The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put up almost eight million dollars today to create ten charter schools to replace Locke High. Mayor Villaraigosa won’t be directly involved and when he showed up at the announcement, was swamped with questions about his personal life.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Green Dot Charter schools 7.8 million dollars to divide Locke High, with it's three-thousand students, into ten separate institutions. Mayor Villaraigosa will have no direct involvement in the new schools. He’s not even mentioned in the press release from Green Dot and the Foundation. But he showed up for the announcement—his first public appearance in the week since he confirmed his love affair with Telemundo’s Mirthala Salinas. He tried to talk to about education, but reporters only wanted to know about his personal life.
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)
Steve Barr, Future Is Now Schools (@SteveBarrLA)
Bruce Smith, Teacher at Locke High School
Perry Crouch, Consultant for the Watts Gang Task Force