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LAPD confirms ‘ongoing investigation’ of Rafe Esquith

A day after lawyers for Rafe Esquith said they knew of no outside investigation into his past, the Los Angeles Police Department today confirmed that a department probe begun earlier this year was continuing.

“There is an ongoing investigation at this time,” said LAPD public information officer Norma Eisenman, an assertion confirmed by Capt. Julian R. Melendez of the LAPD Juvenile Division in the West Bureau Olympic Community Police division.

The confirmation follows the filing of a $1 billion class action lawsuit against LAUSD on behalf of Esquith, a nationally-known Hobart Elementary School teacher, and other teachers who have been pulled from their classrooms and placed in “teacher jail.” Esquith was removed from his classroom in April.

In announcing the lawsuit yesterday, Esquith’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said, “No, there’s nothing that the LAPD is doing.” Geragos said neither the police nor the district ever brought up any acccuations such as “highly inappropriate conduct involving touching of minors” during his time as a district teacher or “inappropriate photographs and videos of a sexual nature” on his school computer, as the district has claimed.

“I haven’t been given anything of the things they leaked,” Geragos said. “They haven’t given us any information, they did not show us anything.” He said Esquith denies any wrongdoing and has never had a complaint lodged against him in three decades of teaching.

Eisenman emphasized that an LAPD investigation doesn’t establish guilt.

“Usually what happens is that the school district will send over the information and the juvenile division will investigate, but that doesn’t mean there will be any charges,” Eisenman explained. LA School Report reported two months ago that LAPD had launched an investigation involving the Sexually Exploited Child Unit.

Geragos said his client has not even confirmed that the school board voted to terminate him from teaching at LAUSD. Citing an anonymous source, the Los Angeles Times reported that the board voted unanimously this week in a closed session to end Esquith’s contract.

The district has refused to confirm the report and has declined to comment on the class action lawsuit filed yesterday.

http://laschoolreport.com/

LAUSD could be costing us tax payers a lot of money, with their tricks.

L.A. school board votes to fire teacher Rafe Esquith, accused of misconduct
Rafe Esquith
Hobart Avenue Elementary School educator Rafe Esquith, a nationally recognized teacher, has denied wrongdoing. (Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)
Zahira Torres and Howard BlumeContact Reporters

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted this week to fire nationally recognized teacher Rafe Esquith, following a misconduct investigation that included allegations he made an improper joke to students and inappropriately touched minors, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

The longtime educator at Hobart Avenue Elementary School, who has received national acclaim for his teaching and his bestselling books, has denied wrongdoing.

Acting on the recommendation of senior administrators, the school board voted unanimously behind closed doors Tuesday to begin termination proceedings against Esquith, according to sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter.

Esquith, 61, was removed from the classroom in April after another educator complained about a joke he made to students relating to nudity. The complaint prompted an investigation, which quickly grew to include other allegations of misconduct.

In a letter to Esquith's attorneys in August, district officials said they were investigating claims that he inappropriately touched minors before and during his more than 30-year teaching career. The district also said the inquiry "revealed multiple inappropriate photographs and videos of a sexual nature." Other allegations involved his handling of a nonprofit.
State audit gives L.A. Unified better marks in handling abuse cases
State audit gives L.A. Unified better marks in handling abuse cases

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Esquith's attorney, Mark Geragos, said in an email that he believed any action against his client was a preemptive move to a class-action lawsuit he intends to file this week "on behalf of thousands of teachers who all attest to the pattern and practice of the District to gin up false complaints to divest teachers of their benefits as they near retirement age." Geragos, however, did not address questions about the board's action against Esquith.

District officials declined comment, calling it a confidential personnel matter.

Earlier this year, the famed educator's suspension outraged supporters across the country, who demanded he be returned to the classroom. His lawyers accused the district of attempting to smear the teacher. They filed a lawsuit seeking his reinstatement. In court papers, they alleged that the investigation was launched because Esquith had quipped that if he could not raise enough money for an annual Shakespeare play, students would have to perform their parts naked like the king in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

District officials said the joke was not the focus of the investigation, which had yielded more serious allegations, including one of sexual abuse that dated back forty years. The district also stated in the August letter to Esquith's attorneys that it was looking into possible "ethical and district policy violations" related to his nonprofit, the Hobart Shakespeareans.
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Esquith can challenge his dismissal before an administrative law judge.

An L.A. Unified spokeswoman said Wednesday that Esquith was no longer being paid by the district.

Teachers are entitled to a hearing before the school board votes on any disciplinary action, but they do not have to participate. After the hearing, educators are informed of any recommendation for dismissal.

In Esquith's case, one of his attorneys said they elected not to take part in a September hearing because they believed the district had predetermined the outcome.

"At that point we said the litigation is going to take its course. We'll see you in court," attorney Ben Meiselas told The Times last week.

