Compton Education Association (CEA) is facing internal conflicts that have reached the level of members wanting to recall their current president Agbo-ola Dada. Dada was elected president and began his three year term July 1, 2019 and within four months was audited by the California Teachers Association (CTA) due to “concerns” levied by the newly elected CEA Treasurer Nancy Loera.
“Loera has a vendetta against me,” said Dada when reached by 2UrbanGirls.
There are multiple issues festering within CEA as they continue to negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) related to distance learning protocols.
“Nancy can never answer a direct question and has caused dissension by going to board members privately instead of bringing them to everyone’s attention in the proper manner,” said a teacher who refused to be identified. “Its clear she has issues with Dada with the timely filing of her “concerns” which triggered this audit.”
The executive board (e-board) is charged with meeting to approve expenditures and devise strategy related to contract/MOU negotiations. Meeting minutes of a strategy meeting, related to votes taken by e-board members about a controversial work from home option for distance learning, was sent to members by Dada to “clear his name”.
“The members wrongly assumed I went against their interests when a vote was taken to continue distance learning in classrooms without the option of working from home,” said Dada.
District insiders share that some teachers have refused to come to work, allegedly at the direction of their union, and found themselves facing disciplinary measures.
Members accuse Dada of holding “private” meetings with Superintendent Darin Brawley that according to Dada, CEA by-laws don’t state he must alert e-board members of any discussions he has with the district, outside of negotiations.
Members shared a letter from CTA that brought to light many policies CEA is lacking and detailing “unauthorized” money spent on repairing a roof and flooring and purchase of new computers. CTA labeled the spending “unauthorized” due to a lack of agenda meetings minutes when the approvals were allegedly made.
“Our e-board still has members who were on the board prior to Loera becoming treasurer and it is the duty of the secretary to take minutes not the president, vice-president, etc.,” said Dada.
Teachers have contacted 2UrbanGirls with many of them siding with Dada.
The general consensus amongst those who contacted 2UrbanGirls is most the internal strife came about immediately after Loera became a member of the e-board and began questioning expenditures under the guise of “concerns” she brought to CTA along with the presumption that Loera doesn’t like Dada because he is Black.
“We don’t want to be manipulated because Loera doesn’t like Dada,” said a CEA member. “But as of now the recall attempt will move forward as planned.”
It is unknown whether Loera is seeking to replace Dada, as union president, should he be recalled.
Loera didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.