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Miramonte Elementary School teachers file grievance against LA Unified



Miramonte students and parents protested a complete change in faculty and staff at the elementary school this February. The protest sign reads:
Miramonte students and parents protested a complete change in faculty and staff at the elementary school this February. The protest sign reads: "We don't want new teachers"
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The 85 Miramonte Elementary School teachers, who were removed from their classrooms as part of an investigation into two teachers accused of sexual misconduct, have filed a grievance against the Los Angeles Unified School District, a union spokeswoman said today.

The grievance was filed Feb. 8 in the name of the teachers at the school who are now being housed on the still-under-construction and unopened Augustus Hawkins High School campus.

Superintendent John Deasy ordered all staff at Miramonte Elementary relocated over two pupil-free days during the first week of February. At a meeting with parents Feb. 6, informing them of the decision, Deasy said it was necessary to take drastic measures to make sure students are safe. An entire new staff was brought into the school along with a counselor placed in each classroom.

Since then the district and the union has remained quiet about the status of the teachers or the details of their everyday activities.

Deasy said at the meeting in early February the staff would be interviewed and the district will conduct a "comprehensive review" of what happened. Once the investigation is complete, Deasy said staff may be allowed to return to campus.

UTLA spokeswoman Marla Eby said the grievance was essentially an "insurance" policy.

"It's to ensure the district lives up to their commitment to return the teachers once the investigation is complete," Eby said.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).