LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2012) - By a 4-3 vote, the Los Angeles Board of Education approved a resolution this week calling on the superintendent to produce within 120 days or less a detailed plan for implementing the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) “A-G” curriculum.
The resolution, sponsored by Board Member Nury Martinez, strengthens the A-G measure brought forward two weeks ago by Superintendent John Deasy, and approved by the board, which requires all students to complete an “A-G” college-prep curriculum in order to graduate. The new policy also raises a passing grade from ‘D’ to ‘C’ beginning with the Class of 2017.
Enhancing instruction and achievement provides a road map to help ensure successful implementation of the requirements for graduation by establishing flexibility in scheduling, credit recovery, and early intervention. It also encourages the creation of community schools, enhances parent engagement, and mandates oversight and benchmarks for successful implementation.
Martinez said that the guidelines in her resolution will further the District’s commitment to implementing the academic standards necessary for LAUSD students to graduate college prepared and to compete for top jobs in a 21st century, global economy.
“We now have in place the tools to allow our graduates to go on to top colleges and universities and succeed in their careers,” said Martinez. “With this resolution, we can back up that goal with effective strategies to improve teaching and learning.”
In her public comments, she expressed her frustration that more had not been done to implement the A-G requirements passed by the Board in 2005.
“I’m upset that we haven’t changed the culture at LAUSD; I’m fed up,” said Martinez. “Seven years is way too long without us having a plan to roll this out.”
Board Member Steve Zimmer, who co-sponsored today’s resolution along with Board President Mónica García, said that it “will make the success of A-G real.”
“We share a common goal: to make the aspirations real,” said Zimmer. “This resolution demands that we work together to make sure we have the resources to make this happen. Not one teacher, not one student, not one parent, not one employee can be left behind in this equation.”
Board Member Tamar Galatzan joined the sponsor and co-sponsors of the resolution in voting for its approval.