Playa Vista dispute reflects classism as major issue facing LAUSD
The school board vote was simple, but the matter is far more complex, drawing a focus to an issue many within LA Unified find uncomfortable to talk about: classism. The issues involved in the Playa Vista Elementary School dispute are a microcosm of complexities within the second largest school district in the country. They involve...
By Mike Szymanski | January 5, 2016
Commentary: ‘Miscommunicating’ and the decline of LAUSD enrollment
By Nicholas Melvoin If members of the LAUSD Board of Education are curious as to why the district’s enrollment is declining, they should review how the district treated parents over the last few days in the Playa Vista and Westchester neighborhoods for some clues. In a tale that is unfortunately all too familiar to many LAUSD...
By Guest contributor | December 11, 2015
Playa Vista parents accuse LAUSD of betrayal with new expansion plan
Parents and students at Playa Vista Elementary staged a protest today over an unexpected change in the district’s Westside expansion efforts that directly affect Playa students. Some families held a “sit out” and kept their kids out of school. The LA Unified school board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on an expansion plan for Playa that also involves...
By Craig Clough | December 7, 2015