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Los Angeles County, CA March 5, 2002 Election
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By Wendy Greuel

Candidate for Councilmember; City of Los Angeles; District 2

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Nothing is more critical to the economic future and quality of life in our Valley than improving the public education system. Our current challenges are daunting. 51% of kids entering high school in the LAUSD never graduate. Over 70% of LAUSD kids qualify for subsidized meals at school. The LAUSD has a $9 billion budget, but can't afford to clean restrooms and ensure that every child has textbooks. In spite of our many challenges, we have so much potential:

As your councilmember I will:

  • Expand the LA's BEST program to provide city-supported afterschool programs that are safe and supervised for children and teenagers. I will lead the fight to find funding for this expansion

  • Spearhead efforts to find sites for new schools, fight for changes to the state approval process for siting schools, and expedite construction to relieve our overcrowded campuses

  • Ensure that new school designs incorporate more green space for kids to play and keep campuses cool, and work to increase green space at existing schools

  • Ensure that the LAUSD does its part to protect our environment by purchasing clean fuel buses to transport kids to and from school.

  • Expand library programs to improve reading levels for all students

  • Increase campus-based management and local control, with parent and teacher participation in making decisions about resources and curriculum

  • Lead an effort to build partnerships with LA businesses, parents and community groups to increase "Adopt-a-School" programs, and to increase community participation in the school system as mentors, consultants and volunteers

  • Make school safety a number one priority by working with the LAPD to develop neighborhood school security plans, assign non-uniformed security to campuses when necessary, and demand a zero tolerance policy for violence, abusive behavior or bullying

  • Expand investment by LA businesses in developing the workforce of tomorrow, apprenticeship and intern programs.

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