San Diego– There’s a growing debate over how to get the most out of students at Lincoln Park High School. Some parents say the teacher’s union is blocking progress, while some teachers say the administration is going in the wrong direction.
You could say there are three sides to every story and that seems to be le case in Lincoln Park.
You have concerned parents like Francine Maxwell who say, ““my children aren’t receiving a proper education.”
There are teachers like Danny Blas who say, “we just want a professional climate that allows all voices to be heard.”
And you have administrators like Superintendent Cindy Marten say, “this is about a community coming together as a whole family and saying ‘what do we want for our students and why do we want it.’”
A handful of parents held a protest in front of the high school Friday morning. The parents are calling on the district to remove teachers they say are ineffective.
“The teachers want to run the school and they forget that this is a public community school,” Maxwell said. “It’s my community and so we’re here to just let them know… our children deserve quality teachers.”
Of course it’s not that simple just ask teachers like Blas.
He says they’re trying to give their students the best education they can, but the administrators aren’t being flexible and cutting classes like that students enjoy.
We need quality programs, we need a variety of programs for students,” Blas said. “One of the things that makes students successful is (when you) give them a variety. Give them arts and give them the programs like social justice.”
This is all part of a bigger debate going on in public schools all over the country.
A few years ago San Diego Unified School changed the curriculum to focus more on college prep, but that meant getting rid of programs that many students in this neighborhood enjoyed.
Now parents like these are blaming teachers for not responding and administrators have the difficult task of getting everyone on the same page.
“It’s not about somebody standing in the way or not standing in the way,” Marten said. “There are different sides to the story (and) this is about what is the common vision for Lincoln and do we all understand that common vision.”