Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Where was the governor? …the “education mayor?” …the superintendent of LAUSD?

letter to the editor of the LA Times Re "2 L.A. schools show their smarts," April 28 | http://lat.ms/158dOO8

L.A. schools 1-2 in Academic Decathlon

Senior Hamidah Mahmud, a member of Granada Hills Charter High School's national champion Academic Decathlon team, shows off her medals after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. El Camino Real Charter High finished second in the rigorous two-day competition in Minneapolis. It was Granada Hills' third straight national title. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times / April 27, 2013)

April 30, 2013  ::  Wow! Teams from two high schools in Los Angeles placed first and second in the national Academic Decathlon competition. For the third year in a row, Granada Hills Charter High School took the top prize. What an incredible accomplishment.

Was the governor at Los Angeles International Airport to greet the teams as they arrived home? Was the mayor of Los Angeles there? Will there be a big parade to honor their accomplishment?

What does this say about our support for academic achievement versus athletic achievement?

Mary Lou Hughes

Huntington Beach

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