L.A.’s education experiment

first_imgSchool that opted out of reform is perfect `control’ campus. After a heady celebration earlier this month, at least one of the seven schools that voted on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s reform plan will not participate. A second school will re-vote next month. Although a majority of parents and teachers at Watts’ Jordan High School endorsed joining the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, the number of teachers voting “yes” fell short of a union-negotiated deal since some declined to take part in the heavily politicized event. And dozens of Santee High School teachers were off-track and haven’t had a chance to vote. The news deflates the optimism of the Los Angeles Unified School District reform effort, but it’s not all bad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn fact, Jordan High may be just what the district and the reform effort need: the “before” school that they can compare to the “after” at other campuses. Every experiment needs a control population to accurately gauge results. The seven middle schools and high schools chosen for the mayor’s education reform attention were picked because of their high rate of failure. Progress at the schools working with the mayor, compared with that at schools like Jordan, will tell us whether change or the status quo is the best path. last_img

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