Tanya Contributes to LA Times Article on Magnets

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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.

Welcome To My New School Yard!

Hi Folks!

Came back to offer you that tour I promised. So, if you haven’t already, take a look around. Need the highlights? Okay, since you asked…

Well for starters, the site’s wider, more horizontal. Less scroll. Room to grow and add all sorts of goodies.

Then there’s the maps. You all LOVE my maps. I know because it’s the most trafficked page of my site. Almost 10,000 hits on the Westside Elementary Schools map alone since I launched it in ’08. I’ve organized all my maps in perfect little rows and added a few new ones too. See how neat and tidy? Just click on the image to launch a full-screen color-coded map. Go on. You know you want to.

Many of you ask about the name “GoMama and how this whole thing got started. Sort of by accident actually. The name’s not exactly business-speak, is it. Nor was there a business plan. Born from my mama blog with just a good ole desire to share information and help people, who knew it would grow into as much as it has. So GoTanya and GoMama! We’re just gonna go with that. But now you can read all about it here.

I don’t know what you did on your summer vacation, but I spent a good part of July migrating this website. I also learned iLife- especially how to edit audio in GarageBand and how to shoot/edit video in iMovie. As a result I’ve got a bunch of new ideas hatching… but most currently, I’ve cut all my radio segments and embedded them on audio players right here on the Media page. No more off-site downloading. Or opening up your iTunes or other media player. Now with a click, you can hear just a snippet or the whole segment of the radio shows I’ve done without having to listen to the entire hour. Take a listen. Can’t decide where to start? How about this clip, “Three Things You Should Look For in A Public School (Four Actually).”  

I’ve also linked up all the press I’ve done since 2007. It’s all arranged by year. How tidy.

But mainly, I’m super-excited to have an embedded GoMamaGuidance BLOG right here on the same site. Now I can post and rant all I want in any size format without having to wait for the monthly newsletter. And, all my previous GoMamaGuidance newsletter articles and PS Smart Tips are categorized and archived here. Now you can search by category or tag. YAY. One home. All the content. And with the new school year just about to start, there’ll be plenty to talk about. That I’m sure of.

Plus now there’s space for your comments too. So share. Talk back. Ruminate. You’re all invited. We’re building a community school yard!

Come by and say hello.