Sunday, October 30, 2011

Panel following screening of "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman"

Panel following screening of "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman" from Robert D. Skeels on Vimeo.

Dr. Stephen Krashen and activist Robert D. Skeels spoke following a screening of "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman" on Monday, October 24, 2011.


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LA Weakly proudly pushes propaganda for Broad/Gates astroturfers

No question: the Business Roundtable and its bedfellows insist that schools become data-driven depots, or, as Frederick W. Smith, CEO of Federal Express puts it on the Business Coalition for Education Reform website: "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it." One would point out to Smith and his allies that kids aren't packages to be delivered from one teacher to the next."Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian

Best part of Don't Hold Us Back astroturf coalition? None of their leaders make less than six figures. It's all about kids!
The repulsive libertarian rag the LA Weakly has inked mendacious material supporting corporate education reform for years, and their latest assault on the public commons keeps that tradition alive. The trashy masseuse and porn ad pennysaver's Simon Wilson puts together an article so full of lies and deceit, that only Parent Revolution's Gabe Rose, who once posed as a Compton parent, would be proud.

Choking back bile, I read Wilson's garbage and responded thusly:

I know facts are of little consequence to yellow journalists like Ms. Wilson, but for those of us outside of the Ayn Rand circle of influence, there are some egregious factual errors in this piece.

"self-serving antics of our local teachers union -- ahem, Occupy L.A."

No need to tell the truth that many of us at OccupyLAUSD were not members of UTLA, or any union for that matter, since that would get in the way of the false narrative this drivel presents. Unlike the well paid members of the "Don't Hold Us Back" astroturf coalition, we were grassroots activists demanding former Gates Executive Deasy to hire back librarians in our schools and to stop wasting our money on programs proven not to work.

"may not see the correlation between failing students and teachers' job protection."

Please cite one legitimate peer reviewed study that backs this wildly specious statement. I know you aren't really a journalist, but this goes beyond the pale. Yolie Flores' wholly uneducated opinions, policy papers or preliminary reports from right wing thinks like the NCTQ, or the vile Gates Foundation itself are not considered peer reviewed studies. You won't be able to find any such studies, since none exists, but don't let that inconvenient fact muddle your mendaciousness Ms. Wilson.

Another amusing oversight of this article is to state that the individuals on the list above are in addition to the Broad/Gates backed groups that comprise the so-called "don't hold us back coalition."

I know this would require Wilson to research her writing, but she might want to look at names like Kwoh, Buik, Avila, Taylor, and Mack and see if they have anything in common with the groups already onboard the reactionary anti-public education groups comprising "don't hold us back." Here's a hint, they are the CEOs and Executive Directors of those selfsame organizations, each of whom make massive six figure salaries and collect money from anti-public school foundations including the Broad, Gates, Milken, and others to advocate their policies and ideas. Now that's self serving!

The handful of other 1%ers on above list that aren't Gates Foundation hacks are some folks really concerned about inner cities? I mean, the Chamber of Commerce? That's a bastion or worker and civil rights if we've ever seen one.

I'm sure this disgusting piece of propaganda will be well received by those who read the Weakly in between chapters of The Fountainhead, but for those of us that actually possess critical thinking skills, it is repugnant. Aside from her extremist boss, Wilson has an uncanny ability to write on education without ever having to tell the truth or reference factual information. Bravo.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cutting Libraries in a Recession...

"Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague." — Eleanor Crumblehulme

"Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague." — Eleanor Crumblehulme

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Schools Matter: Dana Goldstein "Hearts" Yellow Unions and Company Crafted Contracts

So, we have to keep going all over the world, because another world is possible for all of us. — Asmaa Mahfouz (Heroic Egyptian activist visiting Occupy Wall Street)

California is the only state that does not tax oil extraction, we need to fund education.
Dana Goldstein is a widely read journalist and a fellow of the right-of-center New America Foundation think tank. Her education writings are a mixed bag, and while not as deceptive or reactionary as those of Matt Ygelsias, they nonetheless provide a progressive veneer to reactionary right wing education policies.

