Take Action: Current Campaigns
Save the Date and Save our Schools
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 6:00-8:00
Where: Clergy and Laity For Economic Justice
464 Lucas, Los Angeles 90017
Why: 2016 promises to be a critical year for those of us committed to public education generally and LAUSD in particular. If the plan presented by Eli Broad becomes reality, we will be looking at a fundamental challenge to the schools within our district. The goal of the plan is to add 260 charter schools in eight years, doubling the number that currently exist.! We cannot allow this to happen!
Please join us for a discussion of the policy and strategic recommendations that our TEAch Steering Committee has developed over the past year as well as how you can become involved in our efforts to save our schools.
Space to Play and Space to Learn: An Initiative of TEAch
In the early 1980's, in an effort to accommodate a rapidly growing student enrollment, the Los Angeles Board of Education (LAUSD) began installing portable classrooms, or bungalows, in schools that were in danger of becoming year round because of overcrowding. The bungalows, while necessary at the time, took up space that had previously been used for playground and gardens, things children need to thrive at school. In addition, the bungalows added so many new students that they also overcrowded facilities such as lunch rooms, nurses’ offices and cafeterias. Many elementary schools even had to have three or four lunch periods in order to accommodate all the students, some starting as early as 10:00 am and ending as late as 2:00 pm.
The LAUSD promised at the time that when they had built enough new schools to address the issue of overcrowding, they would remove these bungalows
This has not happened. There are still 8,600 bungalows that have not been removed.
This problem has been further compounded by Prop 39. Prop 39 allows charter schools to co-locate at schools that appear to have the space to accommodate them, in many instances by using the bungalows that were added during the years of overcrowding. This has resulted in permanent overcrowding at these schools.
We ask you to do the following:
Call or write your Board Member and ask that they do two things: (1) Direct the Superintendent to remove within three years all remaining bungalows not used as a classroom, parent room, and computer lab or science laboratory; and (2) Direct the Superintendent to develop a plan that will accomplish this.
Use the links below to locate and obtain contact information for your Board Member
TELL THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO STOP FUNDING THE KINDERGARTEN TO PRISON PIPELINE
Fatima Geidi with Alliance for Quality Education New York just started a petition to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stating:
Black students are four times more likely to be suspended than their white peers. The U.S. Department of Education has rightly called on public schools to end racially disparate practices of suspensions that lead to the school to prison pipeline. Federally funded charter schools should be held to the same standards. One of the most prominent charter school networks in the county is Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy in New York City and they have received $37 million in federal funds since 2010 including $13.4 million this year.
On October 29th, a very disturbing expose in The New York Times revealed Success Academy kept a "Got to Go" list of students to push out of school. Many of these students were routinely suspended until their parents withdrew them. This report followed the release of new data showing that Success Academy suspends elementary school students at seven times the rate of New York City's public elementary schools including many children in kindergarten. The U.S. government must stop funding the school to prison pipeline.
We are calling on you to take immediate action by:
Conducting a civil rights investigation into Success Academy suspensions of Black and Latino students and students with disabilities and withholding any payments of federal funds until the completion of that investigation.
Contact information for both elected officials and current educational leaders are provided below so you can get involved and help improve our public schools. Use this information to call and write your representative and express your opinion. Petitions, letters, and attendance at school board meetings are only a few ways you can make a difference. Your involvement matters!