Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ed Honowitz Betrays the PUSD - Email exchange between Ed Honowitz c/o Senator Liu and Scott Phelps, President of the PUSD Board of Education

Mr. Ed and his boss Lookie
(Mod: I purloined this from our friend Tony Brandenburg's blog. You can link to it in the original by clicking here. Ed Honowitz, until recently a member of the PUSD Board of Education, upon his retirement joined the staff of State Senator Senator Carol Liu as her in-house education solon. In the email below we see Ed Honowitz offering some pretty sour criticism of the PUSD, and mostly for things that - believe it or not - actually happened on his own watch. Blame assigning and hypocrisy befitting of someone often aligned with some of the worst individuals and crackpot notions ever associated with our school district. Fortunately Ed Honowitz and his about to be termed out boss Senator Liu will be gone soon. Thank God for term limits!)

On Jun 4, 2014, at 7:33 PM, 
"Honowitz, Ed" wrote:

Dear PUSD Board Members and Superintendent Gundry;

Attached are copies of the annual Ed Trust West (ETW) district report cards on student achievement for low income students, English learners and students of color.  We are sending these reports out to each of the school districts in our Senate District.

I have attached the ETW press release to give you an overview of the report and two other documents on California districts making improvements and districts in Senator Liu's Senate District 25.

Unfortunately Pasadena is getting an F for improvement of low income students and children of color.  It is one of only three districts in the county with this low a ranking. Pasadena has fallen to 140 of the 146 districts surveyed statewide on academic improvement for low income students.  Other local districts with like demographics (Baldwin Park, Alhambra, Hacienda La Puente) are making improvements which we hope can serve as a model.

We would be happy to link you to these districts.  We strongly suggest that you examine the reports and the web link to best practices that are improving performance.

You can view the results by region at http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/regional-resources (Select Los Angeles as the region and improvement as category)

Here is the link to promising practices: http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/promising-practices

And the link to the overview of how Ed Trust West determines their rankings.
http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/sites/default/files/imce/Overview%20of%20District%20Report%20Cards%20Purpose%20%26%20Methodology.2013_0.pdf

ETW has produced a number of webinars that may be of interest as well featuring districts that have made significant gains including Baldwin Park, Claremont and others.

We would be happy to connect you to the research team at Ed Trust West if you have questions regarding the reports.  As you finalize your LCAP we hope you will include these best practices in your plans for district improvement.

Thank you;

Ed

Ed Honowitz
Education Policy Advisor
SENATOR CAROL LIU, 25TH SENATE DISTRICT
1000 N. Central Ave., Suite 240
Glendale, CA 91202
T  818.409.0400 | F  818.409.1256
Ed.Honowitz@sen.ca.gov
http://sd25.senate.ca.gov

(Mod: Here is Pasadena Unified School District President Scott Phelps's reply.)

From: Scott Phelps
Date: June 4, 2014 at 8:45:37 PM PDT
To: "Honowitz, Ed"
Cc: (undisclosed)
Subject: Re: Ed Trust West district report cards

What a colossal hypocrite you are trust-fund baby Ed!  You blocked all attempts at accountability for 12 years while a board member, even publicly praising Mr. Diaz when the achievement gap significantly expanded under his watch and we your colleagues were pointing that out.

During the time Baldwin Park's Latino test scores started rising at a faster pace than PUSD's back in 2008-09, you were singing the praises of PUSD's practices!  And for 12 years you spoke out if others of us focused on test score based accountability, especially for poor students, students of color and special needs students.  And we know what Baldwin Park does.  They focus on raising the scores of the kids who are near the next proficiency band, something we called gaming the system when Jerry Cradduck proposed that on your watch.

So no thanks Ed.  And Claremont is somehow a valid comparison?  I am troubled by the obvious political nature of your incredibly offensive and unbelievably hypocritical action as these test results and report cards aren't even recent news.  Why now Ed?  Seeking to promote your personal agenda again?  Trying to counter good news about PUSD schools?  Continuing your hatred of Mr. Gundry that you exhibited while still on the board?

No thanks Ed.  You have nothing to offer us that is of any value.

(Mod: Scott Phelps added this later.)

I forgot another element of Ed's truly astonishing hypocrisy (besides him being on the board during all of these test score years and being on the positive side of Mr. Diaz's Eval in 2009 when two minority board members and myself were on the negative side because of these same achievement issues):  He and his boss Ms. Liu did not support LCFF.  It's well known and public record.

Now they want to tell us how we should do our LCAP.  Truly unbelievable.

Have you no shame?

(Mod: I only wish more elected officials would speak out like this.)

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35 comments:

  1. Peter Dreier will not approve of this!

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  2. How do bureaucratic cliches like "best practices" get started?

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  3. Carol Liu should be feeling some embarrassment right now. She needs to keep a closer eye on her employees.

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  4. Trust fund baby Ed! Funny man Scott Phelps. Congrats on taking the lead.

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  5. Remember, former PUSD Board member Honowitz was the same guy who accused then Sierra Madre Council member Koerber of "grandstanding" when Koerber asked the PUSD Board members to commit to building Sierra Madre Middle School.

    If it was up to Mr. Ed, SMMS would still be a weedy lot with trailers.

    And we pay this guy with tax payer $$? What a country.

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    1. Anything that would help middle class PUSD students is grandstanding to Ed Honowitz. He is in the poverty pimp business and doesn't like competition for the public purse.

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    2. the dipsh*t hasn't figured out there are two classes in this country. the broke, and the brokers

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    3. I'm guessing Honowitz is not a big fan of neighborhood schools with good academics, based on how he treated SMElementary and SMMS like red-headed stepchildren.

