October 23

Let’s start with a story that will take you down memory lane.  The Dorsey High School (LAUSD) class of ’42 held their 70th reunion recently.  A reporter for the L.A. Times was there to record their story:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beat-dorsey-reunion-20121021,0,4133404.story
   “Don’t Demonize Teachers” is the title of Sunday’s Steve Lopez column in the Times.  He writes a very persuasive piece about why teachers’ pensions are not causing the fiscal woes that are facing the state as some people seem to believe:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1021-lopez-publicenemy-20121021,0,7514768.column
   Magnet schools in the LAUSD were the focus of two articles in today’s Times.  The first describes a number of district magnet programs that are under-enrolled and posits some reasons why:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-magnet-enroll-20121023,0,2167309.story?track=rss  The second deals with an upscale neighborhood in downtown L.A. that would seem to have everything a young family would want except a charter school within walking distance.  Parents in the area have sent a proposal to the district according to Sandy Banks’ column:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-charterschool-20121023,0,5355618.column
   Even the third and final presidential debate on foreign policy last night included some sparring between Pres. Obama and Gov. Romney over education policies as described in this item in Education Week:  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/10/obama_romney_tie_strong_foreig.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CampaignK-12+%28Education+Week+Blog%3A+Politics+K-12%29
   And finally, the Chief Commissar hesitated to include the next two stories but because he was short of copy decided to add them anyway.  They are education related.  Any criticism of their inclusion is totally warranted!  The first has to do with a “fantasy slut league” at a high school in the San Francisco Bay area:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/fantasy-slut-league-california-high-school.html  The second story describes an intermediate school teacher in Oxnard with an x-rated past who is appealing her dismissal because of that prior career:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/teacher-with-porn-past-appeals-firing.html

Dave Alpert (’71) Chief Commissar
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