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Edison community: "We want a new principal"

It's been in the news nearly every week for one unflattering story after another, and Monday the Edison community turned out in droves to demand change from the school board. (KTUL)

It's been in the news nearly every week for one unflattering story after another, and Monday the Edison community turned out in droves to demand change from the school board.

"It's not what it used to be," said Edison senior Blake Faulkner, describing a cascading atmosphere of a lack of respect.

"I think it starts from the administration not respecting the opinions of the students and then the students therefore not respecting the administration," he said.

"The one thing that is really affecting me is the trading of teachers," said Edison senior Caleb Spoo, describing an environment where teacher trades with other schools jeopardize stability.

"On the students, it takes a toll on them because now they have a new teacher stepping in, they've learned all this curriculum with another teacher, and so they're having to switch over to this other teacher's curriculum," he said.

"We want Edison to be the same wonderful place that it's been," said Edison parent Paula Spoo, concerned that discipline is all bark and no bite.

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"No suspensions. That one really kind of bothers me because it gives no consequences for the students," she said.

"We've been told repeatedly, we are not administrators and we can't make changes," said Edison PTSA President Ronda Falkenstein, treading lightly when asked if they'd like to see a new principal at the school.

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"You need to understand as PTSA, we still, if the principal stays we still have to work with her. So, we need to try to keep a positive relationship," she said.

Turmoil at Edison, with the latest headline; community fights for change.

"I think the size of frustration and disappointment is at a scale where if there isn't change I think, I just do not see these parents stopping," said Edison teacher Larry Cagle.

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