[Fwd: Demopublicans to LA Teachers--"Drop Dead"]
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From: LA Workers' Voice-- Internationalist Notes
DATE: 7/24/00 11:17 PM
RE: Demopublicans to LA Teachers--"Drop Dead"
Teachers,psychologists, classified workers, and students in the LAUSD are
under mounting attacks. Standardized Test tyranny, politicized Peer
Reveiw Boards, overcrowded classes, lack of relevant/inspiring texts,
modern science materials, and other classroom essentials are forcing
teachers to dig deeper into their own pockets. Added bungalow construction
has practically replaced new school construction. Divisive Merit Pay
schemes are also in the works.
The corporate owned mass media excells in and Public Education bashing,
and Teacher bashing in particular .The attacks are pure demagogy on part
of the rich and their corporations. They want to keep the anger of the
working class away from the ruling class and the capitalist system. They
take billions in tax breaks and other special tax loopholes. In this way,
public education and LAUSD in particular has lost billions of dollars in
funding over the last decade alone and hence the quality of education for
students deteriorates. The rulers need to get every dollar they can out
of our hides as they need to remain competitive in this dog-eat-gog profit
system, and they want us to pay for their wealth- and power to exploit us.
The unions have served us up one rotten contract after another. Their
philosophy of "win-win" is a mirage.
When the rich and the LAUSD administration win, we waged workers lose.
Power never concedes anything without the demand --and struggle. Since our
bosses have gotten their way so easily, they no longer have any respect
at all for us. That is a main reason why they feel confident they can get
away with it yet again.
While top LAUSD administrative bosses are getting 25%-35% pay raises !
They want us to accept 3%, 4% or 5%, which is really just yet another PAY
CUT for us when rising inflation is figured in!
Just for example, here is our latest lesson in *fairness* and 'democracy",
courtesy of the Richard Riordan/30 Corporate Fat Cats bought-and-paid-for
LAUSD School Board.
salary New Salary
Chief Operating Officer 150,287.00
General Council 141,886.00
Chief Operating Officer 144,794.00
Chief Financial Officer 144,794.00
Chief Facilities Executive 144,794.00
SubDistrict Supts. (11 positions) New
Source: UTLA Mobilizer dtd. 7/7/00 & LAUSD.
This is a real crime! Just look at the track record of the bloated bosses.
NO "Accountabillty" for them! Crumbling schools, students sharing Reagan
era texts, the Belmont High and South Gate fiascoes, Marvin Ave.
Elementary School FEMA funds stolen, Faked pay-cards for phantom family
members at Le Conte Middle School. The list is almost endless. Where is
the ADMINISTRATIVE FAT CATS Accountability?
Oh yes, and now we certificated and classified employees, the hoi palloi,
are told to get hot and be more efficient and be held "Accountable"-- "or
else!". Is this not but another two-faced sham directed from our ruler
thru the Bi-partisan Sacramento politicians down to their School Board
And speaking of these worthies. What of the current $12.5 billion state
surplus? But only $1.84 Billion went to the K-12 schools statewide . A
$12.5 Billion Surplus! That would mean under Prop. 98 that the K-12 schools
should have gotten 40% of $12.5 billion or $5 Billion, not $1.84 billion.
We have been robbed, but in a 'bi-partisan" and "democratic' way of
course. Extra billions for prison construction and paying off interest
to the bankers is much more important !
So if $227 million of $1.84 Billion was sent to LAUSD then we should
have really should have gotten about $613 million if Prop 98 guidelines
But $227 million is what LAUSD got and the Board says only $72 million is
for increased pay/benefits. But UTLA President Day Higuchi and other UTLA
leaders alibi for the Governor and the Legislature yet again. If Gray
Davis and the Democratic Party controlled Legislature had meant the Board
to do otherwise, they could have publically humiliated the Board if they
did not deliver the goods. But they did not. When Assemblywoman Gloria
Romero & Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa say they are against the
"me-too" raises for administrators but for high pay to retain/recruit
teachers at teacher meetings, they are lying. They posess the political
clout to bring the Board to heel right now. The Democratic Party controls
both the State Senate, the Assembly and the Governors Mansion. But when
it comes to Public School funding, this is usually done in a 'bi-partisan'
spirit with the Republicans.
School employees, students and their parents need unity in struggle . The
powers- that- be will not retreat unless mass organization ,struggle and
mass actions force them to. We need to build up our forces and this is not
a one-way street. If we want the students and parents to support our
class demands, we should in turn show that we are willing to join in and
build their struggles against capitals offensive as well. We cannot win
this fight alone, it is part of a social-class battle..
Los Angeles Workers' Voice-Internationalist Notes , Box 57483, Los Angeles,
Communist-left web : http://www.ibrp.org July 25, 2000
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