In my new Schools Matter article Dana Goldstein "Hearts" Yellow Unions and Company Crafted Contracts we look at Goldstein's vacuous assertion that Green Dot Corporate Charters have anything other than yellow unions and that their teachers have any rights whatsoever. To that end we look at article 4.1 of AMU's contract which reserves all decision making to the colossal corporate charter's unelected board, which is mostly comprised of non-educators like prize fighter Oscar De La Hoya. Good to know that such important decisions about education are being made by folks so utterly unqualified to be doing so.

Published 2011-10-26 on Schools Matter, please read it there and share widely.

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99% Educator Sarah Knopp interviewed at OccupyLAUSD

Teachers and students and parents are part of the 99% and that we're really one of the groups that has taken the brunt of the economic crises... In reality public employees and our unions are being blamed for a problem that was caused by the banks. Where the banks are getting a 700 billion dollar bail out, whereas the banks, Chase Bank in particular owes the City of Los Angeles 15 million dollars in unpaid property taxes, and yet 1,200 Los Angeles schoolteachers have been laid off, and 400 clerical staff, and we think there's the money exists to hire them back if there's the political will to do so. — Sarah Knopp (Educator and Activist)



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High school teacher, UTLA member, and renowned activist Sarah Knopp was recently interviewed at OccupyLAUSD. Sarah and her class were one of the case studies in Jonathan Kozol's watershed Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, and in turn, she has interviewed Kozol on several occasions.

A lifelong proponent of social justice, Sarah has championed for her students and their families for years, and she even ran for California State Superintendent of Schools in 2006. Her many articles articles and reviews can be found in the International Socialist Review, Counterpunch, United Teacher, and Rethinking Schools. Sarah is also the coeditor of the forthcoming Education and Capitalism title being published by Haymarket Books.

Disclaimer: Sarah was one of my most important political mentors and played an integral role in my becoming a social justice writer.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OccupyLAUSD starts now! Robert D. Skeels interview

Essentially we have a school board that was elected primarily with money from the Coalition from School Reform, which is Eli Broad, Jerry Perenchio, Philip Anshutz... all of these people represent the 1%. Their ideas and their policies are being implemented, while the 99% are being ignored. Parents, community members, students, and educators are shut out of LAUSD. — Robert D. Skeels



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Interview Transcript

Subha Ravindhran: Good morning Leslie. Yes, hundreds of people are expected to turn out today. They will be marching to LAUSD headquarters, and they will be joining in with the Occupy LA Movement, they say that they too are part of that 99%, and they want an end to corporate greed. I'm actually standing here with Robert Skeels, he's an activist, and you're going to be joining in on this movement today. Tell me exactly what's going to be happening later on today.

Robert D. Skeels: Later today starting from here at four o'clock the teachers, community members, and other activists interested in defending public education are going to march from this location in order to tie in to the Beaudry Building, to LAUSD Headquarters.

Subha Ravindhran: And what they are demanding?

Robert D. Skeels: What we're demanding is that LAUSD stop being run by the 1%. Essentially we have a school board that was elected primarily with money from the Coalition from School Reform, which is Eli Broad, Jerry Perenchio, Philip Anshutz... all of these people represent the 1%. Their ideas and their policies are being implemented, while the 99% are being ignored. Parents, community members, students, and educators are shut out of LAUSD.

Subha Ravindhran: And you want the District to hire back a lot of people right?

Robert D. Skeels: Absolutely, the District has at least 50 million dollars that they have not used to rehire librarians that have been let off, nurses that have been let off and teachers that have been laid off.

Subha Ravindhran: Robert Skeels, good luck on your march today, thank you so much for the information. Again this march is going to be starting later this afternoon. They'll be holding a rally at LAUSD headquarters at 5:00PM and we understand that they'll be camping out there as well, just as these occupy LA people have. They say they will be pitching tents and staying out there for as long as it's needed.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Special LA Screening: The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, October 24, 2011

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman
A screening of the film. Followed by a panel with special guests including Dr. Stephen Krashen. Event opens with Dr. Diane Ravitch via conference call introducing the film.

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman Directed by The Grassroots Education Movement
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 6:30PM
Union Avenue Elementary School Auditorium
150 S. Burlington Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90057


Nota: Cuida de niños disponible y traducción en Español disponible.
Note: Childcare and Spanish Translation Available.

Sponsored by PESJA-LA, Coalition for Educational Justice, Echo Park Moms 4 Education, and UTLA North Area.

About the film: The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman
Dir. The Grassroots Education Movement, 2011, 55 min.
http://www.waitingforsupermantruth.org See the trailer.

A group of New York City public school teachers and parents from the Grassroots Education Movement wrote and produced this documentary in response to the Davis Guggenheim's film, Waiting for Superman. The Inconvenient Truth provides a critique of an increasingly free-market driven education system, the undermining of teachers unions and the overall faith in the idea that charter schools are just what the country needs. This film highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents and educators inside schools and in our society and takes a holistic look at education reform.

Building grassroots struggle
Building grassroots struggle: If you’re an educator planning to attend, please attempt to bring at least one community member or parent along. The information about corporate charters and school privatization presented at this event is far too important to be "preaching to the proverbial choir."

RSVP: Due to building safety requirements, we have a limit on attendance. Please RVSP with Robert D. Skeels rdsathene@sbcglobal.net or (213) 234-8561. Other confirmed guests include prospective District 2 LAUSD School Board candidates Abelardo Diaz, Gloria Martinez, and Robert D. Skeels.

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

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Echo Park Patch: Taking our schools back from the 1% is OccupyLAUSD's goal

"We have our cake, and are eating it too." — Eli Broad (Predatory Philanthrocapitalist & Charter School Patron)

"Occupy LAUSD" and Reclaim Our Schools!
Inspired by the Occupy Movement for social and economic justice nationwide, educators and community members are planning to Occupy Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) starting Tuesday October 18, 2011. Taking our schools back from the 1% is OccupyLAUSD's goal discusses the movitations, planning, goals, and actions for the OccupyLAUSD movement.

Published 2011-10-16 on Echo Park Patch, please read it there and share widely.

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GEM NYC: Teachers and Parents at Occupy Wall Street

"Our public schools need to be in the control of parents and the community, as opposed to businessmen who see the $23 billion budget as a means to giving no-bid contracts to their cronies." — Charles Barron (Brooklyn City Councilman)

The Grassroots Education Movement and Real Reform Studios — the folks that brought us The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman — have produced a short video examining the education aspect of the battle against the 1%.



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Additionally, Valerie Strauss chronicles how many activists are also seeking to associate the opt-out of high stakes testing movement with the occupy movements. Strauss' story discusses United Opt Out National and lists their demands. This is the same group Schools Matter introduced earlier this week.

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One of Los Angeles' most notorious 1% controlling LAUSD

"[T]here should be no education marketplace." — Diane Ravitch (celebrated education professor and author)

Eli Broad, a staunch opponent of academic freedom and intellectuals, is one of the billionaires funding the neoliberal slash and burn campaign against public education.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why OccupyLAUSD ?



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Website: http://www.OccupyLAUSD.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OccupyLAUSD
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyLAUSD

This is a call out to the 99% who live, work, play and learn in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is time we Reclaim Our Schools from the 1% wealthy Billionaires and Corporate Management Companies who continue to set educational policies of school giveaways, increases in corporate charter schools, and constant school lay-offs.

Despite an LAUSD Board memo indicating a district surplus of $55-million dollars, LAUSD Supt. John Deasy has laid off 1200 teachers, hundreds of custodial and clerical staff, and untold numbers of librarians, nurses, and school psychologists. Secondary classes routinely pack more than 40 students in academic classes, leading to further student disengagement and higher drop-out rates. Under Deasy's direction, the District recently laid off 80 PSA counselors in charge of stemming school drop-out rates and ensuring adequate state funding based on attendance. School libraries are being closed or inadequately staffed.

It is time the LAUSD School Board listens to us, the 99%. We demand full funding of our schools, an end to layoffs that disrupt our school communities, and an end to Public School Giveaways. It is time we hire back our teachers, counselors, nurses, office workers and all others who make our school communities great. We demand Wall Street out of LAUSD. It is time we bail out our schools, not banks.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Occupy LAUSD" and Reclaim Our Schools!

"Occupy LAUSD" and Reclaim Our Schools!

"Occupy LAUSD" and Reclaim Our Schools!
Open Planning Meeting
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 5:00pm
UTLA Building
3303 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA,90010
Room 815

Reclaim and Occupy LAUSD
Begins Tuesday, 10/18/11
4:00pm Meet w/Occupy LA in Downtown LA and march to LAUSD HQ

4:45pm Rally and Protest at LAUSD HQ
333 S. Beaudry Ave. Los Angeles CA, 90017

Suggested Signs: "Bail out Schools, Not Banks," "Corporate Greed out of LAUSD," "Stop Starving our Schools" t-- t"Bring Back our Teachers, Librarians, Custodians, and More!" "We are the 99%, Lower Class sizes now!" "Classes with 42 plus? "Stop School Giveaways!" "LA School Board, Shame on YOU!"

For more information and endorsements contact: OccupyLAUSD@gmail.com or call info line at: (323) 500-0232

Website: http://www.OccupyLAUSD.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OccupyLAUSD
facebook: https://twitter.com/OccupyLAUSD

Background:
This is a call out to the 99% who live, work, play and learn in the Los Angeles Unified School District. tIt is time we Reclaim Our Schools from the 1% wealthy Billionaires and Corporate Management Companies who continue to set educational policies of school giveaways, increases in corporate charter schools, and constant school lay-offs.

Despite an LAUSD Board memo indicating a district surplus of $55-million dollars, LAUSD Supt. John Deasy has laid off 1200 teachers, hundreds of custodial and clerical staff, and untold numbers of librarians, nurses, and school psychologists. tSecondary classes routinely pack more than 40 students in academic classes, leading to further student disengagement and higher drop-out rates. tUnder Deasy's direction, the District recently laid off 80 PSA counselors in charge of stemming school drop-out rates and ensuring adequate state funding based on attendance. tSchool libraries are being closed or inadequately staffed.

It is time the LAUSD School Board listens to us, the 99%. We demand full funding of our schools, an end to layoffs that disrupt our school communities, and an end to Public School Giveaways. It is time we hire back our teachers, counselors, nurses, office workers and all others who make our school communities great. tWe demand Wall Street out of LAUSD. It is time we bail out our schools, not banks.

The information herein represents the views and opinions of the Reclaim and Occupy LAUSD committee and does not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions of UTLA. tThis has not been officially endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles or it's affiliates. At least not yet.

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Aaron Krager begins Petitioning Progressive Sites to Stop Promoting Michelle Rhee

After I signed the petition, other petitions popped up for me to consider as a member of Change.Org.  One of them was from nation's leading teacher foe, the venomous Michelle Rhee, under the name of her corporate reform schooler astroturf group called Students First. — Dr. James Horn

Michelle Rhee is a favorite among teabaggers and other disciples of Ayn Rand. Rhee collaborates with, and has even worked on the transition teams of the most reactionary right-wing Governors from Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.
Schools Matter was the first place I read about the vile and venomous Michelle Rhee and her plutocratic backers scamboozling unsuspecting activists into unwittingly signing petitions supporting reactionary causes dear to the furthest right-wing think-thanks in existence.

Rhee is a favorite among teabaggers and other disciples of Ayn Rand. Rhee collaborates with, and has even worked on the transition teams of the most reactionary right-wing Governors from Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. All of the ideas Rhee champions have come straight out of the most vile right wing think tanks including Hoover Institution, Hudson Institute, The Cato Institute, The American Enterprise Institute, The Heritage Foundation, The Heartland Institute, Manhattan Institute, and other John Birch Society derivatives.

I'd be curious as to why anyone outside of the deplorable reactionaries mentioned above would support Rhee in any fashion. After all, supporting her is tantamount to supporting the fringe right, whose end goal is not only the destruction of the public commons, but the privatization of our entire education system. So I found the idea that tricking people leaning left of center a little more than nefarious.

Yesterday I received an email from a person who decided to set up petitions on those very same sites, petitioning them to stop supporting Rhee and her astroturf union busting organization. I reproduce it here with the author's permission. Please follow the last two links in his email to sign the petitions against Rhee's deceptive tactics.

Hi,

As an avid user of petition sites such as Change.org and Care2.com I was shocked to see Michelle Rhee's Students First organization utilizing this platform. These sites promote progressive values and push for progressive change. Rhee's organization is anything but progressive. Students First advocates against collective bargaining, teacher unions and contrary to its name, does not put students first. 

I unknowingly signed a petition on Change.org's site from Students First... as a result of this deception I am asking both Change.org and Care2.com to stop promoting Rhee's pro-corporate agenda. Below are the links to my post announcing the actions as well as the links to the petitions themselves.


Feel free to contact me at this email if you have any questions.

--
Peace
Aaron Krager


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Sunday, October 09, 2011

So-called LA's Promise isn't all that promising

"The bottom line is clear: In attempting to change the mission of public education from one focused on educating kids to one focused on generating private profit, corporate leaders in the 'reform' movement are pursuing a shrewd investment strategy. Millions of dollars go into campaign contributions and propaganda outfits that push 'reform,' and, if successful, those 'reforms' guarantee Wall Street and their investment vehicles much bigger returns for the long haul." — David Sirota

LA's Promise aka MLA Partners Charlatan Board Member Tom Vander Ark and former President and CEO Mike McGilliard
In my newest Schools Matter piece So-called LA's Promise isn't all that promising I posit that an organization running schools with sub 1,200 SAT composites, and single digit proficiency percentages in English shouldn't be claiming "undeniable success," "massive increase in scores," or "awesome academic gains." Turns out that neither of LA's Promise's schools have CSU English proficiency over 09% or CSU Mathematics over 18%. We also explore major demographic shifts at the schools in recent years, which further confounds LA's Promise's lofty claims of API superiority.

LA's Promise has been in the news as of late because of astonishingly large class sizes, a dearth of textbooks, unclean conditions, and rampant overcrowding. We look at how their corporate management style is to blame, despite their tendency to blame those with no authority to change anything. Lastly we look at who's running LA's Promise. Turns out that like that overwhelming majority of so-called reform organizations, LA's Promise's board doesn't feature a single educator. It does have a nefarious Gates Foundation minion, though.

Published 2011-10-08 on Schools Matter, please read it there and share widely.

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Make Banks Pay

My dear friend Ernest Savage produced these documenting a local struggle to save a homeowner from foreclosure by their capricious bank. Like the man at the end of the first video says, "you can't foreclose on justice."



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Thursday, October 06, 2011

CAMS October Actions: Stop Military Recruiters from having easy access to our children!!!

Inform students about their right to "opt out" of their school giving their private information to MILITARY RECRUITERS! Join Palisadians for Peace and CAMS as they distribute Student Privacy (Opt Out) forms to high school juniors and seniors.

Stop Military Recruiters from having easy access to students
October Student Privacy (Opt Out) Actions:

Thursday, October 6, 7am
Belmont High School
1575 W 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Tuesday, October 11, 7am
Jordan High School
2265 E. 103rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90002


Monday, October 17, 7am
Lincoln High School
3501 No. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031


Wednesday, October 26, 6:30am
Bell High School
4328 Bell Ave.
Bell, CA 90201


RSVP: Sandra Sunshine Williams 310-573-1901 sandrasdelmundo@gmail.com

OPTING-OUT: Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 (No Child Left Behind) mandates that school districts must provide the contact information (names, addresses and telephone numbers)of juniors and seniors to the military upon request unless an Opt Out form is signed and returned to the school.

Students must Opt Out every year.

LAUSD deadline:
Opt Out forms must be returned by October 28, 2011.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Mayberry Street Elementary School Needs Help!

"The original vision of charter schools was that they would help strengthen public schools, not compete with them." — Diane Ravitch (celebrated education professor and author)

NOTE: This is happening precisely because the deep pocketed CNCA Charter Corporation was allowed to go outside of its attendance boundaries and poach students from neighborhood public schools including Mayberry. LAUSD promissed that CNCA would not effected our local public schools, but clearly that isn't the case. Once more, our neighborhood public schools are being sacraficed so that lucrative charter-voucher companies can increase market share and profitability. — Robert D. Skeels

Mayberry Street Elementary School Needs Help
Mayberry Street Elementary sent out an urgent email asking for help - please read the following communication and help take action:

Hello Everyone - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are calling on you today to please take action and take a stand!
 
At Mayberry we need 6 new student enrollments to meet NORM DAY requirements. If by next week, October 5th we don't have these 6 students (K-3rd) then we lose Mr. Avina, 6th grade teacher.

That's not all! It will also have a domino effect in all grade levels and most would be forced to become split classes to meet the numbers. We can't permit this mass disruption for our children and fine teachers. Our students are not just numbers that you pack into a classroom! LAUSD promised that Mayberry would not be affected with a new school less than a mile away! We have already lost 2 of our fine teachers due to enrollment... NO MORE!!
 
WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD.
DON'T PUT OFF THIS EMAIL FOR MONDAY.
WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION TODAY!
 
PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL THE DECISION MAKERS THAT CAN STEP UP AND STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING.
 
FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND STAKEHOLDERS. HAVE THEM CALL OR EMAIL.

Important phone numbers and contact information:
Mónica García, Board President, Board District 2: monica.garcia@lausd.net, 213-241-6180, Fax 213-241-8459
Bennett Kayser, Board Member, District 5: bennett.kayser@lausd.net, 213-241-5555
Dale Vigil, Local District 4, Superintendent: dale.vigil@lausd.net, (213) 241-0100
John Deasy, LAUSD Superintendent: john.deasy@lausd.net, 213-241-7000
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, District 1: marguerite.lamotte@lausd.net, 213-241-6382

Echo Park Improvement Association
PO Box 261021
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Schools Matter: When Capricious Young says no experience required, she requires no experience

"We are told that this 'reform' alliance of everyone from Rupert Murdoch to the Walton family to leading hedge funders spends huge amounts of money pushing for radical changes to public schools because they suddenly decided that they care about destitute children, and now want to see all kids get a great education." — David Sirota

Caprice "Capricious" Young, Privatization Princess, CORO Fellow, CCSA Alum, ICEF Flunky, and Poverty Pimp.
In Los Angeles, nobody has been more adept at stuffing public money into their pockets via charter-voucher sector windfalls than Caprice Young. Her early career showed a trajectory of opportunism and greed that would place her in ever more lucrative positions as time progressed.

In my new Schools Matter article When Capricious Young says no experience required, she requires no experience I trace her nefarious career in which she has worked for people ranging from the racist, bigoted, anti-immigrant nativist Steve Poizner to the predatory capitalist and junk bond felon Michael Milken. We also see how she and her husband have both cashed in at the public's expense at the charter-voucher cash cow. Most importantly, we feature an informative letter from a reader who explores Young's newest hustle — EnCorps, Inc. — an odious organization designed to deprofessionalize teaching.

Published 2011-10-01 on Schools Matter, please read it there and share widely.

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October 24, 2011 Los Angeles Screening The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

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Schools Matter: Trigger Happy Parent Revolution Refuses Form 990 Request

"Soviet style elections" — Ben Austin in response to parents and communities voting for community school plans over corporate charters.

Parent Revolution are Walton funded Astroturf poverty pimps and privatization pushers
My new Schools Matter piece is Trigger Happy Parent Revolution Refuses Form 990 Request. In it we see once again how the lawless privatizers of the so-called Parent Revolution feel they are above every and all laws. In this case they don't maintain on-site their Forms 990 for public inspection. An encounter with Ben Austin's lieutenant, the churlish Gabe Rose, resulted in me having to file a 13909 Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form for their non-compliance with the law. I suppose they're too busy scamboozling unsuspecting parents to follow laws and the like.

Published 2011-09-30 on Schools Matter, please read it there and share widely.

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