In addition to his reinstatement, Esquith's lawsuit against the district seeks unspecified damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, retaliation and age discrimination. Stress from the investigation led to Esquith's recent hospitalization, according to the suit.

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Looking For Back To Back City Champion Titles

Well for everyone following Eagle Rock girls basketball won again today beating the number one seated team 53 - 36. Next Saturday they play the number two seated team for the final game. One win away for a 2nd city champion title back to back. Florence Lucey I am very proud of you and all you Eagle Rock HS Basketball girls your incredible. You play so well together, your like sisters on the court. I look forward to seeing your final victory of the season. Play hard and take no prisoners. Its all yours. GO EAGLES

EAGLE ROCK WATER POLO
Yes Yes Yes, Eagle Rock Girls Water Polo Wins City Champions Division One, four years in a row. Congratulation, You are the best. Dorothy Lucey now has two wins under her belt. Lindsey Garcia has 4 Eagle Rock Girls Water Polo Wins. Great job to all you girls, all your efforts paid off.


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"Superintendent John Deasy works too much.

So much so, that he rarely takes time off for vacation. As a result, the Los Angeles Unified School board voted at its monthly meeting yesterday to pay him for up to 24 days of unused vacation time, the equivalent of nearly $30,000 added to his annual salary of $330,000, according to Megan Reilly, the district's chief financial officer."

"School board member Bennett Kayser alone objected to what he said is a salary increase for Deasy, who threatened to quit four months ago. Kayser said it was inappropriate especially, “while we have employees who have not gotten a raise in years.”"

The LA Unified board voted to pay Deasy for unused vacation time.

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The LA Unified school board voted yesterday to pay Superintendent John Deasy for his unused vacation time, about $30,000 worth.

 


Breaking News: Internal Report Says L.A. iPad Purchase Was Poorly Planned, Deeply Flawed

Annie Gilbertson of KPCC in Los Angeles reports that internal emails show that district officials met and emailed Apple and Pearson a year before the bidding process for new technology and software began.

“Emails obtained by KPCC show Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy personally began meeting with Pearson and Apple to discuss the eventual purchase of their products starting nearly a year before the contract went out to public bid.

“Detailed in dozens of emails, the early private talks included everything from prices – about $160 million over five years – to tech support.

“On behalf of those involved in Pearson Common Core System of Courses, I want you to know how much we are looking forward to our partnership with LAUSD,” Pearson staffer Sherry King wrote the head of curriculum for L.A. Unified at the time, Jaime Aquino, in November 2013. “We have begun to work closely with your leadership to help make the transition to the common core smooth for everyone.”

“Emails show Deasy met with CEO of Pearson in May 2012 and later told her it led him to have “excited” conversations with his staff upon his return.”

Deasy also met with Apple officials in 2012.

School officials declined to comment.

“Michael Josephson, of the Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles, said it's possible Pearson was the best choice and school officials didn't mean to play to favorites – but it doesn't look good.

“You absolutely don't want a situation where contracts are being steered to favorites,” he said. “It invites kickbacks. It invites skimming. It invites bribery. That's totally unacceptable.”



Eagle Rock California 90041 News Flash Education

To the community of Eagle Rock I believe we as parents and community members should have something to say as to who fills the position as principal at Eagle Rock Jr. and Sr. High School. We as tax payers, we as parents, we as community people should not allow others to dictate the best for our children of such important matters and positions as this.

We know what's best for our kids when given the opportunity to be told the truth. Mr. Velasco and a great number of teachers did a great job educating our kids and we have seen the results in both academics and sports over the last 8 years. Given the funding the district gave to him and what he fought for we owe him and most of those teachers a lot for their great efforts.

On the other hand we have a small number of teachers at Eagle Rock and others apparently in the Booster Club that have worked against us for their own selfish cause.

It seems to me that LAUSD has created false complaints against Mr. Salvador Velasco to open up this position for an unqualified person. Mr. Martinez has chosen what seems to be a friend or associate of his to replace Mr. Salvador Velasco. I ask you who would you hire if you had a choice.

 

Dr. David Baca 

1) received his teaching credential in 2005

2) teaching experience ??? No record found

3) received his administrative credential 9/13/10

4) administrative experience-two years as Data Coordinator for Mr. Martinez

5) School based administrative experience-one year at Glen Alta Elementary School (264 students) 16 teachers or staff members

 

Mr. Velasco

 1) received his teaching credential in 1984

 2) teaching experience-1984-1999 (15 years teaching middle and high school students)

 3) received his administrative credential in 1996

 4) administrative experience- 15 years administrating schools of 3000-4200 middle and high school        students   with over 100 teachers and staff members.

