Back to campus with loftier goal

Back to campus with loftier goal

There are 9 comments on the LA Daily News story from Sep 13, 2010, titled Back to campus with loftier goal. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Los Angeles Unified students continue to make steady gains in academic achievement, surpassing a key milestone on a closely watched state benchmark test, according to data released by the Department of Education Monday.

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Anamouse

El Segundo, CA

#1 Sep 14, 2010
Loftier goals, how about they try to get more than half their students a high school deploma for a change!

LAUSD's academic standards are abismal.
John

Santa Clarita, CA

#2 Sep 14, 2010
Are the schools heading in the right direction? Weather good or bad its the right course. A good teacher really cannot be effective to an A or B average student annyway. Their impact would be far better to the failing student rather than the upper class. They can stay home taking on-line courses making room for teachers in the classroom.
clear

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Sep 14, 2010
Could Cortines come up with an evaluation for parents? They are the child's first teachers. Parents should make sure that the child has a good night sleep, proper nutrition, be clean,be healthy, be on time and most of all has proper manners. Then the teacher can take care of the academics and schools will head in the right direction.
oh no

San Diego, CA

#4 Sep 14, 2010
Teacher blows whistle on Central High School.- Perdaily.com WE PROVE IT: CENTRAL HIGH GRADUATING STUDENTS WITH 2ND GRADE READING LEVELS

http://www.perdaily.com/2010/05/we-prove-it-c...
Murat

AOL

#5 Sep 14, 2010
I challenge the accuracy and merits of the outcomes of testing. There is a high percentage of Charter Schools that have been reported that have: changed tests, submitt tests from ghost students, or tell students to leave blank the questions they don't know only later the teacher is seen taking the tests into another room before producing them for final results.
It is no secret that Charter school funding is tied to results and there have been many charters that have fudged on these tests. Is it any coincidence that Magnolia Science Academy in May 2010 applied for a $17 Million grant with the California School Finance Authority (CSFA) This is classifed under the Charter School Facilities Program.
Yet the startling thing about a Charter School such as Magnolia is their rapid expansionsim rate through out California they opened 2 new schools for the 2010 semester (Santa Clara and San Fernando Valley) This coupled with the fact they are also a part of Bay Area Technology Schools (which have failed miserable especially the school in Oakland) and Pacific Technology Schools.
All of these schools fall under Fethullah Gulen Foundations: Willow Education, MERF (Magnolia Education and Research Foundation) Pacifica Institute, Accord Institute and the original "religious" organization that put up the orginal $100K for the schools in California ---->Dialog Foundation in San Diego.
Perhaps you have heard of the controversial Islamic Imam Gulen? His Gulen Movement now manages or mismanages over 120+ US Charter Schools in the USA. The schools have many things in common: 1) they bring uncredentialed teachers from Turkey under HB-1 Visas that are paid for with Tax Payers fund 2) they claim these teachers are "scholars" when in fact they have no more than what is equivalent to a undergraduate degree 3) They all graduated from a Gulen "inspired" school in Turkey and know each other as part of the Hizmet. They also Tuzuk (donate) part of their salary back to the layers of foundations over the schools 4) they have Turkish Olympiads throughout the USA where the American children showcase Turkish culture skills - Yes the tax payers pay for this as well as trips to Turkey for politicans 5) All the schools claim to have exemplary results when in fact they do not - pull up Magnolia's STAR results they are no better than a public schools.
With California being burned in the $ Millions by some of these charter schools we need to get better with examining what is the agenda of some of these private management organizations overseeing public funding of these Charters. Many are not using the money for educated related expenses.
Do your research and you decide. http://www.charterschoolwatchdog.com
Murat

AOL

#6 Sep 14, 2010
I want to remind readers and the Daily News of Los Angeles that the Ivy Academia mentioned in this article is under investigation of 38 counts of fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, etc.,
http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_15273793

The Russian/Ukrainian nationals that ran this school have been removed and the LAUSD in an attempt to salvage the Ivy Academia have put in temporary administration removing the people with charges of purchasing dinners, cars, spa treatments with public funding. Ivy Academia and Magnolia Science Academy are HARDLY worthy examples of Charter Schools working in California to IMPROVE the education of our children.

Charter schools are a relatively new concept, the accountability has not caught up with the loose rules and regulations. It is a business and only as good as the ethics, sincerity and AGENDA of the charter management company.

Have we not learned with the $28 million fraud and California Charter Academys that were closed in 2007 or the Gateway Charter Academys that embezzled public money (2003)? California ask for accountabilty from these schools, give surprise tests, put regulations in place not as we go. What about the $578 Million price tag of the former Ambassador Hotel reconstruction as a School? When does this stealing from our children stop?

We should not be outsourcing our children's education to foreign entities like Ivy Academia and the Gulen Movement aka Magnolia Science Academy. There is a higher likelihood that when handling public funds they could skip back to their native countries with $ millions of our money.

America stand up and quit being suckers, our children deserve better.
Maestro

United States

#7 Sep 14, 2010
Anamouse wrote:
Loftier goals, how about they try to get more than half their students a high school deploma for a change!
LAUSD's academic standards are abismal.
So the students have no part in that? I haven't visited the world where school officials can force a kid to graduate. Oops, I forgot: Everything's the teacher's fault.
Maestro

United States

#8 Sep 14, 2010
John wrote:
Are the schools heading in the right direction? Weather good or bad its the right course. A good teacher really cannot be effective to an A or B average student annyway. Their impact would be far better to the failing student rather than the upper class. They can stay home taking on-line courses making room for teachers in the classroom.
Are you drunk?
IT will get better

Whittier, CA

#9 Sep 17, 2010
Good News for the Central District, What about Local District 1?
The New Supt. In LAUSD local district 1 was formerly in Local District 8
6 High Schools in Local District 8
3, Carson, Gardena and Washington on the 5% lowest performing schools in the state.
1 Banning re entered Program Improvement
1, San Pedro, included in the Public school choice , while its API was the highest of the six HS.
1, Narbonne, athletes given credits toward Graduation from store front credit mills.

It will get better.

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