Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Teachers Brutalized in L.A. Barrio Schools

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One Reporter’s Opinion
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 1:31 PM
By: George Putnam
It is this reporter's opinion that it is time to take a look at the plight of a battle-scarred substitute teacher in the Los Angeles barrios.
Her name is Migdia Chinea, a substitute teacher who graduated from UCLA with high honors, is fluent in Spanish, and is a professional screenwriter.
To make ends meet, she began as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
After several harrowing experiences, Ms. Chinea now says there is no teaching going on at LAUSD, only confinement – the kind one might find in a penal colony, complete with wardens and bullhorns.
And she says she’s been “confined” at many different schools within central Los Angeles in an effort to prove her point.
She says she’s been insulted repeatedly by students at various schools. She has been harassed, robbed, and pelted with all manner of objects. Her car has been vandalized.
Once, while attempting to teach at a barrio middle school, things got so violent that two other substitute teachers had to be called in to help her.
They, too, were brutalized.
Despite the outrageous treatment, the teachers were instructed not to complain. “Stay quiet. Keep your head down!” they were told....


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