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L.A. school board president to host TV show

March 24, 2011 | 10:54 am

Mg Los Angeles school board President Monica Garcia, an occasionally elusive interview subject, is turning the tables and interviewing others on a new TV show.

She has launched "Reform the L.A. Way," which can be viewed on district-operated KLCS and on YouTube.

Her first guest is retired U.S. Rep. Esteban Torres, and the interview includes a discussion of the new Eastside high school complex named after him.

According to her news release, in future shows Garcia will highlight "innovative school models developed by teachers, principals and community members" and "how important choices about school budgets, work rules and instructional approaches are being made from the bottom up, not the top down."

Must-see TV? Time will tell.

But KLCS has proved irresistible to district officials eager to tell their stories. Outgoing Supt. Ramon C. Cortines made frequent appearances.

Besides airing school board meetings and district events, KLCS offers more traditional fare, such as homework help and cartoons with educational elements.

The station has been an occasional target of the teachers union, which has suggested selling the operation to raise funds during tight budget times.

That seems unlikely as long as Garcia is determined to feature, as her release put it, "the Next Best Ideas for school reform."


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Photo: Monica Garcia in 2007. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times