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LAUSD board voting on ambitious school performance goal plan — but is it setting up schools for failure?

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The LAUSD school board is voting today on a plan that would set goals to improve school performance, graduation rates and college and career readiness.

The resolution is called “Realizing the Promise for All: Close the Gap by 2023,” and goals include that all eighth-graders should pass math and English with at least a C grade and that every graduating student be eligible for a four year public university.

The plan has been criticized for being too pie-in-the-sky – for setting too many 100 percent goals and thereby setting up schools for failure.

What would this plan actually achieve? Would it have a counterproductive effect? If you’re a teacher or parent, what do you think of the resolution?


Kyle Stokes, K-12 education reporter for KPCC; he tweets @kystokes

Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles; United Way is part of Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), the coalition which is a sponsor of the “Close the Gap” resolution; she tweets from @EliseBuik

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of UTLA, the union representing 34,000 educators and health and human service professionals