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The lessons of Locke High

June 06, 2007

Re "District blunts Locke High's revolt," June 2

It is no surprise that the Los Angeles Unified School District has been trying to find ways to stifle the voices of the teachers at Locke High School. Misinformation is a staple of the LAUSD's management style. There is a simple solution to the back-and-forth claims. Hold an independently conducted election among the teachers, with all sides -- the LAUSD, Green Dot Public Schools, United Teachers Los Angeles and the California Teachers Assn. -- publishing clear and public statements of their positions. Then let the teachers vote by secret ballot.

PHIL PEARSON

\o7Agoura Hills

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Recent events at Locke and other schools point to despair about the LAUSD's product. Green Dot offers hope and may wrest more students from the LAUSD -- and the public funding that comes with them. Parents will have at least the Green Dot option. Gee, it sounds as if we're moving toward voucher-less school vouchers -- public funds being applied to a parent's chosen alternative. Perhaps we should just open the gates and allow vouchers.

CHUCK WAGNER

\o7Culver City

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