Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) continues to face complaints from staff that continue to face racial discrimination dating back to 2014 under the administration of Dr. Don Brann. The complaints have resurfaced and have fallen on Dr. Erika Torres, who was appointed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in 2018 to lead IUSD. Staff has previously made claims the district was intentionally “purging” African-American’s from their job and with those concerns resurfacing, the intention could be aimed at purging students as well to sell the district’s land to the highest bidder.
In 2014, five African-American employees in the Inglewood Unified School District have filed a lawsuit claiming the district is orchestrating a race-based purge of employees.
The plaintiffs, who worked at various levels in the facilities, human resources, food services and superintendent’s offices, claim the district has a history of laying off black employees, only to replace them with Latino consultants.
Six years later those claims have resurfaced that Torres is only hiring her friends for jobs, whom are all Latino.
2UrbanGirls exclusively reported on racial discrimination allegations that arose back in January on the Centinela Elementary school campus. Principal Albert De Leon was placed on administrative leave as a direct result of the district’s investigation.
Staff have taken to social media to give their first hand accounts of Torres’ failure to promote African-American’s to leadership posts in a district that is comprised of nearly 50% of African-American students.
Internally, LACOE is having issues with the going on’s in IUSD as Torres was handpicked by them to “turn around” the district and ask Inglewood voters to approve a $240 million bond November 3.
There is growing consensus that Torres is anti-Black as her response to the issues surrounding the principal are to spend $200,000 to teach the children about slavery.
In 2014 former IUSD state administrator Dr. Don Brann was forced to apologize for comments he made about the community being so “unsafe” he needed a personal security detail.
“The Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent has the sole authority regarding the administrator,” said Alex Johnson, the boards lone African-American representative. “The County Board did not vote on the appointment.“
There is no room in our school for racism or leaders who either cover it up or condone it.