Screenshot via Fox LA
April 27, 2012 10:30 AM :: LAUSD took drastic measures this February when it discovered that not one but two teachers on the Miramonte Elementary school campus were accused of being really inappropriate with students. It relocated the rest of the staff to the unopened school of Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles. The district says in the meantime they're investigating the full story at Miramonte.
So what are these teachers doing at Augustus Hawkins? A reporter from Fox tried to catch up with the teachers as they left, but he didn't have too much luck. Finally, he ran into one teacher (whose name we couldn't catch) who wasn't shy about saying what life was like for a teacher not teaching kids: "It feels like we're on an island...Gilligan's Island...We have to be here from 7:25 am until 2:15 pm and then we're released into society."
The man said that the teachers are working on curriculum development, but mostly they're just passing the time with busywork. He said they're even learning how to knit and sew. It sounds like the "Rubber Room" of New York City.
The teacher's union is pretty pissed off about this and are demanding that the teachers be put back in the classroom: "The district is wrongly and unfairly punishing and stigmatizing dozens of completely innocent employees and depriving hundreds of students of a consistent education. UTLA demands you return the Miramonte staff to their worksite and allow the school's students, staff and community to begin healing."
Transferred Miramonte teachers wait - and learn to sew
By Kevin Roderick | LA Observed | http://bit.ly/JLLNRU
April 27, 2012 1:35 AM :: Remember all those teachers who were summarily moved out of Miramonte Elementary School in February after two colleagues were accused of sexually attacking children at the school? Fox 11's Phil Shuman found out what they are doing. It isn't teaching.
They cool their heels each day at an unopened future high school two miles from their old campus, working on what the LAUSD calls professional development. But it sounds like they really are just hanging on until they can go back to their kids. One teacher tells Shuman they have classes in knitting and sewing, so I guess that's nice.