After months of uncertainty, the future of Crenshaw High School will likely be decided at Tuesday's monthly L.A. Unified school board meeting.
The board will vote on whether to approve Superintendent John Deasy’s plan to convert the high school into three separate magnet schools or allow it to continue operating under the Extended Learning Cultural Model. If it passes, it also means all current staff has to reapply for jobs at the South Los Angeles school.
Parents, students and teachers say they were excluded from the decision making process, and have so far been denied a public meeting with the Superintendent. Tuesday’s meeting is their last chance to block Deasy’s plans.
Members of the Crenshaw Coalition of Parents said they’ll stage a protest and urge board members not just to reverse the school takeover, but also to increase the school’s funding to pay for more social services, college counseling and parent engagement.
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District officials didn’t have much to say after Tuesday’s student-led protest during which approximately 70 students walked out of class and marched several blocks from Compton High School to district headquarters.
On Wednesday, Superintendent Darin Brawley released the following statement encouraging “stakeholders” to voice their concerns:
"…However, it should not be at the expense of valuable instructional time for students. We encourage that in the future, any and all protests by students be conducted before or after school."
Supt. Brawley went on to assure frustrated students concerned about the district’s plan to dissolve Advanced Placement programs that “no such thing has been proposed nor implemented for any of our secondary school sites.”
About 70 students marched out of Compton High School shortly before lunch Tuesday. They protested recent budget cuts that have led to a failing school system that graduates students who can barely read and write.
Topping their list of demands: hire more teachers and reduce class size. Some students report that the teacher student ratio is 60-to-1.
Patricia Ryan, a retired teacher and a Compton High School graduate who works at the Compton teacher’s union office, said students organized the demonstration on Facebook Monday night.
Compton Unified School District officials declined to comment; they could not disclose whether Superintendent Darin Brawley plans to meet with students or address their concerns.
Another march from the high school to the district’s office is planned for later Tuesday around 5 p.m.