Oh my, where to begin with this recent NBC Los Angeles “expose” on LA Unified allowing campuses to be used for film and television shoots.
There are two angles to this story, the first is the accusation that production crews are disrupting learning and causing problems on campuses, leading NBC to conclude that the district is “lacking oversight” and has “little accountability” regarding the productions. The second is the “raunchy content” of some of the productions and the suggestion that students were exposed to it during filming. (See the full segment attached at the bottom of the story.)
NBC says it has obtained emails and documents that show schools can’t keep track of all of the production crews, which are causing “thousands of dollars of damage” and “major problems” that disrupt learning.
How many emails and how many documents? The report doesn’t say. With a district that has over 1,000 schools and has likely hosted dozens if not hundreds of film and TV shoots in recent years, how many emails constitute a “major” problem? This is not made clear, either. In fact, how many productions has the district allowed on its campuses? Right, not clear.
If the district has in fact collected $10 million dollars over the last five years from the productions, as the report says, doesn’t that more than cover the cost of the “thousands of dollars of damage” these productions have caused?
Something else: Why is Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, being interviewed in this story? How many rungs down the ladder of relevance is he in relation to this issue? Even if you buy into all the other criticism in the piece, the district is deriving a big profit from the productions. Isn’t that a wise use of the taxpayer-funded campuses?