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Michael Elliot July 23, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Charter Schools Failures and False Promises http://bit.ly/1suGDip
C Molina July 23, 2014 at 11:38 pm
Her classes were the equivalent of A.P. classes at other schools so I'd say she's just fine AndRead More the top ranking came from U.S.C. Having gone to private school myself and knowing my daughter's curriculum, I'd say I'm far better qualified to judge her school than anyone posting nonsense here. Anyone who would support what lausd administrators get away with is 100% uninformed.
MarkMunoz July 24, 2014 at 03:19 am
Thank you for informing us of just how smart and credible you are. It really strengthen your pointRead More (snicker) Not all LAUSD administrators are "crooks" just as not all board members are not being paid off by the CCSA. I too went to private school and traditional public school so therefore can and did make a great analysis. This article is about the Gulen operated Magnolia Science Academy. How you hijacked the gest of the article to making a blanket implication that LAUSD administrators are crooks is misinformed or has a agenda like saving your paltry charter school.
UTLA Leader Alex Caputo-Pearl. Photo courtesy UTLA.
Aris Puno July 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm
If it weren't for unions, then teachers wouldn't receive a fair salary. In fact, in LAUSD, it's beenRead More about 7 years since the last raise, 10 years since the last COLA (which the district has used for pet projects) and 4 years of a pay cut. In reality, any raise we get now isn't a raise at all. Teachers have made endless sacrifices to keep schools running. Also, let's not be naive to think teachers are not working diligently daily because of test scores. Any child can be successful and there is not one person whom I've come across and disagreed that parent involvement is a huge factor. Well, look at the area codes that LAUSD encompasses. If you are going to point fingers at teachers for failures, then point the finger at the first teacher the child has known: the parent(s).
Frank Estrada July 15, 2014 at 07:42 am
Oh please.. public unions have single handedly destroyed the quality of life in LA. The LAUSD is aRead More huge failure...Its time to break up the city of LA once and for all as it now longer can effectively serve the public
Fernando lopez July 15, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Good for the teachers, support them fully. Every private sector in life just wants to continue toRead More bleed everyone out from where ever they can.
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Zookeeper91326 July 1, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Didn't you hear? Brown has decided to give the Prop 30 tax revenue to "social causes."Read More Typical Democrat bait and switch!!!
mark hensley July 1, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Even the CEO of mcdonalds has said raising the minimum wage for its workers would have an almostRead More negligible effect on its prices. We are talking pennies.
Fernando lopez July 1, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Good for them. Everyone deserves to be able to provide well or decently for their families. $15 anRead More hour isn't much now and days anyways. Wages need to increase with the cost of living. Another good deed by union members.
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Brainwashed_In_Church June 30, 2014 at 06:12 pm
I'd rather have my kid sext 10 messages a day than eat an extra donut a day or smoke cigarettes orRead More watch 20 hours of TV a week or go to church.
Attila July 1, 2014 at 04:35 am
The photographic recording and transmission of minors in a sexual connotation or state of nudity /Read More partial nudity is production, possession and distribution of Child Pornography (California Penal Code 311). Every single time Child Pornography is viewed the victim is victimized yet once again (the standard law enforcement line). What the participants in this study (the ones dealing with imagery) are most likely to do, or should be doing, is being criminally prosecuted and, if not in prison, ending up on the Lifetime California Sex Offender Registry, where they belong. That is what the law says, and the law is the law.
College Planner July 16, 2014 at 10:07 am
The degradation of our culture saddens me.
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Brentwood Resident # 49 June 25, 2014 at 07:20 am
A 20% cost of living increase over the past 5 years? Where does the union leader come up with thisRead More stuff? That is an unbelievable figure!
Frank Estrada June 25, 2014 at 07:41 am
Time to break up the LAUSD and the city of Los Angeles for that matter ...what a joke this isRead More become ..what a sham for the taxpaying public. how sad as the apathetic Angelino continues to wonder why our city has failed our kids ...well people it's called the UTLA....greed in it's ugliest form... Right up there with the mafioso DWP. When will this end? How much further of this nonsense will the public take where about 95 percent of this 8 billion-dollar budget is going to public union salary workers and their pensions.
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porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Carl, youre messed up in the head --you have plastered that 125 times. It's your daughter? If youRead More think its ok to reprint that, then obviously you dont have an issue with it. And that is very odd.
porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 03:05 pm
carl emailed patch about your breach of patch policy. Just so you know --if and when they suspendRead More your account --it was me.
porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 03:30 pm
and carl --out of stater? Hmm I have my pictures from kershaw's no hitter which i was at. ThatRead More puts a time and place. Cause if i show u any other pics youre gonna say they are old. Then you gonna apologize?
