AirTalk for February 7, 2012

Clean sweep at Miramonte

Deasy talks Miramonte

Tami Abdollah / KPCC

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy addresses media Monday night at South Region High School 2 after meeting with parents and informing them that all staff from Miramonte Elementary School will be replaced because of lewd conduct charges against two teachers in separate cases.

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.

WEIGH IN:

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?

Guests:

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


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