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With a college senior and a fifth grader, I've been in the trenches of Los Angeles Unified for a lot longer than I ever planned to be. We've tried virtually every type: open enrollment, magnet, local school. I am adamantly against school uniforms, pro public schools, and frustrated with the bureaucracy that is LAUSD. Previously, I answered questions on the LA Times Education blog, School Me!, now I just help people navigate the magnet system and show families how they can make educated choices on a few different websites for their children's schools without spending $25,000 per year. I write the school newsletter, and it's a family affair, since my husband handles the website. My son is living proof that with a little work, public schools can cater to your child's individual needs.
Post in: detention January 9, 2015
Schools treat weapon issues seriously. Coupled with 'zero tolerance' policies, what seems like an innocent act can result in suspension... More »
Post in: school January 7, 2015
School attendance is mandatory in most states until students are 16 or 18 years old. If you are having trouble with your enrollment, have the adult... More »
Post in: Can my kids apply to join school in which I have a business license? January 6, 2015
I would contact San Marino and find out what their policies are. State laws do allow parents to transfer their students to schools closer to where... More »
Los Angeles is a diverse area, and hair, clothing, and even music is different for a lot of kids. Good luck at your new school.
Post in: Moving to Kansas City. December 27, 2014
If you are moving mid-schoolyear, you're likely going to be assigned a school by your address. If you already know where you are going to move... More »
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