[ EXTENDED CUT! Public Education is no longer Public or Education. This is by design and by definition, Seriously Breaking News!]
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Note well Parents of School-age children in the State of California. This is what happens when you make elected officials angry and they stop trying to do the harder work of collaboration and building consensus. They could have used the CA State referendum process. But the harsh truth is, too many folks would be sick, dying or nearly dead -- and these folks wouldn't be able to get treatment for non-COVID issues at their convenience. Now that the wealthy and powerful are getting your full attention, I would suggest the following:
Any CA legislation be tied only to fully FDA approved drugs.
Any "vaccination loopholes" be closed for 100% of the adults. Otherwise, parents will continue to send their priceless progeny into classrooms and onto campuses with vaccine-exempted teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and administrators. Compel all of their respective UNIONS to share the "closed loopholes". Why should adults continue to have the freedom to be Asymptomatic Aerosol virus transmitters of COVID 19 or any other deadly viral diseases?
Meanwhile, Parents Supporting Teachers (Padres Apoyando a Maestros) and public school/ charter school hybrids, Let the Parent Pop-Up visits commence! Every day for every school. If everything and everyone is operating efficiently, you can reduce the frequency of your compliance/ oversite visits. This suggestion is in direct response to a nationwide pivot to lowering pedagogic standards by allowing substitutes with Bachelors degrees and ( hopefully?) the ability to pass a Federal level criminal background check(maybe?) to spend the day and some hours beyond-the-bell (?) with your children.
The High School students went back, saw how chaotic* things were--- and in many metropolitan districts-- walked out of the buildings to save their own lives. Let's understand all children have genius- its our role , if we choose to accept/ embrace it to at least listen carefully when they respond to adults' best efforts(?) . In the Los Angeles metroplex, there are already high school campuses on "temporary" lockdowns.
The USA, as a nation, is exhausted from too much unhelpful politicization of what could have been successfully managed if the USA had made its University-teaching-medical center infrastructure immediately available to every resident back in March of 2020. But hands too tightly gripping to generational wealth, dominant-culture power and privilege made that essential pivot impossible. The current Federal leadership could still invoke emergency powers.
Instead, we are allowing POTUS46 to pledge the military resources of the USA to return-to-wars(!!!???!!!???) against economic peers(?) in Eastern Europe and Mainland China. Lest anyone forget, in an oxymoronic plot twist, the USA is following the UK Brexit playbook, even as we watch what is happening as Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Scotland, and Wales begin to uncouple themselves from an "Empire" where essentially a spoiled brat raised expressly to BE a spoiled brat loudly proclaims his divine right to behave badly in public on the UK public's dime.
"AND NOW WE RETURN YOU BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING." - possible end cap borrowed from "The Outer Limits", a particularly frightening sci-fi drama because the horror was always derived from everyday life. Fascinating.
Have a thoroughly, thrilling, THURSDAY, USA, USA!
*( where chaotic now equals unacceptable levels OF risk of COVID transmission)
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Say it isn't so, Pittsburgh, PA!?
Let us add a bit of 1.26.2022 LA METROPLEX NUANCE to this story: For reasons only truly known to the student stabbing another student and or friends of both students, one student at a comparatively new and innovative 4- campus complex brings something suitable as a weapon to school with the intention of harming another student. This happens in the midst of an Omicron ( Covid 19 variant) outbreak in a state (CA) just days after the general populace in a roaring red hot economy with almost full employment has been asked to serve as an army of paid substitutes where seasoned certificated staff have seemimgly overnight and with no advance warning tested positive for some strain of Covid19 and must shelter in place for 5- day periods on a random and rolling schedule. Unlike innumerable mass shootings, no hordes of parents show up to demand answers.
The newly appointed Superintendent of the second largest school district is somewhere on the road(?)/ in the skies(?) between LAX and MIA. MR. C. is not officially in the position until March 1, 2022. However, he did swoop in for a photo op where he was seen at a work table at a school predominantly populated with progeny of ancestors of his Iberian Peninsula homeland- somewhere due East of DTLA. He has also chosen to make comments on Twitter, quite possibly the world's least reliable, rational, and consistent source for reliable adult conversation. This is a notable departure from Mr. C.'S broadcasting his decision not to take a job leading the schools in NY,NY via livestream on the NPR affiliate station owned and operated by Miami-Dade Public Schools during prime-time rush hour to a captive and hungry-for-honest-reporting audience tethered inside their slow moving vehicles ( with requisite Miami Beach mega-attitude). Oh, how far the mighty have fallen!
If LAUSD were an stereotypical sitcom called "Ugly Betty" the titular star would at least be asking why(?)/if(?) her new male BFF Mr. C had chosen her as "sloppy seconds". Considering the hot mess that is LAUSD today in Los Angeles, home to a Mayor tapped for an Ambaadorship to India--- Wow! Oh, how two mighty righteous men have fallen! In reality (?) who really has the most to lose while the adults achieve professional milestones? Parents and their school age children of course! PATSAC'S the universally recognized scapegoats/ collateral damage in every USA public school district in every metroplex in every state where truly Olympian efforts attempt to drag them kicking and screaming into our glorious ( normal?!?) oligarchy as the star machine at Hollywood churns out movie magic. Sundance, Slamdance, and the Awards season is in full swing as a coveted distraction from a mundane dystopic 2nd week of the final Spring2022 semester in our nations public schools.
No worries, no one is coming to stir the USA from its fentanyl, alcohol, methamphetamine and cocaine fueled stupor. The rest of the world, that always secretly and or openly knew this day of reckoning was comimg, are voyeurs gleefully watching Trump's monster twist in the world court whirlwind of media magic. Schadenfreude, a.k.a. as malicious joy, is real, my peeps! Yes, in the midst of a bleak winter, EARTHLING'S REVENGE is still a dish best served cold. Ice melting (!?!) Cold. ( queue latest James Bond theme HERE, now in wide re-release at a COVID sanitized multiplex near you!) Extra butter on your mega-tub of freshly popped popcorn, LAUSD + UTLA+CTA+AFL-CIO? You might as well snack waiting for the sweeps week grand finale of 'Round Midnight, The last midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Spoiler alert: Without voting rights protections, the Closeted Log Cabin .Repubicans take control of the government. The government is at war in Eastern Europe or Mainland China. Both these entities seize American assets they have come to repossess[retake possession of (something) when a buyer defaults on payments.] And just like that, the worm turns and the world laughs as we cry alone. 😥🌍🌎🌏🌐💤💘 The END.
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