2014-02-25 from an anonymous unionized teacher at the Los Angeles School District:
I write this to urge you to report criminal behavior at LAUSD and UTLA. Some of these acts are so egregious there is reason to call them a crime. In fact, some of you were endangered by a principle who tried to have you assaulted by students, others were discouraged from abiding their court mandated duty to report abuse, a lot of you were targeted for removal because you were about to vest in lifetime health care and full pensions.
It's funny how so many bad teachers are also veterans who have worked decades without a single complaint are now considered incompetent, deviant , unfit , addled and creepy. There are a litany of defamation claims, harassment, purloined portions of paychecks demanded after statute of limitations for payroll fiasco and one teachers refused to repay the district since it had no record of the overpayment, which she hadn't memory if either. She was fired for defiantly holding her stand against this outrage .
Some saw APs steal school property right as it was delivered by UPS, others know of coordinators padding z time and misappropriating funds, others know about copious noncompliance that puts student's and staff in danger.
A good percentage of you are forever damaged by the ordeal LAUSD / UTLA Subjected you to. PTSD is an epidemic. So is depression. Teachers injured on the job cannot even get workers' comp benefits because LAUSD bribes doctors and judges to disqualify claims.
Hemlock WC lawyer and hero Clint Feddersen has horror stories about the mistreatment of his clients.
It is hard to accept that these are criminal activities if you have been at LAUSD awhile. You get a warped perception of reality. The cycle of abuse can suck you in. It can kill you. I know many have gone to early graves thanks to stress. LAUSD celebrates one less retirement to fund. The lawlessness and abuse is apparently sanctified and even enabled by the teachers' union, which is immersed in treachery and terrorism with the election this year. It is fraught with code violations, disregard of protocol, cheating, intimidation, fraud and collusion of the worst sort.
Stolen funding, test erasure parties, mobbing, state education codes ignored and dangerous conditions on campus are criminal. So is concealing child abuse. But no one answers for this except innocent Teachers and the victims.
Apparently the new DA has decided to restore public integrity ABD has growing concerns about the city's school system. Please write to the DA about what you feel is criminal and have viable information about. I know I need to practice what I am about to preach but it bears repeating. Keep it clear; keep it concise. If you know the name of the crime committed (intimidation, extortion, embezzling, collusion, fraud, perjury, child endangerment, exploitation, theft, abuse of process, harassment, child abuse, tampering with evidence, forgery and abuse of process are common) include it provide dates, short summaries of the transgressions and names of the culprits. Do not use witness names until you see the DA. This should protect them and you from district reprisals or intimidation.
The case should not be more than three years old, I would report:
* Child Abuse that is concealed or condoned
* Child endangerment
* Lack of books
* Broken or unclean restrooms
* Asbestos, vermin, toxic sites, unsafe structures
* Cheating in elections, testing, faculty votes and so on
* Reprisals for whistleblowers
* Special education noncompliance and discrimination
* Wrongful termination
* Garnished paychecks that you have not agreed to
* Verbal abuse
* Failure to provide discovery, exculpatory evidence and access to charges that result in loss of due process.
EVEN IF YOU SETTLED YOUR CASE YOU SHOULD REPORT IT. THE GAG ORDER ISN'T APPLICABLE WHEN IT COMES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC Integrity. MANY OF YOU MAY BE ABLE OVERTURN UNFAIR AGREEMENTS BECAUSE YOU SIGNED THEM UNDER DURESS. THAT IS INTIMIDATION.
* Brown act violations
* Police brutality
* Abuses of power and process
* Misappropriated or missing funds
* Civil rights violations
* ASTRO turf
* and forgery
Send an email to the DA [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Wait. Do not ruin your claims by bombarding the DA with emails.
Do not send the email to anyone besides the DA & attorney if you have one.
If the DA fails to reply after 4 weeks, contact me to discuss what to do next.
If you have fears about doing this and need someone to present the information in the event of your demise or other calamity I have a file to hold it in.
If enough of you report, the DA will have no choice but to follow through.
If reporters cover this story they can make the difference they intend to.