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UTLA Leader Alex Caputo-Pearl. Photo courtesy UTLA.
Aris Puno July 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm
If it weren't for unions, then teachers wouldn't receive a fair salary. In fact, in LAUSD, it's beenRead More about 7 years since the last raise, 10 years since the last COLA (which the district has used for pet projects) and 4 years of a pay cut. In reality, any raise we get now isn't a raise at all. Teachers have made endless sacrifices to keep schools running. Also, let's not be naive to think teachers are not working diligently daily because of test scores. Any child can be successful and there is not one person whom I've come across and disagreed that parent involvement is a huge factor. Well, look at the area codes that LAUSD encompasses. If you are going to point fingers at teachers for failures, then point the finger at the first teacher the child has known: the parent(s).
Frank Estrada July 15, 2014 at 07:42 am
Oh please.. public unions have single handedly destroyed the quality of life in LA. The LAUSD is aRead More huge failure...Its time to break up the city of LA once and for all as it now longer can effectively serve the public
Fernando lopez July 15, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Good for the teachers, support them fully. Every private sector in life just wants to continue toRead More bleed everyone out from where ever they can.
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jack July 2, 2014 at 08:06 am
Nayely Quesada can barely make ends meet, BUT, she has another child on the way. Does anybody see aRead More problem with this? Anybody at all?! Honestly this country is doomed.
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Zookeeper91326 July 1, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Didn't you hear? Brown has decided to give the Prop 30 tax revenue to "social causes."Read More Typical Democrat bait and switch!!!
mark hensley July 1, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Even the CEO of mcdonalds has said raising the minimum wage for its workers would have an almostRead More negligible effect on its prices. We are talking pennies.
Fernando lopez July 1, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Good for them. Everyone deserves to be able to provide well or decently for their families. $15 anRead More hour isn't much now and days anyways. Wages need to increase with the cost of living. Another good deed by union members.
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Brentwood Resident # 49 June 25, 2014 at 07:20 am
A 20% cost of living increase over the past 5 years? Where does the union leader come up with thisRead More stuff? That is an unbelievable figure!
Frank Estrada June 25, 2014 at 07:41 am
Time to break up the LAUSD and the city of Los Angeles for that matter ...what a joke this isRead More become ..what a sham for the taxpaying public. how sad as the apathetic Angelino continues to wonder why our city has failed our kids ...well people it's called the UTLA....greed in it's ugliest form... Right up there with the mafioso DWP. When will this end? How much further of this nonsense will the public take where about 95 percent of this 8 billion-dollar budget is going to public union salary workers and their pensions.
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porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Carl, youre messed up in the head --you have plastered that 125 times. It's your daughter? If youRead More think its ok to reprint that, then obviously you dont have an issue with it. And that is very odd.
porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 03:05 pm
carl emailed patch about your breach of patch policy. Just so you know --if and when they suspendRead More your account --it was me.
porter gladstone III June 20, 2014 at 03:30 pm
and carl --out of stater? Hmm I have my pictures from kershaw's no hitter which i was at. ThatRead More puts a time and place. Cause if i show u any other pics youre gonna say they are old. Then you gonna apologize?
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Carl Petersen III June 17, 2014 at 04:52 pm
Consumer products that will last just a couple of years should not be paid for with bond funds. TheRead More taxpayers will be paying the interest on this purchase long after these iPads have taken up space in a landfill. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
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Carl Petersen III June 3, 2014 at 10:08 am
I think that you need to check your reporting. It is my understanding that the teachers were notRead More offered a 2% raise for the current year. Instead they are being offered a 2% bonus. This means that after not receiving a pay increase for seven years they are now being offered a TOTAL 2% pay raise (the one for next year). ___________________________________________________ For those against a pay increase for teachers, how many of you would not be looking for a new profession if your pay was stagnant for seven years? I also ask if you think that the Superintendent should be penalized for the poor performance of the schools? He and his top staff saw no problem in giving themselves raises. It is time to www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
tony June 3, 2014 at 07:17 pm
Yes I know I own my own business and my earnings have dropped 65% since 2007. I do not get 4 monthsRead More off a year nor do I get medical,dental at no charge to me . I do not get a pension provided by taxpayers that will pay me 2 million dollars after age 65 assuming I live to be 85. So quit your whining and be happy that you have such a wonderful carefree, free time, incentive career. 17.5% increase, hell I would love to be making what I was making back in 2006 and 2007. not 59% less.
