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Teacher wants new leadership on board

I am a 13-year teacher in a Burbank elementary school, a mother of

two Burbank former students and a Burbank voter. As a teacher in

Burbank, I am accustomed to the Burbank School Board ignoring

requests from teachers and school administrators.

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I am used to the school board taking credit for academic

improvements, which were done 100% by the classroom teachers, and for

being accused of shortfalls that come to our district, which teachers

have no influence over.

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As a teacher, I am used to the school board accusing us of

wrongdoing without ever being contacted by them, even if it is only

one parent who had a problem.

As a mother of two Burbank graduates who started as kindergartners

in Burbank, I am also used to the school board ignoring my requests.

It had no problem with verbally disciplining a teacher that one or

two parents had a problem with, but they did not think they should be

disciplined when a whole community of parents had a problem with

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their decision-making process. As a Burbank voter, I feel that the

school board has not been honest with me.

I also feel that when they were given a chance of help from the

City Council with monetary aid, the school board turned it down

because they didn’t want any decision-making help. Why not?

Obviously, they were having a problem making monetary decisions, but

their egos got in the way and therefore, they were not thinking of

the students.

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The school board is trying to make us believe that our monetary

shortfalls are being caused by the budget cuts. I believe that some

of them are, but as we can all remember, we had a $2 million loss of

money last year because of the school board’s bad decisions. I would

like to ask, “How can you lose $2 million?” I have a hard time

misplacing $20 before I start looking everywhere for it. Therefore, I

can’t even imagine how you could lose that much money.

As a teacher, mother and Burbank voter, I am asking that all

Burbank voters please vote in a new school board. There are three

seats open on this coming election. The Burbank Teachers Assn. has

recommended three candidates for the school board: Dave Kemp, Paul

Krekorian and Larry Applebaum.

Please help your students, teachers and parents have a better

communication process with the school system by voting in a new

school board.

SUSAN DEVIN

Burbank


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