Playa Vista parents are clearly doing something antithetical to the pop wisdom du jour on educational reform: they are working WITH the school district to make a neighborhood public school work well. The PV parents group has been unprecedented in LA in their passionate support and vigilant collaboration with LAUSD to improve on the dismissive expectations of Angelenos to what is possible "within the system". Instead of conceding to cynicism and shuttling their kids off to private schools or tossing the dice with a charter, they have stood their ground and demanded what used to be a considered a right in the US...a solid public education. In the end, the PV parents expressed their concerns about WISH's unspoken intent to become a de facto fixture at PV Elementary and thus threatening attrition of local PV kids in the future to the LAUSD (as was their right as tax payers) and an independent decision was made based on the complex conflicts between statutory requirements and the needs of all the students involved. The sad result of this incident was that two well-meaning groups promoting public education became polarized against each other while the shared concern about dwindling support on the Federal, State and City level for universal education remained unaddressed.
As for Ms. Goldstein and ultimately these journalists' ad hominem aspersion that Playa Vista parents are racist or at least bias against "special needs" students, this comes as a surprise to those of us who live in this culturally, racially, economically and yes, physically diverse community in PV. If these aspiring journalists had actually met with the members of the PV parents group, they would have been sitting across from a refreshingly diverse group of people. Playing upon racial sympathies is a pathetic argument and I hope does not reflect the intellectual rigor of what is otherwise a highly reputable charter program at WISH. Despite your myopic bias and appeal to pity, Ms. Goldstein, Ms. Rothman and Ms. Stewart, all children are special.