Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Sierra Madre Elementary School Parent Stands Up and Defends Her Child's Rights

This article isn't about how you should be voting on Prop 30 and Prop 32. Most people can make up their own minds without me telling them how to run their lives. And should anyone need some advice there are about a million websites that will share their opinions about these issues. On The Tattler we try and keep it about the affairs of Sierra Madre, which don't get carried in much depth anywhere else but here.

And what we have today is very much a Sierra Madre story, one that reveals the use of a public school and its students for obviously partisan political purposes. In this case Sierra Madre Elementary School. I have reprinted a series of e-mails here that will tell you quite a story. I have also added some commentary.

Here is the first e-mail that I received. It came from a parent whose name I am leaving out of this. For the record I wasn't asked to do that, I just thought I should err on the side of caution. There are wolves in this forest, as I am sure that many of you know.

Dear Mr.Crawford,

I received this attached flyer today from the classroom "mom" for my daughters 3rd grade class at SME.  I will not be voting yes on these two ballots and we will not be attending a rally for them, so how is it legal that they can give extra credit for a child that does attend, and release them from having to turn in their nightly homework for the rest of the week? My daughter is punished for my political views? Why is it ok that they prostitute the 3rd grade class to further their political agenda?

I guess I would also like to know if the children got extra credit for the torture they put the Brandenburg's child through as well.

Thank you for your time and continued tattling!

(Mod: This is the e-mail our concerned parent is referring to here:)

Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:06 PM

Subject: Extra Credit and date change Shumei Hall

The kids are going to Shumei Hall on WEDS.

EXTRA CREDIT TOMORROW NIGHT  See the attached flyer.
 If your child attends between 4-6 they will not need to complete any of their nightly homework and receive extra credit points.

Apparently the "Extra Credit" e-mail from a "class mom" went out to quite a few Sierra Madre Elementary School parents, and offered them some time off from homework and extra points for attending a partisan political rally in favor of these two ballot initiatives. This did not work out very well for our concerned parent, and she fired off the following to the Pasadena Board of Education:

To whom it may concern,

Can somebody explain how you can exploit a 3rd grade class for your political agenda? Now we give extra credit for voting the way YOU want us to. I want to file a formal complaint, I am sure there is some bureaucratic paperwork I need to fill out and hoops I need to jump through. This is not a poly-sci class, this is the 3rd grade. Where on Monday my daughter was also asked "who she would be voting for if the election was held tomorrow", again none of your business. This has nothing to do with teaching the children about an election process or the separation of church and state. I am pretty sure the teacher would not like me asking who she was voting for in a public arena.

Forward me the paperwork for the formal complaint, or direct me to it. I wonder did they offer extra credit to the children if they bullied the Brandenberg child too? What do you allow to go on at Sierra Madre Elementary?

That didn't work out very well, as our concerned parent explains here:

Dear Mr Crawford,

After trying to send my complaint to the PUSD "contact us" email and getting error messages saying that email is not valid ( this is from their web page) I managed to get the letter sent to Scott Phelps.

I will forward that correspondence to you as well.

Please use it, SME is supposed to be teaching my daughter academics, not their political view and or opinions. I appreciate your attention to this issue. Many thanks,

Here is the e-mail from Pasadena Board of Education member Scott Phelps:

From: Scott Phelps
To: Brian McDonald
Cc: Steven Miller   
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:23 PM
Subject: Fwd: Extra Credit and date change Shumei Hall

Brian this is rather urgent.  Ed code prohibits the district from being involved formally and giving the kids extra credit is formal involvement.  Please let Ms. Salinas know immediately they can't do this tomorrow w the kids.  Steve please provide (concerned parent) w the appropriate complaint forms.  Thanks guys.

Sent from my iPhone

And that did the trick. Soon an e-mail from the "class mom" that had written the original rally announcement was sent out to that same list of Sierra Madre Elementary School parents, this time  announcing a distinct change of plans.

Dear Parents,

This afternoon's extra credit rally attendance has been cancelled, due to a parent complaint.  In class, we have been talking and writing about the upcoming election.  Many students have been so excited, and I truly felt that attending today's rally would be a fun and completely optional learning expereince (sic).  No personal agenda has ever been discussed or is being pushed onto students.  I would never discuss personal opinion with children, or most adults for that matter.  In fact, when students have asked me who I am voting for, I have let them know that it is "personal".  I appreciate your support, and I'm sorry that we were unable to make this work.

Thank you.

Oh, without a doubt.

