Hand-wringing

first_imgANOTHER year of declining enrollment in Los Angeles Unified School District has prompted much hand-wringing over what the loss of thousands of students might mean. This is particularly true in the San Fernando Valley, which is being hit hard as new schools in other neighborhoods mean fewer kids are bused in. The result is that Valley schools will shrink, teachers will be let go and there will be a harder push than ever to turn some schools into charters. And this is bad … why? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile these realities might be another headache for school officials still involved in a futile attempt to fight off the mayor’s takeover, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for education when schools get smaller or switch to charter formats. If anything, this situation shows that the behemoth school district has a tough time responding to the immediate needs and trends of the community, which is why the district ignored climbing enrollment for decades and found itself in severe need of schools. Now that enrollment is on the move again, the LAUSD is still set in its course, building the mega schools it planned years ago. And that’s something worthy of hand-wringing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more