The school the Mayor doesn't want you to know about
NORTHRIDGE - Superintendent Roy Romer and other Los Angeles Unified School District officials went on the offensive Wednesday against critics of the district, lauding Balboa Gifted Magnet Elementary for having the highest API score in the district for six consecutive years.
Officials noted that the diverse student body - whose students hail from 47 ZIP codes around the city - scored 978 out of 1,000 points on the state's achievement test - the best of any Los Angeles public school and higher than any campus in the Palos Verdes, Arcadia or Santa Monica unified school districts.
"You're a diverse school and you're a public school and you're No. 1," District 1 Superintendent Jean Brown said at a news conference. "Let nobody challenge the work that's going on at LAUSD ... and public schools.
"We're a testament to what public schools accomplish every day. You have reached near-perfection ... and it wouldn't surprise me if you hit the mark."
Story not in the Times. See our earlier item for the type of school district news they're favoring currently.
The Valley can't get no respect in the Times at all, in fact: check the last few posted stories at the LATimes site slugged "Valley." They got the Gallegly story we had yesterday---but then its potted plants, berries, hedges, fuzzy melons, curly beans.
Interesting story in La Opinion: for the first time, two Salvadoran California residents were elected to El Salvador's legislature. One third of all Salvadorans live outside of the country.