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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

CCUSD Ranks in Bottom 12% of California School Districts


March 14, 2019

It’s a major disappointment to me and others that our Culver City Unified School District is ranked 831 out of 940 school districts in the State of California. Could it be that another parcel tax is on the way? You are darn tootin. I believe those on the Culver City School Board are very nice, but are over their head in financial soundness. So I am recommending Saundra Davis -- who has all the credentials -- to hit the road running. If you remember, she served eight years and has more honors and awards than an army of educators. I hope she runs.

Local media reported that our junior Senator Kamala Harris was accused by employees in the California Department of Justice who claimed they were sexually harassed or were retaliated against. California paid $1.1 million to settle those claims between 2011 and 2017.

What is wrong with the City of Los Angeles spending time and resources to pass and promote the “straws on request” law, which goes into effect on larger businesses on Earth Day, April 22, and every place else in October. Just remember: only if you ask you will get a straw.

All you fly boys who fought in the Korean War keep Saturday June 16, open as there will be a celebration in Lancaster with all branches participating at the US Air Force Flight Test Museum. Also attending will be members of the Veteran’s alliance and the Patriot Guard.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian said recently, “In California it costs more to pay for child care and early education than it costs to send a student to the California State university system.”

I can hardly wait – Southwest Airlines will soon fly from four California cities to Hawaii. No, not Los Angles at this time, but you can be scheduled for take-off from San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento.

Can you believe flight MH370 carrying 239 people became the world’s greatest aviation mystery when it vanished on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014? Yes, it was five years ago and we still have no idea what happened.

I just finished reading an article stating that, “undetected fractures linked to back pain in older men.” In a new study, 3 in 5 older men with tiny spinal fractures related to osteoporosis reported new or worsening back pain. Only about one quarter of new vertebral fractures is diagnosed by a doctor, the study team writes in Journal of Bones and Mineral Research.

Can I please hear every one sing “Happy Birthday” for Oliver Hardy? He was born on January 18, 1892 in Harlem, Georgia. Whenever we are close by, we stop at the museum and yes, they know about Culver City.

For those who missed an article, all my commentaries can be found at; strolling down the page and underneath Opinion look for Rubenstein.


Reader Comments(2)

Michk writes:

Please cite your source for the statistics in your headline. Your endorsement falls short because of it.

Kathy writes:

Please identify the entity, group or institution that did the school district ranking you headline in your column. What was being evaluated? Just seems odd, since on many measures our schools usually rank pretty well on a variety of measures or at least much closer to the top than the bottom. (See Best Schools, USNews and World Report, etc.)


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