Pedro Noguera, sociology professor, New York University's Steinhardt School of Education
Our modern, large urban school system could not be more unfriendly to parents. [One way to alleviate that would be] co-locating schools with libraries, health facilities and parks, as well as government offices, so our neighborhood schools become part of the community, not chained up at 3 p.m.
Bob Hertzberg, former Assembly speaker and Los Angeles mayoral candidate
Easy answer Bob Vouchers. But your CTA and AFT friends (meaning campaign donors) care more about their members than the children.
All this works great, unless you live in a place where the school is older than your grandparents and hasn't had renovations ever.
My community in New Jersey uses the schools as its own. The fields are filled year round [and] the school auditorium is a performance space. [What's required] is that schools have enough money to maintain the facilities and pay for utilities. Maybe Hertzberg can squeeze some money out of Sacramento [to do the same for L.A. communities].
— Richard Lee Colvin, director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Columbia University
Just take a look at a map of "failing" schools in LAUSD. Then take a map of poverty concentrations. Excepting a few "resilient" schools, it is almost a perfect overlay. Yet somehow we talk about this at "education" conferences but not in the parent conferences that really matter.