Los Angeles's only public school for the deaf is facing a revolt led by parents, alumni and advocacy groups, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Their biggest complaint is the absence of high-level staff fluent in American Sign Language, but they also point to high staff turnover, along with cuts to extracurricular programs and sports at the Marlton School in Baldwin Hills.
Earlier this month a crowd gathered outside the school demanding the resignation of the Marlton's principal, Lisa DeRoss. Holding posters that read, "Deaf Principal Now!" and "Take Back Deaf Education," the protesters maintained that DeRoss is not qualified to lead the school because she does not know ASL.
The conflict between the school district and L.A.'s deaf community has been going on for more than a year.
Last year experts in deaf education launched a letter-writing campaign that called for the school district to replace Marlton's outgoing principal with someone fluent in ASL. Instead the district hired DeRoss — Marlton's third principal in five years.
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