Mayor-Elect Responds to Online Education Question
Hillel Aron | June 14, 2013
Last night, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti went online for an hour-long “AMA” on Reddit.
Reddit is popular website and its “Ask Me Anything” sessions have become popular for politicians, entrepreneurs, and celebrities.
Garcetti had already done one AMA as a mayoral candidate. Last night — wedged in between a plethora of questions about public transportation and Google fiber — was a comment on public education to which the Mayor-elect responded with some thoughts and priorities.
A user named sithlordvile asked Garcetti: “In poor black and Latino neighborhoods you have to sell education. You have to get the PARENTS to invest and commit. You have to get people to think long on upward mobility and ending the cycle of poverty.”
Garcetti responded that he wants to expand a Partnership Schools program called Parent College. “This helps engage parents by giving them information about the school system, about how to organize the community to support their kids, and what they can contribute to helping out their local campuses…”
He also said he was in favor of efforts to “de-criminalize” truancy and hoped to “engage with the school district to find “lost” kids that aren’t in school…”
See the whole thread here.