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June 15, 1997 | Molly Selvin, Molly Selvin is an editorial writer for The Times
I was elected to the Walter Reed Middle School LEARN Council at Back-to-School Night in October 1995 because no one else volunteered for a vacant seat. I wish I could say that duty prompted me to declare my candidacy in front of an auditorium full of parents, but mostly I was driven by personal worries: Would my son, then 11, be safe on this crowded and worn North Hollywood campus? Would he find caring and dynamic teachers? Would he learn?
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OPINION
October 5, 1997
A parent is a child's first teacher. The best parents continue their roles as instructors when their children go to school, reinforcing what teachers do in the classroom. They stimulate young intellects with specific questions and enriching experiences. They value education over work, college over a job immediately after high school. That is the ideal; most parents say they care about their children's education, but many don't know how to get involved.
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OPINION
March 21, 1993
My award-winning Los Angeles Unified School District magnet school has one librarian, one nurse and one college counselor for nearly 1,500 students. We also have one gardener, 12 cafeteria workers and dozens of bus drivers. The Board of Education has now decreed that the librarian and the nurse may be removed. Under LEARN (Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now), which you support, will we be empowered to retain our librarian and nurse and reduce our cafeteria crew?
MAGAZINE
June 15, 1997 | Molly Selvin, Molly Selvin is an editorial writer for The Times
I was elected to the Walter Reed Middle School LEARN Council at Back-to-School Night in October 1995 because no one else volunteered for a vacant seat. I wish I could say that duty prompted me to declare my candidacy in front of an auditorium full of parents, but mostly I was driven by personal worries: Would my son, then 11, be safe on this crowded and worn North Hollywood campus? Would he find caring and dynamic teachers? Would he learn?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994
The summary of the problems affecting the Edutrain Charter School in Los Angeles (Nov. 28) points up a historical failure in public school reform. You can't simply take energetic, committed professionals and throw them into an entrepreneurial context without a massive investment in training them for this new culture. The singular distinction in the LEARN plan among all reforms in the country is the belief and practice that investing in the school community's training yields high dividends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1992
H. Ross Perot (Interview, Opinion, Dec. 22) cuts to the heart of the matter when he says that education reform must be tackled on a "city-by-city" basis and reform must be guided by the principle that "public schools exist solely for the benefit of the children." The Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN) is approaching the effort to restructure the Los Angeles Unified School District from the same perspective. Beginning this month, more than 200 community leaders will begin the process of reaching consensus on reform proposals with one goal in sight--better educational results for children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1993
In response to "Education for All," Platform, March 7: When the LEARN (Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now) document to improve Los Angeles schools was initially printed, no mention was made of students with disabilities. This caused considerable concern throughout the special education community. Mike Roos, LEARN president, and the LEARN trustees have now agreed to include students with disabilities in their school reform package. Since the document had already been printed, the revised language to include students with disabilities will be submitted as an addendum when the proposal is presented to the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education.
OPINION
October 5, 1997
A parent is a child's first teacher. The best parents continue their roles as instructors when their children go to school, reinforcing what teachers do in the classroom. They stimulate young intellects with specific questions and enriching experiences. They value education over work, college over a job immediately after high school. That is the ideal; most parents say they care about their children's education, but many don't know how to get involved.
OPINION
April 2, 1995
Your editorial on the pace of school reform in Los Angeles lacked the courage to take a clear stand (March 19). Your weak conclusion--"if, as the audit suggests"--is based on a confidential evaluation of the Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN) implementation conducted by McKinsey & Co., a private consulting firm. The McKinsey study was a non-random, non-scientific review based largely on interviews with school site and district-level leaders. It was not an "audit" in any sense of the word.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1992
The Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now--a coalition of business, civic and education leaders campaigning to reform Los Angeles public schools--has unveiled a package of recommendations aimed at better preparing high school students for jobs after graduation. LEARN's report urges the school system to scrap its practice of grouping students by ability and assigning them to either vocational, general or college-bound courses of study.
OPINION
April 2, 1995
Your editorial on the pace of school reform in Los Angeles lacked the courage to take a clear stand (March 19). Your weak conclusion--"if, as the audit suggests"--is based on a confidential evaluation of the Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN) implementation conducted by McKinsey & Co., a private consulting firm. The McKinsey study was a non-random, non-scientific review based largely on interviews with school site and district-level leaders. It was not an "audit" in any sense of the word.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994
The summary of the problems affecting the Edutrain Charter School in Los Angeles (Nov. 28) points up a historical failure in public school reform. You can't simply take energetic, committed professionals and throw them into an entrepreneurial context without a massive investment in training them for this new culture. The singular distinction in the LEARN plan among all reforms in the country is the belief and practice that investing in the school community's training yields high dividends.
OPINION
March 21, 1993
My award-winning Los Angeles Unified School District magnet school has one librarian, one nurse and one college counselor for nearly 1,500 students. We also have one gardener, 12 cafeteria workers and dozens of bus drivers. The Board of Education has now decreed that the librarian and the nurse may be removed. Under LEARN (Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now), which you support, will we be empowered to retain our librarian and nurse and reduce our cafeteria crew?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1993
In response to "Education for All," Platform, March 7: When the LEARN (Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now) document to improve Los Angeles schools was initially printed, no mention was made of students with disabilities. This caused considerable concern throughout the special education community. Mike Roos, LEARN president, and the LEARN trustees have now agreed to include students with disabilities in their school reform package. Since the document had already been printed, the revised language to include students with disabilities will be submitted as an addendum when the proposal is presented to the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1992
H. Ross Perot (Interview, Opinion, Dec. 22) cuts to the heart of the matter when he says that education reform must be tackled on a "city-by-city" basis and reform must be guided by the principle that "public schools exist solely for the benefit of the children." The Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN) is approaching the effort to restructure the Los Angeles Unified School District from the same perspective. Beginning this month, more than 200 community leaders will begin the process of reaching consensus on reform proposals with one goal in sight--better educational results for children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1993 | HENRY CHU
A leading San Fernando Valley business group has thrown its support behind the LEARN proposals to overhaul the Los Angeles public school system. The executive committee of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., which represents 350 businesses, voted unanimously Monday to support the plan put forth by the Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now, a coalition devoted to reforming city schools. The LEARN proposals call for vast decentralization of power.
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