On September 9, 2021 AALA President Nery X. Paiz sent a letter to Interim Superintendent Reilly with AALA’s stance on Student Centered Funding (SCF) and its potential negative impact on our most vulnerable students.
Dear Superintendent Reilly,
The association and I seem to be in agreement with Superintendent Beutner’s overarching recommendations for the 2021 school year:
Following the science health and safety protocols to provide the safest brick-and-mortar school environments, for students, faculty, staff, and the school community and;
Effectively planning, allocating, and appropriately investing the historical influx of federal and state funds to address learning loss
Thank you to the many of you who took the time before a holiday weekend to complete the survey to better inform our bargaining proposals. A special gratitude goes to our member in good standing that wrote: “Keep asking for our input. I feel heard and valued.” In this spirit, the survey continues open and your feedback is essential and valued.
The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles is proud to announce its bargaining team is ready and eager to successfully negotiate a certificated successor agreement. The team members are:
Nery X. Paiz, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan A. Flecha, Lead Negotiator, email@example.com
Kevin Kilpatrick, Vice President, School Support Administrators, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Guillen, Vice President, Elementary, email@example.com
Elsa Madrid, Vice President, Adult, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ayanna E. Davis, Vice-President, Early Education, email@example.com
Dr. Judith Perez, AALA Past President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Good afternoon President Gonez, Superintendent Reilly, Board Members, Senior Staff:
I am Nery Paiz, President of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles. I want to once again thank you for the invitation to share in the excitement of opening day; and the opportunity to see our certificated and classified members doing what they do best, serving our students.
I am here today because school site administrators especially need your help.
The first day of school provided an amazing opportunity to call Unit J’s Unsung Heroes to the front of the line!
AALA proudly represents hundreds of classified middle managers in over 100 classifications. And did you know Unit J members have their own Collective Bargaining Agreement and AALA can contend that certain classifications should be accreted to the unit? Article I, Section 2.0 states “…it may submit a written request for determination of the classification to the Office of Labor Relations between November 1 and December 31 of each year. Decisions will be provided by March 1 of the following year.”
President Paiz ended last week visiting the North Hollywood Community of Schools in Local District Northeast. The universal theme and focus were effective planning and preparations for safe in-person instruction for students and staff effective August 16, 2021.
Accolades go to Kathie Galan-Jaramillo, Principal of Fair Avenue Elementary School. Ms. Galan-Jaramillo was in full-swing leveraging key school players and the use of the distributive leadership model. This all hands on deck approach while creating a base-line of clear expectations and protocols promises a
The letter below points to the lack of coherence, direction, and wrong drivers from the top. It is important to highlight front-line managers are not policy makers. Their primary duty is to implement the General Superintendent’s vision, mission, values, beliefs, and assumptions.
This genuinely begs the question when it comes to the Community of Schools model. Think about how many superintendents have had their hand in shaping this model as it passes hands yet again. How has
One of his first stops was Robert F. Kennedy UCLA Community School led by Principal Leyda Garcia. The event highlighted sports clinics at
summer school sites and LA sports teams to “bring real joy, fun, and excitement to kids through sports from their favorite teams and franchises.” It was another great opportunity to connect with Board Member Melvoin, Interim Superintendent Reilly and Local District Superintendent Frances Baez. President Paiz understands the additional pressures and stressors an event
AALA President Nery Paiz hit the ground running speaking to the Board of Education on July 13, 2021. His first order of business this July was to recognize AALA members’ herculean efforts this past year while prompting the Board to remember the many sacrifices frontline managers make as negotiations are set to start.“Good afternoon Boardmembers and Interim Superintendent Reilly. My name is Nery Paiz and I am the proud President of the almost 3,000 Associated Administrators of Los Angeles. I want to start by
My ALPHA is a very humble one. I am Juan Alberto Flecha, a boy from the hood who still remembers dumpster diving at the age of 5 to help put food on the table; a dreamer who became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of 7; a survivor of a raging alcoholic father who died when I was in junior high; and one of those classic latch-key kids while my amazing mother cleaned other people’s toilets from dawn to dusk. Guadalupe M. Flecha, my beloved mother, at 95 years young, living at-home with us, made me who I am!
My forever gratitude goes to
Our own Dan Basalone, whom everyone knows and remembers as a consummate professional and all-around good guy, has taken the time from his busy retirement in Idaho to write this tribute (beginning with the next paragraph) to Lorraine Bush and no one can tell the story better! There are many take aways from Ms. Bush’s epic and legendary years of service and dedication, however, there literally would be no Associated Administrators of Los Angeles without
At the meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, June 9, goals and guardrails (?) for 2021-2026 were presented, however, they were not adopted. This is significant because the selection of the new superintendent partially hinges on that person’s ability to implement the Board’s goals. The proposed goals are:
Beware! It is so easy and convenient to mix business and personal everyday life occurrences on District issued (THE FIRM) devices. It is important to remember District issued laptops and desktops are the District’s property and most, if not all, of the business conducted therein should be related to the District. As the school year comes to an end, it would be a good practice to ensure that your District equipment has been scrubbed of personal data or links that others may access when assignments change.
You may be wondering what Tale from the Crypt triggered this article.
Stan Silverman begins his article with a provocative question: Have you ever worked for a “leader” who would not listen to your ideas, or who wouldn’t ask for your opinion?
It seems these days the unequivocal answer is a YES if you are a secondary or elementary principal faced with having to ensure
Accolades go to LAUSD Board Members Dr. George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson for authoring the resolution entitled “Ensuring Local School Site and Community Control, Authority, Autonomy, and Choice Regarding Safe Campuses and the Protection of Our Students and Staff.” (Click HERE.)
The resolution addresses loudly and clearly yet another issue keeping administrators from sleeping at night.
How refreshing and exciting to pause and celebrate our collective, amazing achievements, and all we have been able to accomplish, even during a pandemic!
Atop the list is the Class of 2021. This year, hundreds of seniors applied for the AALA scholarships and as in past years, Friends of AALA would like to have awarded every applicant a scholarship,
The In Memoriam is penned every year with the genuine hope the District will somehow mend its ways and the In Memoriam section can forever be retired. Regrettably, this is not the year.
True to form, our School Support Administrators are being released from their assignments with great insensitivity, no evaluation, and no substantive reasons given. To the District’s credit,
Some members have asked AALA to turn the tables on the District. These members are requesting this year’s calendar be immediately changed. More specifically, they are requesting there be no school the week of May 24, 2021, in order to
The Ides of March have long passed us by with no instructional calendar for the 2021 school year in sight. Please take a moment to review the Superintendent’s proposal to extend the academic year with additional professional development opportunities for educators and