STOP LBUSD FROM REBRANDING AND PHASING OUT THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM (CIC) PROGRAM AT LONG BEACH POLY. (please read our petition updates at the bottom of this page and follow our socials at https://linktr.ee/SaveCIC and our Facebook page "Save CIC & Mr. Inui's Position" @SaveCIC)
The CIC program has served a diverse student population throughout the district and has been instrumental in preparing students to succeed in America's top colleges and universities. It is the MOST diverse magnet program in the district and has served students from across the city for decades. CIC has not only prepared students to excel academically, but equips them with the necessary skills to interact with individuals from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We need transparency from the Long Beach Unified School District. Stakeholders (ie: parents, students, teachers, and alumni) must be involved in changes that impact programs like CIC and our school community. By “rebranding” programs like CIC, students of color are being disenfranchised. Don’t shift the funding and essential resources from Long Beach Poly, a school in a predominantly minority part of the city, to schools where the student population is predominantly white. ALL students across the city have benefitted from the CIC program, and phasing it out or “rebranding” it just adds another barrier between our children and success.
At a time in when our young people should be encouraged to learn, grow, and succeed alongside each other, and we should be fostering community and diversity, the Superintendent and LBUSD are taking steps to do the exact opposite. BOARD members, we need you to step in and save the CIC program! Ensure that Mr. Jeff Inui continues to lead and facilitate this program as he has for DECADES - we must ensure that there are NO CHANGES MADE TO THE PROGRAM. CIC must remain a specialized program with minimum requirements for eligibility and all stakeholders including teachers, parents, and alumni must be involved in any improvements, including those addressing the LBUSD districts claims of lower enrollment.
CALL SUPERINTENDENT JILL BAKER ((562) 997-8242), BOARD MEMBER ERIK MILLER, AND THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGH SCHOOLS JAY CAMERINO ((562) 997-8115) AND DEMAND THEY STOP TRYING TO DISENFRANCHISE OUR LBUSD STUDENTS