If you think about it our concerned parent probably saved the Pasadena Unified School District some considerable embarrassment and even legal difficulty. Had she not stood up for her rights and the rights of her child a serious mistake would have been made. Politically exploiting elementary school children by offering them credits and a vacation from homework for attending a political rally during an election cycle (or at any time) is just about as illegal as it gets.

An investigation by the PUSD of the responsible parties at Sierra Madre Elementary School  needs to be conducted. It really was a pretty rogue effort on the part of some people. And who on that school's staff had agreed to the homework waiver and extra credit for some students, but not those whose parents wouldn't have allowed their child to attend the rally? And what does this say about the political atmosphere at Sierra Madre Elementary School? Can it really be this poisonous?

If you notice the date on the email from PUSD Board of Ed member Scott Phelps it is late Tuesday evening. Or a couple of hours after Rob Stockley's rather rambling (and long!) commentary during public comments at this week's City Council meeting regarding Prop 30.

Can it be that this was a part of the same effort? Was Rob doing a little set-up work for a rally that at the moment was still on? Done in support of the illegal children's political rally that some folks connected to that school had cooked up?

And why did Josh Moran allow Rob to go on as long as he did? Special person privileges, or was Josh in on the joke?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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143 comments:

  1. Good luck on an investigation of the responsible parties at Sierra Madre School- especially as it would involve Steve Miller, the Director of Human Resources.

    Remember, there's no board policy to investigate the actions of community member (I reminded the Board this past Tuesday of this situation- AGAIN). So folks are free to roam, campaign, harass, bully, etc. at PUSD schools. And given that PUSD will not find any staff members in violation of codes, or policies as that would put them in a legally compromised position- you can rest assure this sticky little situation will be swept under the proverbial rug.

    In fact, I am trying to schedule a meeting where I'm asking for the numbers of times someone files a formal grievance/uniform complaint with PUSD, Mr. Miller "investigates", and PUSD are found non compliant/in violation. I bet those numbers (if they exist) are not too surprising.

    As we've already shared, even with compelling evidence, provided directly by PUSD through PRAs- no violation is ever found.

    I'm curious to find out, who the teacher was? Was she the UTP union rep?

    Keep in mind how the grapevine works at Sierra Madre school. The Flash Mob for the exiting Principal Pinocchio was kept under wraps. The petition and meetings held to oust a 7 year old child were hidden.......so will this be. Any bad press directed at Sierra Madre school, just like at Mr. Board of ED VP will disappear.

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  2. The use of children to further political agendas has been used at the Sierra Madre public schools for as long as I can recall. the children are also used to mule considerable "unsanctioned" materials, in lauding tutoring services (for fees) from the very teachers who can't teach them specific concepts during the day, to religious invitations, to extracurricular activities which should be free but have fees, to advertisements of parent and teachers' side businesses. all of this has been done without any question or interference. parents who ask are quickly isolated and excommunicated. no joke. watch what happens to thY parent.

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  3. The special people really are getting frisky lately.

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  4. At the last 3 PUSD Board of Ed meetings there were incidents of child on child bullying brought to the board.

    Guess where these bullying incidents were happening?

    Yep, at Sierra Madre school. I'm not talking a little pushing- I'm talking pencil stabbing to the bone, foot stomping crushing toes, etc.

    I had a parent tell me a few months ago she had to remove her daughter because the bullying was so bad.

    Where's the anti bullying program that you helped establish at PHS Mr. Honowitz? You got a grant for them. Why not for Sierra Madre?
    Why is it better to ignore the blatant bullying of both children and parents? Is it because you're trying to run for office right now and just hope this all will go away?

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  5. Does anyone know how many of Gayle BLuemel's kids still work at the school?

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  6. I've sat in SSC meetings where people discuss "those parents" that "air the dirty Sierra Madre laundry". I wish you luck, dear parent. I hope they don't find out who you are, some of those parent leaders are very active politically and don't appreciate this kind of exposure.

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    1. Watch out for dear Lady Wistar. Particuarly before he's showered and shaved.

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  7. The parent quickly absolved the teacher, focusing all of the blame onto herself/himself. This little maneuver was very effective for the parents who pulled their little plan off on the Brandenburgs. by distancing themselves from the teachers, parent volunteers can, and do, violate state, federal, and union rules. if it is an honest, innocent err- as this could be, who knows- it is excusable even if there was intent? Why? Because the SAME people who break the rules, in fact the very core that disgraced and humiliated the Brandenburgs-are the same people who run the parent workshops, who run the school website, who run the School Site Council, and who pull the strings of the PTA.