Frank Estrada June 4, 2014 at 08:00 am
Oh please what a joke.. For the sake of the children, the LAUSD should be dismantled already ratherRead More than to allow them to continue to spew out or "graduate" more illiterate children further in raising our pool of ill equipped job seekers... Yes smaller is better....With all of it politicking and BS the LAUSD failures have caused people to flee our school system and has resulted in people avoiding living in LAUSD areas... To me all I hear from these people is who else is to blame..typical... Let's do what needs to be done already and hold teacher accountable for their students performance and all also have teachers tested every few years. This public union bs has gone to far and has made a shambles of our schools....I give a resounding NO to any raises!!!! And while we are at it, fire our superintendent....
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Cheryl Ortega May 28, 2014 at 09:24 am
While it might be true that teachers are no longer "housed" in a school district facility,Read More they have certainly not been freed in any sense of the word. John Deasy's Orwellian policy of combining those who question district policies with those who abuse children is outrageous. And even if teachers are merely under house arrest, their good names have been harmed forever.
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Fortified- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> May 14, 2014 at 11:54 pm
"treatment for sexual addiction. "....? Now, why is that something to "treat"?Read More They are already getting their treats. Probably another study by people who haven't discovered human nature, and the reason 7 billion people are on Earth....?
Fortified- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> May 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm
I meant to say "we" are geting "our" treats.....sometimes...usually...ok, whenRead More my wife used to like me....oh,.... nevermind...
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Robert Copia March 19, 2014 at 10:40 am
At age 62, I have been a smoker since 6th grade. It was a part of our culture. Since my aunt’sRead More passing in 2003, due to lung cancer caused by her smoking, I tried hard to quit. Nicotine gum helped me cut down but any kind of stress and I was back to compulsive smoking. I took the anti-smoking drug ZYBAN for two days. It made me feel very strange. Three and one half years ago, I used my first e-cig and I have been tobacco free ever since. My health has improved drastically. No coughing, The shortness of breath when climbing stairs is 90% gone. I still use the ecig and have no desire to use tobacco. I am considering going into the ecig business and I have started reading the ecig news. Banning, crackdowns, fears ,concerns, questions, gateway, fears, harming children is all that I read.. Hysteria over a “personal nicotine vaporizer”??? A small lithium battery,( lithium batteries power cellphones, laptop computers, pacemakers equipment on jet airliners etc.,) heats an element that turns nicotine liquid ( consisting of nicotine the same as in the nicotine gum paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, and food grade flavorings, in a base of propylene glycol which is rated GRAS, generally regarded as safe) in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, section 184-1666, and is found in many food products, asthma inhalers, the anti-smoking drug ZYBAN, toothpaste etc,) into vapor like your tea kettle. I was awakened by the Bloomberg, 2/19/2014, article, “ GLAXO Memo Shows Drug Industry Lobbying on E-Cigarettes”. Glaxo-Smith Kline is the 4th largest Pharma company and it sells nicotine gum, lozenges, patches inhalers and the anti-smoking drug ZYBAN which I learned was actually the mind-altering psychiatric drug Wellbutrin. I then went on to read the Forbes 7/2/2012, article, “Feds Say Dr. Drew Was Paid by GLAXO TO Talk Up Antidepressant” Forbes in included a link to the 72 page Justice Department complaint against GLAXO which involved the illegal, deceptive and fraudulent marketing of antidepressants to children and adolescents. through their Doctors. New York Times 7?2/2012, GLAXO Agrees To Pay THREE BILLION Fraud Settlement ( and pleads guilty to criminal charges). after a ten year investigation started by “whistle blowers”. The New York Times, 12/14/2013, “The Selling of ADHD,( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) documents the depths that Pharma will go to sell their drugs to children and adolescents through their Doctors.. I once considered myself well-informed but until reading this material, I had no idea of the actions of BIG PHARMA, which I consider the “Crime of the Century” I encourage you to read this material. It is conceivable that the ecig could make nicotine gum, patches inhalers etc. and the mind altering psychiatric anti-smoking drugs (GLAXO is working on a new one GSK598809) obsolete, or at minimum reduce the sales. Big Pharma and the politicians that do their bidding agree that this cannot be allowed. Who is harmed by this? Those who are near hopelessly addicted to cigarettes and the thousands of dangerous chemicals they contain. This propaganda campaign by Big Pharma and the politicians that they control is simply meant to scare people especially the elderly and dissuade them from trying a “personal nicotine vaporizer” Take the anti-smoking drugs?? Read the black box warnings. Would you recommend them to your mother?
