Half of Compton's High School teachers call-in sick, protesting election results

Roughly half of Compton's High School's teachers called in sick Wednesday morning, protesting Tuesday nights school board election, according to activists.

Teacher's weren't happy with who was voted in, according to Lucha Arevalo, a candidate who lost.

"Once again the status quo won. The incumbents won. We're upset, the teachers are upset," said Arevalo.

Activists are also unhappy with Measure S passing.

It's a bond measure the school board president says will help upgrade Compton High School and three smaller schools in the area.

There has to be enhanced science labs. There needs to be classrooms with air conditioning. There are tremendous amounts of issues concerning mold. In addition to the sports facility," said Compton School Board President Micah Ali.

But losing candidates say money for Compton schools has been misused in the past.

"This is why we're saying no on measure S because we know ultimately this is going to be more money for a corrupt government," said Arevalo.

Ali says the 350 million dollar bond Compton taxpayers will have to fork up is solely intended for the schools.

"California law dictates that an oversight committee should be placed for members of the community to become a part of. There will be tremendous amount of oversight," said Ali.

Activists say teachers plan to continue calling in sick and that teachers at a couple other schools didn't show up Wednesday either.

The district could not confirm that information.

The Compton Education Association, the union that represents the teachers, said Wednesday's sick-out was not a union activity.

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