LA high school opens for budding arts...

LA high school opens for budding arts enthusiasts

There are 8 comments on the LA Daily News story from Sep 28, 2009, titled LA high school opens for budding arts enthusiasts. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

She is here to learn to fly, to catch the moon in her hands. Remember her name. "I used to be alone all the time in my other school," said Natalie Arias, a 14-year-old from North Hollywood who plays an intricate violin concerto as easily as most teens master Guitar Hero.

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E Pluribus Unum

Waipahu, HI

#1 Sep 28, 2009
The students should be motivated and excited to study the arts,but the allocation
of 232 million dollars in construction money for one school is excessive. I know
education goes beyond learning skills to prepare for a future profession,or career,
but a different allocation of the funding could have provided a focus on schools
that would have also focused on learning various trades and technology oriented
careers. The focus of the school will definitely help students seeking to learn
about the arts, but the invested money would have been better spent in focusing
on an area of study that is more critical to the needs of the students and the Los
Angeles area. I hope the school is successful,but I would also like to see other schools receive funding for developing more marketable skills in their students.

United States

#2 Sep 28, 2009
This is a puff piece, not journalism.
The students are mostly kids from the community - with a normal distribution of talent and probably very little arts training. The district refused to make it an arts school for the most talented and best trained, so likening it to the Laguardia (Fame) school is ludicrous.
A shiny new building does not a school make. If your child's a performing artist, send him/her to the magnets at Hamilton, Van Nuys or Hollywood. If he/she is a visual artist, go to Fairfax. These arts magnets have been doing great work for a quarter of a century and have high test scores.
Best wishes to the arts high school, but at this point it's about intentions - no track record.

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Sep 29, 2009
The arts do provide an industry for Los Angeles. I am glad that LAUSD is trying to contribute to the industry.

West Hollywood, CA

#4 Nov 6, 2009
VAPA high school is such a great school and there are so many talented students here you would't find so much life and spirit as our Central Los Angeles High School #9. I'm greatful to be part of a school that will better my chances in reaching my dream=]
Go Figure

San Francisco, CA

#5 Nov 12, 2009
What struck me as fraud on the way is documented in the news article. Why is a resident of Long Beach attending a school in LAUSD? Why should my tax dollars be supporting another City's responsibility? It is bad enough we spent 232 million on a facility that looks like space junk.

Pasadena, CA

#6 Nov 23, 2009
I attend Vapa , well we haven't officially chose a name for are school.
But so far I think we've done a amazing job.
There are people who love what their doing , I mean I've never seen so much school spirit .
Even people who think it is ''lame'' to show it , show it . Every body can be outspoken or loud and out there because we have an excuse . It's because we are art kids, who will make it somewhere.
Make a wish

Pasadena, CA

#7 Nov 23, 2009
I believe if you give these kids a chance to show if their worth
that much money they've spent on the school.
This is a art school , and the kids do have talent . And on top of it it's not some high price private school were stuck up kids . On which their parents forced them to attended to . Most kids who attend Central High school #9 went to school's like Hamilton or Van Nuys didn't like it because the teachers lacked passion and really love for the arts .

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Apr 29, 2010
Let’s put the money spent on this school in perspective. We spend over a billion tax dollars as a society on a single stealth bomber. That’s some four such high schools, and the last time I checked, after a few years of service the bomber will not produce college bound graduates nor a single taxpayer. Take the Strategic Defense Initiative; since Ronald Reagan introduced this cash cow for the defense industry twenty five plus years ago, we have spent over 50 billion tax dollars for a shield that is still not working. That’s the price of two Chunnels (see the English channel). For the same amount of money we could have built 200 such high school structures in 200 cities in the US. That’s a lot of creatively infused college bound graduates, and taxpayers. So please, stop whining about the expense. If you want to look at fiscal obscenity look at the US’ military budget, and then look at the US’ budget for education.“If you think education is expensive; try ignorance!”

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