May 8th - attended a LAUSD Board Meeting to protest cuts to libraries, nurses, counselors, psychologist, etc. etc. etc. Sat through two and a half hours of a staged presentation by so-called Dr. Sleasy Deasy. He literally hired a local group to come and support him in cutting the hours and credits and teachers required for graduating from high school. He also required that students earn a "C" average whereas formerly a "D" would do. Only La Motte and Kayser argued against him. The community group was the scariest of all because they were voting against their own children. Clearly Dr. Sleaze wants to cut out kids who are failing so that the LAUSD scores will go up. He wants to cut teachers and destroy the union so he can hire all Teach For America idiots. This has to be the most destructive person who has hit LAUSD. And this is because Monica Garcia and other board members took money when asked to make Deasy the sleaze ball head of the district. DUMP MONICA is our first task to fight this. We must change the forces on the Board and get people such as Kayser and La Motte -- the only ones who vote for teachers and students. Here is a link to my speech that got caught on TV somehow. I was just expressing my outrage at Deasy and the news picked it up. Tokofsky said it best: Deasy does a "fire, ready, aim" rather than studying what is really needed.