Care to Talk about LAUSD Staff Disciplinary Process?

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Superintendant John Deasy

If you are finding what Superintendent John Deasy is saying about the LAUSD disciplinary process to be something less than factual, now is your chance to have your say, while maintaining you anonymity. Sharon McNary of KPCC is interested in hearing from you and will respect your anonymity, because she understands the justifiable fear of reprisals you might have.

If you don’t like what has been going on and you would like public education at LAUSD to get back to something resembling the institution that once existed, where teachers were respected and not vilified, now might be your last chance to be heard.

Don’t deceive yourself into believing that you will somehow remain aloof from the teacher witch hunt that now seems to be moving into high gear. If you remain silent at this time, you have nobody to complain to except yourself, when they finally get around to removing you from your job.

Below is a link to questions that KPCC education reporters are asking teachers and school employees to fill in about their experiences with the staff disciplinary process.

The education reporters at KPCC 89.3 FM, Southern California Public Radio, want to hear from teachers and school staffers about the discipline system they live with, both the good and the bad.

Responses are confidential and come directly to Sharon McNary. They will be seen only by KPCC journalists, and McNary will reply directly by email to all who respond.

Nothing that is shared in response to these questions is aired or published without the writer’s permission.

Here is the link to circulate:  http://www.scpr.org/network/questions/teacherdiscipline/

Or a shorter version: http://bit.ly/kpccteacherdiscipline

Why is KPCC doing this? They think there is a larger story to be told about the pattern and practice of teacher and school staffer discipline that has not been well covered because so much secrecy surrounds the process. School districts cloak the process in secrecy because it involves personnel matters. Teachers who are subject to discipline – fairly or unfairly – fear losing their careers to public exposure. The result is that the press and public learns only about the extreme cases that surface after law enforcement action. KPCC thinks there is more to this story.

In asking lots of teachers and others to tell them about their experiences with the discipline process, they hope to pierce the veil of secrecy and learn more about the full process, while taking measures to respect individual privacy.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Sharon McNary
Public Insight Journalism at KPCC
Southern California Public Radio
626-583-5126
smcnary@scpr.org | www.scpr.org


Published by the LA Progressive on February 26, 2012
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About Leonard Isenberg

am a second generation teacher in LAUSD. I graduated from Monroe High School in 1964 with an excellent public school education that has allowed me to earn three college degrees: BA in European History- UCLA, Doctor of Jurisprudence- Golden Gate University, and a Masters in Education- UCLA. The exceptional education I received as a basis for my later higher education has given me the ability to be successful as a producer in the motion picture business, a professor of comparative law in France, and a social studies teacher at various locations in Los Angeles. My life experience both here and in Europe motivates me to work for the creation of a first rate public education system here in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States, which I unequivocally believe is the prerequisite for dealing with the myriad of problems that we presently face as a society.

Comments

  1. A strong union (AFT, NEA, other) is necessary to protect teacher rights. Without any union, discipline can be random and malicious. BUT, assuming LA has a union (it;s been 30 years since I lived in LA area), the issues need to be brought out. If there is no union, it is even more critical that teachers stop being afraid and be willing to stand up for what is right. Protecting your own ass, by not discussing the problems and hoping that it “all goes away” does a disservice to ALL teachers. I am pleased that at least one courageous pafrt of the media is looking into this. Too bad the MSM have largely abandoned in-depth investigative reporting.

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