 5) nine year record at Eagle Rock Jr. and High School

 

1.       GRADUATION RATE INCREASED FROM 67% TO 97%

2.       API SCORE INCREASED TO 776

3.       MAGNET PROGRAM INCREASE FROM 150 STUDENTS TO 750 JR. AND SR. HIGH

4.       LEAD THE SCHOOL TO BE THE FIRST IB (INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATTE)

5.       ATTENDANCE RATE IMPROVED TO 98%

6.       MORE AP COURSES OFFERED, AP TESTS TAKEN INCREASED BY 33%

7.       COLLEGE GOING CULTURE INCREASED TO 95% OF GRADUATES ATTENDING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

8.       SUPPORT FOR ATHLETICS HAS RESULTED IN 12 CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS, MORE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN THE PREVIOUS 80 YEARS OF ATHLETICS COMBINED

9.       FOUGHT FOR STADIUM LIGHTS, RESTROOM ON THE FIELD, NEW SEATING AREAS FOR STUDENTS, AND A NEWLY MODERNIZED AUDITORIUM

10.     FOUGHT FOR AN 80 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT TO MODERNIZE ERHS

11.     NINE CONTINUOUS YEARS OF MAINTAINING A SAFE SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS

12.     NINE CONTINUOUS YEARS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS FOR ALL STUDENTS

13.     EL (ENGLISH LEARNERS) 108 POINTS GAINED LAST YEAR, BEST PERFORMANCE BY EL STUDENTS IN SCHOOL'S HISTORY

14.     2013-2014 RECLASSIFICATION OF ENGLISH LEARNERS' HIGHEST PERCENTAGE

15.     NINE CONTINUOUS YEARS OF ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

16.     MADE CONTINUOUS ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT DESPITE WORST BUDGET CRISIS IN LAUSD

17.     THE WELL BEING OF ALL STUDENTS HAS BEEN MOST IMPORTANT FOR MR. VELASCO

18.     100% OF STUDENTS RECEIVED FREE BREAKFAST (FIRST LARGE COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL TO IMPLEMENT BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM WITHOUT LOSS OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME)

19.     FOSTERED AND PRACTICED AN OPEN DOOR POLICY FOR ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STAFF

20. SCHOOLS' PERFORMANCE NAMED AS ONE OF THE FACTORS FOR CITY OF EAGLE ROCK TO BE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN RESULTING IN IMPROVED REAL ESTATE PRICES.


John E. Deasy and Mr. Martinez what are they transforming our school into. We as parents want a voice, truth and respect in education you are misusing our tax dollars and playing games with the futures of our children the livelihood of great educators and we don't like it.

It's time you call a new community meeting and invite parents, teachers and Mr. Velasco in a open forum and lets get to the truth.

www.lausdcommunity.com        You can place your comments on the BLOG page.

Joseph Lucey

josephlucey@yahoo.com

 



Teacher Tenure

"If a teacher is given a chance or two chances or three chances but still does not improve, there's no excuse for that person to continue teaching. I reject a system that rewards failure and protects a person from its consequences."
Mar. 10, 2009 Barack Obama

"Tenure removes accountability that might otherwise exist. Problem w unions is u can't reward the best/get rid of worst."
Jan. 26, 2011 Gary Johnson

“Removing the least effective teachers from the classroom is also an important way to improve overall teacher quality… If we truly want better public schools, we will have to insist on contract provisions that allow for removing the few teachers who should not be working with children…

Teachers’ unions do their very best to secure these insulations from performance for their members, and the results are lack of accountability, rising pay as a simple function of years on the job, and near-absolute job security. These have a deadening impact on student achievement.”
2010 Mitt Romney

"The current ideologically driven, credentialed, bureaucratic, unionized, tenured system cannot be fixed... Tenure should be abolished. No bad teacher should be permitted to ruin a child’s future."
Oct. 27, 2011 Newt Gingrich

Should K-12 teachers get tenure? "Mostly, no."
May 14, 2012 Virgil Goode

LAUSD announced this week it has now closed its teacher jail or rubber rooms where approximately 250 to 400 tenured teachers, coaches, teacher aids and secretaries accused of wrongdoing and not always being told what the wrongdoing was. Now they received their full salaries to stay at home and wait out the process at the tax payers expense. BAD MANAGMENT BY LAUSD
Joseph Lucey
www.lausdcommunity.com

THESE ARE YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK I DON'T SEE A VALUE

http://teachertenure.procon.org/#california-June-2014

· In a June 1, 2009 study by the New Teacher Project, 86% of school administrators said "they do not always pursue dismissal" of poorly performing teachers because of the costly and time consuming process.
· California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a special election for Nov. 8, 2005 that included Proposition 74, which would have extended the time before a teacher becomes tenured from two to five years.  In response, the California Teachers Association increased member fees by $60, raising $50 million to fight Proposition 74. The proposition failed, receiving 45% of the vote.
· On June 28, 2010, New York City closed its "rubber rooms,” where approximately 600 tenured teachers "accused of incompetence and wrongdoing” received their full salaries to sit in a sparse room and do nothing.

What we need as Americans are productive kids, with a great education in good performing schools with an end product of every kid college ready and prepared to add to the county that gave him or her the opportunity to succeed.

