L.A. schools chief Austin Beutner says no major restructuring is in the works

Los Angeles has been anticipating a shock wave from schools Supt. Austin Beutner, who worked for months on a plan to “reimagine” the nation’s second-largest school system and confront its staggering challenges.

Now Beutner says that he has settled on a significantly less radical shift than many expected.

The emerging L.A. school district plan, he said, is to follow a model already in practice in the west San Fernando Valley. There, schools are grouped into units based on geography and feeder patterns. One group, for example, is Taft High School and the middle and elementary schools that feed into it.

Other parts of the Los Angeles Unified School District organize schools by grade level. Under Beutner’s plan, the entire district would transition to the feeder structure. Each school group also would have a handful of new employees to coordinate academic and maintenance work.

These hires would be offset by reducing employees in the central office. Some who lose jobs there might transfer to the new positions. Overall, the effort should be “cost-neutral,” Beutner said, while bringing decisions as close as possible to the school level.

“We went through an exhaustive exercise,” he said in an interview with The Times. “We listened to suggestions and ideas, and we dismissed many of them that might have been tried elsewhere in the country. We wanted all the different ideas, as provocative as possible, on the table.” Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-beutner-details-lausd-reorg-plan-20190409-story.html