“I wish you the best of luck as you embark on this most exciting initiative.”
3pm - 18 March: The Superintendent rescinded his proposal to eliminate the APEIS's this morning according to knowledgeable sources.
A Victory well won!
Now let's save arts and gifted and PE and bilingual ed and the futures of 700,000 special gifted artistic wonderful kids! - smf
Last week Superintendent Cortines, less than 100 days back on the job, proposed eliminating all the AP/EIS positions; pink slips were sent to all elementary assistant principals last Friday.
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
GENETHIA HUDLEY HAYES, PRESIDENT
VICTORIA M. CASTRO
DAVID TOKOFS KY
OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
February 7, 2000
On behalf of the more than 700,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District may I offer congratulations on your new assignment as an Elementary Instructional Specialist (EIS). You are among a distinguished group of educators selected to serve as trailblazers as we embark on a journey to dramatically improve achievement for every student in the District and to change the culture within our schools.
This EIS position has been established as part of the Chanda Smith Consent Decree in recognition of the critical role that elementary schools must play in the identification and early intervention of students with special needs. Among your greatest responsibilities will be providing instructional leadership that attests to the dignity and worth of every student in our District and to our obligation to assure equal access to a quality educational program in every classroom.
These positions have been funded to assure that special education students receive educational programs designed to address their unique needs, while also providing necessary interventions to reduce the number of new referrals to special programs.
Among your greatest challenges will be addressing the diverse needs of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This is a daunting task that requires collaborative leadership, your belief in the ability of all children to succeed, and your demonstrated commitment to excellence.I wish you the best of luck as you embark on this most exciting initiative.