Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shifting gears: Amigos de Stoner Avenue Elementary

    Based on many of the anonymous emails and comments I received over the past year, it seems that many in the CWC community believed that the local community was upset by CWC's philosophy. In reality, the main problem with CWC last year was its location.

    The main reason the community wanted CWC off of Stoner campus was that if CWC stayed it would have limited the resources available to our our children and our school, but now that there is no co-location at Stoner, it's time to shift gears and focus on continuing to build Stoner up and to highlight the good that our local school does for Del Rey community.
     As such, I am extremely proud to announce the formation of the booster club: Friends of Stoner Avenue Elementary School/ Amigos de Stoner Avenue Elementary School.

     Yesterday,  Amigos de Stoner released its first newsletter. You can read it here:
   The first newsletter contains stories on:
1. Spanish Language maintenance program for 2015/16
2. Stoner named REWARDS school
3. new music program shines at winter recital
4. Free pre-K morning & afternoon.

   In other news, tonight in the Stoner auditorium at 5:30 PM, there will be a meeting about the Spanish language maintenance program that will be starting in 2015/16. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

   I am very excited about everything that is happening at Stoner and look forwards to working with the Amigso/Friends to help make Stoner ES the best school for our community.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Latest news: book,CWC public records request, LAPD follow up to stolen CWC signs

Happy New Year 2015! I can't believe it been almost a full year since I started this blog. I would never have imagined the adventure that was 2014.

    I haven't been checking in on this blog regularly any more, but I see people still are  and there were big spikes in views around Christmas and New Years. I guess people were checking in since I had promised the book for Christmas.
   Unfortunately, it seems like you all were very naughty citizens in 2014 and so no Christmas book for you...

    As for the book, it's coming along. I was planning on self publishing, but I thought I'd pitch the book to publishers and see if anyone bites. Who knows, an academic press might be interested in the book since the book is basically a case study in school co-location and covers topics ranging from law, education, public policy and segregation.

    One of the last loose ends I would like to tie up is to review the CWC documents relating to the hosing of the naked student. Not surprisingly, Citizens of the World has not been forthcoming with the documents. I don't want to have to sue for the documents, but it is looking like that may be the only way CWC will comply with the law and release the documents. The case would be titled "Me vs Citizens of the World." It has a nice ring to it.

    Finally, in other news, last Friday, I received a phone call from an LAPD investigator following up to the report of the incident of the CWC Mar Vista family stealing lawn signs. As a law librarian, I am well aware that the wheels of justice move slowly and 6 months is not a long time in terms of justice, but it is good to see that the dangerous conditions and criminal activity that the Citizens of the World Mar Vista community brought to our neighborhood are being taken seriously.

After last year, I can't even imagine what kind of adventures 2015 will bring.