Click below to see our amazing math teacher Bruce Kravets on the NBC TODAY Show in May 2012
You can also see this video on the NBC News website.
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The Power of Parents
Bruce Kravets, Palms math teacher and winner of a Jaime Escalante award, volunteered to keep teaching without pay after his retirement, but weeks of red tape, mixed signals, and confusion in the school district made it appear that he could not continue to teach, despite the strong support of the principal and a statement by LAUSD superintendent Ray Cortines that Mr. Kravets is "extraordinary."
Parents overwhelmingly responded, calling attention to the situation, resulting in an article in the Los Angeles Times by well-known columnist Steve Lopez. Mr. Lopez reported that Mr. Kravets "worked on Saturdays and Sundays with students who wanted a little extra help at a school that is considered one of the best in L.A. Unified. He quoted the Palms principal speaking of Mr. Kravets in saying "I can't say enough incredible things about this man."
That attention in turn brought about a resolution of the problem, approval for Mr. Kravets to teach as a volunteer, and led to the NBC TODAY Show segment above.
Mr. Kravets is back in his classroom still teaching Math at Palms, and even taught an after-school class in Logic!
Scenes of Palms and Mr. Kravets on the NBC TODAY Show