The United Teachers Los Angeles said this morning that the 85 Miramonte Elementary teachers removed following the arrests of two former teachers accused of lewd acts with children would not be allowed to return regardless of the investigation's outcome. But LAUSD's Superintendent John Deasy quickly shot back, calling the claim "absolutely false."
The fracas came as children were returning to Miramonte to resume classes after a two-day hiatus to replace staff, a move that will cost the district millions of dollars.
UTLA head Warren Fletcher said outside the school that it received notice yesterday that teachers wouldn't return, despite what Deasy told parents on Monday. Fletcher called the permanent relocation a "disciplinary transfer outside of the investigation" and said in a release “It’s clear that LAUSD does not have a plan."
"Of course we have a plan," Deasy told KPCC's Madeleine Brand Show. "I am disappointed that UTLA is not a partner in our plan to support student safety."
Parental reactions have been mixed. A group of about 150 angry parents and students stood outside the school, protesting with signs and booing when Fletcher made the the annoucement. They chanted, "We want our teachers back." Some have said they will not allow their children back in the classroom until the former teachers are restored.
Meanwhile, happy parents pushing for staff removal were welcomed inside classrooms as their students resumed their studies.Miramonte also invited those parents to meet the new principal and teachers inside the school's auditorium during a morning assembly.
Protesters marched to the door, demanding to be let in. Miramonte will be holding a separate meeting for parents who did not bring their children to school.
Police are keeping an eye on proceedings as the children return.
UPDATE The 85 teachers removed are filing grievances against LAUSD, the L.A. Times reports.
LATER: Patt Morrison will host the two men on her show to discuss the disagreement.