Few details in Romer’s plan for high schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals He had suggested focusing first on two or three academically low-performing high schools and working to improve them. “It seems like the clock is ticking, and there ought to be some concrete deliverables defined at the next committee meeting.” But Romer said the point of the meeting was never to deliver specifics. In fact, he said he deliberately withheld specifics because a broader discussion is needed on the topic. “We want to include other people – the teachers union, parents and some teachers – before we talk about specifics,” Romer said. “Today was not intended to be a new plan but further discussion of what we already have. It was an update on where we’re going.” Board member Jon Lauritzen said he was disappointed with the lack of detail. Superintendent Roy Romer rolled out his plan Tuesday to convert the Los Angeles district’s 53 high schools into so-called small learning communities, but school board members complained it lacked the specifics they had demanded months ago. Romer estimated it would cost $45 million a year to create a more personalized learning environment for the 150,000 high school students in the district. But he failed to include the spending plan, deadlines and staffing projections specified by the Los Angeles Unified School District board. He did not identify any source for the $45 million, saying it would be addressed in future discussions. “I don’t think there was a plan there. I think it was unfocused, panning for gold at best, and I don’t know if we found any nuggets,” board member David Tokofsky said after the meeting of the committee on small learning communities. “I’m disappointed that it’s not moving ahead with more concrete components. The problem is we don’t want to move too fast because we lose some of the thoughtfulness of it,” he said. There is no deadline for all schools to convert to the smaller learning environments. Grossly overcrowded Jefferson and Jordan high schools – with more than 3,000 students per campus – will be the first to close down and reopen by the fall of 2006 with several smaller learning communities at each site. Teachers union president A.J. Duffy agreed a slowdown is needed in the process. “Unless we slow down and do this one step at a time, we may be doing the whole district a disservice,” said Duffy, who supports smaller learning communities. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] LAUSD AT A GLANCE Annual budget: $5.7 billion Students: K-12: 746,610 Adult: 147,352 Total: 893,962 Racial breakdown percentage: Hispanic: 72.8 African-American: 11.6 Anglo: 9.0 Asian-Pacific Islander: 4.1 Other: 2.5 Number/type of schools: Elementary: 434 Middle: 78 High schools: 56 Other: 259 (magnets, charter, special education, continuation) Total: 827 Staff: Teachers: 41,918 Classified: 33,725 Total: 75,643 SOURCE: LAUSD 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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