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  8. Your Imperial Fearless Leader says:October 25, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    What's the big deal? This is how most totalitarian/socialist/fascist/progressive/mono party, (call it whatever we have here in California), governments do business.
    It may be illegal on paper, but when "the party" does it, it's just a "fun" educational experience for our impressionable kids to know how to fall in line,... er, learn.....not indoctrination...DUH

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    1. Yes. they say the social structure high school is really just the training grounds for life.

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  9. Next time you see large crowd demonstrations in support of a government cause in North Korea, now you know how it is done...

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  10. Your imperial Fearless Leader- indoctrination? Haha, schools are no doubt the indoctrination forum for the youngest worker bees.

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  11. As a 7-12 History and Language Arts teacher in this San Gabriel Valley, there has never been an incident in my district where children are bribed with homework or empty promises to attend ANYTHING. They may bring up NATIONAL politics because who cannot pick up all of this on their cell phones, etc. But, local politics are always left out of the classroom. Explaining a furlough is as far as it gets in the classroom, mainly so children understand the changing schedule.

    Social Studies teachers ask for current news events. They discuss, compare and contrast writing and reporting of articles.

    Classroom is to learn, to share, to engage the children in critical thinking and not to reward and bribe for adult issues.

    Prop 30 is important, but not child's play.

    Now I understand why there are many private schools in this area.
    I am grateful to teach in a district where the Adm, Union, Fac and
    Staff are on top of the Standards and Emotional/Cognitive needs of the
    child.....not the adult.

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    1. This sort of back door indoctrination is never talked about, or spread around. It would surprise me if this doesn't go on, and you have never been told about it.

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  12. Stockly has always been a party aparachnik.
    I thought every knows that?

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    1. They're closing the library! They're closing the library!

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  13. The parent needs to report this to the Justice Department Civil Rights Division.

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    1. Won't matter. they count on that funding, too.

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  14. Before the Tattler existed, this monkey business always slipped under the radar...Thank you John

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  15. Soon to be head of the island of misfits...October 25, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Im pretty sure we will be bannished to the island of misfits. There is no anonyomous complaints, though they claim it will be. I really don't care, as her teacher started... "its personal" thats what she told the children when they asked her who she was voting for...why did 3rd graders ask this?? Because Monday she asked the children who they would be voting for if the election where held tomorrow... After hands were raised and all parental votes were now common knowledge...viola, an excellent extra credit lesson is born. The teacher sure knows how I vote now, Im glad she is so much worthier than I am as her vote is personal and mine not.

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    1. The teacher needs to be fired.

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    2. She won't be, her sister-in-law is at the middle school. She was the middle school teacher who blew a whistle in class every day to control the kids, and who used THAT ONE WORD in class as well

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    3. 8:13, I think you've confused one mean and nasty teacher with another. Chaperon is the grades for campaign teacher, Graff is the "should have been a PE coach" teacher at the upper campus who slips with the racist comments. Neither teacher will be removed. That's the SME way. And yes, the parents are running the asylum, have been for a few years.

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  16. Not originally or educated in California schools, as an outsider, I have seen the suttle and not so suttle way the education system here (K thru College) is used for indoctrination, it is truly frightening. People here don't even pick it up on a conscious level.

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    1. Were you taught how to use spell-check in the out of state school?

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  17. Who entitles the special people? Who is it that let's them know they can do things like this?

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    1. The UTP has created a teacher contract that allows them all kinds of special treatment. Ever wonder why most teachers are gone 15 minutes after school ends? Why they often arrive the same time as the kids? Why they can refuse to meet after 2:30, even for federally mandated IEP meetings?
      It's all in their contract! Even though the contract is negatively impacting kids.

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  18. Soon to be head of the island of misfits...October 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    7:47 when someone figures that out I would love to know. We moved back into town this Aug. new school... We have already been excluded, as we are new. Funny, been there done that, my son attended SME years ago...but TY was running the asylum not the inmates.

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    1. Yeah. It's like the elementary school is being run by a high school prom committee.

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    2. I feel sorry for you. This is why I pulled my kids out of SME, and put them in private school.

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    3. The worst people in Sierra Madre think they're the best.

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    4. That's the truth! 8:00 am.
      That is very much the truth!

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  19. Found out stunt was pulled by class mom. Who happens to have husband who is a teacher! Would love to know how are kids at SME feel about props 3e4 & 37, maybe we could get gallup to poll them .As to Stockley he was one of the worst cc people we have ever had. God help the kids he is teaching.

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    1. I thought he was a banker.

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    2. If true, then parent/teacher-spouse should have known it was not OK.

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    3. He was, 8:31 am. Before he may have been asked to resign by Community Bank for his involvement with the developer developing One Carter. Rob's mother passed and about the same time with he announced he was getting his teaching degree and was going to pursue his life long dream of teaching.

