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Venice High School

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 Japanese American Memorial Monument

by Phyllis Hayashibara (VJAMM) Committee members and former Manzanar internees Arnold Maeda and Mae Kakehashi, joined fellow former Manzanar internees Susumu Ioki and Mary Nomura on a panel to speak before approximately 150 juniors at the Venice High School World Languages and Global Studies Magnet on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Maeda, fifteen years old at...

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...

Six Degrees of Separation

I had the honor of attending the Los Angeles Unified School District Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. I was there to accept the award and induction of former Venice High student Wally O’Connor, Class of 1921. Yes, 1921! When a person is inducted, they try to contact the person or family members. If they...

Venice High School Getting Greased

By Sara Roos Venice High School (VHS) has been on our beach radar since early spring, when a “pilot” school was discovered slated for co-location on campus. The trouble was that no one in the community – not teachers, not students, not parents — had heard anything about the proposal in advance of a week...

The Learning Garden Takes Root in Venice

By Frank Strasser “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” ~ Rudyard Kipling Over the past few decades, I’ve sat at a thousand red lights, gazing through a rusty chain link fence at a weedy overgrown garden patch at the intersection of Walgrove Ave. and Venice Blvd. For...