2UrbanGirls, thank you for your ongoing coverage of the Inglewood Unified School District.
More importantly I cannot emphasize enough the importance of vehicles like yours and others in educating our community about the “Devil’s in the details” because it’s the details that go missing or “overlooked” or conveniently hidden by elected officials that has led us to the crossroads where we stand at today not only with the imminent closure of Warren Lane Elementary but other schools within the Inglewood Unified School District.
2UrbanGirls since we’re here and if I’m right the matter of IUSD is at a tipping point and the process of school consolidation based on my preliminary assessment will get uglier and with each and every corresponding action by Dr. Erika Torres and the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Trustees the greater Inglewood community and IUSD stakeholders will and as they should demand answers and this conveniently marketed low birth rate theory has not only been bantered around at IUSD but in the Oakland Unified School District, Azusa Unified School District and across the United States.
With that being said I don’t believe in conspiracy theories I believe in patterns and what I have found to be true and consistent in my research and inspired by your coverage in these matters that it appears these school districts across the country is they are usually schools that serve a large minority population with very limited financial means , the schools under consideration of consolidation and or closure are usually identified or associated with underutilized land or in layman’s term , not maximizing it’s potential benefits and or profits and are slated for affordable housing development.
But beyond what I’ve mentioned above and what I believe ultimately warrants the intervention of a third party arbitrator or that of California Governor Gavin Newsom is the fact that I believe that the Inglewood Unified School Board of Trustees willfully and negligently abdicated their basic fiduciary duty to protect the financial interest of Inglewood taxpayers by not disclosing that it was moving full steam ahead with an aggressive plan to close schools while asking Inglewood voters to consider a $240 million school improvement bond .
2UrbanGirls reality is reality and school closure and consolidation maybe the painful reality of IUSD near future but we didn’t arrive here due to low birth rate and to allow Inglewood Unified School District Administrator or the elected Board of Trustees to sell this deceptively false narrative not only is an insult to our community but equally insulting to our collective intelligence.
I don’t know about you but I’m offended and hopefully the collective Inglewood community and stakeholders are collectively offended into action because this has never been a fair fight and for the powers that be to continue to cite this largely misleading narrative that low birth rate has led to the “demise” of IUSD contradicts the last decade of well documented, criminal mismanagement of Inglewood Unified School District.
In closing 2UrbanGirls in IUSD case there’s a ten-year documented history of criminal mismanagement that can’t and shouldn’t be ignored and my real fear independent a third-party arbitrator to independently examine the totality of the crisis and render fair justice to the students, teachers and the community stakeholders whom in blind faith supported a quarter of a billion-dollar school improvement bond under false premises.
In fact the residents of Inglewood deserves more and to be honest IUSD current campaign and ” transparency” is a futile and quite honestly at this point an insulting exercise to the Inglewood community at large because we all know that the bullshit that IUSD, and Los Angeles County of Education is feeding the community is bullshit and this whole process stinks to high heaven and feels like a publicly funded sanctioned of reallocation of resources which includes large swaths of public land at the expense of poor black and brown students.
At the end of the day, both of our current state legislator candidates, to replace Autumn Burke, Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles are doing nothing but giving lip service to Inglewood residents to sway votes. Yes. The two of them have been knee deep in their knowledge of the issues in the school district, while neither of them live in Inglewood.
You have pointed out the connection between McKinnor working the campaigns of Autumn Burke, D’artagnan Scorza, and Dionne Faulk, three candidates who all campaigned on a platform of returning Inglewood Unified to local control and they have all abandoned the mission for greener pastures. She knows the playbook. She’s a political strategist first.
Whether its a fancy consulting firm, cushy County job, or being the first Black woman elected to the Inglewood City Council, everyone has a price, and are willing to silence themselves for the proverbial “big payday”.
Inglewood deserves better.
Marvin McCoy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.