So bad, so very bad, that apparently you ought to get deported for supporting them:
Community groups and Los Angeles Unified officials on Tuesday condemned an anonymous flyer handed to Latino parents that threatened them with deportation if they supported plans to convert their neighborhood school to a charter.
Calling it an escalation in a series of "scare tactics," district officials and community advocates said distribution of the flyer was timed to weaken one of LAUSD's boldest efforts to reform public education in Los Angeles.
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To date, only parents from Gratts Elementary School in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles have reported receiving the flyer. Written in Spanish, in capital letters, the flyer says: "DO NOT SIGN ANY PETITIONS FOR A CHARTER SCHOOL BECAUSE YOU COULD BE DEPORTED."
Who opposes charter schools and similar reforms so vociferously that they would resort to such scummy tactics? Who indeed?
Union leaders, who have threatened legal action against the plan, say for now they are focusing on supporting district teachers and staff as they develop proposals to operate their schools.
"I'm not going to say we don't have some members who are resisting change… You have that in any organization," said Julie Washington, UTLA's vice-president for elementary schools.
"But we want change more than anyone… We are the ones who have to work with children under the current deplorable conditions."
Community advocates, however, said union representatives have grown increasingly hostile at community meetings held with parents at the targeted schools.
It's an unfair accusation, though, to suggest that the unions were behind this. The teacher unions DO support reform! So long as the reform doesn't involve, you know, accountability.
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