Education

LAUSD agrees to improvements for English learners after probe

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces the results of a federal survey of the L.A. school system as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali look on.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces the results of a federal survey of the L.A. school system as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali look on.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to improve instruction to the district's 220,000 English learners and to ensure there are equitable resources in schools with largely black populations.

The Education Department announced the agreement Tuesday. It's the result of a review initiated in March 2010 by the department's civil rights office.

The changes include a new master plan that includes stronger evaluation and monitoring for English learners.

The agreement compels schools to offer struggling English learners, including special education students, the help they need to keep from falling behind their classmates. L.A. Unified must also tell the federal Department of Education what it’s doing to help students who fail to transition out of English learner classes into all-English courses.

The agreement also includes a plan that would increase classroom and library resources to schools with large African-American populations.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined L.A. Unified officials and L.A.’s mayor for the announcement at school district headquarters.