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Wrong Iris Stevenson?

Ms. Iris Stevenson


Crenshaw High's Elite Choir

Crenshaw High's Elite Choir

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Employment History

Return Music Teacher
Crenshaw High School

Director of Choral Activities and Chairwoman of the Visual and Performing Arts Department
Crenshaw High School

Choir Director
Crenshaw High School

Teacher Teacher
LAUSD Crenshaw High School

Los Angeles Unified School District


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Others, like Iris Stevenson, the director of Crenshaw High's Elite Choir, don't even know why they are in these "teacher jails.

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NBI 75 - Return music teacher Iris Stevenson to Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

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Iris Stevenson will conduct a workshop for Roosevelt and Hoover High School students Jan. 30 and 31.A concert with the schools' combined choir, Bridges to Harmony, will be 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Roosevelt auditorium, 4419 Center St.

All Des Moines high school choirs were invited to take part in the workshop.
Stevenson is the director of choral activities and chairwoman of the visual and performing arts department at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

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Sister Act II inspiration Iris Stevenson

Unfortunately, Dr. Stevenson has found herself in the news recently for very different reasons. She has been suspended from her 30-year post as the Crenshaw High School Choir Director until further notice.
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She took her award-winning choir on a trip unsanctioned by the school, yet with the full support of the students' parents, and for that she is being punished. The community is in an outrage and just Friday, gathered outside of the high school at 7am to show their support. They want Dr. Stevenson reinstated immediately.
"The removal from her classroom was unwarranted and unjust, but she needs to return to her rightful place," a former Elite Choir member and Crenshaw High student, Vanity Brown said.
Sister Act II inspiration Iris Stevenson
The Los Angeles School District removed Stevenson at the end of 2013 and King feels that Professor Stevenson is being suspended (with pay) because she took the students to perform in france as well as to the White House for President Obama.
The Los Angeles School District removed Stevenson at the end of 2013 and King feels that Professor Stevenson is being suspended (with pay) because she took the students to perform in france as well as to the White House for President Obama.
Sister Act II inspiration Iris Stevenson
Iris Stevenson and Obama. (Choral Director Mag)
When they returned to Los Angeles, Ms. Stevenson was told that she was persona non grata on the campus of Crenshaw High School and she was to report to teacher jail."
"France, Austria, Belgium, Korea, Spain," Dr. Stevenson said. "In every country, we sing in that particular language."
The, again, award-winning choir is no stranger to "globetrotting trips. They were featured as the choir behind Latin pop star, Enrique Iglesias, at the 2011 American Music Awards. Professor Stevenson's musical direction is so well-known, that she was the inspiration for Whoopi Goldberg's high-school-choir-directing role in the popular 90s movie, Sister Act II: Back in Habit. In fact, it was Dr. Stevenson who taught the young actors her classic arrangement of "Joyful, Joyful."
But Dr. Stevenson's musical accolades reach back much further. She has risen to prominence over the years in the COGIC, the largest black protestant denomination in the world. A well-known choir director known for her uncanny musical abilities and foot-stomping, hand-clapping, roof-raising, Jesus-praising renditions of classic hymns, spirituals, and other Christian/Gospel songs.
Sister Act II inspiration Iris Stevenson
HuffPost Impact's Rob Cipriano describes his first meeting with Dr. Stevenson as such: "I was ushered into a large room with 50 high school students.
PRWeb reported that in 2002, Bishop Marvin L. Winans of the legendary Winans family, presided over the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame (IGMHM) as Master of Ceremonies in which Dr. Stevenson was inducted among other internationally known psalmists such as Kurt Carr, Take 6, and others.
In short, if LAUSD kicks out Dr. Stevenson, they can kiss their choir's award-winning status good-bye.
King will be taking up that case since Dr. Stevenson holds her peace.
Sister Act II inspiration Iris Stevenson
'Sister Act 2' Inspiration, Gospel Music Legend Iris Stevenson Gets Yanked from Her Teaching Post

Perdaily.com: February 2014 Archives

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Veteran LAUSD Crenshaw High School teacher teacher Iris Stevenson has been cooling her heals in teacher jail at LAUSD for the crime of having taken her students to an event out of state without having signed LAUSD permission slips. Although she had parent permission and the prestigious trips she has taken her students on in the past have always been approved, this time she has been put in "teachers' jail" since December 2013, because she failed to get pro forma permission. This is a completely unjustified use of incarcerating a teacher, since housing teachers should only be used when the teacher represents a threat to student safety and this form of isolation is necessary to allow a timely investigation to take place to determine if in fact the teacher threatens student safety as per the California Education Code. This was not the case with Ms. Stevenson nor is it the case with the vast majority of teachers who are being "housed" around LAUSD for the sole purpose of intimidating them into retirement. Continue reading

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