Thursday, January 23, 2014

Perceived reality


The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is located here in Downey. It is located in several buildings once owned by Rockwell and Boeing, who even left several satellite dishes. One is about 20 feet across.

LACOE serves the citizens of Los Angeles County by helping the public school districts follow the educational laws of California. Another function it fulfills is to distribute federal funds for Head Start programs. The responsibility of dispersing these funds carries with it the responsibility of making sure that the funds are being used in the best interest of the children.

There are multiple organizations that LACOE funds with the Head Start monies. It tracks the progress of each of these organizations for adherence to federal standards. When an organization falls below the federal standards, LACOE assists them to improve their processes. If they do not improve within three years, they are released from the program and another organization is found to replace them. The children will probably never know there was a change unless they get a new teacher.

This group outside of LACOE's main building is protesting LACOE's decision to cancel the organization's funding. The organization got the parents and children to protest based on the assumption that the Head Start program their children were involved in was being cancelled. But only the provider of Head Start programs was being changed. Not the program itself. And it should improve.

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