|Caprice Young needs to do less of paying for Larson PR|
to fix her horrid reputation and image. These "Opinions" that
Caprice is writing are biased and full of nonsense.
WINDOW DRESSINGS ON THE TITANIC
The two resolutions put forward independently by rival factions of the school board both have the same intent: do more of what works for families and students. One resolution calls on the superintendent to identify existing programs that successfully interest and educate students so they can be expanded and copied. The other goes straight to one logical conclusion: create more of the popular magnet schools that families crave because of their thematic focus and concentration on teacher collaboration. "rival factions" you got a war going on against public education? what sacrifices are charter schools willing to compromise- perhaps more transparency on top heavy salaries and lack of communication with overseeing school boards. you take but you don't give and this will be your downfall Caprice Young.
Like crowdsourcing for good policy-making, these efforts build on the wisdom of parents who are actively engaged. They leverage that knowledge to build expanded opportunities for all students. Combined with a real focus on the expansion of strong charter schools and innovative pilot schools, we could be headed in the right direction. More generic and non specific dribble, it's all blah blah blah.
As we expand what is working in public education, we also need to stop doing what is not working. The LAUSD board should not invest more public dollars appealing last week’s court decision forcing the school district to pay $7.1 million in damages to an academically successful community charter school for denying its students the legally required facilities. Instead, the school board should create a joint task force that includes charter school representatives and land-use planners from the city of Los Angeles and surrounding communities to create guidelines for facilities use and sharing. Ivy Academia was NOT "academially successful" however they were successfully indicted and found guilty of embezzlement by the District Attorney and in fact were sentenced to jail time. This school operated by Russian nationals used educational dollars for spa treatments, expensive dinners and cars. This is what Caprice Young uses as a model of "success". Furthermore the LAUSD should absolutely appeal this stealing of educational money and recall prop 39 so other criminal charter schools like Ivy Academia cannot use legal means to steal more money from California Taxpayers. No wonder Caprice Young supported along with her old company CCSA AB 2806 that would control investigations of charter schools by OIG (Office of the Inspector General See aricle here on Ivy Academia indictment Click here
LAUSD must stop acting like an isolated fiefdom. In 1999, it had a genuine reason to take through eminent domain more than 4,000 homes, apartments and other real estate parcels. Out of 740,000 students, 330,000 had to ride the bus every day in order to find space to go to school. Making the hard decisions to invest in the physical infrastructure required to educate our students took the entire community coming together to find 130 new school locations and to vote for billions in public bonds and the taxes to pay for them. It was a national civic achievement that must not be squandered. Caprice talk about what Magnolia is going to do less of that doesn't work, your job isn't to "analyze" LAUSD or other school districts, you are paid to lead Magnolia Science Academies and thus far have failed tremendously.
That success is now threatened as the echo of the baby boom class recedes, emigration increases and those gleaming new schools — the last of which is scheduled to open in Bell next year — stand half empty. At the same time, bureaucratic red tape and LAUSD hostility to publicly coveted charter schools has driven a building boom of small facilities by community school leaders eager to meet parent demand. Ah what is the matter are ou afraid that the new Bell facility will take from your Magnolia Science Academy in Bell that shares a campus. Are you worried about competition?
On one hand, the proliferation of charter schools on 20,000- to 40,000-square-foot parcels increases the cost of needed real estate for housing and business development. On the other hand, neighborhoods where good schools spring up begin to flourish, sparking revitalization — often in some of the highest-poverty communities. What our neighborhoods really need is clear planning and collaboration integrating housing, business, public space and educational uses. That begins with effectively using the schools the public already built for the educational programs families want and need.
The entire LAUSD board will need to accept that charter public schools will remain a vital, vibrant part of our educational landscape at the same time as it identifies and replicates existing great programs. My hope is that during this process, the city and county government entities, charters and LAUSD will realize that our system of education continues to have gaping holes for foster youth, gifted children and many others, and fill them. Magnolia Science Academy is not a vital, vibrant part of any educational landscape. This is why you have been denied your new applications.
We now have the opportunity to double down and create strong programs to meet the unique needs of our kids. Obviously, it has never been simple, but as former school board member Jackie Goldberg says, “If consensus is easy, you’re not doing it right.” It’s time to do it right. We have the capacity to do it sanely, keeping the good of our entire community in mind. I’m not talking about a grand plan, with more talking than doing. If we just do more of what works and less of what does not work, we can inch towards progress instead of continuing backwards. Magnolia Public Schools is a Gulen School and you are not doing anything right, that is why your schools are not wanted by any school districts. Take your own advice and jump start your career and reputation before it's too late. No one that matters cares what you have to say you lost your credibility years ago.