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LAUSD Unanimously Approves Jefferson High School Scheduling Fix

Students scramble to meet graduation requirements. ATVN's Marc Sallinger reports. 

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board approved a $1.1 million plan Tuesday afternoon in hopes of solving scheduling issues at Jefferson High School. The school’s issues stem from MiSiS, a new scheduling software that has lead to students taking fewer classes or repeating classes they’ve previously passed.

Prior to the decision, the Alameda County Superior Court Judge George Hernandez Jr. said the school had made no organized effort to remedy the problem on its own. The judge believed that students’ constitutional right to an equal educational opportunity was being violated because students were being deprived of learning time.

The plan goes into effect on Monday, October 20th and includes a 30-minute extension to the school day for 124 days to help affected students catch up to their peers. Some students will have their schedules adjusted so they can complete their required courses to graduate on time and be eligible to apply for college. The plan also includes minimizing class sizes, adding teachers, and expanding the curriculum so all students can take the courses they need.


Good start to a story, however I do have a lot of questions. What story is this newscast trying to tell? Is it the inequities of student services and resources in South Los Angeles schools. If so, I think it could use some more development because it was not quite clear. What kinds of classes did the student need to be competitive with other students from more affluent neighborhoods? More AP classes? What? What were the students going to tell the school board? How many students are impacted by the lack of classes in S. LA schools? Are there any schools in the South LA area that offer the classes? Which ones? How many high schools in affluent neighborhoods offer the classes? I know it's only a minute segment, but pertinent information still should have been provided in order to understand the main purpose of the newscast.

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