I’m writing in response to your article about the Inglewood communities fight in regaining local control of Inglewood Unified School District, and although I appreciate the job of you as a writer, in your earnest attempt to find a fair balance in presenting both sides, but truth is truth and the “top two” candidates to replace Autumn Burke are providing nothing but lip service to the voters.
But, since we are approaching the 10-year anniversary of the district being in receivership, I think it’s very important to understand that although Robert Pullen – Miles response, asking Gavin Newsom to use the state surplus to forgive the district’s emergency loan, appears to serve as a solution to returning Inglewood Unified to local control, but clearly shows he hasn’t read the most recent FCMAT report which details what is really going on.
According to FCMAT, much of the funding they received under LCFF (Local Control Formula Funding) was lost because nonpublic school students were in the attendance software system.
Was Kent Taylor their consultant on this? Wasn’t he under investigation for enrolling nonpublic school students in Lennox School District in exchange for laptops? Why aren’t heads rolling in Inglewood?
I’m sorry but his response was a “feel good” statement, akin to what you tell a chick you’re stringing along before the big “let down”.
I don’t want to feel good, and that’s what Pullen-Miles’ response felt like. Like he’s using buzzwords to corral votes.
His statement did acknowledge a lot of success that IUSD has made, but he has glossed over the horrible job they are doing with special education which could also lead to the mass exodus of students. Don’t get me started with students with IEP’s.
Once again low birthrate isn’t the end all of Inglewood Unified’s troubles, although one shouldn’t dismiss the notion completely.
Clearly there are other mitigating factors that made Inglewood Unified School District undesirable to send their children to beyond their primary education.
I’m willing to bet that historically, documented mismanagement of IUSD by administrator’s, picked by the state and Los Angeles County Board of Education contributed to the mass “exodus” of children, as opposed to this ridiculous notion of low birth rate, and Pennywise abducting kids from out of our sewers with balloons.
As I’ve said in previous letters, and I’ll say it again, any legislation, independent of a third-party legislative investigation of what went right, and what went wrong at IUSD, would be a missed opportunity and horrendous mistake by the community as a whole.
The current narrative, and the protests alike fails to folks accountable, and instead of asking people like Mayor Butts, Brandon Myers, Dionne Faulk, Margaret Evans, Carliss McGhee what’s going on, they having private phone conversations out of the public eye. This does nothing but deepen the mistrust between school officials and the community alike, because you only hear from them when they want something. OUR VOTE!
Returning IUSD to local control, ultimately begins with transparency and unfortunately Robert Pullen-Miles response, fills the void of silence of frontrunner and top vote getter Tina McKinnor.
Marvin McCoy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.