Last night at a meeting for Miramonte parents at South Region High School in Southeast L.A., Superintendent John Deasy announced that all 150 teachers at the school would be replaced over the next two days.
According to Deasy, there’s a sacred trust between educators, parents and students and that trust has been broken. Miramonte Elementary will be closed for the next two days while the transition is taking place, and when students come back on Thursday, they’ll have a new teacher and a counselor in each classroom. This will be a massive undertaking.
Miramonte is one of the largest elementary schools in the district, serving 1500 students. New teachers will have to be hired and installed in classrooms while the old teachers – none of whom are under suspicion at this point – will wait in another school to find out if they’ll get their old jobs back.
Is this the right choice for students? Did the district cave to parent pressure? Or was this the only course of action they could take to reinstate the trust they lost when two long term teachers were accused of misconduct with children?
Tami Abdollah, KPCC Reporter
Vanessa Romo, KPCC Reporter
Monica Garcia, President, Board of Education Los Angeles Unified School District
Bill Ring, Director and Founder of TransParent, a parent advocacy and leadership development organization; Former Chairman of Parent Collaborative