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So Many School Choices, and No Menu



    In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, the Visual and Performing Arts High School is seen in Los Angeles. Next month's opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    School districts are providing more choices for parents and children, including special-themed schools and all manner of charter schools. But what are good all those choices if there's no easy way for parents to find out about them?

    That seems to be the problem in the state's largest school district, Los Angeles Unifieid, according to this story by Howard Blume in the LA Times. In particular, a new high school for the arts is taking applications, but the school's existence is missing from a key school district brochure and the application process isn't even explained on the web site.

    LA Unified, like so many school districts in California, is offering what would be a rich menu of choices--if there were menus.