organize our time and yes, one only learns through repetition. The more a person understands the basics, which is what is taught in elementary school, etc., the better they will be able to use those tools to handle the real creative thinking needed to solve more complex problems in the real world.
Peter Samuelson September 26, 2013 at 01:39 pm
The efforts of VC Montero and UCLA to built robust pathways to Bachelors Degrees for former FosterRead More Youth are already bearing fruit as youth from blighted childhoods succeed and break repetitive cycles of abuse, neglect and despair. This is how we fix our appallingly broken Foster Care system nationally. Pioneered in Westwood. And the Pritzkers give new meaning to Heal the World. Theirs is not just a donation of money, but some very sophisticated and leveraged clever thinking. Wonderful stuff. Leading from the front. Exciting.
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