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Guest Editorial: Los Alamitos Unified School District declining enrollment

Last year, I wrote an editorial about my concerns that the dysfunction on the Los Alamitos Unified School District (LAUSD) board of education and their agenda with ethnic studies, social justice standards, and socially inclusive instruction that many believe include critical race theory (CRT) could lead to reputational damage, declining enrollment, and ultimately hurt our property values. I was ridiculed by a vocal minority, angered that I dared to criticize our own school district. They shouted the false claim that there is no CRT in the ethnic studies curriculum, despite evidence to the contrary.

I take no pleasure in reporting that many of my predictions are coming true. LAUSD is seeing dramatic declining enrollment, as are almost all of the 28 Orange County independent school districts. Residents used to take great pride in LAUSD. While many districts were struggling, we maintained and grew enrollment which allowed us to reduce our dependence on interdistrict transfer students, particularly in Rossmoor.

A growing concern is that Long Beach school districts are considering no longer allowing students to transfer out of the Long Beach system as their enrollment has declined for the seventh year in a row. This could put further pressure on LAUSD because a significant percentage of Long Beach transfers come to Los Alamitos. Meanwhile enrollment in homeschooling and charter schools are increasing as more parents pull their children out of traditional public schools like Los Alamitos. Orange County Classical Academy, in Orange, entering only its third year has over 1,000 children on its waiting list as do many other Orange County charter schools.

The solution to this problem is simple. LAUSD must be more responsive to the parents who have had enough with political correctness and want the school board to get back to the basics of a solid academic education without indoctrination. This can only be accomplished with new school board leadership.

This November the citizens of Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and Seal Beach will have an opportunity to put new leadership on the Los Alamitos Unified School District board of education. If you are happy with the status quo, then re-elect those school board members that have gotten us into this mess. Otherwise, choose the kids over special interests and progressive politics and elect new members to the Los Alamitos Unified School District board of education.

This guest editorial was written by Jeffrey I. Barke, MD..

9 Comments

  1. Enrollments are down because people took Dr. Barke’s advice from his July 2021 editorial, “Sell While You Can Get Top Dollar” sold their homes and moved themselves and children elsewhere. Families cannot afford the housing prices in the area so there are more childless households. Good work insulting our community. This is another ploy to denigrate our public schools and steer prospective students to charter schools, which the author just happens to own/operate.

  2. You attribute LAUSD’s decline to the “board of education and their agenda with ethnic studies, social justice standards, and socially inclusive instruction that many believe include critical race theory (CRT).” Yet you show no causal link and you state that “almost all of the 28 Orange County independent school districts” are “seeing dramatic declining enrollment.” Logic says that if enrollment is declining in all school districts in one area the cause is likely similar for all districts. Unless you can show some proof the cause likely isn’t your pet boogeyman.

  3. Very much to the point, Dr Barke. I am a member of the Savanna Elementary School District (Stanton and Cypress). You have spoken about the situation as it stands. Our District administration has deprived the community and employees of its interests.

  4. Great letter Dr. Barke. I assume the Marxists won’t like it, but those of us who believe in freedom and the U.S. Constitution will appreciate all your key points. In 2022, we need to remove Marxists from school boards and city councils. Keep up the fantastic work!

  5. Thank you Dr. Barke for your strength and leadership.

  6. Wow.

    This is hateful even for this publication.

    1. what exactly is hateful about the article?

      1. Whenever you disagree with a Democrat, that automatically means you are hateful. Notice that JS did not share WHAT was hateful. The midterm elections can’t get here fast enough to send a message to Democrats that the American people aren’t interested in becoming Marxists!

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