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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...

Venice Skills Center Still Fighting for Survival

By Charles Thomas Things are heating up again for the Venice Skills Center during the coming month. The LAUSD school board is expected to address the crucial budget issue on or about May 15.  As you may be aware, the school board (in its March meeting) voted to slash all funding for adult education.  If...

Future of Venice Skills Center in Doubt

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center continues to “hang in there,” thanks to community activism during the ongoing saga of the school district budget crisis. If you have followed this issue, then you are aware the Los Angeles Unified School District claims to be short of the funding needed to operate the network of...

Round Two for the Venice Skills Center

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center still needs your support and involvement, in whatever way you can avail yourself during the coming month. You may recall our coverage last month of the looming threat to cut all funding to the Skills Center. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) tentatively plans to end funding...

The Venice Skills Center Is In Danger of Losing Its Funding

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center, our adult education and training school, is threatened with losing its budget. Once again a governmental agency claiming “budget woes” threatens to kill a pillar of the Venice community.  The Venice Skills Center has provided low-cost (and in some cases free) quality educational opportunities for over 40 years....

Charter Schools Fight It Out Over Walgrove Campus

By Greta Cobar The neighborhood around Walgrove Elementary school is furious about Green Dot’s intent to build a school for 500 middle-school students on the Walgrove Elementary School campus. The main concerns involve increased traffic, less parking, loitering and vandalism in the residential area. For the last six years 200 Ocean Charter School students in...

PEOPLE WIN: Westminster Keeps Its Classrooms

By Greta Cobar Green Dot will not open a sixth-grade charter school on the Westminster Elementary School campus, according to an email sent out by Karen Brown, Westminster Avenue Elementary Principal. Thanks to this decision Westminster will not lose its library, parent resource center, science and art rooms. According to Proposition 39, an education initiative...

The Return of Myrna Loy

Nearly 1,800 Venetians and former Venetians turned out at Venice High School, April 10, to see the new statue, Inspiration, better known as the Myrna Loy statue, unveiled. Most were alumni of the school who had spent their years of study near the old cement statue which suffered from  70 years of vandalism and the elements,...

THOUSANDS OF CALIFORNIANS MISSING —From the News

By Margot Pepper Sacramento, Calif. –   César Chávez Day came and went without acknowledgment from most mainstream print media of a Chávez-inspired 365-mile march that lasted 48 days and culminated in thousands of Californians converging upon the State Capitol April 21. Wave after wave of union workers, educators, students and parents demanded funding for basic...

Myrna Loy Statue Returns to Venice

Noon Saturday, April 10 Venice High School Rededication of Myrna Loy statue Noon: Ceremony; 1-3pm: Souvenirs, Reunion Court, Myrna Loy Films in Auditorium, Live Music, Food Booths. Free The Myrna Loy Statue is a remnant of the golden age of art from 1917 to 1933. During this period Mr. Harry Winebrenner, a nationally recognized sculptor,...
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