Hey, parents of children attending the L.A. Unified School District, school system officials say they want to know your opinion. Really, they do! The district has launched an online survey directed at the approximately 170,000 parents who have registered their email accounts with the LAUSD. Among its questions, the survey asks parents how much homework should count towards students grades and whether the district should raise a passing grade for core academic classes from a “D” to a “C.”

The district says responses will be kept anonymous and will be used to help craft and guide academic policies. You can get more information about the survey at the LAUSD website. What do you think: What is the one thing you would change about the LAUSD?

Here’s what some readers are saying over on our Which Way, L.A.? Facebook page. Tell us what you’d change in LA schools.

Gared Williams: Smaller class sizes. Less emphasis on standardized testing– more emphasis on cultivating students’ critical thinking skills.

Scott Mandell: I would like the current Rube Goldberg process of magnets and charters, points and favors system abolished. I would like to see the district disbanded. New smaller more nimble responsive districts formed. I would like to see the teachers union consider the education of children in their contract negotiations. I would like to institute merit pay. I would like it if bad teachers were fired, not just teachers convicted of felonies. And I would like a voucher system so California (especially LAUSD) Public K-12 Education are no longer the educators of last resort. And lastly, I would like PARENTS to get involved with THEIR child’s education. School is not free babysitting.

Adriana Zuniga: The district is too large to understand what each school needs. People who work at the district (out-of-the-classroom personnel) seem very out of touch with what happens at schools and what is needed at schools. When was the last time a board member had a school lunch? Everything that matters to students is not genuinely addressed by the district.


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  • Harry

    Right off the bat, I would eliminate the State mandated testing and let the teachers get creative again.

  • Peter Kuyp

    Amputating Arts Education?

    That says it all.

  • Gabrielle

    I worked as a substitute teacher in LAUSD for 10 years, and the differences between the schools was hard to swallow (and believe). One school I taught in had no paper, no pencils, and virtually no books; while one of the nicest I was in had everything you could ask for, including beautiful flowering gardens outside the classrooms. Most of all LAUSD needs to fix these differences. Just because a child goes to school in South Central or another low-income area, shouldn't mean that children don't have colorful, clean, inviting places to learn, with the tools they need to learn. Every LAUSD school and classroom should look like Kenter Canyon school. Period. And then should come teacher evaluations, because a lazy, bored teacher is as unconducive to learning as a lazy and boring atmosphere, and believe me I saw many in my 10 years.

  • Ron Lehmer

    When my kids were in LAUSD, what frustrated me was that the district spent years cultivating a parent-teacher relationship in elementary school and that they totally threw away when you get to middle school. Then the school becomes an armed camp and you can't communicate with the teachers – nor were they interested in communicating with you.

  • Gavin Glynn

    What I do not understand is how does a school fall below basic level and yet is still approved by WASC. Shouldn't WASC bear some responsibility here? If they say the school system's serves the community and it fails the community too why should they have a say so who gets a diploma and who does not?