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ERIC Number: EJ780914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
The Los Angeles Riots Revisited: The Changing Face of the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Challenge for Educators
Davis, Donna M.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v42 n3 p213-229 Oct 2007
This article provides a brief history of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), including an analysis of the demographic shifts and the tensions between the African American and Korean American communities at the time of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. The article includes my own experiences teaching high school English during the uprising, and relies on some of the ideas of Critical Race Theory to stress the need for educators to hold uncomfortable discussions about race and racism in educational settings. The article further includes an examination of issues and concerns that faced the district in the years leading up to the King verdict (racial isolation, poor academic achievement in some schools, teacher frustration, and, an ultimate strike in 1989, gang violence), and provides a snapshot of current achievement levels for children in LAUSD. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California