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Miramonte Parents, Students Unhappy With Restaffing

The entire staff is being replaced with temporary workers. LAUSD officials said it would last at least through August.

By Gordon Tokumatsu
|  Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:34 PM PDT
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Miramonte Elementary School teachers were on the move Tuesday, making room for a temporary replacement staff in the wake of the school abuse scandal. Some parents are just as angry about the changes as the scandal

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Miramonte Elementary School teachers were on the move Tuesday, making room for a temporary replacement staff in the wake of the school abuse scandal. Some parents are just as angry about the changes as the scandal

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Miramonte Parents, Students Unhappy With Restaffing

At first, parents at Miramonte Elementary School were upset that the school board was not doing enough to protect their children from accused child molesters. But now they said a complete overhaul of the school's staff is too drastic.
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When news broke that a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School was accused of lewd acts against students, parents said the school district was not doing enough to keep their children safe.

Now, some of those same parents are critical of the district’s latest move to restaff the entire school, a move they said goes too far.

Temporary workers are replacing the several dozen teachers and staff who were moved off-campus by order of the LA Unified School District. The move was meant to restore confidence in the school while two of its former teachers were investigated.

Restaffing was not welcomed by everyone, however. Parents and students stood outside of the school Tuesday, locked out as teachers moved boxes from their classrooms.

"We want the teachers back," the crowd chanted.

"All teachers are not criminals," read one sign at the protest.

A second-grade teacher communicated to students via a catwalk and through a steal fence Tuesday. He sounded as though he was teaching a class, pantomiming writing and asking the students below what it meant.

Some teachers popped out of the school briefly – tears clouding their eyes, hugging parents and students.

One first grader was in tears, devastated at the prospect of losing her teacher.
 

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