We as parents and tax payers don't owe teachers job securities. They need to earn it just like we do at our jobs everyday through performance. Bad teachers and bad administrators need to go because we as parents have no need for you you are an insult to our hard working efforts of paying our taxes.

Good teaches and administrators need to work with us parents, elected officials to develop new laws and rules to make your work place a secure benefit for both you and us tax paying parents.

As for the unions go. I think these people need to get off their ass and realize that the time is getting closer where we as parents are longer going to tolerate their low performance, do nothing, protect everyone else but our kids mentality, that over see our tax dollars foolishly spent and still want to have power and pay.

Parents these unions are doing nothing for us as tax payers and do less for us to help educate our kids. IT"S TIME FOR THEM TO GO!

Joseph Lucey
www.lausdcommunity.com

 

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Teacher Tenure

Teacher tenure is the increasingly controversial form of job protection that public school teachers in all states receive after 1-7 years on the job. As of 2008, 2.3 million teachers have tenure.

Proponents of tenure argue that it protects teachers from being fired for personal or political reasons, and prevents the firing of experienced teachers to hire less expensive new teachers. They contend that since school administrators grant tenure, neither teachers nor teacher unions should be unfairly blamed for problems with the tenure system.

Opponents of tenure argue that this job protection makes the removal of poorly performing teachers so difficult and costly that most schools end up retaining their bad teachers. They contend that tenure encourages complacency among teachers who do not fear losing their jobs, and that tenure is no longer needed given current laws against job discrimination.

Prior to the introduction of teacher tenure, teachers were often fired for non-work related reasons. Teachers could be dismissed if a new political party took power or if a principal wanted to give jobs to his friends. Calls for special protections for teachers coincided with the women’s suffrage movement and labor struggles during the late 19th century. The National Education Association issued a report in 1885 advocating for public school teachers to receive tenure to protect against political favoritism and discrimination based on gender and race. In 1886, Massachusetts became the first state to pass a pre-college tenure law. [1] When nearly 10,000 teachers arrived in Chicago for the 1887 NEA conference, teacher tenure was one of the main discussion topics. In 1909, New Jersey passed the first comprehensive K-12 tenure law in the US. Proponents of the teacher tenure law in New Jersey argued that it would attract more qualified teachers and eliminate political favoritism, while opponents warned that tenure would make it more difficult to remove ineffective teachers. [18]

After the Great Depression, teachers began to organize politically in order to receive funding and job protections. [35] Teachers unions negotiated for tenure clauses in their contracts with state and individual school districts. By 1940, 70% of K-12 public school teachers had job protections. [4] In the mid-1950s, the number grew to over 80%. [4]

Education and tenure reform became a national issue following the release of A Nation at Risk, a 1983 report of President Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education that found "the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people." [36] The report prompted states to look at reforming tenure, strengthening educational standards, and increasing the use of standardized tests. 

Following the release of a 1985 report by the Illinois State Board of Education showing that only three tenured teachers were dismissed on average per year, the Illinois legislature changed their tenure laws to make it easier to dismiss underperforming teachers. [18] In the 18 years following these changes, only 39 tenured teachers were dismissed. [18]

In 2000, Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, a Democrat, successfully pushed a law through the legislature eliminating tenure for new teachers. Barnes told a joint session of the General Assembly, "Most of the time, tenure means a principal doesn't even try to dismiss a bad teacher because, even if the principal bucks the odds and succeeds, the cost in time and money is staggering.” [37] When Barnes was up for reelection in 2002, teachers refused to support him, helping Sonny Perdue to become the first Republican Governor of Georgia since 1872.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took the issue of teacher tenure directly to the voters in a Nov. 8, 2005 special election. Proposition 74 called for the period of time before a teacher becomes tenured to be extended from two years to five years. In response, the California Teachers Association increased member fees by $60, raising $50 million to fight Proposition 74. [4] The proposition failed, receiving 45% of the vote. [5]

On July 24, 2009, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Race to the Top program which made available $4.35 billion in grants to "encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform.” [38] Requirements for states to receive funding from the new federal program include adopting policies that take into account student achievement when evaluating teachers and having plans to remove "ineffective tenured and untenured teachers.”
After failing to win Race from the Top funding, Colorado passed legislation in May of 2009 making it possible for teachers to lose their tenure status. Also in 2009, Ohio extended the period before a teacher becomes tenured from three years to seven.