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  20. Rob Stockley is a very bad man. He lost a lot of money on the DSP failure and he hates this town. I am sure of that.

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    1. Rob Stockley was a heavy investor in the Montecito LLC that was going to build the condos on the Howie's market site. He's been in there trying to recoup his losses since the whole thing went south. That entire group has been slithering around in the muck trying to convice themselves they're important and should be vindicated. Just ask one of them. The shadow government of Sierra Madre is alive and well.

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    2. Josh is their sock puppt.

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  21. From a Local City CollegeOctober 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    On Thursday, Oct. 4, Jono Shaffer, legendary Los Angeles union organizer, will speak on Proposition 30 (aka the Governor's initiative for increased taxes for schools and community colleges, among others.) The presentation will take place in the Auditorium at 12:20. Faculty, please consider giving your students extra credit for attending! ASGCC will circulate a sign-in sheet for recording extra credit attendees.

    For any questions, please contact me (x5459). A calendar of all presentations on ballot initiatives is below.

    John

    Yes on 30, No on 32, No on 38

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    1. I love the exclamation mark after "Faculty, please consider giving your students extra credit for attending!" An exclamation of surprise at such an ovbiously unethical, but wide-spread, practice.

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    2. My daughter attended PCC. Her atheist history teacher taught revisionist history. When discussing ancient civilizations, he ridiculed students who stood up to his biased and abusive comments regarding Christianity. My daughter held her ground rather than being bullied by him, and he improved - just a little bit.

      Her Poly Sci teacher pushed a liberal agenda and biased view consistently. Then, he had the audacity to invite a local democrat candidate for the 41st Assembly District to come to the class, whereby they were only given ONE option on who they should vote for, and then they were told that if they walked precincts for this candidate, they would get a lot of extra credit. My daughter was brave enough to raise her hand and say that she would be voting for a Republican candidate, and requested the same extra credit for that candidate. The teacher said that he would have to think about it, and then asked who it was. REALLY!

      The public schools at all levels are indoctrinating young minds in to dangerous and progressive territory, bordering on socialism.

      Rob Stockly is a fool - and the court jester, Moran, is just as foolish. Prop 30 is nothing more than another slush fund for Sacramento - VOTE NO on 30 and 32!

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    3. Yikes - I meant to say YES on 32!!!

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    4. You were correct the first time.

      Prop 32 is just more power for the unions. The same unions that put these monsters in the public school system in the first place and supports their criminal activity 100%.

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  22. Rest assured that PUSD is not alone in using public resources to promote the passage of these ballot measures. Reports are coming in from all over the State about use of school property, classes, staff and other public resources to promote these measures. No investigation or enforcement is generally being conducted by any district or other government agency.

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  23. "a fun and completely optional learning expereince (sic). No personal agenda has ever been discussed "

    Lie #1:
    Optional? You're going to ask a child if s/he wants extra credit and no homework, and present the result as 'optional'?
    Lie #2:
    The agenda has not been discussed in words, but could not be clearer in action. Which one do you think has a greater impact on children, word or deed?

    The ignorance of the teacher who allowed this to happen is very bad news for everyone.

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  24. The LA Times has a new poll out that shows support for Prop 30 has dropped 9 percentage points since their last survey. 46% said they would vote yes, 42% no.

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  25. As of October 14, the California Teachers Association had already contributed over $20,000,000.00 to defeat Prop 32 which would:

    "Ban both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates
    Ban contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them
    Ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics"

    The teacher's unions don't want their influence challenged by individuals.

    They will try to steal your vote in public and in the classroom.

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  26. 85-90% of school funding is for salaries and benefits. As long as the teacher unions convince the voters that teachers are underpaid, your taxes will keep going up to pay the teachers who continue to lower academic standards in this country. Just ask a teacher, she'll tell you how hard she works giving extra-credit for political propaganda.

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  27. Prop 30 money goes to the teachers pension fund, not class room education.

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    1. That's why I'm voting for it ;)

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    2. No guarantee. CA can send that money wherever it wants. Don't fall for Jerry Brown's (further) lies.

      Say NO to new taxes.

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  28. what a shock. The lefty teachers at the local lefty school where the lefty parents ran the B's kid out of class are brain washing the kids to back more taxes to pay for more teacher pay and pensions. on the government dime.

    next thing you know the local police union will be using their uniforms to back candidates who will back more police pay and pensions etc. etc. etc.

    if only there were a proposition on the ballot to deal with this nonsense.

