Echo Park principals to take a bow tonight: The job of a school principal would seem a thankless one, with school leaders trapped between teachers, parents, district bureaucrats and, of course, those kids. With budget cuts looming over LA Unified, school principals are only going to face even tougher conditions. However, at least tonight, a group of principals in Echo Park will take a break from those day-to-day pressures during a first-ever neighborhood ceremony honoring their role in the community.

Rosie Betanzos, head of what’s called the Positive Energy Group, said she initially proposed the idea after she and parents at Clifford Elementary successfully lobbied the district to keep their school principal in his job. Then Echo Park neighborhood council representative Lisa Sigala-Baca proposed honoring the principals of the other neighborhood schools. So, tonight there will be speeches and toasts in honor of the principals of Allesandro, Betty Plasencia, Clifford, Elysian Heights, Logan, Mayberry, and Rosemont schools.

The challenges facing principals are “a huge burden,” Betanzos said. “We want to say ‘we are behind you.”‘

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