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What the Compton schools can teach our city

Compton schools are succeeding because of teamwork — teachers, counselors, and parents working together; a recipe for success for our city By SATRA D. ZURITA I am a daughter, a sister, and a mother from Compton. I

Compton schools are succeeding because of teamwork — teachers, counselors, and parents working together; a recipe for success for our city

By SATRA D. ZURITA

I am a daughter, a sister, and a mother from Compton. I also happen to be an elected official. I ran for the Compton School Board because I felt strongly (and still do) that real long-term change in our city can only occur when students at our Compton schools are succeeding.

Today, our students are doing much better. Graduation rates have increased 10 full points and when we report the figures from the last school year, we believe that rate will increase again.

Last summer, six of our graduates at Dominguez High School were featured on the CBS Evening News. These girls, who have been friends since middle school, all graduated with grade point averages above 4.0 and all will be attending University of California schools in September.

Again, it will be a team effort

They succeeded because they worked together, supported each other, and were inspired to achieve by teachers, counselors, and their parents. It was a team effort.

As we look forward to this school year, we will hear of more successes by our students. They are succeeding because everyone is working together — school board members, administrators, principals, teachers, and parents.

As a daughter, sister, and mother from Compton this recipe for success can be used for another imperative our community is facing — gang violence. Like many of you, I am horrified about what’s happening. Already this year, too many people have been killed by gang violence. Many of them were simply innocent bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one was more innocent than 1-year old Autumn Johnson who was asleep in her crib when she was killed by a stray bullet.

The Compton Schools are working with the city to develop a Joint Use Agreement to create and offer more areas where our youth can gather and safely participate in recreation activities.

Senseless violence must stop

We will do more. Here’s what you can do. Stop turning a blind eye. Work with your family members, your neighbors, your friends, and report suspicious behavior. The gang member on the corner is a menace to Compton and until we get them off the corners and out of our city, we won’t be safe.

Report suspicious behavior. Call 1-800-222-TIPS and report what you see. It’s not snitching; it’s the good citizens of Compton taking our city back.

We can do something about the violence in Compton. It will happen only if you act. Through teamwork, we are fixing the schools. By all of us working together, we can do the same for our city.

I always like to say, “It’s a Great Day in Compton!”

And it is.

It will be an even better day when we work together to stop the violence.

Satra D. Zurita is president of the Compton School Board of Trustees.

Compton Herald is a digital news publication providing clear, fair and current news, information and commentary about Compton, the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Los Angeles County, California, and the world.

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