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LAUSD takes over troubled South L.A. school

December 10, 2009 12:51:04 AM PST
Teachers and staff at Fremont High School in South Los Angeles will have to reapply for their jobs after The Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was taking over. Superintendent Ramon Cortines cited low academic achievement and ordered the overhaul of management at the high school.

"It is my intention to make fundamental reforms, which will require every staff member, including teachers, counselors, maintenance workers and others, to reapply for their jobs," Cortines said.

For the past 12 years, Cortines says the school has failed to meet academic progress goals while its academic achievement scores have been well below the district's average. He says only 13.6 percent of students tested proficient or above in English Language Arts. Of the 3,226 students tested in math this year, only 45 were proficient across all the tests, and only two achieved advanced scores.

Teachers who are being displaced will be put in other schools, but Cortines warned that other low performing schools could be taken over by the school district.