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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LAUSD Would Harm Thousands of Kids With Charter Denials

 LAUSD Would Harm Thousands of Kids With Charter Denials

Anyone needing evidence of the vast chasm between the district’s rhetoric and reality need look no further than LAUSD’s unprecedented number of charter denial recommendations that will be voted on by the LAUSD board Tuesday night.

Six schools serving 6,730 students are recommended to have their charters revoked, including LA’s top-ranked charter high school, while three other schools are being denied by staff their requests for revisions affecting 2,060 students.

All of the schools recommended for denial are outperforming nearby district schools, according to LA School Report, and none of the reasons for denial are based on student outcomes. 

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It’s Not Just Special Needs Kids Who Benefit From Inclusive Schools Like WISH

It’s Not Just Special Needs Kids Who Benefit From Inclusive Schools Like WISH

When you hear about “inclusive” schools, you hear about the massive benefits they have for kids with special needs. While the importance of that cannot be overstated, there is an equally profound impact on typical students without special needs – like mine – that is often overlooked.

Their entire attitude toward people who are different from them was shaped by the values instilled by WISH, and it has carried over to the rest of their lives. 

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