Plenty of people dislike the prospect of year-round schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Parents in the San Fernando Valley don't want the lives of their children interrupted because schools are crowded in other parts of the district. Parents in more crowded communities don't want only their children on the non-traditional calendar. The competing complaints are all legitimate. Nevertheless, going to year-round schools throughout the district is the best solution to the terrible overcrowding in some parts of Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, Warren Furutani, a neophyte member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, has undone the courageous but fragile decision to place all schools on the unpopular calendar.
Furutani had initially agreed with the decision to change the calendar as of July, 1989. That decision, made a week ago, would have allowed enough time to plan a smooth transition. He then decided that the public hadn't had enough say, despite hundreds of responses and letters, and forced the revote that put off the decision until March. The delay will halt planning, but it won't slow enrollment.
Nearly 600,000 students attend the schools in the Los Angeles Unified District. Almost 130,000 children attend year-round schools in crowded areas on the Eastside, in South Gate, Hollywood and the Mid-Wilshire district. Another 30,000 youngsters are bused to an uncrowded school. But more room is needed.