· The year started off with newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown shaking up the CA. School Board by removing several Education School Board members, and replacing them with more supporters of traditional K-12 educational policy thinkers.
· New Gus Hawkins Literacy Center Opens. He pioneered the move for blacks to serve as elected officials – and was instrumental in bringing awareness of the Blueprint for educating African American children.
· Gun shooting at Gardena High School. Just a reminder of what our inner city students face on a too often basis.
· Compton parents win temporary restraining order. The new “Parent Trigger Law” is tested in CA.
· Clay MS awarded to Green Dot Charter Group. This move started a controversy that resulted in a law suit.
· LAUSD makes major changes to its parent involvement policy. This move angered some parents.
· LAUSD changes its Public School Choice (PSC) process. This move all but eliminated charter schools from bidding on newly built schools.
· Compton Unified gets its first of a kind charter school. This action caused a second charter school to open on same day.
· The Black Parent Union (BPU) holds its final meeting of the school year. Dedicated and involved parents.
· Teacher gets stadium named in his honor. A well deserved recognition.
· Sounding the alarm with one voice. This was an event that involved various stakeholders that went to Sacramento to educate and advocate on behalf of children.
Again, I’m sure you have some stories of your own to tell. But check these out and comment when you finish if you like. You may also share with us your stories. Happy Holidays, and have a great 2012.