Sara Roos: There’s a lot that is confusing about the layout of this strike. For one thing, public employees are set against public servants. That leaves the public stuck in the middle: Us.
Sara Roos: Working conditions for adults on campus are working conditions for children: they are one and the same.
Sara Roos: Now is the time for you to stand up, march and be counted. Now is when the big push is going down to privatize that Jewel in the Crown of Public Education: LAUSD.
Sara Roos: Opposition to the Repeal is an interesting amalgam of engineering, labour and construction interests, with a smattering of environmental groups for good measure. Gone are the individual employees and retirees.
Sara Roos: HAn eye-popping amount of money has been invested by landlords, land holding companies and real estate professionals to block repeal of the Costa Hawkins Act.
Sara Roos: Because while frank, Jackie Goldberg is not dogmatic and in truth weaves a conciliatory road of compromise and practicality even while seemingly unfazed by belting out that Truth.
Sara Roos: These are the legislative army that would champion substituting a middle class of public servants in favor of private for-profit interests (even if nominally not-for-profit (NFP); that means only that profits must return to the business with no regard to equity or fairness.
Sara Roos: Ref Rodriguez Surfs a Wave of Court Continuances That Deliver His Charter-Owned Vote to a Superintendent Anointed Behind Closed Doors
Sara Roos: LAUSD is further asking its parents to encourage its kids not to walk out, not to honor their “colleagues” who died and call attention to their own jeopardy as sitting ducks in a fishbowl of an enclosed institution.
Sara Roos: The blot on Los Angeles’ public school board is unequivocal: it is disgraceful that Ref Rodriguez remains a member of LAUSD.
Charter School Co-Location — Chaos reigns within literally hundreds of LAUSD schools year after year as one set of institutions scrabbles for space that is vital for their operations, and another set of institutions fights to retain their physical and instructional integrity.
Sara Roos: The communities that bought Nick Melvoin for school board, look nothing like the LAUSD, and in many cases have very little to do with it.
For Nick Melvoin’s donor base of plutocrats, the maximum $2,200 campaign contribution ($1100 for each election) is penny-ante chump-change; real giving is made soto-voce to independent expenditure committees, where contributions are more easily shielded from disclosure.