Can the nation’s second largest school district be restructured? LA’s city council and school board presidents have teamed up to appoint a commission to think it through. Here are a couple of items for the commission’s reading list. First, the school reform group LA Alliance commissioned a fascinating report (pdf) from WestEd in 2003. The report contained a lot of sensible ideas for long term reform of the district. But the most striking recommendation, which the Alliance is now running with, was to go outside of LAUSD and create a new network of high-performing schools. Second of course, an Eduwonk favorite — Paul Hill’s PPI monograph outlining a new vision for school boards.
-Guestblogger Bryan Hassel, Public Impact