Update: according to a comment in this thread, this rally is timed for when Ms. Burton is meeting with Dr. Nyland today.
I have requested the District's investigation report and was told I could have it on June 22nd.
The District put out a press release on the report right as the Garfield students and Friend of Garfield Choir were rising up to support Ms. Burton. A tease of a press release is NOT the full report and to act as though everyone should go "oh well, never mind, move along, nothing to see here" is a wrong assumption on the part of the District.
The comment in this thread has the Friends of Garfield Choir's own press release that is just as confusing as the District's (and there are several excuses in there for things that should not have happened - I find that troubling from parents). I assume this is just the parents' statement and not the students but let me know.
It's all confusing if you don't have a clear timeline of the who, what when, where and why.
So it's a war of words until we see the independent investigation of the District, get feedback from students/chaperones on the trip (and those are the only people I want to hear from) and compare the stories.
I'd have to read the report to know if I would think Ms Burton should be exited from the district.
But I do believe the issue of whether the district knew the male student had past issues with inappropriate sexual contact and did not communicate this to Garfield staff is key. It goes to liability. We don't know for certain that Garfield leadership or Ms. Burton would have acted on that information but if they didn't know, then they had no option to act.
We also don't know how the parents of the victims feel. These girls may be okay with whatever happened but their parents may not be.
There is also the issue of fairness. The teachers in the Garfield NatureBridge incident had nothing publicly done like being exited. (I have to hope they had a letter put in their personnel file over their lack of oversight on the trip but who knows?) Why would Ms. Burton be considered for exiting and not the NatureBridge teachers? I would think the SEA would have this question as well.
End of update
I don't have many details but the students in the Garfield Choir will have a rally today at JSCEE at 1:30 pm in support of their teacher, Carol Burton. Ms. Burton's job may be in peril because of actions of chaperones and an incident that occurred on a field trip to New Orleans this past spring.
I have this statement from the students (making it clear that students wrote this and not the Garfield Vocal Music program which would include staff):
The Garfield Vocal Music program would like to make it clear that we do
understand the ramifications of this breach of policy, but are in
agreement that the blame cannot be fully attributed to Ms. Burton.
We have all suffered a lot these past few months without her here, and
all we want is for her to return to the job she loves and deserves so
I wish I could go to see if anyone in senior leadership will come out and talk to the students.