* As a teacher with LAUSD for 13 years, I absolutely agree that teachers and students should be held accountable. I also feel that the district should be held accountable.
Where are our facilities for teaching and learning? Teaching at a year-round school, I share a room that is too small for the number of students that I teach. I'm sure that the fire department would declare it unsafe, especially with the mainstreaming of students in wheelchairs.
The only storage space available has had a leaky roof for 10 years. The district has had the ceiling repaired, but the roof keeps leaking so the ceiling collapses every winter, and the floor is broken asbestos tile.
The only way we were able to get textbooks was through the federal Title 1 program for disadvantaged students. The district gave our high school of 3,600 students an $8,000 budget for textbooks last year. The average textbook is $45. What happened to the promise of a textbook for every student in every class?