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Los Angeles County Office of Education hires veteran educator as superintendent

Arturo Delgado will take over the 27,000-student district that educates young offenders in juvenile halls as well as students in specialized schools. He is now superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2011 — When veteran educator Arturo Delgado takes over as the superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education next month, he will face a formidable challenge: charting a new course for an unheralded but powerful agency that has been hammered by budget cuts and faulted for failing to adequately educate the troubled and incarcerated youth it serves.

Delgado was chosen for the post by the county Board of Supervisors last week after a closed-door meeting. He was one of five finalists for the position that was vacated last August when Darline P. Robles retired amid controversies over the safety and academic progress of students in detention facilities.

In November, the county settled a federal class-action lawsuit that calls for sweeping reforms at one of the largest facilities, Camp Challenger in Lancaster.

The agency controls a $700-million state-funded budget, offers support services — and must approve budgets — for 80 kindergarten-through-12th-grade school districts and provides classroom instruction annually for 27,000 students, including young offenders in juvenile halls and probation camps and students in the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and other specialized schools.

“I think I bring to the county the ability to build relationships and I hope to extend my hand to organizations and talk to them and hear what they have to say,” Delgado, 59, said in an interview. “It’s going to be challenging. Decisions have to be made, and I hope to make the kind of budget cuts that stay away from kids. Our priorities have to respect our mission statement of providing the best education we can.”

Supervisors said they were impressed by Delgado’s energetic management style during his 12 years as superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, his embrace of innovative ideas and his willingness to engage teachers and other stakeholders while holding all accountable.

“The main priority is to get education programs in juvenile halls and probation camps at the level they deserve to be,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “We’re counting on Dr. Delgado to bring that hands-on commitment he expressed in his interview, his written materials and his experiences to bear, because these kids are not getting a quality education.”

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said Delgado plans to examine successful detention programs in Houston, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere to find solutions to Los Angeles County’s failings.

“He showed an aptitude about probation and a willingness to take a risk,” Ridley-Thomas said. “We need to have someone go in there and take the bull by the horns.”

Full LA Times Article from June 13, 2011, here.

“Morning Joe” Broadcasts from Crenshaw High School

How do schools in the Second District help encourage learning, promote excellence, build a strong learning community, and ultimately promote jobs?  Crenshaw High School is undergoing a process of empowerment and transformation at a local community level serving as an example for schools and communities across the nation.

 

The L.A. Urban League’s Blair Taylor discusses the Neighborhoods@Work program, which helps address issues in urban communities as they pertain to Crenshaw High School and the Crenshaw/LAX Line job creation.

 

 

 

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Invites You to a Community Meeting: The Future of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Where: Victoria Community Regional Park 419 E 192nd St, Carson, CA 90746
Date: June 22, 2011
Time: 5:30pm–7:30pm
Join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for a community meeting to learn about the County’s master planning efforts on the campus of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Provide your thoughts on topics including what uses might be added to the site to promote health and wellness, ease of access and parking, and how these various uses can further promote job creation, neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Your feedback is critical to developing a plan that meets the needs of our community. The meeting will also include an update on current campus projects.
Phone: 626.300.2363
Email: cnash@dpw.lacounty.gov
Price: FREE

Butterflies and Giant Moths Are Fluttering At The Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion

The Butterfly Pavilion is celebrating its 13th year at the Natural History Museum. This seasonal exhibit allows visitors to immerse themselves in hundreds of free-flying butteries and moths on the Museum’s South Lawn.

This year guests will be exposed to more than 55 species of bright, majestic butterflies including the yellow and black giant swallowtails, multi-colored painted ladies, and the state butterfly the California dogface.

Come to the Natural History Museum to learn about the migration, lifecycle, defense mechanisms, and plant interactions of the Pavilions’ winged inhabitants before the Butterfly Pavilion ends September 5.

The Natural History Museum serves nearly one million families and visitors each year. Since opening its doors in 1913, the Museum has been dedicated to research, education, and exhibitions. The annual Butterfly Pavilion Exhibit is no exception to the Musuems quest of exploring the curiosity of natural and cultural history for people of all ages.

Empowerment Congress Leadership Retreat

The Empowerment Congress Leadership Retreat inspired over 50 members of the Second Supervisorial District to Educate, Empower, and Engage in leadership in preparation for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Empowerment Congress.

 

Founded in 1992 by then Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Empowerment Congress is a dynamic partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community leaders.

 

The Empowerment Congress served as a model and precursor to the City of Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Councils. It is now serving over 2.5  Million residents in the Los Angeles County 2nd Supervisorial District.

 

The Empowerment Congress is an ongoing effort in participatory government, founded on the principle that elected officials are most effective when the constituents they serve are actively involved in the  decision-making  process. After nearly two decades since inception, the Empowerment Congress has now expanded its programs and mission of civic engagement and community empowerment to the Los Angeles County Second District, which includes nine cities (Los Angeles, Carson, Compton, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, and Lynwood) and many neighborhoods of unincorporated areas: Athens, Baldwin Hills, Del Aire, East Compton, El Camino Village, Firestone, Florence, Graham, Ladera Heights, Lennox, Marina del Rey, Rancho Dominguez, View Park, West Carson, West Compton, West Rancho Dominguez, Westmont, Willowbrook, Windsor Hills, Wiseburn.

 

The Empowerment Congress is comprised of nominated and appointed members organized to engage their peers in efforts to improve their communities and directly impact policies and decisions that impact the lives of all residents in the 2nd Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County.

 

  • Serving the communities in Los Angeles covering the Los Angeles County Second Supervisorial District, the Empowerment Congress is here to empower and engage all members of our diverse communities to ensure our collective voice is heard by:
  • Encouraging and enlisting the full participation of our community to improve our quality of life
  • Educating and informing our community on how government works
  • Developing strategies that shape policy and legislation
  • Connecting our community with public resources

 

Planning for the 20th Anniversary Celebration is now underway.  Want to be more involved? Join the Empowerment Congress or renew your membership please call (213) 346-3246. Register for the Empowerment Congress here!