View Full Version : All LA Metro A parent's take on the L.A. Unified's grade-school game

12-14-2011, 11:17 AM
From L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-komaiko-school-20111214,0,4863599.story) by Leslee Komaiko:

Want to send your child to a well-regarded LAUSD elementary school? Get your notepad ready, and maybe some aspirin too.

If money is no object, move simply purchase or rent a home near your desired school. Residential property. An office where you're writing a novel won't do. And don't take the real estate agent's word that the school a block away is your home school. Just because you can hear the tether balls being whacked, it doesn't mean your child is destined to hit those tether balls. Double-check addresses for home schools here (http://search.lausd.k12.ca.us/cgi-bin/fccgi.exe%3Fw3exec=schfinder0):

Oh, and if the school you want is a magnet or, in certain cases, a charter, disregard the above. For that, even money won't help. You have to amass points.

And you may still have to move. What you'd be looking for is a house in an area with a crummy home school, a school that's overcrowded, without enough books and desks. That gives you points. So does a PHBAO home school. No, that's not one that serves PH-balanced pork-filled dumplings to its charges. It stands for "predominantly Hispanic, black, Asian or other." (Never mind that every school is predominantly Hispanic, black, Asian or other. Hello, LAUSD "other" means everyone else.)

Now submit your application to your desired magnet or charter the winter before your child can begin kindergarten. (The application deadline for the 2012-13 school year is Dec. 16.)

And don't forget about race. If your child happens to be of mixed race, be flexible. Find out which one is underrepresented at your school of choice and go with that; it could increase your odds of success.

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