Deasy on his critics: Constant attacks are ‘politically motivated’
Under withering criticism over the iPad program, a new student-tracking computer system and discordant relations with the teachers union, LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy said today that the attacks feel politically motivated at the expense of his agenda to improve the lives of district students. “I serve at the pleasure of the board,” he said...
By Michael Janofsky | September 3, 2014
UTLA holds morning rally to insist Deasy be thrown into ‘jail’
UTLA is calling on Superintendent John Deasy to lock himself in teacher jail while he’s under any investigation over iPads, computer systems or anything else. At a rally earlier today union President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a crowd of teachers, “We are saying that he has to play by his own rules… He must not report...
By Vanessa Romo | September 3, 2014
Teachers union talking strategy for combatting teacher jail
While officials from the teachers union, UTLA, are contemplating salary demands in a new labor contract with the district, they have not lost sight of another key issue, how to deal with teachers housed in what union officials derisively call “teacher jails.” The union’s Committee for Unjustly Housed Teachers was meeting today, for the first...
By Vanessa Romo | August 19, 2014
Crenshaw choir director released from ‘teacher jail’
Eight months after being yanked off campus, long-time choir director Iris Stevenson returned to Crenshaw High School today. Stevenson, who’s led an award-winning music program at the school for nearly three decades, was pulled from teaching last December and reassigned to report to work at district offices — a sort of purgatory for educators under...
By Vanessa Romo | August 12, 2014
VIDEO: End of teacher ‘jail’ policy at LAUSD
Kim Baldonado reports for NBC4 News on a shift in policy at LA Unified (LAUSD) where teachers accused of misconduct will no longer spend days at district offices while awaiting review of allegations.
By LA School Report | May 28, 2014
Where shame is policy: Inside LAUSD’s ‘teacher jail’
Via The Nation | By JoAnn Wypijewski Iris Stevenson hurt no child, seduced no teenager, abused no student at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. This is what her supporters say in rallying outrage that this exemplary teacher has languished for months in the gulag of administrative detention known as “teacher jail”: she doesn’t belong there....
By LA School Report | May 12, 2014
Alleged Murderer Had No Reported Classroom Behavior Issues
Accused murderer and meth addict Michael Kane, an LAUSD elementary school teacher, has no previous history of violence during his career as a teacher and his personnel file states he was never removed from his classroom for any misbehavior, according to district officials. Kane began working for the district in 1997 as a substitute teacher...
By Brianna Sacks | June 20, 2013
Teacher Misconduct Proposal Wins Unexpected Support
While a recent Daily News headline described LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan’s new “teacher jail” proposal as an “overhaul” of the current system, the resolution is probably best described as an effort at streamlining the process. Slated for a vote at next Tuesday’s Board meeting, the Galatzan resolution would shorten the time it takes to inform teachers what...
By Hillel Aron | April 9, 2013