Save Magnolia Ave. Elementary School
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Please help us to stop co-location at Magnolia Ave. Elementary School.
This co-location will take twelve of Magnolia’s classrooms.
Under Proposition 39, the district was required to identify these classrooms as vacant because they are not being used by a regular, register-carrying teacher, but these classrooms are not vacant. They are instead vital to Magnolia’s mission.
Magnolia serves students in a high-poverty area of the Pico-Union. Most of the students are English learners. Magnolia has used its Title I and other categorical and general funds to design programs that meet all students’ needs and the classrooms that will be given to Equitas are used to deliver these services.
Three of the classrooms Equitas will take are currently used by three intervention teachers that Magnolia purchases using Title I funds. These teachers work throughout the day on small group intervention with students at all grade levels. During a recent audit, Magnolia was praised for using its Title I funds to provide students with direct services, but taking away these classrooms will take away the space in which these services are provided.
One of the special things about Magnolia is its music programs. Magnolia may be the only elementary school in LAUSD that has a full-time music teacher. This is a program we have offered for the past seventeen years. Our music teacher teaches all 1200 students every week. She also has a chorus of well over 100 upper-grade students. Also, for many years, she has had a piano keyboard lab where she teachers upper-grade students how to play the piano. Her two rooms, which are used each and every hour of every day, will be taken by Equitas.
Magnolia has also had a very active and successful orchestra program for at least the past 30 years. Our orchestra teacher currently teaches at Magnolia two days a week and he teaches approximately 95 students. Some of our former orchestra students have won $30,000 scholarships to study at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Others are performers in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. These students have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Asia performing with the LA Phil. Equitas will be taking our orchestra room next year.
For at least the past 20 years, Magnolia has had three computer labs that serve all students at Magnolia. The teachers and staff have worked for years to turn these labs into comfortable spaces where students have access to the latest technology.
We have gathered 900 signatures of parents and community members who are opposed to this charter co-location and to the dismantling of programs that took years to develop.
All children deserve quality education and also access to programs that help in the process of their education and skill development in art and technology.
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