Despite New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg favoring "ending tenure as we know it,” the United Federation of Teachers, with the largest political-action fund in New York City, has so far been able to protect tenure for teachers. New York is currently ineligible to receive Race to the Top funding because of an April 2008 law passed by the state legislature banning the use of student test data when making tenure decisions. [40]

Some changes to tenure have been made under the leadership of Joel Klein, Chancellor of New York City Public Schools. From 2002 when Klein was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg until 2009, the percentage of third-year teachers not receiving tenure has risen from three percent to six, and the percentage of tenured teachers receiving unsatisfactory ratings increased from 1% to 1.8%. On June 28, 2010, the city’s "rubber rooms,” where approximately 600 tenured teachers "accused of incompetence and wrongdoing” received a full salary to sit in a sparse room every day, were closed. [6] [7]

A Feb. 11, 2010 LA Weekly investigation found that the Los Angeles Unified School District spent $3.5 million trying to fire seven underperforming teachers. On average, legal struggles to remove each teacher took five years and ended with four of the teachers being fired. Thirty-two other underperforming teachers were given an average of $50,000 by the district to quit. [41]

In 2008, DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee proposed giving teachers the option of linking pay to performance in exchange for teachers giving up tenure. Union leadership refused to allow their membership to vote for the proposal that would allow teachers to earn up to $130,000 a year. When the DC teachers union allowed their membership to vote on the proposal in June of 2010, 80% of teachers voted in favor of it. The following month, Ms. Rhee fired 241 teachers and placed 737 teachers on notice for being "minimally effective.”

On Sep, 24, 2010, the documentary Waiting for "Superman" brought the debate over teacher tenure and New York City's "rubber rooms" to the big screen. The documentary by the Academy Award-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth took a negative view of teacher tenure and teachers unions, prompting American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to call the film "unfair," "misleading," and potentially "dangerous." [42]

The New Jersey School Boards Association issued a white paper on Sep. 30, 2010 calling for an overhaul of the tenure process. [43] In his State of the State address on Jan. 11, 2011, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said "the time to eliminate teacher tenure is now." [44] The New Jersey Education Association has proposed changes to teacher tenure such as using arbitrators instead of judges to hear dismissal cases, but it plans to fight the Governor over the elimination of tenure. [44]

Between Jan. and Aug. of 2011, 18 state legislatures modified their teacher tenure laws. [45] Many states chose to include teacher performance evaluations in their revised tenure legislation, and the Idaho legislature passed SB 1108 which phased out tenure for new teachers.

On June 10, 2014 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled California's teacher tenure laws unconstitutional (Vergara v. California). (598KB)  The ruling targets the laws about how teachers are hired and fired, specifically the "last in, first out" rules that allegedly protect "grossly ineffective teachers," therefore preventing students, especially minority and low-income students, from an equal and quality education. The State of California and the California Teachers Association have indicated that they will appeal the case to the California Supreme Court. [46]

I realize all the concerns that people have over education, the main fact that we as parents should be considering is the end results. Parents, grand parents, people that have no kids need to stand up and voice there opinion that we as tax payers are not getting a good return for out tax dollars spent. Our children are not receiving the education needed for 70% of 12 graders to enter college.

You see in every state, teachers and their unions that strike for more money, benefits, job securities, things that benefit themselves but you don't see them strike because of the districts bad decisions, waste of tax payers dollars, low test scores, lack of discipline in the classrooms no, no, no, that's a parents job you need to fight your own battles as parents and tax payers if you can find who to fight with that cares to listen and help do something about it.

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0615-lopez-magruder-20140615-column.html
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-teacher-protections-ruling-20140610-story.html#page=1
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-millennial-debt-overwhelmed-study-economy-20140610-story.html
http://teachertenure.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004377
http://www.procon.org/sourcefiles/K-12-Teacher-Average-Salaries-Adjusted.pdf


Return Valesco to Eagle Rock High School

It's been more then 4 months now that Salvador Valesco has been removed as principal of Eagle Rock junior and senior high school. Mr. Valesco with the partnership of Eagle Rock administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students over the last 8 years have brought some of the best educational and sporting results in LAUSD.

I believe we as parents should have a say by vote and voice who we want to guide our children through education.

IT'S OUR SCHOOL IT'S OUR KIDS AND IT'S OUR TAX DOLLARS

We should have the right to see teachers or administrators lose their jobs for not performing and bringing results to education, school improvement and the future of our children.

We should also have a BIG say in who we want to keep based on the proof of educational results. Mr Velasco has brought us those results along with many other great teachers, parents, coaches and students. We want him back.

If LAUSD is considering making changes to our schools they better be able to show us the proof in an open forum as to the charges and have the principal, teachers, administrators there to accept or deny any allocations to LAUSD's claims. There union representative or attorney should be there as well if the principal, teacher, administrator desires.

The amount of time LAUSD is spending to clear principals, teachers or administrators is costing tax payers to much money and is disrupting our schools. I am beginning to think the changes we need in LAUSD is from the top. I also want to see the union make changes as to the firing of teachers with low class performance.

America doesn't need to employ non-performing teachers to
Create non-performing kids in life.

