LAUSD spends like Billionaires while being a Tyrant about Teacher's Salaries
Cutting corners at the expense of our children's education; while, spending lavishly on ill thoughtout projects: MiSiS and iPadLos Angeles: When charges were filled against LAUSD for not enforcing policy in protecting children from sexual predators, i.e. Mark Berndt, LAUSD School Board decided to hire 2 law firms, Sedgwick and Andrade, at $350 to $460 an hour, spending over $7 million dollars and still counting, to litigate the Miramonte Elementary School Case. LAUSD ignored its own lawyers, who bill at $150 to $175 an hour, and have had the experience of litigating cases like this.
Sedgwick and Andrade law firms have spent much of their time creating roadblocks in providing evidence of Mark Berndt's misdeeds for over the last 30 years. When LAUSD Superintendent Deasy, said with all supposed sincerity that LAUSD would provide all documentation for this case to be resolved so the children involved would not have to endure this tragedy was not accurate. Lydia Gutierrez remarked, "It is painful enough knowing what these children have had to endure, while LAUSD Administration ignored all the warning signs, that LAUSD would prolong the disclosure of information that would help expedite this case for these children. The LAUSD School Board should have been at the forefront in assuring this, but are MIA (Missing In Action)."
LAUSD has given every excuse possible for why they are not able to pay standard wages for LAUSD public school teachers. And yet, the LAUSD School Board has been able to find funding for a billion dollar high school, Belmont Learning Center, about half a billion for a failed Payroll System, and now a billion for funding iPads, that Superintendent Deasy is being questioned for favoritism in purchases, while the school structures are in shambles.
Lydia commented, "Under this current LAUSD Board, fiscal accountability has been lacking. School Board members are elected to watch over the taxpayers' money to assure it is being used to educate our children, instead of lining the pockets of special interest groups." She further stated, "When I am elected, I will call for an audit of all expenditures, review all cases before the Inspector General, and request that the School Board seek out administrators who have had actual experience in the educational field and have a thorough understanding of the academic expectations. It is time to stop hiring people who come with an agenda that is self-serving and does not serve the needs of our children and does not give the support our teachers need in the classroom."
Lydia Gutierrez is running for LAUSD School Board District 7. She was born and raised in District 7, Harbor Gateway, went to school at Meyler Elementary School, Stephen M. White Middle School and Narbonne High School, and resides in San Pedro. Lydia has nearly 30 years teaching experience. She has been a neighborhood board member for 7 years. She holds 2 teaching credentials, a master's and has been a master teacher for the UCLA Mathematics projects. Before teaching, she was an administrator and acting cost estimating supervisor in the aerospace industry.
Former Superintendent Deasy resigned for not allowing proper bidding of contracts regarding billion dollar iPad purchases; while, Dr. Cortines ...Los Angeles: It is shocking and worrisome that the leadership of LAUSD Board, in a vote 7-0, would rehire Dr. Cortines who left under a cloud of sexual misconduct when the taxpayers had to payout $200,000 for an employee, Scott Graham, that claimed Dr. Cortines, at the time was LAUSD Superintendent (2009-2011), sexually harassed him. Dr. Cortines admitted to the sexual encounter before resigning as LAUSD Superintendent.
While Dr. Cortines was LAUSD Superintendent making $250,000, he also served on the Scholastic Board and received an additional $150,000 a year, all the while he was making contractual decisions about the Scholastic Publishing Company. He claimed he was able to keep separate any decision-making and it was not a conflict of interest; a somewhat similar situation that brought on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to resign when it was discovered that it was a no bid contract with Apple Corporation in the purchase of laptops for LAUSD students.
Finally, Dr. Cortines made every attempt to make sure that the public never found out how LAUSD spent its money. It was Dr. Cortines who spearheaded the reduction of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) under the blessings of the LAUSD School Board. The over spending of consultants and construction was blatant and it was a blemish that the LAUSD School Board wanted covered up.
Candidate Lydia Gutierrez for LAUSD School Board District 7 said, "LAUSD is in dire need of real leadership and Dr. Cortines 'does not' fit that description. LAUSD School Board has failed the parents and students by bring back a man who was accused of being a sexual predator and admitted to the sexual contact. Dr. Cortines has not put the welfare of the students of LAUSD first but his own opportunities." She further when on to say, "The LAUSD School Board literally threw up their hands when the MiSiS incident happened. The very first week of the computer failure and students needs were not being met, they should have had a plan B; but lack of leadership by the Board and Superintendent failed the needs of many students, Jefferson High School."
Ms. Gutierrez continue, "The LAUSD School Board has failed the public and especially our children. The Office of Inspector General plays a major role in assuring that funding is used wisely and makes it into the classroom. Every School Board member should be making sure that the OIG office is fully funded and not hampered in any way in performing its job. It is dishearten to know they have brought back Dr. Cortines, who played a major role in weakening OIG."
Lydia Gutierrez is running for LAUSD School Board District 7. She was born and raised in District 7, Harbor Gateway, went to school at Meyler Elementary School, Stephen M. White Middle School and Narbonne High School, and resides in San Pedro. Lydia has over 20 years teaching experience. She has served as a Neighborhood Council board member for the City of Los Angeles, 7 years. She holds 2 teaching credentials, a master's and has been a master teacher for the UCLA Mathematics projects. Before teaching, she was an administrator and acting cost estimating supervisor in the aerospace industry