South LA HS 1: your kids, your money, your loss
"This was, for three years, Romer's talked-about flagship [small learning community] site," said Board of Education member David Tokofsky. "It was his dream, and it has turned out to be a nightmare."
Students carry weapons because "they have to go through somebody else's turf to get to and from school," said Dean David Hickman. "The district never asked us, who are on the ground, how to build a school."
The fact that this article---which comes on the heels of news of approval of another highly expensive high school---has been so well read, even though election turnout last week was so poor---indicates that there's a thirst for information regarding what's really going on in our City's schools. All the flashy, funny-looking schools that have been built in the past five years---are they working? Is it a good idea to build a school like South LA HS 1 or not? Will accountability to the Mayor---who typically endorses candidates who generally favor big, ground-up spending over rehabilitation---really solve anything?
So much for the public to know; so little journalistic interest in bringing it out. This Erika Hayasaki article is a leader at the Times because it addresses something the people want to know, not something a political consultant wants you to hear.