Teacher to Steve Zimmer: Stop The Attacks on My School!

Teacher to Steve Zimmer: Stop The Attacks on My School!

The past few weeks have seen a number of campaign mailers sent to residents within LAUSD Board District 4 that have stated blatant lies about my school. The City School is a 6th to 8th grade public middle school located in West Los Angeles, where I teach history, debate and mock Trial.

As a teacher, I am outraged that LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer supports the propagation of these lies. To add insult to injury, Zimmer is the LAUSD school board member for our school -- of anyone, the one person who is supposed to be supporting us.

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Speak UP Endorsements: The Case Against Steve Zimmer

Speak UP Endorsements: The Case Against Steve Zimmer

Zimmer frequently infuriates our parent members with inconsistent leadership, doublespeak on school choice, broken promises, vote abstentions, as well as decisions made in the dark that have pitted parents against one another and divided communities. Zimmer has vocally opposed reforms that would have made it easier to dismiss ineffective teachers. And his management of district facilities has lacked transparency, honesty and fairness.

All of this has contributed to parents leaving the district for private schools, charters and nearby school districts a loss of enrollment that has exacerbated the financial crisis LAUSD now faces.

But most importantly, Zimmer often puts the needs of adults – specifically his adult special interest campaign donors – ahead of the interests of kids.

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