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Hundreds of Los Angeles Students Walk Out Over Plan to Fire Teachers

Despite a 26 percent dropout rate, students at Huntington Park High School are against a school turnaround plan.


Los Angeles' Huntington Park High School may have a 26 percent dropout rate, but students there protested on Tuesday over a decision to replace at least half of teachers and other campus employees as part of an aggressive school turnaround plan. Despite student opposition, the plan was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District board.

One walkout participant told the Los Angeles Times that approximately 300 student protesters gathered in a central area and refused to go to a 10 a.m. class. They then marched seven miles to the district headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. Another participant named Joey said that students are angry over "both the dismantling of the school and exception that is being made for Libra Academy, a new small school on the edge of campus." Libra's test scores are higher, which is why it's being exempted from the plan, but students "find it very unfair that the adjoined school Libra with its hand-picked higher-achieving students will not be affected by the change."

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Detroit's Plan to Close Half Its Schools? Now They're Turning Them Into Charters

The beleaguered school system plans to turn 41 campuses over to charter organizations. The thing is, they're not any better than public schools.

Remember Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb's plan shut down half the city's public schools over the next two years and raise remaining class sizes to 60 students in order to address a $327 million budget deficit? Well, now Bobb has a new strategy he's calling "Renaissance Plan 2012," and with it, he hopes to turn 41 of Detroit's schools over to charter school operators.

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Rahm Emanuel Slammed by Chicago High School Students

Chicago's mayoral race front-runner claims the city's highest performing schools are charters. A group of students says he didn't do his homework.

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Rahm Emanuel is in hot water over recent remarks dissing the city's public schools. According to the Chicago mayoral race front-runner, "When you take out North Side, and you take out Walter Payton, the seven best-performing high schools are all charters." Now a group of students—who also happen to be fans of one of his opponents, Miguel Del Valle—have responded to the inference that the city's 400,000 regular public school kids are low-performing. To protest, they did what thousands of young people do every day—they made a video and put it to YouTube.

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