Los Angeles Unified School District is currently reviewing three proposals submitted by groups within Benjamin Franklin High to address the school's ongoing struggle to meet the needs of English language learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students with special needs.
The proposals were submitted though LAUSD's Public School Choice initiative. Through school choice, schools that fail to reach LAUSD's academic benchmarks are opened to "groups of teachers, other educators with proven track records, nonprofit public organizations and charter school operators, to develop research-based instructional plans with the goal of improving student achievement."
along with 12 other LAUSD schools, to take part in the reform initiative.
"The school district last year requested Franklin to submit proposals for how it could better meet the needs of three distinct groups: students who have not mastered English, students who have special needs and students who are economically disadvantaged," wrote Richard McCarthy in a letter submitted on Thursday to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.
According to McCarthy's letter, three groups have submitted proposals, including Franklin High School's current administration, the Franklin Math, Science and Technology Magnet School and the Franklin High School Northeast Leadership Academy, which is a pilot school comprising current teachers.
"Each of the proposals were accepted as 'Developing' and now must take steps to create an action plan for the coming school year and respond to the issues that were raised by the reviewers," McCarthy wrote in the letter.
All three proposals can be downloaded from the media box above, or by going to the LAUSD Public School Choice website.