NO MORE CUTS! PROTEST MARCH
@ IUSD BOARD MEETING
BRING YOUR NOISE-MAKERS
"You can't say you value students,
if you do not value the staff who teach them."
Thursday, Oct. 26th Take Back Our Schools Forum
Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a space where we could have honest dialogue about the concerns, the needs, the successes and the struggles in IUSD. A deep love of our district and a commitment to fixing and improving IUSD was shared by teachers, parents, students, classified, community organizations and community members on Friday night.
It was universally accepted that in order for us to transform this district, many changes from new facilities, bringing high quality programs, vocational education, meaningful and useful professional development, change in how students are viewed and treated, affordable rents, vibrant community libraries, support of classified, district listening to teachers, retaining and recruitment of students and increasing teacher wages so that they are not the lowest paid in the county is necessary.
Parent's frustration with the district was evident when discussions became heated. Frustration with lack of support from politicians such as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Assemblymember Autumn Burke was also expressed.
Inglewood Teachers Association reminded the district that they had taken cuts in years past via furlough days and concessions to health benefits in order to help the district correct financial problems due largely to district mismanagement of monies. Despite the cuts teachers took, the district did nothing to make the needed and necessary changes. As a result of the district's continuous mismanagement of monies, it was made clear by ITA that cuts to salary and/or health benefits will no longer be tolerated and that the district needs to work in true partnership with the teachers, parents and community in order to make the necessary changes. If the district chooses not to work with ALL stakeholders, then ITA, parents and the community will be forced to do what they must do in order for the changes to take place.
Stay Informed as We've Only Just Begun!
Parents: Ava Barnett from Bennett Kew and Cecily Myart-Cruz from Oak Street Elementary
Students: Inglewood High School (SLG) Davion Hill & Kenadi Young-Thomas
Teachers: Shannah Muhammad (SLG Advisor) , David Brown (PAC Chair), Aba Ngissah (ITA president)
CTA Staff: Andrew Staiano
Not on the panel but in attendance were:
Jasmine Ortega, Southern California Lesson, California Department of Education, Communications Division;
CalPro President and Vice President, Cheryl Joseph and Fernando Olmedo; CalPro Representative, Chris Graeber; Inglewood Library Reprentatives; Uplift Inglewood, Woodrow Curry; Inglewood Council of PTA President, Maria Gray-McKinley; Frank D. Parent PTA President, Miriam Morris.
From the District Office:
Dr. Thelma Melendez (State Appointed Trustee), Dr. Carmen Beck (Chief Academic Officer), Nora Roque (Executive Director Human Resources), Ugema James (Executive Director - Elementary Education) Dr. Carliss McGhee (Advisory Board President), Dr. D'Artagnan Scourza (Advisor Board Member)
A BIG THANK YOU to Lennox Teachers Association President, Brian Gurerro, and the Lennox teachers who came out to support us.
"Giving Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day...TO SUCCEED." --- Inglewood Teachers Association
TAKING BACK OUR SCHOOLS!
ITA Leadership Begins "Take Back Our Schools Campaign."
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ITA-IUSD Collective Bargaining Agreement