Even as Los Angeles Unified keeps hiring more bureaucrats and fewer teachers
– and the disparity in their pay keeps widening — the massive school district
is disintegrating under an assault from the charter school movement.
On Wednesday, ICEF Public Schools, which
operates 13 charters with 3,000 students in South Los Angeles, will announce
it’s adding 22 new campuses in what it calls the “Education Corridor” – the
45-square-mile region bound by the 110, 105, 405 and 10 freeways.
It should more aptly be called the “Dropout Zone” with half the students
quitting school witihout a diploma. With Green Dot already running many schools
in the area and having taken over troubled Locke High School, the area will be getting free of LAUSD’s stifling bureaucracy, its can’t do culture and its 30-year
record of failure.
Mostly serving African-American students in one of the city’s poorest areas,
the Inner City Education Foundation boasts that all its graduates go to college,
two- or four-year.
The group’s goal is to have one in four South Los
Angeles students and 51 percent of the community’s high school students enrolled
in an ICEF school and to produce 2,000 college graduates from South L.A. who
will return to the area with educations and job skills.
“The lack of prepared youth is preventing South Los Angeles from creating a
sustainable middle class,” ICEF says.
Actually, most of L.A. suffers from the sane problem caused by LAUSD’s
inability to educate children who come from low-income families and the $19
billion invested in new and upgraded school buildings has produced only marginal
Very little of that bond money has gone to charters and only a small fraction
of the $7 billion bond issue on the November ballot will fund facilities for
charter schools although there’s no comparison to the educational outcomes being
achieved by the charters compared to LAUSD.
Better than the new bond issue would be a ballot measure breaking up the
district entirely except for a small core of administrative functions and
putting the responsibility for educating the children in the hands of charters
that empower teachers and provide strong campus