Dozens of Miramonte Elementary School teachers will be marching around a South L.A. high school at 3:30 p.m. before giving their first public statement in months about their removal from campus where two teachers were arrested for alleged misconduct with students.
Half-a-dozen television trucks and other media sat outside Augustus F. Hawkins High School where the teachers have been placed since Feb. 9 when L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy ordered the removal of the entire staff as part of an investigation into the two separate cases of alleged misconduct. The staff was replaced by new teachers in all the classrooms as well as counselors.
Deasy said it was necessary to take such drastic action to ensure the safety of kids and conduct a comprehensive review. He said Wednesday that investigation was ongoing. UTLA President Warren Fletcher has spoken strongly against the move and called it an "overreaction" by the district especially during a tight budget year.
The cost of the entire action was estimated by the district to be about $5.7 million, said LAUSD spokesman Thomas Waldman.
Fletcher said today that he had seen letters from the district to teachers clearing them of any involvement in the two cases. He said the union was "pushing" the district to determine when teachers could return to their classes. Deasy has said they can return once they are cleared.
Stay tuned for more on today's march.