Venice Service Center’s Emerson Adult Learning Center in Westchester has anticipated that the recommendation for placement of additional children in the local area might result in the splitting of the Emerson Adult Learning Center into two separate locations.
School officials feel the education department, and they are referring to the outcome of the Westside Public Education meeting 26 October, might result in a recommendation that the charter school take over the Emerson campus and the Emerson students and campus be split into two locations. See meet.
Members of the Emerson Adult Learning Center, which has been on Emerson Avenue in Westchester since at least the 70′s, do not feel that placing the services and students into separate locations is conducive to the education being provided for these students.
The skills centers provide adult education that is needed within Los Angeles. “High unemployment, homelessness and incarceration should not be the only option for the 40 percent who have dropped out of LAUSD during the past two decades,” they say.
Following is a list of some of the reasons the faculty feel the school should remain where it is:
Adult school utilizes the campus from 8am – 9pm, accommodating all student schedules.
Easy public transportation access
Five major academic and career training programs are accommodated on one campus
Students can transition from reading to high school diploma to career training all on one campus.
Classrooms have been modified to implement the career training programs
We serve the economically and educationally disadvantaged populations within our area. These people need employment opportunities.
We provide academic support to hundreds of at-risk high school students each year
The following are reasons the Charter Schools should not take over the Emerson campus:
Charter school will only use the site during the day
The Charter School is only planning to use the site for three years
The elementary school that was here was moved due to the detrimental environmental and health concerns of children being so close to LAX
Charter school children have transportation provided for them
Charter schools should not take precedent over at-risk public school children and adults
Adult school site would need major renovations to accommodate children