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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012.
An “educational equity” policy the LAUSD school board passed seven years ago may take effect this fall. Critics say the new plan, intended to level the playing field for Latino and Black students, could actually increase their dropout rate.
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy acknowledges that the University of California won’t accept every graduate from his district, but he wants all of them to qualify for admission.
That’s why at the next board meeting he’ll propose revised graduation requirements for all students starting with the Class of 2016.
Under the new plan, every student must pass a series of courses (the A through G curriculum) required for admission to the Cal State or UC systems. The number of required credits for graduation would drop from 230 units to 180, because LAUSD would eliminate requirements for non-academic classes.
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Miramonte Elementary School's scheduled reopening this fall as a smaller campus that is off the year-round calendar is a result of L.A. Unified's decade-long building program to relieve overcrowding.
Students will head to South Region Elementary School #12 depending on where they live, said district spokeswoman Monica Carazo.
South Region Elementary is one of 20 new schools that are scheduled to open Aug. 14, Carazo said. Once these schools open, only three schools, including two elementary and one high school, will remain on the year-round calendar, Carazo said.
That is in marked contrast to the 227 schools the district had on year-round calendars during the 2002-3 school year, Carazo said.
Miramonte Elementary School
More than half of the 85 Miramonte Elementary School teachers removed from their classrooms will have to apply to teach at a new campus in the fall when the South L.A. school reopens slightly smaller and moves off its year-round calendar.
Miramonte's entire staff was removed and placed at the unopened Augustus F. Hawkins High School in February after two teachers were arrested on charges of lewd conduct with students in separate cases. As investigations come to a close, L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy said "cleared" teachers will be able to return to teaching.
But because of the district's longtime effort to transition schools off a year-round calendar, several hundred of Miramonte Elementary School's students will instead be transferred to South Region Elementary School #12 in the fall based on where they live.
DEA agents at work.
The Associated Students of UC San Diego has unanimously approved a resolution denouncing the incident in which an engineering student was forgotten by DEA agents in a cell without food, water or a toilet for five days.
The measure, which was approved Wednesday, asks the university's chancellor Marye Ann Fox to take a stance on the issue; it will be voted on by the university's six colleges this week and next, said Angad Walia, a senior at UC San Diego who helped draft the resolution. Walia is the Southern California State Chair for the student organization Young Americans for Liberty.
The news of engineering student Daniel Chong's detainment broke last week, during the university's midterm season, and took most students by surprise, Walia said.
"We wanted to get the word out this has actually happened," Walia said. "Although it has happened on our campus, a majority of the school doesn't know about it. It's important our student body in general stand up against the mistreatment of one of our students.
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Students protest education cuts in California.
The California Community Colleges governing board discussed today the possibility of a a system-wide policy change that would limit students from repeating certain courses they have been successfully completed.
The change is part of an effort to better allocate already meager state funds after years of severe budget cuts and allow more students the opportunity to take courses that will help them graduate, gain a certificate, or transfer, according to system spokesman Paul Feist.
The board will be accepting public comment for 45 days. Input can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 916-322-9030 by 5 p.m. June 15.
The Board of Governors will hear the second reading of the proposed policy and vote on it in July. If it passes it will go into effect for fall 2013.