The NAACP Carson/Torrance Branch, Executive Education Committee held a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday to discuss some educational concerns regarding schools in Carson. Parents, educators, students, elected officials and community members gathered to meet with LAUSD administrators. Dr. Robert Bravo, and Dr. Noble both Local District Superintendents listened and answered questions from attendees. Some concerns included the recent re-organization of the district offices, the academic performance of Curtiss Middle School, Carson High School, other local schools and behavior problems.
Dr. Bravo stated that he will be the new Superintendent for the Carson area overseeing the instructional program. He said that he is still learning about the instructional issues that affect Carson’s schools. He stated that he will be going into classrooms with Principal’s to monitor instruction – and plans to hold in-effective teachers accountable. He also said that he is open to working with the NAACP’s Education Committee to ensure that Carson’s schools get on track (or stay on track) to academic success.
Dr. Noble stated that he will be the new Superintendent in charge of Operations (everything other than instruction) for the Carson area. He is a former Principal at Stephen White Middle School in Carson. Noble said that he also wants the community to work with him in helping address the work that needs to be done to improve the schools in Carson. The two administrators said the new configuration of the district will be posted on the LAUSD website by Monday, July 2nd.
Ms. Hunter a longtime teacher (and bargaining unit member) at Curtiss MS said that she knows that Curtiss MS has some issues with bad teachers but that are also some outstanding teachers at her school. She would like for the new Superintendent(s) to hold those bad teachers accountable, and use their authority to replace them if necessary. Ms. Hunter said that she is also concerned about a charter school on her campus (Magnolia) that has high school students, and the fact that half of her school’s students are bused in and those families are not as engaged as the local student’s families.
The Mayor of Carson, Mr. Jim Dear said that he is an educator and has taught in Carson schools. In addition to quality teachers he said that parent involvement is critical to improving the overall conditions of the schools in the area. The Mayor said that he will provide as much support as possible to help with the Committee’s efforts. The Chair of the Education Committee is Dr. Denise Price, and has volunteered to work with the new LAUSD administrators for the Carson area as a liaison between the Carson Community and the district.
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