The Downside of Superstar Schools

Monday, March 25, 2013

You could say that Carpenter Elementary in Studio City owes its survival to students from other neighborhoods.

A generation ago, their presence kept the campus from being shut down, after local families fled to private schools to avoid Los Angeles Unified's mandatory busing program. By the time busing ended in 1981, fewer than 50 of Carpenter's 450 students were children from the neighborhood.

Former Principal Joan Marks spent years going door-to-door, luring locals back with the promise of a school they could be proud of.

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