Tossing Baby Out With the Bathwater?

If all the teachers at your child's elementary school were suddenly replaced with new ones, would your child be upset? Would you?

Over the past few days, I’ve received e-mails and phone calls from out-of-state friends and relatives asking, “Didn’t your kids attend Miramonte? Are they ok? Nothing happened to them, did it?” I then explain, “My two oldest went to Miramonte High School in Orinda, not Miramonte Elementary in Los Angeles.”

By now you’ve probably heard the disturbing allegations involving not one, but two of Miramonte Elementary’s teachers. The teachers are accused of committing incredibly lewd acts that I have no desire to detail in this post. If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can click here for one news article that does a good job of providing background information and an assessment of what’s currently happening. However, I’m sure a Google search will reveal many more similar news articles, if you’re interested.

In response to the allegations, the Los Angeles Unified School District transferred the entire 120-member staff to a school that’s under construction and replaced them with a set of new hires. The administrative staff, the teachers, and even the janitors are new to the school and the students. It’s also worth noting that this decision by the LAUSD is an expensive one. It’s costing the district nearly $6 million at a time when it, like many school districts in California, is struggling financially.

What do you think of LAUSD’s response? Was this a wise decision, necessary, as the LAUSD superintendent suggests, “to clear the school from a cloud of distrust and suspicion.” Or, is it too drastic of a move, needlessly causing even more stress to students as they must now adjust to having a new teacher? Should the financial implications play a role in the decision making process?

Motherlode, the parenting blog for the NYTimes, had an interesting assessment

The message I hear is, “We don’t know how to know whom to trust.”

If that’s accurate, then I’m certainly not left with a great deal of faith in the public school system’s ability to protect children from predators. For the sake of our children, I hope the blogger is wrong. 

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Patrice Martens February 12, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Robert Strauss February 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM
They should have done this with AIG and the banks.
fredsbreakfast February 14, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Isn't the transfer (not firing) of all these union workers probably a way to avoid attempting the impossible -- getting rid of ineffective and poor teachers? I mean I suspect this huge transfer of staff and faculty is because getting rid of bad teachers and crappy other school employees is impossible because of their union contracts, no? Anyway, it seems really weird - this moving everyone to another school.
fredsbreakfast February 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Maybe this is partly about the loss of Fed $ each day kids miss class. And regaining the confidence of the mainly illegal mexican parents in a situation where they feel some trepidation? But isn't LA still a 'sanctuary city'?
Dan Perkins March 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
What on earth is wrong with you?


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