After years of community complaints about the lack of progress at East and Northeast Los Angeles area schools, Luther Burbank, Lincoln High School and Garfield High School, we must admit we were more than a little surprised at the overwhelming support given to proposals submitted by teachers and principals from these very same schools during last week’s Public School Choice advisory vote.
The tactics used by some LAUSD teachers and staff were disappointing, particularly given the fact that they already had substantially greater access to the students because they are school employees at the campuses in question.
We had hoped that these elections would be a model of comportment that would allow all students, parents and community stakeholders to cast their vote in an orderly and democratic atmosphere.
It is our hope that if teachers’ panels gain control of these schools, they can produce better results in student achievement and graduation rates than they have for past generations of students. No longer will they be able to point all the blame for a lack of success back to LAUSD administrators and its multi-layers of bureaucracy, or at the School Board. If selected, they will be responsible, and we must all hope for their success. In fact, no matter which groups are ultimately chosen to educate our children, we should all root for their success. It is in all our best interest to do so.
Now, moving forward, we really hope to see a return to civility among all the parties involved, something that was sorely missing during last week’s vote. If everyone truly means what they have been saying, that “its for the students,” we will all wine. But a victory at any cost is the wrong lesson to give our children.Posted - Copyright © 2022 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.