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Carl Petersen III June 17, 2014 at 04:52 pm
Consumer products that will last just a couple of years should not be paid for with bond funds. TheRead More taxpayers will be paying the interest on this purchase long after these iPads have taken up space in a landfill. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
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Brainwashed_In_Church June 11, 2014 at 10:57 am
"Never, under any circumstance, let someone who’s been drinking be a driver." I canRead More think of a circumstance. Two people, one who needs to be transported to a hospital in an emergency, the other had one beer 30 minutes ago. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the person who had the beer shouldn't be a driver to drive the other person to the hospital.
Dan June 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Call an ambulance.
Donna Fleming June 12, 2014 at 10:24 am
The kids are excited and distracted in a car on the way to grad night or a prom, texting, or justRead More fooling around and accidents happen. Driunking makes it worse. Funerals for young people are unbearably sad. Hire a limo, or a driver. Be safe.
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Kay Scuttlemaker June 11, 2014 at 07:35 pm
I love (most) teachers! That being said, I think this is a step in the right direction forRead More education reform here in California. I strongly believe that what we really need is a better way to evaluate teacher performance. I'd run it like a business using a multi-pronged evaluation approach: 1) self-evaluation (the best teachers will grade themselves more critically than the not-so-great ones), 2) student evaluations of their teachers, 3) peer evaluations, 4) parent evaluations (customer surveys!), and 5) evaluations by superiors. The best teachers not only keep their jobs but should be compensated appropriately. I'm all for merit-based pay and with such a comprehensive approach to evaluating performance the margin for error would be low. Alex Caputo-Pearl's statement that this ruling is "an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack students" is total baloney. It's an attack on the teachers that shouldn't be teaching and that's it. Period.
Wolfman June 11, 2014 at 07:39 pm
all depends on what side of the fence you on on
Brainwashed_In_Church June 12, 2014 at 06:38 am
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-why-that-ruling-20140611-column.html#page=1
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Carl Petersen III June 3, 2014 at 10:08 am
I think that you need to check your reporting. It is my understanding that the teachers were notRead More offered a 2% raise for the current year. Instead they are being offered a 2% bonus. This means that after not receiving a pay increase for seven years they are now being offered a TOTAL 2% pay raise (the one for next year). ___________________________________________________ For those against a pay increase for teachers, how many of you would not be looking for a new profession if your pay was stagnant for seven years? I also ask if you think that the Superintendent should be penalized for the poor performance of the schools? He and his top staff saw no problem in giving themselves raises. It is time to www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
tony June 3, 2014 at 07:17 pm
Yes I know I own my own business and my earnings have dropped 65% since 2007. I do not get 4 monthsRead More off a year nor do I get medical,dental at no charge to me . I do not get a pension provided by taxpayers that will pay me 2 million dollars after age 65 assuming I live to be 85. So quit your whining and be happy that you have such a wonderful carefree, free time, incentive career. 17.5% increase, hell I would love to be making what I was making back in 2006 and 2007. not 59% less.
Frank Estrada June 4, 2014 at 08:00 am
Oh please what a joke.. For the sake of the children, the LAUSD should be dismantled already ratherRead More than to allow them to continue to spew out or "graduate" more illiterate children further in raising our pool of ill equipped job seekers... Yes smaller is better....With all of it politicking and BS the LAUSD failures have caused people to flee our school system and has resulted in people avoiding living in LAUSD areas... To me all I hear from these people is who else is to blame..typical... Let's do what needs to be done already and hold teacher accountable for their students performance and all also have teachers tested every few years. This public union bs has gone to far and has made a shambles of our schools....I give a resounding NO to any raises!!!! And while we are at it, fire our superintendent....
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy. Photo courtesy of LAUSD.
Carl Petersen III May 27, 2014 at 08:30 am
This "change" in policy is a joke. All they have done is move these teachers to houseRead More arrest. We are still paying them not work when many do not even know what they are being accused of. A good article about this subject can be found at http://laschoolreport.com/where-shame-is-policy-inside-lausds-teacher-jail/ . www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
A UCLA professor suggests that schools could cut bullying if they make sure students aren't isolated. Patch file photo.
Martha Fling April 2, 2014 at 06:58 am
"Connection is protection"...Jean Malpas at The Gender Project at Ackerman Institute forRead More the Family. Good work by Juvonen.
Madeleine Francois April 6, 2014 at 08:10 am
Bullying is a serious matter and calls for serious action on the part of parents as childrenRead More can’t handle it individually. That is why as a parent must follow your words with action by teaching your child to be assertive in expressing their feelings, they should know how to identify bullying and how to handle these behaviors. I discovered a safety solution coming from SafeKidZone and I find it interesting. It has an application called panic button and by just simply pressing the button the alert will go directly to a group of safety network and can access to the nearest 911 in the area. You can check out their site: http://safekidzone.com/?a_aid=5328991a0b72c
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.
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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.
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.
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..
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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.
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