But as Arne was trying to slickly sneak outta town, a voice was heard from the audience, "He has no respect for students, parents or teachers, he is now on his way to get money."
OMG! If I'd have been there, I may have had to light a cigarette. Oh, yeah, baby! That was the voice of George Buzzetti (who I am SO gonna Scroogle after I finish this blog)! When an article covering the event was published in the LA Weekly, George commented:
I am the person who yelled to the audience "He has no respect for students, parents or teachers, he is now on his way to get money." I did not plan that. It happened as a reaction to his total disrespect, and if not addressed right then and there he would get away with it. I was not going to allow that to happen as I am the one who originated opening up a closed meeting to all comers through Lydia Grant, Board Member of the Parent Revolution, and Yolande Beckles with the LAUSD Parent District Advisory Council (DAC) and new Parent Union. I am with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) of California and requested attendance for three members myself, Celes King IV and Miguel Paredes. We received that Sunday. Monday I called Lydia and Yolande to send in requests on their letterhead, they did. Within several hours both received phone calls, from officials representing Duncan, asking them to bring every student, parent, teacher and community member they can so they can be listened to by the Secretary of Education. Also, go to the press so we can have as many people there as possible. This was done. From San Diego to the edge of L.A. County they came including a bus load paid for by The California Teachers Association (CTA) who helped parents go to this supposedly important event for the public to be heard. Channel 11 was there and got video of me calling down Duncan and ran on the news he ran from parents. He was there by helicopter no more than 20 minutes total.
When I went outside with one of his aides, and a lot of police, I ripped his aide apart so much the police started laughing. Students were watching all of this intently. The aide left and I spent the next hour plus with many students who told me and my other friends there what is really happening to them. I also had my laptop and wireless card and showed them the statistical facts. I took them to the California Dept. of Education (CDE) website and asked them to give me a school and we went there and I showed them how to use the website to do what I do to learn the truth. They gave me their emails and I am sending them my spreadsheets and the instructions on how to use the CDE website.
I must ask you to also ask yourselves the same question I asked myself, and that is "Why were they not out there talking with the students?" Isn't that supposed to be their MISSION!!!!!
Unfortunately, we are seeing the same Arne Duncan as in Chicago. He helped to ruin the Chicago Public Schools academically and financially. Please go look at the new University of Chicago study on Chicago Public Schools from 1988 until now. He did not do good.
Also, while superintendent of Chicago he and Senator Feinstein wrote letters to the California Legislature stating that those before Daley and Vallas took over in 1995 had put the district into $1.8 billion in debt. I have the financial income and expenditures from 1994 and there was a surplus. They lied. Is this who we want for Secretary of Education? A person with no respect for the public and a liar!
George, I hope you don't mind that I published your comments in my blog, but they were just too awesome not to share! And, Arne, dude, all I can say is, despite your evidently petite cojones, you are a dickus maximus... and I DON'T mean that in a good way. FUAD and the helicopter you rode in on! Srsly.