Tanya Anton, creator of GoMamaGuide, contributes history, application process, and common misconceptions to Los Angeles Times reporter on the Magnet system in LAUSD.
Magnet schools: How to navigate one of L.A.’s most complex mazes
LA Times | Oct 9, 2015 | by Sonali Kohli
“The stakes are high for families across Los Angeles later this fall. Applications are being accepted for a spot in one of 210 magnet programs in L.A. public schools; the deadline is Nov. 13.
For some parents, getting in is the difference between staying in public schools and choosing a private or charter option.
“I just really want to know … the whole process, step by step,” said mother Latisha Lewis. She attended a recent magnet school fair at Baldwin Hills Elementary School with her 10-year-old daughter, Kyera Parker, who currently attends a charter.
Choosing and applying to magnet schools can be confusing. We spoke to experts and parents to find out about L.A. Unified’s magnet schools. They are listed at the bottom of this post.” Full Story HERE.
If you missed the special Back-To-School #Mommy Monday Show with host Kristin Cruz and Tanya Anton this week, do not stress. The show is archived and ready to be streamed or downloaded for your listening convenience. It’s Kristin’s first day of school (well, her daughter’s anyway) and there’s lots to learn to about the public school journey, including tips to make it the most successful ever. Click HERE to listen in.
Hey, while I’m linking to recent media, here’s that LA Weekly profile piece on GoMamaGuide that came out last week.
And, for more on school choice, check out the recent KCRW Which Way LA show with host Warren Olney and guests Tanya Anton and Gary Orfield.
There you go. That ought to be enough school talk to get you going! Cheers, and welcome back!
Thrilled to be profiled in a piece in the LA Weekly outlining the daunting task of navigating your public school options within the LAUSD!
Here’s a snippet:
Magnets vs. Charters: Meet the Woman Helping You Choose the Right LAUSD School
“It’s that day of the year again – out come the shiny new sneakers, brightly colored backpacks, and paper-bag lunches. Today, more than 640,000 kids from kindergarten through grade 12 return to school as the LAUSD opens its doors for the first day of instruction.
With nearly 900 public schools and 187 public charter schools, LAUSD’s students make up the second largest school district in the nation, supported by an annual operating budget of more than $6 billion.
But that doesn’t mean all students are receiving an equal education. There is a broad range in the quality of teachers, programs and instruction within the district. Some schools are among the state’s best. Others struggle.
The truth is that even once you’ve settled on public schools for your kids, selecting the right one within LAUSD isn’t easy; it involves navigating a complex and confusing system of applications and requirements. It’s enough to make many parents give up.
Tanya speaks to a packed house last Thursday at the Westside Middle Forum at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice, CA.
Thanks to organizers Julia Morgan and Sandi Wise of the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Education Committee for putting on such a great event featuring nine area middle schools, and thanks to the many parents I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with. Fun!
Furlough Days Agreement Offers Short-Term Relief for Schools
Re: Budget cuts, furlough days…
“Our children are part of the collective of our society, contributing to the quality of life we are creating for ourselves and our future,” Anton said. .
“We are either serving them by igniting their desire to reach their highest potential, or doing a disservice to them by allowing that potential to wither neglected and unexplored. Either way, we will pay for it later in terms of their collective contributions to society.”