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Teachers Getting Laid off at John Muir High School, Home of the Mustangs

African American news - teacher lay offs scheduled in CaliforniaDue to the economy, many teachers are being laid off. In the years 2006-2008, John Muir students weren't doing as they were supposed to. Changes had to be made; therefore, Academy's became mandatory for the students.

Each student had to be involved in one of the following academies, the Freshman Academy, Engineering and Environmental Science Academy, Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, or Arts, Entertainment and Media Academy.  Students could

choose which Academy they preferred to be in. The Academies opened their eyes to new careers. [As a result] John Muir High School became a better school. The students learned many skills that are useful in today's world as well as their future. Teachers from all over were hired to teach. They went through a tense interview process because they wanted to make sure that the teachers were going to make a difference in students lives.

There were many new teachers in the 2009, day by day, little by little, John Muir High School became a big success. Students are now taking more classes such as accounting, marketing, graphic design, science, mathematics skills, and many more.

These classes will help them become aware of many careers that they might be interested in. Now Muir is a major success. They are planning to lay off almost every single new teacher that made a tremendous difference in our school. We had a huge problem at school and it was all fixed with the academies and all the wonderful teachers. Now they want to get rid of them.

This is going to affect John Muir students tremendously. We have grown to trust our teachers, get help from them, and be confident within ourselves. We have learned that education is the key to success and most importantly that college is an important part of our future. On Friday March 12, 2010, administrators and teachers received their pink slip, which gave them a warning that they might get laid off. Most teachers and administrators have families, that they have to support.

Is it fair that they get laid off, and lose their job? Is it fair that many of the students might end up how they were a couple of years ago? I don't think it is. John Muir has made a tremendous improvement and it shouldn't all go to waste.

The knowledge that we have gained through the academies have taught us a lot, and future students deserve the same. We have to stop this because it can lead to major problems. Students deserve the best education they can get because they are the future.

Monica Felix is a senior at Pasadena John Muir High and an intern at THE JOURNAL where she may be reached by telephone: (626) 798-3972 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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