Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Answer to LAUSD Sex Abuse Debacle? It is the Culture, Stupid!

 Posted By CotoBlogzz 

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Yesterday, Freshman California Assemblyman Mansoor from the 68th district, responding to the recent teacher misconduct scandal in Los Angeles, joined other Republicans in proposing legislation sought by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified officials to empower local school districts to swiftly remove predators from the classroom and seek their dismissal.

In a press release issued by Assemblyman Mansoor, he is quoted as stating:  "I'm proud to support this set of reforms in response to these scandals in LA. In specific I'm very interested in the measure that strips pension benefits for teachers who commit a job-related felony; there is no place for such conduct in California schools….  It is unfortunate that it took unspeakable acts against students to be reported in order for this issue to gain more visibility, but better late than never" said Assemblyman Mansoor. 

Something similar happened with the WorldCom debacle.  In that case, the rise and fall of WorldCom founder Bernard Ebbers Mar. 15 2005 conviction on nine counts of fraud, conspiracy, and filing false documents was touted as marking a major victory in the government's war on white-collar corruption  - the WorldCom Debacle coupled with Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems and other scandals, which cost investors billions of dollars when the share prices of affected companies collapsed, shook public confidence in the nation's securities markets was meet by legislators with The Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) Act of 2002, a bonanza for parasitic bureaucracies and an anchor on corporate America.

Not to mention the recently enacted Dodd-Frank financial reform mandating greater transparency, accountability and oversight of the mortgage industry President  Obama called a "common sense" package.  Another bonanza for parasitic bureaucracies and another blow to corporate America

Most regulations, including SOX, Frank-Dodd and this one may be well intentioned.  The problem is that most regulations, including this one, often act like bad aids without tackling the root cause of the problem, and why we continue to argue that we need to stop electing lawmakers and start electing problem solvers and why the 90-20-0 Pledge is important.

The root cause of misconduct in this case is organizational culture promoted by the symbiotic relationship between politicians, unions, lobbyist and bureaucracies.

Organizational culture is a code of conduct, often unwritten that binds the organization ( read teachers union) into a discernible fabric. The most productive corporate culture is the one that supports the brand, often, mostly due to the leadership in place, subculture develop that can enhance and or detract from the brand.

Culture is passed down from generation through generation through folk tales and traditions. Observable symbols and signs of an organization's culture include organizational stories and legends, rituals and ceremonies, language, physical structures and symbols."

Try firing a teacher for poor performance, and guess how much treasure it takes, including time? In a good number of cases, the teacher in question, may simply retire after years of litigation, with full benefits and a clean bill of health.

Take the on- going sex abuse debacle with the LAUSD - the teacher's union reaction? “It is the administration's fault for not monitoring the teacher” . Despicable!

The response by lawmakers to the LAUSD sex abuse case is an excellent argument to: We do not need lawmakers, we need problem solvers instead.  We need to: Dismantle the Pendle Panhandle Bundle:

The symbiotic relationship between politicians, unions, lobbyist and parasitic bureaucracies ...

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