WE AS PARENTS NEED TO HAVE A VOICE IN WHAT GOES ON IN OUR SCHOOL

WE HAVE A VOICE IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH

NABOURHOOD COUNCIL, ELECTED OFFICIALS, POLICE DEPARTMENT, CHURCHES

LAUSD GIVE US A VOICE FOR OUR OWN DESTINY

LAUSD GIVE US A VOICE IN OUR SCHOOLS NOW

IT'S OUR SCHOOL IT'S OUR KIDS AND IT'S OUR TAX DOLLARS

THE UNIONS NEED TO START MAKING CHANGES TO GIVE US CHOICE AS WELL

WE WANT THE HIRING AND FIRING OF TEACHERS AND ADMINASTATORS TO BE BASED ON
PERFORMANCE JUST LIKE IN ANY OTHER JOB IN AMERICA

KEEP IN MIND

IT'S OUR SCHOOLS IT'S OUR KIDS AND IT'S OUR TAX DOLLARS

OUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HERD

I tell you folks, I believe there are a handful of people in LAUSD management that play GOD with our money our children's futures. The lack of respect and proper management skills is one of the reason's LAUSD is failing us as tax payers and parents. It seems we need new leadership that is willing to meet with us, return phone calls and make decisions that are sensible. We need to make our children college prepared and ready to contribute to the progression and success in AMERICA .

Contact these administrators below and make your voices and tax dollars heard.

Dr. John E. Deasy
Superintendent's Office
333 S Beaudry Ave. ,
Los Angeles , CA 90017
Phone: (213) 241-7000
Fax: (213) 241-8442

Local District 5
Robert A. Martinez, Superintendent
2151 North Soto St.
Los Angeles , CA 90032
Tel: 323-334-3100
roberto.a.martinez@lausd.net

Jimmy Gomez assembly member
1910 West Sunset Boulevard
Suite 810
Los Angeles , CA 90026-3350
Tel: (213) 483-5151
erin.khanna@asm.ca.gov

The Honorable Xavier Becerra
United States House of Representatives
350 South Bixel Street
Suite 120
Los Angeles , CA 90017
Phone: 213-481-1425
Contact Representative Becerra: http://becerraforms.house.gov/contact/

Councilman Jose Huizar
2035 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles , CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Paul Habib Chief of Staff
Paul.Habib@lacity.org

Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools, and 187 public charter schools. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California .

Joseph Lucey

www.lausdcommunity.com



I share this with you parents. This is John Deasy's mission statement. I would have hoped for something a whole lot more.

http://home.lausd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=178743&type=d

Office of the Superintendent



Dr. John E. Deasy

We are transforming LAUSD together so all youth achieve. All, not some, but all. 

Our mission is focused on the rights of our LAUSD youth to gain an education that prepares them for success. We must deliver on our promise to educate every student to the highest quality. We are still very much in the thick of the Civil Rights movement, only now a cup of coffee at the lunch counter is a diploma for our youth. 

WE ARE LAUSD. We will do this together--the LAUSD community, parents, students, and our community partners--so that we can share our strengths and improve upon our shortcomings. This work must matter to every one of us. Every decision we make; every plan we implement; everything must be centered around students and their educational success. 


Well John Deasy it seems to me and a whole lot of other parents and teachers you seem to speak out of both sides of your mouth. You need to go. Future job suggestion, no where in the public or government sector please.




Our second meeting was on the topic of teachers jail. We had a great speaker and great conversations. As before our meeting started at 7PM and we ended at 9PM. I would like to thank the store manager Mannie at Super A Market for the donations of water, cookies and Mexican sweet bread. The topic is as hot as the 101 degree heat of the day that kept a lot of people home that knight. We had 9 parents and teachers show up for the meeting. Our first meeting we had over 50 people and much better weather.

As we all are learning we have a public school system that seems to cross the line of ethic's often. No one I seem to talk to can give me a exact number of teachers, secretaries, teachers assistance that are on administration leave. But from those people I talk to the guess is there are 200 to 350 in teacher's jail. Some of these people have been there for over a year without being told the allegations against them. They are sent to different locations given different work assignments and they continue to receive their pay. We as tax payers should have a big problem with this.

In Eagle Rock we have a Principle that was remove 3 months ago. As most administrators he was sent home and has to call in each day at 7:30AM and call in at 4:30 each afternoon to clock out. During his 7:30am to 4:30pm he needs to stay home just as if he were at work and the district could send someone to his home to check up on him at anytime.

We need a new superintendent of LAUSD and new LAUSD school board members. These people that are supose to be serving us looking out for our interest in how our school dollars are being spent are not doing a very good job. They don't respect our time, our money nor have the consideration for our kids in disrupting schools, classrooms, and the life's of those who work at LAUSD. WE NEED CHANGE.

We as parents, teachers, unions, administrators need to take this issue to the top. We need to organize, if necessary we as parents need to support teachers and unions to strike to make change.

We need to organize with unions and teachers and if need be keep our children out of school once a week and protest to make change. We need to let them know with no teachers you can't teach. Without students you don't have a job and you have reduced revenue remember they get paid everyday bases of attendance. So if we hold out all our kids from school once a week that means millions of dollars Superintendent Desiy and board members don't have to spend.