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  29. I went to the United Teachers of Pasadena website, chock full of pictures of rally's using little children carrying signs. Ethics are forgotten when money and unions are involved. I don't blame the parents of the children for being angry in the face of such obvious bribery and coercion. I would seek immediate dismissal of any instructors that support or are involved in union campaigning and/or solicitation of voting positions by using children to affect parents opinions. I would consider litagation against the schools and parties involved.

    But this comment is the tell and the source from the story above "I wonder did they offer extra credit to the children if they bullied the Brandenberg child too?" one has nothing to do with the other, it taints and waters down the issue.

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    1. I disagree 9:45. The comment re: the Brandenburg child is speaking to the larger symptom that is rampant at the school.

      One of the teachers directly involved with the Brandenburg situation was the UTP site rep that year things went down. She provided false information to the OCR, she allowed the parents to dictate the child was put into a storage classroom for hours at a time. Turns out this very same year she received a WHO award from the UTP/CTA. "Who awards are presented to members of CTA's Service Center Onc eCouncil who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the teaching profession."
      http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:FK4M0oOBY5UJ:utofp.org/utp-voice/The%2520Voice%2520June%25202011.pdf+united+teachers+of+pasadena+yolanda+munoz+teacher+award&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari
      Of course she needed to be seen in the best light, so what about the rights and safety of a child?

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    2. I don't know if it waters down anything, but people are allowed to have opinions, and if someone chooses to scaffold from one statement to an unrelated one that supports my family, i won't complain (but I will if the scaffold is to speak ill of me..... at least i own my double standards).... in any event, it is no secret amongst the PUSD hierarchy that there is a culture of exclusion and bullying at the Sierra Madre public schools, and that it is protected by a code of silence. what happened to us is not an isolated incident, and i think that is becoming more and more clear as people begin to speak up. for two years there were posters (pusddad/papa edugreat/lou educe) that went to great lengths to dispel and discredit mary and i. there were few speaking up so they were vicious with a sense of bravado; after all, no one was going to risk their special station to stand up. i believe what is happening here is not so much that people are sick of the story of what happened to my child- they are sick of the lies and the bullies that promote them, and they aren't going to allow it to continue to happen to other children and families.

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    3. You Sir TB, are correct, I am sorry that the horrific things happened to your family for someone to speak up.

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  30. Don't forget the bigger underlying political influence here people. The Honowitz/Dreier /ACT front is very tied in with the unions. Invest in PUSD kids (another Hono/Dreier focus) is well entrenched at Sierra madre school. Invest in kids is known for having their neighborhood home meetings. No need to follow any transparency rules then

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  31. CA is in the top with the highest paid teachers with salaries and beni's, yet among the lowest in the nation in performance. I pay taxes for the teachers to teach. Not to entertain "the desperate housewives of Sierra Madre" on the lawn of SME, or promote a political agenda, or back a pack of vile bullying parents errr.. Wolves. Its very disgusting and its shameful for our village. My grandparents are turning in their graves to see what has become of their beloved town.

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  32. I went to SME Lower and upper campus. It's only gotten worse. Mrs. Graff used her opinion every single time she could and so did other teachers. The teacher that allowed this is also doing just that, Only difference is its 3rd grade. I had the same thing in High School. I had many teachers talking about their views. I'd be okay with it, if it was in the middle like it should be. But because of my views i was the one that was picked on and was the bad guy cause i vote red and not blue. This has always been a matter in the SME school, There needs to be stand. Especially towards The desprate housewives of sierra madre.

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    1. I LOVE it- the Desperate Housewives of Sierra Madre. That is what it has become.

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    2. I smell a reality show!

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  33. Parents volunteers stuff the weekly envelopes. The flyers should be going through the office for approval, and be time stamped. Many of the flyers that come home have not gone through the office.
    The teachers are the direct supervisors and need to be aware of what the parents are doing, otherwise situations like what happened to the Brandenburg child happen. Situations like the bullying fiascos at the upper campus happen.
    Flyers that have come home from school include: religious gatherings, teacher/staff/parent business ads and coupons, birthday invitations (not including all students).
    This is school business, not the Sierra Madre parent prom court forum.

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  34. The PUSD Board of Ed were notified at the last meeting that the Sierra Madre webmaster is the same PTA Board rep that circulated the parent petition to remove the Brandenburg child.

    Parents at the school had confidential information about the child shared with them and passed around until things became mythical. Was it staff sharing, or the privilged parents who are running the school and who have access to office/class files?

    Ever wonder why those API scores are so high?

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    1. Because parent volunteers access testing documents and test aras?

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    2. Let's see whose kid is the smartest! I'll bet it is mine!