Bob Bailey March 9, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Who would have thought a simple book like Green EGGS AND HAM would your child's favorite book. I'llRead More bet I read it at least five times in a single night. I think many of us could do it from memory. Happy Birthday Dr Seuss.
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nonoise March 5, 2014 at 07:39 am
Teachers Union is pretty angry that money was spent on IPAD's for kids instead of that money goingRead More into teacher's pockets. They do not care about kids.
JMarsh March 5, 2014 at 08:24 am
If it takes two teachers salaries just to survive, how many teachers do you need to marry in orderRead More to live well? Seriously, one of the big complaints is that the bond funds the public voted on for repair of schools is being spent in Ipads. They are going to be expensive to maintain. In the meantime students are in run-down, unsafe buildings. School libraries, which are crucial for students' reading success are closed because there is no one to staff them.
La Casa de Bernarda Alba March 5, 2014 at 05:17 pm
@ NoNoise - What do you know about teachers' caring for kids? I know plenty of soon-to-be graduatesRead More who have job offers making over 70K with a four-year degree and no job experience. What does a teacher currently earn with a four-year degree & Teaching Credential and plenty of job experience? Those of us with enough common sense know that the IPAD's LAUSD elected to purchase for students will not be in good working conditioning within a short time. Why? Many of LAUSD students have no invested interest to take care of something that does not belong to them! How will the District ensure all IPADs are well-maintained? Have you checked out LAUSD textbooks? What condition are the textbooks in? Instead of IPADs for every student, LAUSD should have implemented computer classes for all grades k-12, once or twice or three times a week. Each prior grade building on past knowledge taught by trained computer teachers. NoNoise - you better believe the teaching profession is worthy of earning the 70K or more of soon-to-be graduates. LAUSD teachers have NOT received a Cost-of-Living raise since 2007! Teachers saved this District by taking furlough days to help maintain class size reduction, programs, and other support staff! It is overdue - Teachers must receive a PAY RAISE!!! Teachers are currently performing the following jobs: educators, nurse, caregiver, friend, advocate, Breakfast in Classroom (food services provider), custodian/housekeeper (reduction in custodial staffing), role model, guidance counselor, and dean/disciplinarian, donor/volunteer of personal time to tutor students. UTLA has NOT done enough to protect teachers from all these additional hats teachers wear on a daily basis! NoNoise the RINGING between your ears has affected your ability to know the VALUE of a TEACHER! What have you done to make a difference?
Books have gone missing from LAUSD libraries that are not staffed with professional librarians, a union rep says.
Nicole Williams February 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
They're too busy buying iPads at RETAIL prices!!!!When there's a sub, they automatically watch aRead More dvd! My kid could learn MORE at home watching TV than at an LAUSD school. It's so frustrating!!!!!You can't even log onto the Net on a desktop at schools-it's RIDICULOUS!!
Librarygal February 25, 2014 at 06:35 am
As an LAUSD Library Aide since 2000 I have seen a lot of changes. Most of us have been reduced to 3Read More hours a day. A typical day can be up to 6 classes scheduled, primary grades get story time, students come in at the same time to exchange books so they can keep up with the required reading program Accelerated Reader, teachers need guidance to find books which supplement the curriculum, not to mention shelving, putting up monthly displays, etc. We are constantly looking for funding to purchase new books & fun ways to promote the library. It's sad to think about school libraries that have to be closed because there is no Library Aide or Teacher Librarian. I promote the public library daily, but most students do not have the opportunity to go because their parents don't have time to take them. Hopefully things will change so all students may have equal access to the school libraries.
JMarsh February 25, 2014 at 07:14 am
The first elementary school I taught at years ago had a full-time credentialed librarian. She wasRead More wonderful. The library was always in order and open. We had a weekly library visit with our class. If you were studying a topic you could let her know and she would pull a number of grade level books on the subject. She always had featured books on display in the library. They were about holidays, etc. She really made a difference! None of the other schools I taught at had a librarian.
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