(Mensaje se repite en Español)
(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)
On Tuesday, March 27th, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will send out a team to see how Central High/Tri-C Continuation High School with its 27 stand-alone classroom sites scattered throughout the city is doing 3 years after WASC gave this school a 6 year accreditation. This accreditation is supposed to serve to validity for colleges and universities the high school diploma that this continuation school gives its students.
The problem is that the vast majority of the students at this school do not even have rudimentary skills in English and Math, which are the foundational skills they would have needed to do high school level and subsequent academic or trade school work. If, unlike LAUSD administration, you are curious as to how this could be true, realize that even a cursory examination of Central High School/Tri-C classrooms, records, and their practices would substantiate my claims. Alas, up until now, nobody has bothered to look as Central High/Tri-C, which continues to collect Average Daily Attendance money for what amounts to glorified daycare - that is if the students even bother to show up, which many of them do not.
So a fair question might be: How did a continuation school where the vast majority of students are far below basic pass and qualify to get a diploma that WASC says meets grade-level and high school graduation standards, when these students lack even rudimentary skills? The simply answer is that they didn't. Worse yet, LAUSD administration has made no attempt to address this continuing fraud that is the rule, rather than the exception, at most LAUSD schools.