Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT
Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929
Jan 24, 2012: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com. Special Guest Ben Limoine of Fleurish Productions and Producer of the film documenting the transformation of New Orleans schools after Katrina in the film called The Experiment.
This week is National School Choice Week, and we’ll talk with Ben about what that means and about his film, The Experiment and what is so special about New Orleans schools today, post Hurricane Katrina? The movie is available right now on Starz, and Netflix for on demand viewing!
Gov. Jerry Brown said in this week’s State of the State address that K-12 education will lose nearly $5 billion next year if voters don’t approve his tax measures in November. And in response to the budget pressures, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has called for putting $270-a-year parcel tax on the ballot.
They lost their jobs during a cheating scandal at Crescendo schools. Former union chief and charter foe A.J. Duffy will lead them.
The longtime anti-charter crusader wants to make it harder for teachers to earn tenure protections and wants to lengthen that process.
He even wants to require teachers to demonstrate that they remain effective in the classroom if they want to keep their tenure protections.
And if a tenured teacher becomes ineffective, he wants to streamline dismissals.
The process now in place can stretch out for several years, even with substantial evidence of gross misconduct.
Some union leaders, notably Duffy, have defended this “due process” as a necessary protection against administrative abuses.
“I would make it 10 days if I could,” Duffy now says of the length of the dismissal process.
And what does Duffy’s [predecessor]… think of his [A.J. Duffy's] new direction? Not much — LOL!
Former UTLA President John Perez said he wished Duffy well but said he could not endorse Duffy’s new direction. Charter school operators, he said, are laying the groundwork for using public-school funds at private schools through so-called vouchers. They’re also opening the door for corporations “who want to destroy public education by getting their hands on the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on public education in this country,” Perez said.
School choice is on the move everywhere—except California.
We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929 on on FB instant chat or Twitter.
I am a stand for liberty, integrity, empowerment, and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.
Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.
It’s a pleasure to share this program with
CalWatchDog’s team of government policy watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!
Tuesday nights live, on Gadfly Radio in Southern California or where ever you are. California, the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, when we get it right. Join us.
Or you can listen to a podcast later, if you miss the live call-in show by clicking on the white player to stream or the orange player to download and or subscribe to Gadfly on iTunes: