Carl Petersen: Why Teachers in Los Angeles Might Strike

"The teachers of Los Angeles have authorized a strike. As you will see in this article by LA parent Carl Petersen, negotiations remain stalled.

The district claims it can’t afford to settle with its teachers. This having raised Board Member salaries by 174% and paying its new superintendent a base salary of $350,000 (supporters of former investment banker Beutner originally said he would take no salary).

One of the richest cities in the nation claims it can’t pay its teachers or provide the services children need. Yet LAUSD managed to find an extra $1 billion for John Deasy’s iPad Fiasco.

Cue the world’s smallest violin.

And this:

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Will Students Drown in a Charter School's Ocean of Debt?

Former PUC Parent expresses frustration with school closure. Photo courtesy of Dr. Rocio RivasThe LAUSD should ensure that they understand the financial condition of charters before approving them to operate within the District.

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Supporting our Teachers

In a recent op-ed, Gloria Molina attempted to absolve the L.A. School Board of responsibility for their refusal to fund the education our students deserve. In response, I sent the following letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times. It was not published.

 

As the LAUSD tries to pit parents against teachers, it should be noted that the union’s proposed contract would reduce class sizes, ensure that there is a full-time nurse in every school and put full-time librarians back to our secondary schools.

The District says it would like to put “kids first” but cannot find the funds. There is no money left after spending $400 million to build (and rebuild) the Belmont Learning Complex atop a toxic site, $1 billion on the failed iPad project, $111.5 million for the botched MiSiS system and $139 million settling the Miramonte sex abuse cases.

Parents will ultimately decide who wins this fight as empty classrooms would force the District to look elsewhere in the bloated bureaucracy for the cuts needed to give students the education that they deserve. My two LAUSD students and I will be joining their teachers on the picket lines.

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Losing the Sound-Bite War

Debt.jpgDemocrat’s treatment of the subject of our national debt is an example of why they are losing to Donald Trump when it comes to messaging.

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Second Largest School District Faces Teachers Strike

Just_the_Facts_-_08-28-18-page-001.jpgAs UTLA members vote to authorize a strike, it is parents who will ultimately decide which side is working for the students who the LAUSD is supposed to serve.

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How Can a Charter School Renew or Expand Without a Legitimate Governing Board?

In violation of its charter, Granada Hills Charter High School removed all elected representatives from its Governing Board.

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The Charter School Industry Puts Bigotry Front and Center

Nick Melvoin’s supporters couldn’t dispute Jackie Goldberg’s qualifications for the LAUSD School Board, so they attacked her ethnicity.

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Speaking Truth to Power

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Special Education at GHCHS

By Sydney Thiroux, Whittier College

Letter to the LAUSD Board of Education:

Hello, my name is Sydney Thiroux. I recently graduated from Granada Hills Charter High School, and during my four years there I noticed that the students in the special education program were never properly integrated into the school community. Special education is an issue that is very important to me because my two sisters are on the autism spectrum, and it breaks my heart when people on the autism spectrum do not receive the respect and services they deserve. From my understanding, Granada's special day class was in a small classroom secluded from the rest of the school. They have their own set of lunch tables that are gated off. Many of my peers hardly knew that our school had a special education class! Because of their status as a charter school, Granada glorifies academic prestige to the point of neglecting the needs of special education students. I feel that there is more that needs to be done so that students on the autism spectrum (and students with other disabilities) are accepted for their differences and are well-prepared for life after high school.

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Flushing Your Money Down the Toilet

Without any oversight from the public, Granada Hills Charter High School spends thousands on construction and even more money to tear it down. Where is the LAUSD Charter School Division?

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