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The Incredible Shrinking School District

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Los Angeles School District buses remain parked at their bus garage in Gardena, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 09:05 AM Current | Bio | Archive

A chart recently appeared in the LA School Report with a descending line that looked a lot like an intermediate skill level ski slope. The chart tracks the decline in enrollment of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 600,000 students in 2011 to a shade over 450,000 in 2021.

In 2017 alone the district lost 13,100 students. That figure represents an enrollment decline of 2.55 percent from last year, which is more than the 2.1 percent drop that was predicted.

Chief Financial Officer Scott Price told the Report, “It’s disheartening. It’s like losing a small school district every year.”

Strangely enough in the same geographic area occupied by the LAUSD there are schools that have seen their enrollment increase. Charter schools, that get their funding from the state, but their suggestions on school operation from parents, grew by 4,000 students in the same year LAUSD lost 13,100.

LAUSD educrats blame high housing costs and Trump for the loss of students. The first because families can’t afford to live in the district and Trump because he occasionally looks like he might start enforcing immigration law.

But presumably the students who are increasing the enrollment total in charter schools are somehow finding a place to live within the district. To my knowledge there have been no reports of tent cities full of charter school students whose parents can’t afford the rent.

Evidently the solution for the enrollment drop is for the high-paid educrats in the central office to double-down on policies that are driving families out of the system.

Stephen Frank of the CA Political Review explains, “In 2016 LAUSD had 54 percent of its seniors qualified for graduation — but they graduated 74 percent. The difference? They used a phony credit recovery system, giving students unearned credits to qualify them for graduation. Guess they do not get it — the public and especially the parents understand the fraud used. That is one of the reasons parents that really care about the education of their kids say NO to LAUSD.”

LAUSD is not a school system driven by excellence and learning. It’s a school system driven by a need to massage the statistics regardless of the long term cost. Handing out welfare diplomas to students that haven’t worked for the sheepskin undermines the value of a diploma for those who have worked hard.

Even worse, in the marketplace employers will soon learn the diplomas are worthless as an indicator of learning and preparation for the working world. Someone who earned his diploma will be met with the same skepticism reserved for the holder of the handout diploma.

The parents and children leaving the LAUSD because they value an earned education are doing the right thing. This is a failing system run by intellectual and moral failures.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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A chart recently appeared in the LA School Report with a descending line that looked a lot like an intermediate skill level ski slope.
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