Education

LAUSD board approves all-girls school funding

FILE: The Los Angeles Unified school board approved funding on Tuesday for an all-girls school scheduled to open in 2016 on the campus of Los Angeles High School.
FILE: The Los Angeles Unified school board approved funding on Tuesday for an all-girls school scheduled to open in 2016 on the campus of Los Angeles High School.
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The Los Angeles Unified school board approved $230,000 on Tuesday to convert a building on the Los Angeles High School campus into a science, technology, engineering and math academy for girls.

The school, which the board first approved in April, is scheduled to open in fall 2016 with room for 475 students. 

The academy aims to close the achievement gap between boys and girls in STEM fields. Plans call for the school to open initially with grades 6 and 9, then expand one grade level annually.

The Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) expects to graduate its first students in 2020, the district said in a news release.

“Media reports constantly bemoan the lack of females in tech-related sectors of our economy,” said board member George McKenna in the release. “Graduates of GALA will be fully prepared to enter the higher education discipline of their choice and help to expand the diversity of those represented in STEM- and other technology-related careers.” 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the district had received a waiver from the California Department of Education to operate the all-girls school. A department spokesman said a waiver was not granted.