West San Fernando Valley ANC Meets with LAUSD Board Member

CHATSWORTH–In an effort to address pertinent issues confronting students of Armenian descent in the public school system–representatives of the West San Fernando Valley ANC Chapter recently met with Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Member Jon Lauritzen at the his district office in the city of Chatsworth. Board Member Lauritzen represents Los Angeles School District 3–which encompasses the majority of the public schools located in the west San Fernando Valley and contains a significant population of Armenian speaking students. The ANC members–led by Chairman Ara Papazian–were warmly greeted by Board Member Lauritzen and his staff–Deputy Donna Smith and Parent Community Facilitator Rose Avetisyan. During the hour long meeting–the participants discussed ways of improving the way the public school system can address the needs of the Armenian student body–including educating the administration and staff about Armenian history and culture. The idea of Town Hall meetings was suggested to increase parent involvement in their children’s education process. As Chairman of the Curriculum Committee of the Los Angeles Unified School District–Board Member Lauritzen also agreed to work with the Armenian Community in creating an Armenian genocide curriculum to be taught throughout the public school system in Los Angeles. Papazian thanked Board Member Lauritzen for the opportunity and expressed readiness to working with the School District to bridge the gap between parents–students–and the public school system.

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