Tuesday, May 10, 2011

L.A. schools: L.A. Unified plans major staff shakeup at Huntington Park High - latimes.com

L.A. schools: L.A. Unified plans major staff shakeup at Huntington Park High - latimes.com

Top Los Angeles school officials vowed to move quickly to bring sweeping change to the nation's second-largest school system, and, starting this week, Huntington Park High School is expected to become the laboratory for just how fast things can go.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education is expected to approve a plan to replace at least half the school's staff by July — in about six weeks — the start of school for the year-round campus.

The move arises primarily out of the frustration felt by school board member Yolie Flores over the pace of progress at her alma mater, located in an area she represents. But it's also a signal from freshly installed Supt. John Deasy, who promised that he would move swiftly upon taking the helm of the Los Angeles Unified School District in mid-April.

In all, officials are requiring faculty to reinterview for jobs at five low-performing schools. The other schools are Clay and Muir middle schools in South Los Angeles, Burbank Middle School in Highland Park and Jordan High School in Watts. Those schools will open in the fall, after having six months or more to revamp.

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