Greg Schiller Reinstated

At 3:30pm this afternoon we were informed that Greg Schiller was reinstated to his position at Ramon C. Cortines High School.

I spoke to Greg directly and he should be back in the school tomorrow.

I will post an update sometime this weekend but as of now, the planned walkout on Monday, April 28th, is cancelled.

Thank you everyone who supported Greg and the efforts to get him reinstated!

TV Interviews – let’s ramp this up

Yesterday, Channel 2/9 news interviewed Greg Schiller about his wrongful “incarceration” at “teacher jail”. Okay, we realize it isn’t “jail” in the literal sense. And we know that Mr. Schiller can’t really be in a jail because in order to be in jail, he would have due process. Maybe John Deasy and LAUSD find due process to be bothersome!

I suppose saying Greg Schiller is in jail is similar to saying Principal Bruno is being honest about whether she could help bring Greg Schiller back. Schiller is NOT in jail and Ms. Bruno is not… well.. you get the picture.

Speaking of pictures. Some students were interviewed as well. Pictures below:

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Watch the Interview from KCAL 9:
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10038063

VAPA administration moves to block former students and parents

File this under weird.. or frightened… or same old same old. It is always interesting how people and organizations reveal what their about.

Lack of Transparency is the Policy du Jour

Friday a former student stood in front of VAPA with a sign asking for Schiller’s return and handing out tape with mustaches on it.

Today, the same former student and another former student showed up to hand out small pamphlets letting students and others know about a rally on Thursday, the #reinstateschiller hashtag for social media, and this website.

Assistant Principal Bill Webb informed them they could not pass this information out. They stopped.

Shutting parents out of the parent’s center

Also, on Friday,  parents were told they could not be in the parent’s center unless the parent center representative/liaison was there. This is a departure from how the parent’s center has been used since it opened. In fact, the parent center was open for parents when there was no parent liaison working at the school. Better parental involvement and the parent center specifically was a critical factor in their WASC accreditation.

Yesterday, a former student who was meeting with me to get an update on what I knew about Schiller’s case, and a current parent were told they had to leave the parent’s center. I was outside taking a call and my laptop was locked in the room.

I went to the office and asked them to get Mr. Reyes, Dean of Students, to open the room so I could get my laptop. When he came up, he was accompanied by Rosie Martinez from the district. She asked me several questions about what I did in the parent’s center.

It was very big brother-ish. Later Mr. Reyes admitted to me that the interaction seemed, “awkward.”

I thanked Mr. Reyes and told him that should anyone from administration wish to reach out to me, they have my number.

The Bigger Concern

The change in policy for the parent’s center only serves one purpose.. to make it more challenging for parent’s to be involved and get information. This seems to be, unfortunately, the modus operandi of the administration.

If you read about the district guidelines for parental involvement and the parent center specifically, VAPA administration seems intent on running directly counter to the expressed attitude of welcome parental participation.

District Page on Parental Involvement/Parent Bill of Rights

The District Parent Center Page

I welcome a written response from VAPA Administration on how their new policy best helps parents stay involved with their child’s education. I will publish their response here, unedited, in it’s entirety.

Can we all just communicate

I’m concerned about doing this. There are people who are upset. Emotions are running pretty high and clarity and communications seem less that forthcoming.

I used the title above because it is naive to believe we can all get along. Personalities, goals, and how to achieve can differ from person to person.

So I ask that we communicate.. what someone believes about you, I, or the next person is less important than whether they are unified in a stronger experience for all students and transparency in their goals and plans. Everyone has an agenda.. that’s cool. Hidden agendas that exclude and foster nepotism or outright mistreatment are, to reasonable people, bad things.

I’ll advocate for my student – but NOT at the expensive of fairness to other students.