Still Fighting For Their Public School
Having been abandoned by the LAUSD, the Shirley Avenue Elementary School community confronts their invaders directly.
“You can’t send your child to CWC without directly hurting Shirley students”
- Sign directed at Citizens of the World charter school parents
The father that held the megaphone has a son who requires the services of a speech therapist. In prior school years, these services were provided in a dedicated space where there were no outside distractions. However, after Citizens of the World (COTW) charter schools used PROP-39 to take space on the Shirley Avenue Elementary School campus, this specialized space has now become one of their classrooms. Because a teacher without a roster was not using the room, it was considered “empty” by this deeply flawed law.
Using his turn to speak up, the father pleaded with the administrators of COTW to answer for their actions. Was the damage done to his son an acceptable cost so that they could expand their network of publicly financed private schools? Now that the charter school had taken over the speech therapy room, where was his son supposed to receive these services? Why was COTW lying to their parents by telling them that this room was empty and unused before they took it over?
This father was not the only parent with questions for the administrators at COTW. As the charter school held its last week of classes for the school year, parents, students, teachers, and other community members from Shirley Avenue Elementary School gathered to make their voices heard during morning dropoff. It was a loud but peaceful protest with leaders making sure that students of the charter school were never blocked from entering, even accidentally. In contrast, the charter school blockaded the public sidewalk in an attempt to disrupt the protest. The supposed defunding of the Los Angeles School Police Department…