Jan 17, 2013- UTLA: We are here to help 24th Street Elementary School

UTLA issued the following statement from UTLA President Warren Fletcher after parents filed a petition today with LAUSD to take control of 24th Street Elementary School—under the Parent Trigger law.

UTLA has pledged to work with concerned parents at 24th Street Elementary School, with the common goal of improving students’ education.  We understand their frustration, but we believe the answer is not to remove every teacher, and Health and Human Services professional, disrupting the education process.  
UTLA and our affiliates have resources available to help bring about a solution at this  high-needs school.  Staff and resources from the Center for Effective School Improvement have been assigned and are making the needs of 24th Street Elementary a top priority. CESI is funded through an Innovation Fund grant from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  
We believe parents do not want a private charter corporation to take over 24th Street Elementary, which is exactly what is happening at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto as a result of Parent Trigger.   
There is a better way and UTLA will work with parents, teachers and LAUSD to ensure students at 24th Street Elementary get the quality education every student deserves.