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    3. The scores are not all that high. They are just better than the rest of the PUSD. Not the same thing as being "so high."
      Plus, all that needs to be done is to have teachers teach to the test (and of course they do or they will lose their jobs) and parents either sign kids up for professional test prep, or buy a few workbooks at Lakeshore.

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    4. Oh, it's mine.

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    5. Standardized tests measure test taking skills, not intelligence.

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    6. wrong. the answer is b.

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  35. But when Graff used the "n" word during class, where was the outcry? SHe continues with her bullying tactics with the students and the parents. The tone is set at the school by those in charge......and it goes all the way up to the Board of ED.

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  36. So this all the work of some housewife? They gave that kind of power to some mom? How crazy is that?

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    1. Funny thing is, yes, she's a housewife. This is what she lives for. The crazier thing is, The SME is so left, and parents are the ones that seem to be "in charge" Not the teachers. These kinda teachers dont care about the kids...

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    2. Talk about walking out on your responsibilities!

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    3. Parent volunteers should never be outside of the supervision of a credentialed staff member- that's Ed code.

      Besides the credentialing, teachers are fingerprinted, not volunteers.

      When there isn't even a district wide policy to keep tabs on what parents do while on school campus, it's no surprise that political propaganda is allowed to influence a child's grade. It's also no surprise that parents could harass a child they didn't understand, whatever class he was placed in.

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  37. Oh, some of these people are seriously connected, remember what the Brandenburg's said.

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    1. these people are seriously connected.

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    2. it's like the milky way of corruption, deceit, cronyism, and nepotism.

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  38. Hey!!! The hoodie and pitchfork crowd have changed outfits this year I still can see their gnarled toes from under their party frocks!!! Now their campaigning?

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  39. Today's Tattler comments are all the reason you need to vote No on Prop 30 and YES on Prop 32.

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  40. It is despicable to use children for political propaganda. Stockly did the same thing when he organized parents and their children to fight an imaginary effort to close the library.
    Despicable.
    On the other hand, I do not know what is true and what is not true in the Brandenberg's matter. Everyone I know has a very strong opinion one way or the other, but are light on facts.

    Did the Brandenbergs want their child in a mainstream class, and they were refused on the grounds of the child's behavior in a classroom setting?
    If so, did the school offer them an alternative special ed class or placement, and did the Brandenbergs refuse that alternative?

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    1. 12:50, we have put up the public docs on the Internet for anyone interested. We've read in the evidence at PUSD Board meetings. If what we've been saying was not true, don't you thing PUSD and their gaggle of lawyers would have shut us up? Instead, there's Honowitz making unverified statements of self absolution.
      From the beginning we've said there was a powerful group of elite parents who can decide who they consider Sierra Madre material. They didn't deem us elite enough to treat like fellow parents, so instead they gossiped about us, and our child. They took their gossip to the next level and presented it in a public forum, arranged by Honowitz. The forum at the district offices was verified by PUSD attorneys.
      We have public docs now that verify these parents did in fact influence my son's placement.
      Why did Dr. Blanco offer to BUS my son to another campus to mainstream him?? This is our home school.
      These special parents are allowed to do as they please, because people in power in PUSD absolved their behavior while covering their bums.

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    2. Thanks for the information 1:24.

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    3. You are welcome, counselor.

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    4. Ah Tony, no, I'm no lawyer. I wasn't baiting anyone. I was just trying to get some of the facts in this absolutely messed up thing. I have actually started to listen to you more - and I hope the school does right by your family.

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    5. thanks, sorry if i came off like a butt-head

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  41. And an ungodly number of them go by the names "Heather" and "Buffy"

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    1. They mustn't have seen "Heathers" or "Carrie".

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    2. But we did see Justin

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  42. The Honowitz clique is more than happy to let the parents run the schools. That frees them up to go where the money is. Mixed use housing development.

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  43. Bright spot in all this? Scott Phelps took effective action.

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    1. Phelps is all for truth and accountability. Too bad he's not in the district Doyle carved out for someone to not sit in for a couple years.

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  44. How much you want to bet that "class mom" who sent out the letter cancelling the Sierra Madre propaganda field trip was coached on what to write? I wonder how many PUSD attorneys this whole fiasco has had to go through. Could always do a PRA on the staff members involved.....

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  45. All of PUSD has been riddled with propaganda that supports the union political agenda for YEARS and YEARS and YEARS. This political pressure on parents and students has been both direct and indirect, occurring both during election season and outside of election season.

