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CA standards have not been dramatically changed. If anything, standards on
paper are being increased, with a greater focus on so-called academic subject
areas needed for graduation and college admission. As local districts have
faced inadequate state income, program cuts have been made in a variety of
areas, with most damage to art teachers, music teachers, and all support
services (nurses, psychologists, etc). We are only now starting to rebuild,
thanks to some short-term growth in state revenues due to a better economy.
Magnet schools stem from various court cases regarding efforts to reduce
racial isolation and promote more integrated schools. They are not connected
to the overall budget picture per se, other than the fact that magnets also
have limited budgets in the current environment.
Member, Los Angeles Board of Education