ERIC Number: EJ770241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-18
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Los Angeles District Faces Mounting Pressure over High Schools
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v26 n43 p1, 18 Jul 2007
After nearly eight months on the job, Superintendent David L. Brewer III has rolled out his strategy for improving student achievement in the 708,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Three new, reform-minded members also have been sworn in on the school board. But so far, the momentum for improving high schools in the nation's second-largest district has been coming from outsiders, centering largely on the fate of one troubled campus--Locke Senior High School in Watts. Los Angeles has been slower to embrace the district-led initiatives that have shown promise at the secondary school level in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, observers say. When there has been dramatic change--such as the adoption two years ago of a requirement that all LAUSD high school students take a college-preparatory curriculum--the pressure has come from the outside. Lack of stability in governance is cited as the reason for LAUSD officials' past inability to initiate reforms. With his new plan, Brewer believes that LAUSD itself can now become the driving force for improvement in middle and high schools.
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Improvement, Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, Governance, School Districts, Public Schools, Educational Change, Secondary School Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California