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  46. In my opinion the best way to take a stand against the kinds of behavior you are all seeing here and denouncing is to vote No on Props 30 and 38 and vote Yes on Prop 32. And then hope the results reflect your vote.

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  47. I agree that the school was wrong to offer extra credit for political purposes despite the cause being right. California currently ranks a shameful 47th in the country for per pupil spending on public education. If the 32 does not pass, another 6 bil will be chopped from the budget. Also, just because this mom was right to protest the extra credit for the rally attendance does not mean in any way that the brandenburgs are right on their issue.

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    1. i meant to write 30, not 32. so many props!

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    2. The Brandenburgs are right on their issue.

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    3. So, 3:28 - throwing more money at the problem will make things better?

      How in the world did children get educated 100 years ago, and were well learned without all of those billions of dollars?

      We need to go to a voucher system - abolish the public school system.


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    4. I didnt know it was okay to put a young boy in a closet, or to single him out because he needs the extra help. Hell even not invite him to Birthday parties when all the other kids did get invited, and get yelled for making a mistake by a "Teacher helper" aka moms who need to know what the law states. I hope the Brandenburgs take down those parents and the teacher for what they did to their child, when all they wanted was a normal life for their child. (Sarcasim)Oh but your right the Brandenburgs are wrong...

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    5. thank you for looking out for my boy.

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  48. This reminds me of when my husband's siblings were attending Catholic school and the teacher, a nun said, "Now, boys and girls, please go home and remind your parents to vote for Kennedy tomorrow." My brother-in-law, raised his hand and said, "My dad's voting for Nixon." She gasped!

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    1. Catholic schools are not paid for by taxpayers.

      PS Over my eight years in grade school, I was taught by nuns in every year but one. Those women were the most dedicated teachers I have ever had or seen. Although I no longer consider myself Catholic, I have an undying respect for those selfless teachers.

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    2. 12 years in private, Catholic school and I was never propagandized by a teacher.

      When a private institution has to compete in the market, it can't afford to offend or insult its customers as a monopoly like PUSD does.

      LEGALIZE HOMESCHOOLING

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  49. Is it time to rename The Tattler the Brandenburg Concertos?

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    1. you may, but we didn't step into this. it stepped into us.

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  50. Want to weep? Read Diane Ravitch, "Stop the Madness," on what education really should be:

    Certainly we want them to be able to read and write and be numerate. But that is not enough. We want to prepare them for a useful life. We want them to be able to think for themselves when they are out in the world on their own. We want them to have good character and to make sound decisions about their life, their work, and their health. We want them to face life’s joys and travails with courage and humor. We hope that they will be kind and compassionate in their dealings with others. We want them to have a sense of justice and fairness. We want them to understand our nation and our world and the challenges we face. We want them to be active, responsible citizens, prepared to think issues through carefully, to listen to differing views, and to reach decisions rationally. We want them to learn science and mathematics so they understand the problems of modern life and participate in finding solutions. We want them to enjoy the rich artistic and cultural heritage of our society and other societies.

    If these are our goals, the current narrow, utilitarian focus of our national testing regime is not sufficient to reach any of them.

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    1. Yes all of those things are true, however teaching our children these life lessons should fall on the shoulders of their parents, not their teachers.

      Teachers are there to school them in reading, writing and math....life lessons, I will teach those to my children.

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    2. unless your neighbors decide to do it to yours like they did to mine.

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    3. In which case, the prom committee will teach your child the life lessons.

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    4. What are they reading?
      What do they write about?
      How do they apply math skills?

      You can't keep life out of the classroom.

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    5. i like diane ravitch. thanks for sharing that, 527

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  51. Illegal campaign activity going on in the PUSD is nothing new. As I recall, campaigning was taking place on school property to promote the passage of the recent parcel tax and only stopped after the folks over at the Howard Jarvis group threatened to file suit.

    Really sad that a few feel they can corrupt our system by using public resources to further their personal political agendas.

    Personally, this is the kind of behavior which will lead me to vote no on 30.

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    1. Public resources is all they have, otherwise they would be living in a sewer....where they belong, with all the other rats.


      YES on 32

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  52. 5:27 Thank you referencing Diane Ravitch.
    Unfortunately, teachers cannot teach reading, writing and math in classrooms where the behavior needs to be attended to before the lesson.

    YES on 30. Do not let PUSD be your guiding light. The tiny tax raise is worth it. Teachers work diligently and seriously, and are being attacked way too much. I get the feeling not many people have truly visited other districts and seen awesome students and teachers who do take teaching seriously, with outstanding success.
    Yes on 30
    No on 31

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  53. Tempest in a teapot. The foolish rally for extra credit offer was immediately retracted. End of story.

