My Long, Strange Trip From Neighborhood School Activist To Charter Founder

My Long, Strange Trip From Neighborhood School Activist To Charter Founder

Many families on the West Side of Los Angeles have been victims of the capriciousness and hostility of our incumbent school board member, Steve Zimmer. It’s a not-too-well-kept secret that we are all beholden to him, and we better step carefully or we might experience his wrath. Not just charters, but district-run pilots, language programs, and even traditional neighborhood schools and magnets have felt the whiplash of his whims. 

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Teachers Must Speak Up Too

Teachers Must Speak Up Too

Imagine what could happen if we allowed parents, students, teachers and administrators to be co-collaborators of educational environments — where teachers and administrators were honored as guides, parents honored as the invested partners and students honored as co-creators of their learning. 

My voice is here to tell you this: It is possible. It requires us rethinking and restructuring our educational system to honor teachers as experts and parents as investors. It requires us honoring the voices of all involved. Most of all, this change involves all of us doing the personal work to speak up – clarifying what we believe, believing that we are worthy of being heard, honoring what we know and facing the fear of speaking the truth in public. 

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