Longer days, more classes proposed to fix Jefferson problems
Craig Clough | October 13, 2014
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State and LA Unified officials have met with teachers and administrators at Jefferson High School to construct a plan for fixing scheduling problems plaguing the school since the academic year began in August.
Now the hard part: getting the problems fixed.
The meeting was scheduled as a direct result of a temporary restraining order issued by a Superior Court judge, ordering the state last week to intervene at a school where many students have been left without the correct classes.
The proposals will be taken up by the LA Unified school board at its meeting tomorrow.
“Since Day 1 of this school year, our team has worked with Jefferson High School staff to review transcripts, enhance the master schedule, as well as work to ensure that all students have access to courses that lead to graduation,” LA Unified Senior Deputy Superintendent Michelle King said in a statement. “Over the last 24 hours, we have reconvened these efforts once again to identify any ‘Affected Students’ as specified in the TRO.”
Superintendent John Deasy did not attend the meeting as he left on Thursday for a trip to South Korea.
The proposed fixes closely resemble a plan that was drawn up last week by Jefferson staff and United Teachers Los Angeles reps that includes expanded course offerings and longer school days, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A meeting between district officials and Jefferson parents is planned for 5:30 p.m. today.
While the district’s new computer student-tracking system MiSiS exacerbated the situation at the beginning of the school year, a district official dismissed the idea that it caused the problems and told LA School Report that a large part of the problem is Jefferson’s unusual class schedule.
The school maintains a degree of autonomy from LA Unified in how it runs its schedule, which has been used for several years and includes two periods a day for teacher conferences when most school only have one, the official said.
The district official explained that a solution must take into account the scheduling autonomy as determined by the district, Jefferson teachers and UTLA.