Skip to comments.Federal agency to investigate L.A. schools
Posted on 03/12/2010 6:29:49 AM PST by reaganaut1
The federal government has singled out the Los Angeles Unified School District for its first major investigation under a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights, officials said Tuesday.
The focus of the probe, by an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will be whether the nation's second-largest district provides adequate services to students learning English.
Officials turned their attention to L.A. Unified because so many English learners fare poorly and because they make up about a third of district enrollment, more than 220,000 students.
"This is about helping kids receive a good education, the education they deserve," said Russlynn Ali, the department's assistant secretary for civil rights. She plans to announce the inquiry at a news conference Wednesday.
L.A. school officials said they welcomed the federal examination.
The probe would provide an outside evaluation to help the district identify and expand successful programs, said Supt. Ramon C. Cortines. "And if there are egregious areas of misconduct by the district, I will move on it immediately."
Federal analysts will review how English learners are identified and when they are judged fluent enough to handle regular course work. They'll examine whether English learners have qualified, appropriately trained teachers. And they'll look at how teachers make math and science understandable for students with limited English.
The ultimate goal of federal officials is to exert pressure on L.A. Unified and other school districts to close the achievement gap that separates white, Asian and higher-income students from low-income, black and Latino students.
Federal authorities aren't accusing L.A. Unified of intentional discrimination, but the civil rights office seeks to uncover policies and practices that result in a "disparate outcome." Enforcement options include withholding federal money; more than 23% of the district's $7.16 billion operating budget comes from the federal government.
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How about investigating why 25% of food stamps etc are going to illegals?
GET RID of the “F”-ing ILLEGALS and the problems goes away!
Did you see how many counties in CA have unemployment over 20%? It was six.
California: 12 percent of the US population; 30 percent of its welfare recipients. Instead of investigating the school district, they should be ENFORCING OUR DAMN BORDERS.
“This is about helping kids receive a good education, the education they deserve,” said Russlynn Ali, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights.
Not if they are here illegally. what they, and their parents, “deserve” is a free ride back across the border.
“Officials turned their attention to L.A. Unified because so many English learners fare poorly and because they make up about a third of district enrollment, more than 220,000 potential Mexican Dhimmie voters.”
For the umpteenth time — if a student doesn’t learn, it’s because he/she doesn’t want to learn. It is not a civil rights issue.
Agreed. The Steve Sailor blog nails this socialist evaluation to the wall, guts and skins it, and fries the entrails. Sadly, the carcass remains and stinks to high heaven.
So it has nothing to do with helping students, only making the system look good. Just start giving better grades to the black, Latino, and low income students and the problem is solved.
So why do students / minority of Asian descent do just fine in the system?