The conflict between activists and LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy over the district’s reconstitution of Dorsey High School is coming to a head. Just as the final deadline to prevent a school takeover looms for Dorsey (it has until Oct. 31 to submit a school reform plan), Crenshaw High School faces a similar process.
That’s why the two South LA schools joined forces and organized a public meeting tonight to inform Crenshaw parents and students about the disctrict's effort to reform underachieving schools.
LA Unified can reconstitute a school when it fails to meet state-mandated educational benchmarks under the federal No Child Left Behind act. That means the district can lay off the entire staff at a school and make everyone re-apply for their jobs. Those who are re-hired must sign contracts that includes provisions based on student performance on standardized tests.
Critics of this approach to overhaul argue that reconstitution can eliminate successful programs and break the bonds between schools, families and the surrounding neighborhoods.
LA Unified school board District 1 member Margueritte LaMotte is expected to speak at the event; so is a representative from Congresswoman Maxine Water’s office.
Tonight’s meeting is from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the African-American Cultural Center (3018 W. 48th Street, Los Angeles 90043)
Follow me on Twitter as I live Tweet from the rally @vanromo