Why This Teacher Needs Jackie Goldberg on the School Board

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As I wind up my 24th year of teaching in Los Angeles classrooms , I pause to think of my past lives in different schools and neighborhoods. While presenting to students in Finland I always included a slide of past eras of my life such as growing up in the Eastside, college and adulthood in the Westside, teaching on the Southside, and married life in the Valley. Apart from being a native Angeleno, significant years of my life have been spent living in many parts of town, and teaching in many communities. I love all of them.

Which is why I have no doubt in my mind that what students all over L.A. need more than anything is an ally on the school board. My South Central students need a warrior who recognizes that our teachers’ strike was more than just a salary dispute, but a movement to reclaim our rightful place as agents of change in the profession we love. One that will help us do our jobs serving students. My West Valley students need a fighter who will challenge our legislators to …

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Teachers from all over California are desperately trying to bring attention to what we know will be the devastating impact of teacher layoffs which will result in drastic class size increases. We know, as parents in public schools do, that quality public education cannot survive when students are piled into classrooms at 45 students per teacher.

We are not asking for raises.

We are not asking for concessions.

We want to be able to teach your children, touch their lives, and make a difference in this world.

Public, please don't let the LAUSD school board cut classrooms as their way of balancing the budget. Let them know that teachers in the classroom should be the last prescious resource to go, if anything must go at all.

Look closely at the teachers below. These gentle, dedicated teachers have less than six weeks left to work with the students to which they have devoted themselves to for the last several years.

RIF'ed Teachers at L.A. Academy (back row, left to right: Mr. Zeccola, Mr. Awh, Mr. Arkin, Ms. Conrath, Mr. Tercero. Front row, left to right: Ms. Rivas, Mr. Kelley, Ms. Pier, Ms. Crisostomo).

Not pictured: Ms. Sanlin, Ms. L. Garcia, Dr. D'Lugo, Ms. Kim, Ms. Mannies, Mr. Marshall, Ms, Trejo, and possibly more.

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