Did you see the KABC-TV news piece about the recent rally in front of Baldwin Hills Elementary School (BHES)? No? It was a protest against LAUSD placing a charter school on their campus, and teachers, parents, kids, and neighbors were demanding that LAUSD return the eight classrooms and special education spaces they had given to the charter.
Baldwin teacher and UTLA board member Marie Germaine (Court 12) called on the LAUSD to support Baldwin Hills Elementary as a charter-free campus and return the classrooms and other areas Baldwin needs for their Pilot and Community School programs.
Later, I ran into Alan Canterbury (Court 3), an attorney whose daughter attends Baldwin, and I asked why he and his wife, Genevieve, had chosen BHES. He simply wanted to support the community in which we all live. “We will all rise or fall together,” he says, “By choosing Baldwin, we tie the future and success of our own child to the future and success of our Black neighbor brothers and sisters.”
Alan added that he and Genevieve have seen a straight rise in their daughter’s academic performance, her confidence, her awareness, and her compassion. “She has excelled under Baldwin’s teachers, who are trained to support and motivate students on their own terms, which leads to the teachers really getting to know their students well, their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
Elementary and support it. He makes a good case for parents who live at VG to send their kids to the school in their backyard. Neighbors in Action (NIA) can give you more information. You can reach them at NIABaldwinHills@gmail.com.