LAUSD Schools to Boost Equity for Minority Students

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A 19-month civil rights investigation of the Los Angeles Unified School District found that the district failed to provide an equal education to English-learners and black students, resulting in wide academic disparities, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

The district, the nation's second-largest, agreed to remedy the disparities through a variety of measures, including a complete overhaul of its English-learning program and improving resources such as computers and library books to schools with predominantly black student bodies.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who unveiled the agreement at a news conference at LAUSD headquarters, said it would help ensure that every student in the nation's second largest school district would receive the same academic opportunities "regardless of race or national origin."

Noting that these issues are "incredibly complex and politically charged," Duncan said he was encouraged by the district's sense of urgency and willingness to voluntarily remedy the disparities without an order.

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