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  6. Carol Liu is worth more than $100 million. She is married to Mike Peevey, who was the head of Edison. When energy deregulation hit, Peevey started an energy company which he then sold after 5 years for $100 mill. Peevey is head of the state public utilities commission where he rules like a king.

    Carol Liu was a La Canada city council member. In 2000 Liu decided she wanted to be a State Assemblymember so she simply got out her check book and wrote her campaign a check for $1 million in order to win the Democrat primary.

    Ed Honowitz is a failed professional photographer. He has no teaching experience or education credentials.

    Scott Phelps went to Caltech and thereafter taught for 10 years in PUSD's poorest high school.

    Ed Honowitz is basically a Democratic party operative that uses poor children to attack his enemies. Ed writes these "letters" and then they are given to Scott's campaign opponent and used to produce campaign attack mail against Scott. That is the sole purpose of these letters from Ed. Ed, while employed by Liu, has appeared on attack mail falsely accusing Scott of the things that happened while ED was either board president or a part of the ruling board clique.

    Ed Honowitz, like his super wealthy political mistress, is a shameless lying political hack.

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    1. I've always believed that Peter Dreier's slanderous attacks on Ramon Miramontes in the Pasadena Weekly were intended to weaken Gundry's position with the Board of Ed. Kind of a flanking attack. Petey has been very quiet lately. Did his lawyer take his tongue away?

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    2. petey must be regrouping.

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    3. He has definitely taken a couple of hits in the whiskers lately.

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    4. Great. California is being governed by trust fund trash.

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    5. It keeps them busy inbetween wine tastings.

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  7. So what does Ed honowitz get paid out of the taxpayers' pockets? Check out http://senate.ca.gov/sites/senate.ca.gov/files/senatepayrollbg_022814b.pdf or click on my name.

    Honowitz is on page 9.

    $5,000+ per month to do, essentially, nothing. And a pension and health care, to boot.

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    1. This state needs a revolution.

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    2. Where do i sign up for the gig that Honowitz gets??

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    3. It involves a lot of flattering, listening to the longwinded opinions of extraordinarily boring bureaucrat pinheads, degrading obsequious behavior, plus hours of wineglass holding at parties populated by the living dead. Watch out what you wish for.

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    4. Government bureaucracy is anti-Darwinian. It allows the weakest to survive.

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  8. i think mayor mccheese is being channeled by the pasadena office manager.

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    1. Mayor Bogus is on an extended vacation for the summer.

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    2. Where would a McCheese go when he is on vacation? The dairylands of Switzerland?

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  9. Why do all those middle aged leftie dudes sport white pigchin beards? Is it a part of the uniform?

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    1. They're not "pig chin beards." They're hotdog dusters.

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  10. Can we term Sen. Carol Liu out two years early? She's making $90,000+ herself.

    2013 salary scale: http://senate.ca.gov/sites/senate.ca.gov/files/Senate-Member-Salaries-January-2013.pdf
    Warning - Does not include $$$$ for per diem, medical, etc, etc.

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  11. AnonymousJune 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    the messenger delivered the residents the water news several years ago... a) city hall commingling of funds b) we blew the whistle that city hall lied about having a Corporate Tax Id Number for the water and sewer enterprise c) that city hall lied about the number of broken water pipes d) the messenger filed (4) written complaints against the city for charging for more water than the city pumped d) now the city raises the water rates by 160% and the city is getting the water for "Free from MWD", does that make you feel stupid?

    The messanger


    remember all those city council meetings which the city residents failed to attend...

    the city residents through the messenger under the bus...

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    1. Getting thrown under the bus comes with the territory. You weren't expecting glory and acclaim, were you? Wrong town for that.

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    2. 160% rate increase. Goodness knows, the rates went up a lot, but let's not make them up! Jeepers.

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    3. As part if the city's "increase the pain slowly" strategy on the water rate hike, the cost of water will go up on July 1st by 18%. Things have gotten so much better since water rates were increased. At least they have if you sell the stuff in small plastic bottles for a buck or two a pop. It's the only kind in town you'd dare to drink. Unless, of course, you're suicidal.

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  12. In the schools Ed favors a student can qualify for a degree in Public Assistance Management (PAM). They also learn the importance of eating vegetables and fruit.

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  13. Poverty pimping is exactly what the 25th Districts drools. Ms. Lui should be ashamed; but then again if you buy your way into politics you pay back your friends with supposed power and leave the tax payers (poor sods) with paying the bills.

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  14. Thank you 9:44 am Hearing the truth is always refreshing. During the past fifty years of my life I have walked door to door for various campaigns. Grass roots is the best way to stay informed and my Quaker up bringing has given me strength. 9:59 am I can only say that politics make strange bedfellows.

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  15. If Carol Liu is concerned about her legacy she should distance herself from Mr. Honowitz.

    Perhaps she failed to check his record at the PUSD before retaining him?

    CBEDS enrollment data presented to the Boundaries Subcommittee 5/20/14 shows PUSD enrollment, during Mr. Honowitz' tenure (2002-2011), declining from 23,282 to 18,652.

    It's unfortunate that school districts throughout Liu's Senate district now run the risk of being "Honowitz'd," potentially having to face the same "culture" recovery now confronting the current PUSD Board.

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    1. Liu loves that stuff. So does Judy Chu. Any public school system that listens to losers like these will end up a PUSD style disaster.

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  16. just not sure of some of these comments. Some go after Ed for going against the needs of of the middle class SM types, while Phelps goes after him for neglecting the needs of the disadvantaged.

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