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March 02, 1997

* I have three words for Bill Boyarsky ("District Should Have Stuck to ABCs on Project," The Spin, Feb. 23), who criticizes the endeavor to make the Belmont Learning Center a reality: Shame on you! Patronizing and uninformed, he puts forth what he thinks is best for the community that would benefit from this new school.

Boyarsky excuses the need for a great school in this area, comforted by cliched notions of upward mobility for those who come from immigrant slums and the dramatic stuff of the heroic "American story." The issue of the Belmont Learning Center is not so conveniently shallow.

The people in the communities just west of downtown Los Angeles deserve a resource-filled campus for their children, who have been forced away from their neighborhoods on buses to attend school. Communities deserve to have their dreams turned into realities.

I will continue to work to fulfill those dreams because I refuse to ignore the children's and the community's needs, which are all too real.

VICTORIA M. CASTRO

Board Member, 2nd District

LAUSD

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