Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dept. of Education Says Los Angeles Minority Kids Not Being Properly Educated

The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second-largest district in the country.  It is also the one being targeted by the Department of Education, who announced that a 19-month civil rights investigation has led them to conclude that they are providing unequal education for minority children.

Currently, 32 percent of the black students in Los Angeles are ranked as proficient in English and only 9 percent in math.   Even worse, only 5 percent of the English language learners ranked as proficient in either Math or English.

The school district has agreed to do two things:  revamp it’s English-learning program and improve the education of black students. 

“The achievement gap is the civil rights issue of our time, which is why everything we do at LAUSD and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is geared toward protecting every child's right to learn and to prepare for life,” said Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Department of Education also found that schools in predominantly black neighborhoods don’t have the technological or library resources needed to properly function.  Additionally, black students are underrepresented in the “gifted and talented programs.”  Black kids are, however, the ones who are most likely to be expelled or suspended from school.

“Though we still have a long way to go before we see that English-learner students and African-American students are consistently getting what they need to perform up to their fullest potential, I’m confident today’s agreement will help address the causes of concern that prompted our review,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.


Don Allen said...

No kidding...

Anonymous said...

nobody in Los Angeles respects the school district. It is a known fact black children do not get a fair chance to succeed with aggression Hispanic gangs kids. There are always race riots in the schools.

I am just surprised it took this long to even write about this.

Anonymous said...

Wow it took 56 years from the Brown v Board of Education suit to figure that out LOL? What will the US DOE do about its findings?

Anonymous said...

We complain so much about a system we know that is outdated. Who thinks only the ones who could afford it deserves it. A system that makes more money from Failure than Success. A system that has a Cookie Cutter Approach when all Kids are different.

All Our kids is OUR future we need to be Innovative and Creative in our Approach to help them "LEad the Way".


1. Why would you put your child in a system where certain POLITICIANS compare PUBLIC SCHOOL as WELFARE.
2. Insanity is doing the same over and over again and expecting "DIFFERENT" results. Why would you send your child to a school that is failing him or her.
Wellllll, I can go on and on.

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