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Melvoin Deceives West Side Community on Behalf of Billionaire Privatizers.

By: Soni Lloyd Two roads diverged in LAUSD, one leads to a massive New Deal style reinvestment in our public schools saving the lives of tens of thousands of students, and the other to layoffs, school closures and reductions in student services. In a series of visits to West LA schools, the billionaire’s candidate, Democrat...

VENICE HIGH STUDENTS: UNDER SIEGE

By P.S. Barber I THE BACKSTORY There is, in the educational processes of the United States and so in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), a fundamental conflict: this deep-seated dialectic pits the very essence of Learning – Critical Thinking – against a powerful and authoritarian obsession – Order. It’s an acute mistake to...

Little Free Library

If you walk around Venice, you might notice little boxes in front of houses. On closer examination, it says “Little Free Library – Take a book, leave a book.” Apparently this is part of a nation wide effort to put books in peoples’ hands. It’s a library that is free, with no supervision and no...

The Killings in Connecticut

By Mary Getlein Michael Moore (of Bowling For Columbine) told the story of a crazy man who went to a school and tried to kill some children, but it was in China and he only had a knife. No kids killed that day. The same day as the attack in Connecticut. Twenty children killed by...

Sticking to Their Guns

By Jack Neworth For days after the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School the National Rifle Association was oddly silent. They even shut down their Facebook page and stopped tweeting. (The NRA “tweets?” How weird does that sound?) Eventually the NRA announced that in an upcoming press conference it would reveal how they would...

What Have They Done to the Rain?

By Mary Getlein What Have They Done To The Rain? was written by Malvina Reynolds. Malvina’s song was protesting nuclear testing on the people and livestock of Utah in the 1950s. Most of the people and the livestock got cancers, and died. Malvina’s emphasis was on children and families – to protect our world, our...

Venice Is Best When the Kids Are Happy

By CJ Gronner The minute I heard about 826 LA opening in Venice back in 2005, I was on board. I have adored author Dave Eggers since reading his wonderful memoir, A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, and gobbled up every word he’s written since. He founded 826 Valenica in San Francisco to offer tutoring...

Chicago Teachers Strike

By Fred Owens I am not getting involved in this issue. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and I have a long-standing survival policy — when they’re fighting downtown, stay away. Chicago fights can get nasty. Then you throw in teachers and parents getting into these fits of self-righteousness about who really cares...

Summer Brings Glimmer of Hope to Venice Skills Center

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center enters summer with a glimmer of hope after enduring an emotional roller coaster these past several months. This past March, in the wake of across-the-board school budget cuts, the LAUSD school board voted to end all funding for adult education. Gutting adult ed funding meant no operating funds...

Students, Teachers Work To Save The Venice Skills Center And Adult Education

By Charles Thomas Uncertainty and tension continue at the Venice Skills Center.  For many students and teaching staff, it is “needles and pins” over the future of the Center in the wake of recent drastic budget cuts. In March, the school board voted to “zero out” funding for adult education. However, since then, there has...
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