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LAUSD approves overhaul of Crenshaw High

A student writes in a notebook in this undated file photo.

January 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a drastic overhaul of South L.A.'s Crenshaw High School a plan that will require teachers to reapply for their jobs.

The unanimous vote that came Tuesday gives Superintendent John Deasy the green light to transform Crenshaw High, one of the state's lowest performing high schools, starting in the next academic year. The curriculum will be replaced with three magnet schools, which Deasy says is the district's most successful model.

If teachers are not rehired, they can transfer.

The superintendent said the intervention was needed because Crenshaw is the district's lowest achieving school. Just 3 percent of students are proficient in math and 17 percent are proficient in reading.

A large group of teachers and parents protested at the meeting, saying the reform model already in place is starting to yield results.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.