The Los Angeles Times recently printed an article regarding a proposal to build a Marva Collins school in Compton (Southeast/Long Beach sections, Nov. 7).
At 10101 S. Broadway in Watts, a school similar to the proposed Marva Collins school in Compton already exists. In fact, it has been existing for 14 years. And when I say existing, I mean barely getting by; struggling, if you will, especially in the past four years.
I'm talking about Sheenway School and Culture Center. Like the proposed Marva Collins school, Sheenway has always been independent and nonprofit--surviving solely on tuition and private donations. It is the finest, high-quality educational center this area will ever see and it's threatened with going down the tubes.
It is ludicrous to think that a community that already has an educational experience already developed, already paid for, already equipped--has ignored the pleas of Sheenway for four years and now plans to build a similar school from the ground up.