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$1.1M Plan Considered For Class-Scheduling Problems At Jefferson High School

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Unified School District board will consider a $1.1 million plan aimed at resolving class-scheduling issues at Jefferson High school at their meeting Tuesday.

The scheduling issues, which left some students unable to get into classes they need to graduate and others in classes they had already passed, prompted a judge to issue an order, requiring state education officials to intervene in the situation and work with the district to develop an immediate resolution.

The district's staff will propose to the board that the school day at Jefferson High School be extended for 30 minutes for 124 days to help affected students make up for lost learning time. The proposed resolution also calls for the addition of classes and funding for support services, such as student transportation.

According to a staff report, the district asked officials with the state Department of Education for financial assistance, "as there is not a budget for these expenditures." State officials, however, "indicated that they are not able to provide financial assistance."

According to the district, officials identified 48 Jefferson High students enrolled in two or more periods of home or "service" courses. They also identified 204 juniors and seniors who were retaking a course they had already passed, but many of them were re-taking courses such as computers, design, physical education or band that were designed to be taken multiple times.

As part of the proposal being presented to the board Tuesday, the district also plans to review class schedules for the next semester at the school "to alleviate large class size and expand curriculum offerings by adding courses needed by students."

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