Saturday, July 18, 2015

What I Learned at My First NEA RA Assembly!-July 2015 DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!:

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: What I Learned at My First NEA RA Assembly!-July 2015:

What I Learned at My First NEA RA Assembly!-July 2015





NEA stands for the National Education Association.

RA stands for Representative Assembly.

I attended my 1st NEA Representative Assembly as a delegate. What an amazing experience!

My observations:



  • One of the delegates spoke about using the words of the oppressor. How many times do we, as educators, use the words, "the union", as if it is not "our union?" WE are the union. WE are what makes up the union. When we address the union as " the union", we are giving others the message that we are not part of it, that it is a separate entity. What does Chris Christie say every time he opens his mouth about educators? "The union..."

  • If you don't like what your union is doing, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard. I sat in a convention hall with about 10,000 educators who were doing just that, raising their voices. We supported an item, or we didn't. Delegates, including one of my own state, wrote items that they felt were important to us all. Some were supported, and some weren't. Instead of standing in a hallway, or sitting in the Teacher's Lounge, denouncing the union, (I know, I've done it), ask how you can become a delegate.Move up from delegate and sit on your executive committee, or even the National committee.

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LAUSD OR TARGETED TEACHERS- A SIMPLE WAY TO KNOW WHO'S TELLING THE TRUTH - Perdaily.com

LAUSD OR TARGETED TEACHERS- A SIMPLE WAY TO KNOW WHO'S TELLING THE TRUTH - Perdaily.com:

LAUSD OR TARGETED TEACHERS- A SIMPLE WAY TO KNOW WHO'S TELLING THE TRUTH

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

While poligraph or lie detector tests remain inadmissible in most court and other proceedings, given their significantly increased reliability, there might just be an application at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where it might be used to determine whose lying when it comes to allegations of teacher misconduct. Even though polygraph testing has become more and more reliable for showing whose telling the truth between two individuals, it is still capable of deception on an individual basis.

But what if we weren't dealing with individuals, but rather groups of targeted now ex-LAUSD teachers who continue to profess their innocence of wrong doing after either being forced into early retirement or fired based on charges they continue to maintain are false and completely fabricated as in the present case of nationally recognized teacher Rafe Esquith? What if all or a significant portion of the now thousands of such teachers agreed to pay for and submit to a poligraph test, which shows that they or the vast majority of them are telling the truth, when it comes to charges of immorality or other alleged bad acts that were used by LAUSD to force them out of their teaching jobs for a windfall financial savings. This allowed LAUSD to replace them with emergency credentialed fresh-out-of-college graduates paid at a fraction of the cost?

Now the LAUSD administrators who built the files used to remove these top of the salary scale teachers from their careers would not have to take a poligraph, but would their refusal to submit to one not be a clear indicator as to the lack of veracity of the charges of improper conduct they brought against the teachers they removed? Otherwise, what possible justification would that have for not submitting to such a test, when a teacher's career hangs in the balance?

While there still might be a reasonable doubt about the results of any single poligraph test, there is no expert in this technology who would question aggregated results of hundreds of teachers and administrators, when it comes to showing who is really telling the truth.

"The results of polygraph tests known as psychophysiological veracity (PV) examinations are admissible in a court of law if the particular polygraph technique used in the proffered PV examination meets the Daubert standard to the satisfaction of the presiding judge who acts as the gatekeeper of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Recent advances in polygraph instrument technology and polygraph techniques that have been validated by scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals that meet the Daubert standard should open the field for renewed challenges to rules of inadmissibility. As of 1 May 2009, 18 states have adopted the Daubert standard of admissibility and the judicial door is open for other states to follow."

Some questions that a qualified polygraph operator might simply ask of LAUSD principals and other administrators who brought charges against teachers:

1. Were you ordered by your superiors to target teachers at the top of the salary scale?

2. Were you told that your advancement as an administrator LAUSD OR TARGETED TEACHERS- A SIMPLE WAY TO KNOW WHO'S TELLING THE TRUTH - Perdaily.com:

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