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[Susan notes: Hector Tobar writes, "I've seen a lot of strange things in two decades as a reporter, but nothing quite as disgraceful and weird as this inquisition the LAUSD is inflicting upon more than 80 school librarians."



Teacher is pitted against teacher and all against the librarians. Gee, does Arne Duncan have a comment on this?

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Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published
05/13/2010

To the editor

Re: Disgraceful Interrogations: Ray Bradbury missed the mark in Fahrenheit 451, in which firefighters in a dystopian future burn books. As it turns out, it's not books but librarians getting burned, and it's not firefighters but the school district doing the burning. One librarian at a time, their careers are demeaned, their livelihoods shattered, in legal proceedings meant to show that libraries are not "classes", and librarians are not "teachers”, and are therefore expendable. All to save our dystopian school district a few bucks, while it squanders millions on new schools (with new, soon to be empty libraries), grotesquely overpaid administrators who spent us into this mess in the first place, and billable hours for the lawyers conducting this sordid little inquisition.

Brian Hudson


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