"Little English language skills" [LINK]
From a letter by Maralyn Soifer to the Los Angeles Times:
I was "highly qualified" 12 years ago when I worked for Curtis, and I have become even more qualified in past years, having recently received my second master's degree; however, my students do poorly on standardized tests. They come to school with empty stomachs, untreated illness, poor dental care and with little English language skills. Most have never been to a museum or an art gallery, except on school field trips, and they own few books or newspapers. These are not issues that private school teachers usually encounter.To be fair, the editor is to blame.
I have often said that if LAUSD wanted to raise test scores in the inner city, all it had to do was switch populations with a high achieving school...