Grad­u­at­ing from L.A. Uni­fied

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “L.A. Uni­fied re­treats on grades,” June 10

The Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School Dis­trict’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in­tends to let stu­dents grad­u­ate high school de­spite hav­ing a D in col­lege-prepara­tory cour­ses.

While I un­der­stand the rea­son­ing for let­ting stu­dents who don’t get a C grad­u­ate, this would be a great time for the dis­trict to con­vince those stu­dents to go to a com­mu­nity col­lege as a way for them to still find suc­cess. At com­mu­nity col­leges, stu­dents can get their gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments out of the way for a cheaper price than four-year uni­ver­si­ties.

Get­ting a D in high school is not the end of the world.

Ri­cardo Al­varado

Para­mount

This is so typ­i­cal of the LAUSD. In­stead of help­ing teach­ers to do their jobs bet­ter, pay­ing them more money and giv­ing them more aca­demic free­dom, the school board sim­ply re­quired that stu­dents re­ceive a C or bet­ter in col­lege prep cour­ses.

That didn’t work, of course, so now the board has backed off.

I taught in the LAUSD for five years, at an adult school, and the dis­trict treated us like lit­tle ro­bots that needed to be pro­grammed, not like fully func­tion­ing adults with grad­u­ate de­grees and cre­den­tials.

I’d like to see a spirit of co­op­er­a­tion among ad­min­is­tra­tors, fac­ulty and stu­dents. Why don’t they work to­gether for the good of the stu­dents? The board should set the ex­am­ple, in my opin­ion.

Roger An­gle

Long Beach

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