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    alexethridge

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    School Permit Rough Draft

    Post  alexethridge on Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:57 am

    Of all the things AUSD is known for, academic excellence is number one. The performance of students in Arcadia schools continues to impress people for miles and miles. So much so, in fact, that many parents from neighboring cities want their kids to eventually become Apaches. The golden ticket to this Wonka Factory of academic achievement is the school permit, which has been abundant in LAUSD—that is, until now.
    As of Mar. 17, school permits have become more difficult to attain due to a recent decision made by LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines to limit the number of permits issued, which currently allow more than 12,000 students to attend schools outside their district. Particularly in LAUSD, many students find their schools incompetent in meeting their standards due to certain elements such as lack of specific programs or too high of a classroom size, motivating their move to a different district.
    With the thousands of students channeling school funds away LA schools, Cortines faces a deficit of more than 600 million dollars, which he hopes to abate with the 51 million dollars from students attending school outside of the district. While most parents claim their need for a permit stems from the poor quality of Los Angeles schools, Cortines believes the districts’ options and academics have improved, making the schools a more viable choice for students.
    While the new plan allows students whose parents work in another district to attend its schools, and students in their final year of elementary, middle, or high school to complete it, the schools receiving the transfer students will lose millions in revenue. According to a statistic provided by an article from the LA Times, ninety-nine districts in Southern California have at least one transfer student from L.A. Unified, posing a potential threat to the stability of many school districts.
    Matthew Peterson, a 14 year-old from the West Adams area of LA, has collected over 600 signatures to petition the reversal of this ruling. “I really wanted to go to Culver City High School, where they have a great arts program I'm interested in,” Mathew said. “I hope they change their minds."
    The superintendent of Las Viergenes School District Donal Zimring summarizes both arguments of the new LAUSD policy. “"It's a case where perhaps it needed to be more carefully thought through," he said. "We don't want to lose students either, but do we want our youngsters to be held hostage to a school district?”
    RELATE TO ARCADIA PART: Find students who go to school on a permit, ask them why, and their opinion on this issue, what they would do if they weren’t allowed to go to arcadia. End with a quote from a student about why they want arcadia over their other schools/something about the students who cannot attend the schools they want

    reginaliu

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    Re: School Permit Rough Draft

    Post  reginaliu on Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:39 pm

    Of all the things AUSD [the Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD)] is known for, academic excellence is number one. The performance of students in Arcadia schools continues to impress people for miles and miles. So much so, in fact, that many parents from neighboring cities want their kids to eventually become Apaches. The golden ticket to this Wonka Factory of academic achievement is the school permit, which has been abundant in LAUSD—that is, until now.
    As of Mar. 17, school permits have become more difficult to attain due to a recent decision made by LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines to limit the number of permits issued, which currently allow more than 12,000 students to attend schools outside their district. Particularly in LAUSD, many students find their schools incompetent in meeting their standards due to certain elements such as lack of specific programs or too high [large] of a classroom size, motivating their move to a different district.
    With the thousands of students channeling school funds away [from] LA schools, [include title] Cortines faces a deficit of more than 600 million dollars [$600 million], which he hopes to abate with the 51 million dollars [$51 million] from students attending school outside of the district. While most parents claim their need for a permit stems from the poor quality of Los Angeles schools, [title] Cortines believes the districts’ options and academics have improved, making the schools a more viable choice for students.
    While the new plan allows students whose parents work in another district to attend its schools, and students in their final year of elementary, middle, or high school to complete it, the schools receiving the transfer students will lose millions in revenue. According to a statistic provided by an article from the LA Times [italicize], ninety-nine [99] districts in Southern California have at least one transfer student from L.A. Unified, posing a potential threat to the stability of many school districts.
    Matthew Peterson, a 14 year-old from the West Adams area of LA, has collected over 600 signatures to petition the reversal of this ruling. “I really wanted to go to Culver City High School, where they have a great arts program I'm interested in,” Mathew said. “I hope they change their minds."
    The superintendent of Las Viergenes School District Donal Zimring summarizes both arguments of the new LAUSD policy. “"[delete one quotation mark]It's a case where perhaps it needed to be more carefully thought through," he said. "We don't want to lose students either, but do we want our youngsters to be held hostage to a school district?”
    RELATE TO ARCADIA PART: Find students who go to school on a permit, ask them why, and their opinion on this issue, what they would do if they weren’t allowed to go to arcadia. End with a quote from a student about why they want arcadia over their other schools/something about the students who cannot attend the schools they want

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