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Center for Enriched Studies

November 05, 2000

* As a student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I have found that communication is often an insurmountable obstacle. District officials neglect the opinions of teachers and administrators, and the students suffer.

There are not enough supplies, and there is no funding for field trips. However, the teachers still try their best to make do with what little they have, and most of them do a great job.

Therefore, I was not surprised when the most senior staff began to depart from the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies one by one ("Parents Say Bureaucracy Is Luring Teachers Away," Oct. 27).

I have been at the school for six years, and it is commonplace that two to three teachers leave each year.

However, that does not mean that the [district] has been "bureaucratized." Sometimes a teacher just needs a new experience. What is so amazingly wrong with that? Contrary to popular belief, adults learn new things every day, too, and the community needs to learn to respect that.

Our students are successful, safe and helpful within the community, and it is about time that the school district took a minute to recognize the positives. Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies has built a tremendous reputation for excellence over the period of several years, and even an administrative turnover cannot change that.



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