LAUSD teachers protest handling of Valley campuses during Saddleridge fire

Third-grader Dawson Floyd said he had a rough time back at Van Gogh Charter School Monday, in the wake of the massive Saddleridge fire that left his family evacuated from their Granada Hills home and burned over 8,000 acres in the northwestern San Fernando Valley foothills.

“I could hardly breath,” he said Tuesday after school, adding that he thought the air was worse inside classrooms than outside. “When I went to the library Monday, I couldn’t go inside because it was too smokey.”

Behind him, a protest was underway by some 60 teachers represented by United Teachers Los Angeles over Los Angeles Unified School District’s response to the blaze, which broke out late Thursday in Sylmar. Wearing surgical masks and holding signs, they demanded that the massive district institute a protocol for its response during and after natural disasters. Click here to read more: