Crenshaw Students Protest Teacher Placed On Leave

South Los Angeles, CA -
(FOX 11 / CNS) Students and parents at Crenshaw High School are holding a protest in support of a choir director, who has been placed on leave.
Crenshaw High School community members will hold a news conference and demonstration demanding that Los Angeles Unified School District officials reinstate Iris Stevenson, director of the Crenshaw High School Elite Choir.
The choir recently performed at the White House as guests of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

From Reporter Gina Silva:
For nearly 30 years, Iris Stevenson has been the music teacher at Crenshaw High School.
She has taken the school's talented choir all over the world. Students from South LA have travelled to France, Austria, Belgium, Korea, Spain and other locations to perform.  But all the fun has come to an end. LAUSD has pulled Stevenson from the classroom and placed her in teacher jail. She is in trouble because during the Christmas break, she took her students to France to perform. On the way back, they stopped at the capitol and performed at The White House for President Obama.

Parents say, she had the permission from the school principal and from the parents. But apparently, not from the district.  When Stevenson returned to work in December, she was told to report to what is known as teacher jail.  She has been there since December.  District officials won't do an interview on this issue but they did say this is a personnel matter, the facts of the case must remain confidential and the investigation could take several months.
Meanwhile, parents and students today, held a protest outside of Crenshaw High School. They are demanding their beloved teacher be allowed to return to the classroom.


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