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Leonard Isenberg v. the LAUSD

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer picks up the story of Leonard Isenberg, in two parts, an LAUSD teacher who tried to challenge the validity of the district graduating students, and who not only got suspended...but got handcuffed too.

Here's where the tragedy continues. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Isenberg had received outstanding job performance evaluations with not a single negative "stull" (teacher evaluation) in his file. Yet, shortly after filing the complaint, school administrators began to visit his classroom, which resulted in several negative evaluations and suspensions. As the school principal said, according to Mr. Isenberg, "This is war...I like war."

In February of this year, Mr. Isenberg was removed from his classroom. He was initially asked to leave for violating the privacy of an 18-year-old student who had, in fact, given him written permission (his parents did too) to videotape an interview in which the student admitted participating in many of the appalling practices I discussed in my previous post. Mr. Isenberg refused to leave until he had the opportunity to remove his personal files and information from the school computer he was allowed to use for both school and personal use (which was being confiscated as "evidence"). The LAUSD police officer then handcuffed Mr. Isenberg in front of his students and forcibly removed him from class.


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