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School that opted out of mayor’s reform is perfect `control’ campus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champEvery experiment needs a control population to accurately gauge results. The seven middle schools and high schools chosen for the mayor’s education reform attention were picked because of their high rate of failure and the great needs of the kids. Progress at the schools working with the mayor, compared with that at schools like Jordan, will tell us whether change or the status quo is the best path. We’re betting that the mayor’s schools outperform the traditional school or schools, which should provide a model for overhauling the entire district. After the heady celebration of last week, it turns out at least one of the seven schools that voted on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s reform plan will not participate. A second school will re-vote next month. Although a majority of parents and teachers at Watts’ Jordan High School endorsed joining the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and taking advantage of its associated attention and resources, the number of teachers voting yes fell short of a union-negotiated deal since some declined to take part in the heavily politicized event. And dozens of Santee High School teachers were off-track and haven’t had a chance to vote. The news deflates the optimism of the reform effort, which is already scaled down from the initial goal of district takeover, but it’s not all bad. In fact, Jordan High may be just what the district and the reform effort need: The “before” school that they can compare to the “after” at other campuses. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more