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Testing teachers' patience

August 31, 2007

Re "District payroll a lesson in misery," Aug. 25

As a substitute teacher, I have been hurt by the Los Angeles Unified School District's ineptitude. It's time for our mayor, an advocate for improving education, to jump into the fray and effect an investigation into exactly what went wrong, while at the same time bringing his talents and power to bear to get educators paid.

Hal Rothberg

Calabasas

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Not only is the new system flawed, the process to remedy a problem is impossible to navigate. Payroll history reports are impossible to read and have raised more questions than they solve. Staff members trained to read the payroll history reports will tell you that they don't understand them. After spending more than nine unpaid hours at district offices this week to resolve this, my husband has given up and will wait for the September payroll. The new superintendent speaks about school and teacher accountability, but he is doing little to address administration accountability to provide the most basic benefit of a regular, correct paycheck.

Kristen Haywood

Newhall

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If the affected 48,000 school employees do not show up for work Sept. 5, I guarantee you that the computer glitches will be fixed by Sept. 6.

Kim Righetti

Upland

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