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Looking forward to some lottery answers

February 21, 2011

Looking forward to some lottery answers

The Glendale News-Press article on Jan. 31 titled “Magnet lottery system draws alarm” raises a significant number of questions and concerns.

Where will children who do not “win the lottery” attend school? Does the increase in funding allow for additional teachers resulting in smaller class sizes?

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How will families who choose not to participate in Korean immersion or performing arts programs benefit? In addition, why was there little to no community input involved in the decision to change Keppel to a magnet school? Deputy Supt. John Garcia was quoted as saying: “If it works the way it is supposed to, then it is going to serve the Keppel community and serve the district at large.”

What if it doesn’t work the way it is supposed to? What happens after the grant ends? Has this been thoroughly thought through?

The definition of lottery is “an activity or endeavor the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck.” In my opinion, the education of our children should never be based on fate or luck.

I look forward to attending the special community meeting hosted by the Northwest Glendale Homeowners Assn. on Wednesday at Brand Park. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and I strongly encourage all concerned residents to attend to find out the answers to these questions directly from Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan.

Jolene Taylor

Glendale

Close that open space and put people to work

What Mrs. Margaret Rice of La Crescenta does not understand is nobody cares about the Verdugo Hills Golf Course anymore (“Area can’t afford to lose open space,” Feb. 9).

You act like it is just a matter of time before the bulldozers move in and you guys have new apartments, a Target and a Starbucks. Then you can hang some pictures at Starbucks, of the great moments, putting on the green at Verdugo Hills golf course.

What Rice can’t accept is that nothing lasts forever. When they build on the old Verdugo golf course, it will give people jobs. The golf course should have been torn up two years ago.

Most of you people need to get a life, and quit talking about it and running up your phone bill.

Paul D. Carney

Glendale

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