(Mensaje se repite en Español)
(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)
If you've been watching the news, reading the papers or listening to talk radio at all during the past week, you've heard of the events at Miramonte Elementary School. Two longtime male teachers have been accused of the most reprehensible acts against children and recently a female teacher has been accused of acting in concert with them. To make matters even worse, over the past few days it has been revealed that complaints of the same nature were made against another teacher several years ago, which were never addressed. Needless to say, this story has gone ballistic and has easily been disseminated across the country by now. Parent reactions have been justifiably severe. They include soliciting the services of attorneys, withholding attendance, demonstrating outside the school and making further inquiries. The immediate result has been what's described as an "unprecedented" action by the district superintendent of LAUSD, John Deasy. He has moved the entire staff, both certificated and classified off the campus and by this Thursday, February 9th, he'll have replaced them entirely. So what we should now be asking ourselves is what exactly brought these events about and what are the motivations in the steps taken thus far by the district.