I just want to set the record straight about the event that happened with one of our students yesterday.
By Mikala Rahn
I appreciate that Pasadena Now changed the story originally released to match the actual facts instead of what was reported by the police. But here is how the story should have been written…..
Learning Works Charter School for the past 15 years has served high school dropout outs that are beyond at-risk, they are high risk—teen moms, probation youth, drug addicted, and homeless. We have graduated 1134 students who never would have graduated without us. We have helped bring the district dropout rate from 24.6% to under 10%. We are partners with the school district providing a safe haven for students expelled from the PUSD to try to turn around their choices and return them to PUSD.
What really happened
That said, we are a community gem and every district should have a Learning Works. Yesterday my staff proved that. One of our beloved students, a 15-year-old foster youth, off campus, drank way too much and ended up with alcohol poisoning. No student ever returns to school after drinking too much. This student could have ended up in the bushes and died. But no, he returns to school to the staff that he trusts because of their unconditional love for him. This awesome staff call 911 and saved his life.
I am more than a bit disappointed in the Pasadena Police Department’s report to news with inaccuracies in the story and limited respect for our years of working together in the community. The turnover on the police department has been huge, so I will go back to building relationships, and helping with an understanding of what community policing and partnering looks like. We are partners with the police and with the past four police chiefs. We are helping from a different angle with police and probation to help make our community safe and make sure all young people thrive.
Mikala L. Rahn is CEO and Founder of Learning Works Charter School.
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