David Starr Jordan Middle School To Be Renamed Dolores Huerta

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The Burbank board of education unanimously approved the renaming of David Starr Jordan Middle School after civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who advocated for rights of women, immigrants and workers.

The nearly two-year-long process of renaming David Starr Jordan Middle School finally came to an end during a Burbank Unified School District meeting on Thursday.
The board of education unanimously approved to name the school after civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association along with Cesar Chavez and advocated for rights of women, immigrants and workers and is known for coining the motto, “Sí se puede,” which translates to, “Yes we can.” The phrase became a rally cry for the NFA and many other activist groups.
The School Facility Naming Committee received more than 900 responses from the community and narrowed it down to five names: Mariposa, Amelia Earheart, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barbara Jordan and Huerta.
Board members favored Jordan and Huerta and ultimately chose the latter because of the impact she made in California.

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Distance Learning Taking Toll on Parents

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Teacher Claire Vencill reads to students Charlie Piedlow and Liam Dvir. Liam’s mother said she turned her garage into a classroom for the home-schoolers after her son’s struggles with distance learning.

Leeron Tal Dvir’s older son, Micah, is excelling in his 5th-grade classes at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. In fact, he’s performing even better than he had during in-person classes.
But when her younger son, Liam, had classes online at Thomas Edison Elementary School last semester, he cried every day. “I hate fake school,” the 1st-grader would tell her.
Dvir hired a tutor to assist him in his distance learning lessons, and this semester she pivoted him fully to home schooling after building a classroom in her garage. Having someone to work closely with her son, the single mother said, helped immensely.
“I think a lot of parents are really struggling mentally,” Dvir said. “I think it is the school’s responsibility to make sure the families are doing all right. We’re all of a sudden responsible for having school in our homes. We didn’t sign up for that.”

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