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LAUSD to Explore Lifting School Boundaries

The school board called on Superintendent John Deasy to draft a plan for allowing students to attend any school in the district.

A divided Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday instructed Superintendent John Deasy to explore the possibility of lifting school boundaries to give students the option of attending different campuses.

The board asked Deasy to report back within 90 days with recommendations.

"Today's resolution is about planning for our success," board president Monica Garcia said. "As we open new schools, we need to look at boundaries and give parents and students the ability to choose a school based on their academic interest and needs, not based on their ZIP code."

She said parents should be able to consider factors such as a school's atmosphere, class sizes, test scores and after-school programs when deciding where to send their children.

Board members Richard Vladovic, Marguerite LaMotte and Bennett Kayser voted against the proposal. Opponents argued that the proposal could cost the district money, foster segregation and encourage students to leave their neighborhood schools in favor of campuses farther away.

Stuart Goldurs January 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
LAUSD proposal would let students go to any school -- chaos http://www.examiner.com/public-education-in-los-angeles/lausd-proposal-would-let-students-go-to-any-school-chaos
Fred Bowman December 13, 2012 at 06:43 AM
As a parent, I most certainly want my children to be close to home to give me that sense of assurance and security. It is also easier to send and fetch them to and from school. However, on the other hand, I do want my children to get the best out of their education and if that means going outside of our neighborhood to attend better and more enriching programs, then albeit. I think lifting the school boundaries will provide choices for the children instead of limiting what they can learn and gain experience from. - http://www.lift-all.com

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