Just remember parents. Its our tax dollars that run these schools it is our kids that provide jobs for these teachers, administrators and down town LAUSD needs to be told. We as parents hold the power but you have nothing if you don't use it and organize it and find a value in making change.

So keep coming back to this web site tell your friends about it register on the web site to receive updates. Read the news papers find out what's going on in our schools, what's going on with your tax dollars, what's going on with your Childs future and take responsibly as you should for being an AMERICAN. Get out and VOTE to make change

We need accountability with the management at LAUSD some office holders are appointed some are elected and there is a lot of tax dollars that are getting miss used everyday from the incompetency of a handful of people.

LAUSD needs to respect how they spend our money, they need to respect what we want for our children they need to respect there employees and they need to get off their ass and learn to return emails, phone calls and show up to other peoples meeting so they can have a better idea of what to do at their meetings.

The arrogance is incredible with LAUSD. As a past President of Glassell Park Elementary School's Site Council. I would spend my time as a businessman once a month going to the LAUSD school site council meetings, I learned very fast that they didn't want to have these meetings. The meetings were mandated by law.

They really didn't care what ideas or thoughts you had no matter how good they where.

The participation they wanted from parents was to come to their meetings seat down shut up listen to what information they wanted and needed to give out. They want you to take it back to your school share this information. Help make whatever decision needed at your school and about your school with your principal and then go home. Out of all the great parents that I met on the school site council some of these parents where so in tune with great ideas and the understanding of local schools, administrations that it was a shame to see them get passed over because LAUSD management didn't see a value in parents ideas and wisdom.

GET OUT AND VOTE FOR CHANGE WE WILL BE PUTTING UP OUR RECOMMENDATION SOON
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Our last meeting brought together parents, teachers and school volunteers to come hear Mr. Velasco and Joseph Lucey speak. It was a great success. We had over 50 parents, teachers and school volunteers that came to get straight answers to questions on their mind.

Everyone who had something to say was given a chance to speak. Mr. Velasco answered all questions by parents and teachers. The meeting scheduled from 7PM to 8:30PM ran over into 9:20PM. Most people stayed after in happy spirits to share the warmth and community of the evening.

Some parents were interviewed by channel 62. Eagle Rock Senior Class President and student journalist of the Eagle Scream was there asking questions and our own Eagle Rock Boulevard Sentinel, Tom Topping had his journalist there covering the meeting, thank you Tom.

Many other topics came up that needed to be address such as, failed districts policies, the sometimes unfair treatment of teacher and administrators, on campuses safety of students, future goals and directions of Mr. Velasco. The congratulation to our eagle Rock sport coaches and CIF champion teams and much more.

We as parents and educational staff need to stand together and hold accountable the district for the way they spend our tax dollars. It seems evident that LAUSD does not always upholding their own policies. We need far better management and better decision-making in managing our schools and their employees today.

We as parents have a lot of power to see change happen, please spend the time and join us in these positive forums. The larger our numbers, the larger is our voice. If you can't make the meetings at least view the website every week for the updates to get as much information as you can about what is going on to improve our schools and children's education. Or look for THE BOULEVARD SENTINEL at your local stores, library or parks you can also go online at www.boulevardsentinel.com

COME JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND MEETING
Wednesday 5-14-14 AT 7PM
AT SAINT BERNARD CHURCH HALL
2500 W Avenue 33, Los Angeles, CA 90065
IN GLASSELL PARK
WE ALWAYS HAVE COOKIES AND WATER ON HAND


COME JOIN US FOR OUR THIRD MEETING
Thursday 5-22-14 AT 7PM
AT SAINT BERNARD CHURCH HALL
2500 W Avenue 33, Los Angeles, CA 90065
IN GLASSELL PARK
WE ALWAYS HAVE COOKIES AND WATER ON HAND




THANK YOU EAGLE ROCK    GREAT MEETING
BRING BACK MR VELASCO
AT SAINT BERNARD CHURCH IN GLASSELL PARK
WAS SUCCESSFUL

This meeting was put together for Mr. Velasco by Joseph Lucey parent of two Eagle Rock students. It was a great success we had over 50 parents, teachers and school volunteers that came to see and hear Mr. Velasco speak. Everyone had a chance to speak who had something to say. Mr. Velasco answered all questions by parents and teachers . The meeting scheduled from 7PM to 8:30PM ran over into 9:20. Most people stayed after in happy sprit to share the warmth and community of the evening.

Some parents were interview by channel 62. Eagle Rock Senior Class President and student journalist of the Eagle Scream was there asking questions and our own Eagle Rock Boulevard Sentinel, Tom Topping had the meeting covered, thank you Tom. Many other topics came up that need to be address such as, failed districts polices, the sometimes unfair treatment of teacher and administrators, on campuses safety of students, goals and directions of Mr. Velasco the congratulation to our sport coaches and CIF champion teams and much more.