    Frankly, I find it amazing that those who are always complaining about high taxes want multiple investigations of the incident, firing(s), "time stamping" of school handouts, more investigations, purges! You think those fun things are free?

    Oh, and when my child transferred to SM, I was amazed at just how welcoming the SM children were. Had there been any bullying or had my child reported that another child posed a danger to others, I certainly would have exercised my 1st Amendment rights, talked to other parents whose children experienced the same, and joined together to demand remediation of the problem.

    Finally, for an interesting article on education law and children with special needs, see the Sept 2012 issue of California Lawyer magazine.

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    1. The rally would have gone forward had not a courageous parent stood up for principle and got Scott Phelps to shut down the idiocy. Shame on you, 7:22.

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    2. 7:22, or should I call you PUSDdad? I recall you referencing that same article a few weeks ago.

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    3. Things a little slow on Patch these days Pusdad?

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    4. Pusddad always shows up when there's an opportunity to somehow discredit a certain family. I'll bet there's some at Prom Central that will blame this one on the Brandenbergs too.

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    5. 7:22 - retracted only after they were caught. The reason it was retracted quickly is because they were exposed quickly.

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    6. People generally aren't complaining about high taxes, just the waste of the tax dollars they already pay. Pretty hard to justify more taxes when we are constantly faced with the wasteful and bureaucratic misuse of the tax dollars we already provide.

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    7. 7:22, looks like you're blindly cheerleading for the PUSD, ahem, sounds vaguely familiar.

      You also said you supported the parent bully vigilante tactics.

      Whatever happened to privately voicing concerns through the chain of command? Why has the Sierra Madre way become a Prima Donna mob mentality? Why is gathering, gossiping, posturing and ostracizing the only way to make your points known? Sounds suspiciously like BULLYING! The only thing missing are the torches to make this a real witch hunt.

      Sierra Madre parents who question the status quo, watch your backs- you don't know who might ram a pitchfork in it.

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    8. Now we've heard from Lisa Spigai-Perez, current SME teacher....and former parent.

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    9. Wonder if Spigai-Perez was the rally organizer with the 3rd grade teacher? Sounds like the parent took the heat for circulating the letter, but only the teachers could authorize the bribe of extra credit for going to the rally. Perez has a pretty loud battle cry...

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  54. Sorry, 6:41, I'm not voting for any tax increases. My income is off, been so since 2007. If my income is lower, there is NO WAY the government should get a raise..

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  55. Furthermore, it seems pretty despotic to tell me that my payroll deducted unions dues or corporate payroll deductions (the latter albeit vanishingly rare if not non-existent in reality) for political activities. If 32 passes, expect an expensive (to taxpayers) and successful challenge.

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    1. Insert "can't be used" after the parenthetical. Sorry.

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    2. yes, that one seems like it will be challenged. still, in a closed shop, as many are, it doesn't seem fair that we can't have a voice in how our dues are directed. i guess it's the same logic that disallows us from having a vice in where our tax money goes. in any event, the part about banning contractors from being able to give money to politicians who can then award them building contracts. that seems like a good idea to me, and it hits pretty close to home, pasadena.

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    3. i was 824, that should have read voice, but if i could have my tax money be used for a vice, i suppose i'd choose horse racing

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  56. it is hard to stand up in the face of the status quo, to face opposition alone, and to weather the fire storm that follows when the wind blows and we can't control where the flames go. I want to thank the brave mom who said something about the rally. I have gone to two board meetings, two city council meetings (Pasadena and Sierra Madre) a finance subcommittee meeting, a facilities meeting, and the State of the District meeting- and combed through two separate purchase orders that show waste of money in the millions. all in about four weeks. I personally will not vote for anything that asks for money for PUSD because PUSD is not using that money wisely. It is wasting it, robbing good people of their jobs, and our children of an education. It is sick, the symptom of a broken system headed by the same nepotism, cronyism, and, one name, in particular is constant, a single name has shown up on that board for the last twelve years.

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    1. and my name is TONY BRANDENBURG, and i wrote that.

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    2. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

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    3. ouch. i get it. i'm on brain freeze. time to watch tv

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  57. My guess is PusDad is Peter Dreier. Just about as big of a hater that ever lived.

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    1. not me. petey is smarter than pus.dad.

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  58. Check this out, the Patch has taken a hiatus from algae olympics and is now doing politics.

    Here's a link to a Prop 38 article, which leads into a yes on 30 campaign from one of the Sierra Madre parents "Louis".

    http://sierramadre.patch.com/blog_posts/pop-quiz-on-prop-38one-more-time#comments

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