Back To School
“All Students Matter”?
The new LAUSD Superintendent pulls out all the stops in his first Opening of Schools Address. Somehow he forgot about special education.
“My charge to you, as we come back from several years that taught us the importance of education and our role as a school system, is to remember the basic hope of education — that all students matter, and the future needs them now more than ever.”
- Alberto M. Carvalho
Using the money he earned through his creation of Microsoft, Bill Gates is among those in the billionaire class that has used their fortunes to finance the attempt to destroy public schools. While his children had the advantage of a very expensive private school education, Gates has saddled the less fortunate with endless standardized tests, charter schools that are too often corrupt, and a Common Core standard that was created without the input of education professionals.
With this history, it was surprising that the LAUSD decided to celebrate next week’s opening of schools at a theater emblazoned with the “Microsoft” name. Still, that is where politicians, school district administrators, and other invited guests found themselves gathered during Monday’s Superintendent Carvalho’s Opening of Schools Address.
After a series of student performances that included a remarkable acapella version of the National Anthem by Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, the opening act was a short speech by Board President Kelly Gonez. Considering Gonez’s status as a candidate for reelection in the November election against Mavin Rodriguez, her inclusion in the program without equal time for her opponent was surprising. Had she simply welcomed everyone back from their summer break and introduced the Superintendent, the appearance could have been passed off as part of her duties as Board President. However, the over-the-top awards show-like introduction by an off-stage announcer detailing her accomplishments and the campaign-like speech made her inclusion something that the ethics department should…