The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Monica Garcia

Please list your top 4 priorities for the elective office you are seeking. “1. Increase graduation Increase 3rd grade reading Reduce suspensions Reduce drop-outs” – Monica Garcia There are many challenges facing the LAUSD. As an example, just last month the District warned state and county officials that it “may not be able to meet […]

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Employees of Charter Group Raided By FBI Among Funders of Mónica García’s Campaign

Federal agents raided the offices of a network of Los Angeles charter schools Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and fiscal mismanagement.” – Los Angeles Times, 1/25/17 Exempting charters “from many of the regulations that govern traditional schools” was supposed to be a way to remove barriers to innovation. Unfortunately, […]

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A Failing Charter Gets a Pass

We cannot truly have the impact charters were intended to have – to reinvent public education – if we do not close those charters that have demonstrated an inability to meet the challenge of excellence and chronically underperform.” – California Charter School Association (CCSA) According to the statistics provided by the CCSA, View Park Middle […]

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The Long Shadow of John Deasy

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana It has been more than two years since LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy was forced to resign in disgrace. Unfortunately, the legacy that he has left for the District’s students echoes into the present day. After spending at least $189 million on […]

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LAUSD Schools Face Bankruptcy While Charters Cheat on Admissions

Through admissions policies that exclude vulnerable students by erecting various barriers to entry, charter schools have the potential to create a two-tiered system of public education.” – ACLU and Public Advocates The LAUSD Charter School Division (CSD) says that “a review of charter school pre- and post-enrollment forms is part of our oversight process”.  It […]

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School’s (Not) Out for Summer

Thanks to all the effective voices that made this possible for our youth!” – Mónica García, 12/14/16 During last week’s LAUSD meeting, the Board suddenly reversed course and abandoned a carefully compromised plan that would have slowly returned the beginning of the school year closer to its traditional Labor Day start. Without a warning to […]

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Charter Principal Gets Caught Engaging in Financial Shenanigans and is Punished with a $215K Payout

Ex-charter school chief gets $215K after resigning in wake of spending controversy” – Los Angeles Daily News, 11/30/16 The administration at El Camino Real Charter High School (ECRCHS) admits that David Fehte charged “more than $6,000” in personal charges on his school-issued credit card. An investigation by the Los Angeles Daily News found that “over […]

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LAUSD’s Parent Jail

Disruptive Person Letters (DPL) are issued by principals within the LAUSD when someone interferes with the ability “to maintain a safe campus free of disruption.” There is concern among parents that in addition to protecting against “behavior that poses a danger to staff or students”, these letters are also being used to retaliate against those […]

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Is Mónica García Using LAUSD Students as Stepping Stones?

I’m not sure I can be a productive member of this group at this point.” – Mónica García, 12/6/16 In the months leading up to the March 7, 2017, LAUSD election, incumbent Mónica García has made some questionable comments about the children that she is supposed to represent. For example, in March she suggested that […]

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The LAUSD’s Hostility Towards Special Education

On November 16, 2016, the Office of the Independent Monitor held its semi-annual public hearings about the services provided by the LAUSD to students with special education needs. The following is a copy of my testimony before Dr. Rostetter: When I saw your reaction to Adam’s speech, it gave me something that I haven’t had […]

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