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Mon Aug 11, 2014, 07:56 AM

Inside LA’s ‘teacher jail’: Educators are ‘broken, depressed, suicidal’

Iris Stevenson and Greg Schiller met in purgatory. It was a room with cubicles facing blank walls, no phones or computers. Here, every weekday, the veteran teachers would sit and write lessons plans for nobody.

The Los Angeles Unified School District still hasn’t officially told Stevenson what allegations landed her in so-called teacher jail. She teaches a nationally acclaimed music program at Crenshaw High School. And almost every year since 1985, she has taken her choral groups on the road to music festivals in Jamaica, Korea, Belgium and, most frequently, France. Last December, their Paris trip was capped by a private performance for President Obama at the White House.

Though the school district did not speak about the allegations against her, the United Teachers Los Angeles union said it heard that Stevenson is alleged to have jetted her students to Paris and Washington without permission. Stevenson said that’s untrue, and that the district has approved her trips every year.

“They knew the exact itinerary,” she told America Tonight, “down to the telephone numbers.”

Schiller, an AP science and psychology teacher at Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, knows what his alleged misconduct is: allowing students to create experiments with the word “gun” in the title for a science fair.

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http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/8/1/inside-l-a-a-s-teacherjaileducatorsarebrokendepressedsuicidal.html

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Aug 11, 2014, 09:55 AM

1. The purpose of this is to demean the teachers. Making them sit in silence and do work

that benefits no one is not much different from the nuns in my grammar school. I won't be surprised if they start spankings soon.

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Mon Aug 11, 2014, 06:01 PM

2. This country is nuts, and it radiates from LA

 

(the following was a personal prejudice based on long observation).

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Response to Demeter (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 11, 2014, 07:34 PM

3. Hey, we're not Florida!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 23, 2014, 11:17 AM

4. Linking your post in my GD thread.

In response to a post that posted only reformers' side of rubber rooms.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025431729

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