Rules? Where we’re going we don’t need…rules.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain: Is Ref Rodriguez saying that he didn't break the rules or that he just shouldn’t pay attention.

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Good news on chronic absences and the budget, despite a ‘structural deficit’ — a wrap-up of board action

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On Deaf Ears: My Public Comment to the LAUSD Board

The LAUSD School Board rewards failure by approving yet another renewal of a charter that cannot show positive results.

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Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil: The Failures of LAUSD'S Charter School Division

Snapshot_1_(9-11-2017_7-49_PM).pngThe LAUSD continues to be deaf, mute and blind to the flagrant failures of the charter industry it is supposed to oversee.

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Means, Motive, and Opportunity: Forcing the LAUSD School Board to Act

The evidence once again shows that Granada Hills Charter High School has still not complied with rules regarding enrollment. It is time for the public to demand action.

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Change.org Petition: Stop GHCHS From Discouraging the Enrollment of Special Ed Students

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According to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Charter School Division (CSD), “requesting a copy of a student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) or information contained in a student’s IEP during the pre-admission stage creates an inference...that the charter school may be using this information to ‘counsel out’ or otherwise discourage students with disabilities from seeking admission” For this reason, Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) charter includes a statement that they “shall not request or require submission of a student’s IEP, 504 Plan, or any other record or related information prior to admission” (emphasis mine). Despite this prohibition, the school’s Enrollment For Incoming Students, enrollment entry page and New Student Information page on the GHCHS website still asks parents to submit IEP and 504 plans.

The LAUSD CSD was notified on March 12, 2017, about these violations of the school’s charter but did not force them to comply. The School Board was made aware of this lack of action on June 13, 2017. Over two months later, GHCHS has not been forced to make the appropriate changes.

If you believe in the importance of giving equal access to all educational opportunities and would like to demand that the LAUSD School Board do the same, please sign the Change.Org petition asking the LAUSD Board to pass the Holding GHCHS Accountable to Their Charter Resolution.

 

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Resolution: Holding GHCHS Accountable to Their Charter

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The People's School Board?

Blocked.pngThe courts have ruled that constituents have a right to petition their representatives through social media. Will the LAUSD comply?

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Sold to the Highest Bidder - The Charters Assume Control of the LAUSD

Although comparison of GHCHS’ current demographic data to the data of other schools in the surrounding community does show differences in the numbers and percentages of students in various subgroups, historical demographics data shows that GHCHS has generally increased its diversity over time. For example, in its current approved charter, the school reported that, since its prior renewal in 2008, it had experienced...a 5.0 percent drop (32.3 to 27.3 percent) in its White student population.

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As the school year begins it is clear that the students of LAUSD’s public schools are on their own. The charter industry and their allies spent $11,459,786.26 in the last election cycles purchasing a majority of the LAUSD School Board seats and they are now cleared to operate without even the minimal oversight that was previously provided. Under this new regime, the LAUSD’s Charter School Division (CSD) refuses to take action against charters, even when presented with evidence of wrongdoing.

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Team Red vs. Team Blue - The Further Fragmentation of America

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Politicon.jpgAccording to right-wing mythology, conservatives have been stripped of their free-speech rights. However, while attending this year’s Politicon in Pasadena, California, it was the conservative attendees that seemed determined to drown out speakers who did not conform to their world-view. While he is usually busy interrupting city-council meetings of cities he does not live in, anti-immigrant agitator Arthur Schaper took the time to yell out over questioners who had been called on and to disrupt panel members. Cenk Uygur was heckled throughout his debate with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, with the shouting often starting as soon as he opened his mouth. In comparison, Uygar consistently motioned for his base to quiet down whenever they interrupted his opponent.

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