Poll Watch: American Public Schools Have Near Record-Low Confidence

Posted Posted in Education, Polling


According to the latest Gallup Poll.
Americans continue to express near record-low confidence in U.S. public schools — holding in the range seen throughout the past few years of tumult for the U.S. economy and state budgets. The 34% who say they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in public schools is unchanged from last year and statistically similar to what Gallup has found since 2005.

The findings are from Gallup’s annual update on confidence in institutions, conducted June 9-12. Nearly all institutions — including public schools — have seen historically low confidence in recent years. This year brought little improvement beyond a slight uptick in confidence in newspapers and television news. Public schools currently rank in the middle of the pack of institutions tested — 8th out of 16 — in the general range of the presidency, U.S. Supreme Court, and medical system. The current rating is down significantly when compared with confidence levels seen throughout the 1970s and at points in the late 1980s, when about half or more Americans expressed confidence in U.S. public schools.

Not really a surprise.

My children were educated primarily in private and religious schools throughout their pre-college days. California public schools, which were excellent when I was a student in the 50’s and 60’s gradually succumbed to the political correctness of the day and their quality of instruction eroded.

The future continues to be in private education as Americans flee the watered-down and politically left driven education in the public schools.

Day By Day August 23, 2010 – Kiss Off

Posted Posted in Day By Day, Los Angeles Unified School District

Day By Day by Chris Muir

Ahhhh appearances, right, Chris?

Look at the $578 Million new school in Los Angeles Unified School District.

Next month’s opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968.

With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation’s most expensive public school ever.

The K-12 complex to house 4,200 students has raised eyebrows across the country as the creme de la creme of “Taj Mahal” schools, $100 million-plus campuses boasting both architectural panache and deluxe amenities.

The fact is California’s budget cannot afford such largess. Bonded indebteness pays for these schools and with the success rate of Los Angeles Unified (very high drop out rate) it is doubtful that the interest on the debt service will be easily paid in future years – leaving the tab to other non-Los Angeles California taxpayers.

California’s public schools are a disaster because of the teacher’s unions and their involvement in the political process. Illegal immigration is also playing a big role in the decline.

One of these days, California taxpayers may wise up – or move out.

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Home Schooling Threatened in California; Update: Did L.A. Times Misinterpret the Ruling?

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in California, Education, Home Schooling

A California appeals court (via MM) has held that parents who lack teaching credentials cannot educate their children at home.

Advocates for the families vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Enforcement until then appears unlikely, but if the ruling stands, home-schooling supporters say California will have the most regressive law in the nation.

“This decision is a direct hit against every home schooler in California,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which represents the Sunland Christian School, which specializes in religious home schooling. “If the state Supreme Court does not reverse this . . . there will be nothing to prevent home-school witch hunts from being implemented in every corner of the state of California.”

The ruling is here.

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  • “Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court. “Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program.”

So, if you home school your child a California parent can be subject to a CRIMINAL complaint.

This absurd ruling WILL be appealed to the California Supreme Court.

In the meantime, will the left-wing Democrat controlled California legislature pass legislation clarifying this issue, like thirty other states?

NO WAY – why aggravate the public school monopoly behemoth and teacher’s unions that feed their campaigns? Keep the kids and parents captive.

Update:

Ace says not so fast with saying homeschooling is imperiled.

Read it all.


The Miguel Contreras Learning Complex Pool Flap

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Unified School District

The Miguel Contreras Learning Complex opened across the street from the Los Angeles Chamber at 3rd and Bixel on Sept. 5, 2006 to 1,800 students.

Looks like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Vilaraigosa, his parks department and the Los Angeles Unifed School District is in trouble again.

The water was off-limits. But it certainly seemed somebody was all wet Tuesday afternoon at an Olympic-size swimming pool near downtown Los Angeles.

Was it Vilma Cortez, who was standing outside 3rd Street’s new Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, demanding that its high school pool be open to neighborhood kids such as her own three children, who are whiling away the summer sitting in their nearby apartment?

Was it Los Angeles Unified School District administrators, who say the pool is already plenty used by students enrolled in campus summer school programs?

Maybe the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, which insists the school pool was never designed for public access and lacks shallow kiddie wading areas, adequate showers and locker facilities?

Or perhaps Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose staff has voiced concern that public access to the pool is impractical from both a safety and liability standpoint?

What is the real problem here?

Is it perhaps the Mayor does not want to draw attention to the residents of this community who are primarily illegal aliens? Does he want to keep the rift-raft and Mexican Gang Bangers out?

Or does he wish to defuse criticism that the City and LAUSD are spending public money on illegal alien kids?

Flap understands that KFI’s (640 AM Los Angeles Radio) John and Ken will weigh in on this story this afternoon.

Stay tuned…….

The $160-million campus features three small learning communities and one autonomous New Technology High School, the Los Angeles School of Global Studies.

The Chamber and its affiliate UNITE-LA have been integral partners and instrumental in the development of the campus, which will equip students with 21st century skills to help them excel in an information-based, technologically advanced society.


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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Pay to Play at LAUSD

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Unified School District

John Torres, right, special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, holds a Ruger Mini-14, a .53-caliber semiautomatic rifle, one of several weapons seized or bought undercover, as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo listen at a Los Angeles news conference after law enforcement authorities fanned out across harbor areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., early Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in a huge sweep of gang members aimed at taking down violent offenders. Hundreds of federal agents and local police officers took part in the campaign that started at around 4 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Vilaraigosa spent over $3.5 million on Los Angeles Unified School District races to gain allies on the LAUSD Board, reports the Los Angeles Times.

And it is the usual “PAY TO PLAY” in the City.

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Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Panda Express opening at Universal City Walk, JUly 25, 2007

If you want a development project approved, you contribute to the Mayor’s pet project – the control of Los Angeles City Schools.

To help his candidates, Villaraigosa turned to an array of companies seeking to do business at City Hall, including real estate developers, media companies and potential tenants at Los Angeles International Airport.

Partnership for Better Schools received $25,000 from Entravision Communications Corp., a Santa Monica-based Spanish-language media firm that, according to its lobbying forms, is seeking new “advertising opportunities” with the city.

The committee also took $50,000 from Panda Restaurant Group, which hopes to obtain restaurant concessions at LAX. And it received $100,000 from New York City-based Fig Central LLC, which is seeking permission from Villaraigosa’s appointees on the Planning Commission to build an 860-unit condominium complex across the street from Staples Center.

And, once you have your amigos installed as LAUSD Board members, they vote to waive the reimbursement of legal fees owed the District from the failed Mayoral efforts to “take over” the LAUSD.

Flap asks: Is there a Grand Jury operating in Los Angeles County?

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