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Answer to Gompers School Problems Evades Board
[San Diego County Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: SMOLLAR, DAVID
Date: Jul 18, 1990
Start Page: 2
Section: Metro; PART-B; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Trustee Shirley Weber debated colleague Ann Armstrong over whether the 53% drop in the number of white students choosing to be bused voluntarily to Gompers for the magnet program represents a severe blow to the district's integration program.

Franklin Orfield, retired Superior Court judge who chaired the committee, asked trustees to take the criticisms seriously, but he also praised principal Marie Thornton, who has been severely attacked by some Gompers teachers and parents for a lack of leadership and vision. "It's time to affirm complete confidence in Mrs. Thornton," Orfield said, adding his belief that the media have exaggerated Thornton's role in Gompers' problems.

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