We as parents and educational staff need to hold accountable the district for their waste of our tax dollars. Lack of upholding there own policies. We need far better management and thought out decisions in managing our schools today.

I say It's time to look for a change at LAUSD Bennett Kayser Board Member, Dr. John E. Deasy Superintendent, Roberto Martinez Assistant Superintendent, Eugene L. Hernandez to name just a few.

I would like the opportunity to meet with all these people before I form a formal opinion that says they need to go. I invited them all to our Thursday evening meeting 4-24-2014 at Saint Bernard Church. But not one of them showed nor did they have the respect of sending a representative.

Some how the district doesn't feel accountable to us as tax payers. They seem entitled to do what they want when they want, but they forget and we need to remind them we pay the bills. If we took all of our kids out of LAUSD these people wouldn't have a job. If somehow we could magically stop paying our school taxes, they're wouldn't be any money to paid these people.

We want them to know we as parents have high standards for our children and we need them to help provide and partner with us parents, teachers and staff to provide a quality education for all our children. We are not there as tax payers just to give the district our money our hard earned tax dollars for them to do what they want with no accountability. We are not paying the district employees salaries so they can have a place to go each day.

 
 

 

NO, WE WANT ACCOUNTABILITY. AND FOR THOSE THAT DON'T WANT TO SHOW ACCOUNTABILITY, THEY NEED TO GO.

We need to team up as a community of parents, teachers, school administrators and school volunteers along with our family, friends and neighbors to show the district that they better start making some impressive moves towards improving polices and understanding the management and accountability of our money, schools, teachers and administrators.

We need a larger voice as to the use of our tax dollars. It's our money not there's. They need to be listening to us parents in running our schools what we want for our kids. The lack of their ability to properly run an manage LAUSD is one of the reasons why some parents are choosing private schools, charter schools and home schooling programs. These are our children not there's. This is the first week of this new web site please help grow it, be part of it, stand up parents, teachers, volunteers and administrators and take a greater responsibility to make real change with me. You been given many gifts in life a family, friends, children, job, health and existence to make this world better. Celebrate your gifts with what you can do in your life to make others celebrate the achievement in yours.

Help by informing others about this growing web site. Join the email list. LAUSD has over 600,000 kids that means we as parents have at least 600,000 votes with spouses, step fathers, step mothers, family and friends that gives us over 2,000,000 votes.

WE CAN MAKE CHANGE TOGETHER
IT'S NOT ALWAYS FAST
IT'S NOT EASY
BUT CHANGE IS ALMOST ALWAYS A GOOD THING

Up coming School Board Elections and appointments will be posted on this web site. We will be making weekly changes and sometimes daily changes so please keep coming back for new information and be a part of your community.

Remember if you put nothing into this effort of change you can't expect change to happen as quick. We are 2 million people strong, we have a lot of power, we can force change, we can make a difference for our children STEP UP FOR CHANGE.

There are others that I think need to go as well. I will List them below later. Keep in mind some of the LAUSD employees are appointed and not elected, so getting rid of them will be harder. Always remember we have the children we are the source of the money and we have the votes.

The district wants you as parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and staff to think you have no power. the truth is you hold all the power they want you to believe you should just have a seat and take their bad decisions take there arrogant attitudes, they'll show up when they feel like it. NOT NO MORE.

Well it doesn't work that way and was never designed to work that way, and I say there are some LAUSD people that need to go soon.

Dr. John E. Deasy LAUSD Superintendent with a $500,000 plus deficit is spending almost $600,000 on Apple I pods for our kids as a giant test program you have to be kidding me John. We as parents need to put you on administrative leave with out your $300,000 salary to get back our money it cost for those Apple I pads. Did you every think of going to those fat cat do nothing Unions these people spend millions of dollars on political ads but for what I see do very little in aiding teachers and administrators or even aiding the schools. The Unions have millions of dollars to kiss those political rear ends they should focus on hirer body parts such as a kid brain.

As my buddy Donald Trump would say LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy you're fired.



Strange things happen in Los Angeles. Maybe all that nonstop good weather rattles people.

High school science teacher Greg Schiller was suspended after an administrator concluded that science projects made by two of his students were dangerous.

Schiller has now been allowed to return to his classroom.

“Both projects overseen by teacher Greg Schiller were capable of launching small objects. A staff member at the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts had raised concerns about one of them. Both are common in science fairs.

“I am very excited to be back with my students and help them prepare for the Advanced Placement tests, which are a week away,” Schiller said Thursday. “We have a lot of work ahead of ourselves.”

Schiller teaches AP Biology and AP Psychology. He also coaches the fencing team, which had to miss a major competition due to his suspension.

Has anyone considered checking the credentials of the administrator who removed him?

By Diane Ravitch
April 25, 2014
dianeravitch.net