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POV: Public Education in Los Angeles

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FOX 11 Vice President and General Manager Kevin Hale shares a point of view on the state of public education in Los Angeles.

You can watch the full video of the editorial in the media player... and share your comments on the topic below the editorial transcript.

Full Editorial Text:

Some have called education reform the civil rights movement of our time. Here at FOX 11, we know the importance of public school education and the impact it has on our community and our country.

A quality education should be available to every student.

This past weekend, I went to see the new documentary, "Waiting for Superman." The film is excellent, and I urge you to go see it.

It might make you angry... it might make you sad... but hopefully it will light a spark within you, igniting a desire to get involved and to help find solutions to the public education crisis in Los Angeles.

The film declares there's a war going on between those who want change in our public schools and those who are stuck in the status quo.

There's little argument our education system is broken. The question is: Do we have the will to do anything about it and are we ready to listen to some new ideas?

Director Davis Guggenheim, who also brought us "An Inconvenient Truth", reminds us of this incovenient truth: In developed countries, America's education system ranks 25th in science and 21st in math. He's saying we can do better and that we need to start now.

Hopefully the fervor with which he attacks his subject will be felt long after the final bell has rung. As Los Angeles welcomes a new superintendent in coming months, I think we'd all like to see this passion ultimately inspire some real change in our schools.

We are going to continue to vigorously report on public education. We hope to shine a light on what we believe are some of the problems facing our schools... our teachers... and our students... while also offering solutions because every child deserves a great education.

What do you think? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.

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