Los Angeles hired consultants to ‘re-imagine’ its school system. Read their confidential recommendations.

The 300-plus pages of memos, presentations, and plan drafts offer a revealing look at options district leaders were weighing in 2018 before the district was consumed by a weeklong teachers strike. Created by the consulting firm Kitamba, the documents lay out an aggressive timeline for assigning schools to 32 support networks, giving principals more power, and cutting the central office by fall 2019.

The January strike appears to have derailed the plans. A spokesperson for Los Angeles Unified declined to comment.

After this story was published, the Los Angeles Times publishedan interview with Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner, who said a substantial restructuring is no longer planned.

“We went through an exhaustive exercise. We listened to suggestions and ideas and we dismissed many of them that might have been tried elsewhere in the country,” he told the Times.

The Times has previously reported aspects of the ideas being proposed, many of which were confirmed by the documents obtained by Chalkbeat through a public records request. Still, the documents offer more detail about what was being considered by Beutner — and the key decisions leaders faced about how a new system should work. Click here to read more: https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2019/04/09/los-angeles-consultants-recommendations-reimagine-kitamba-consultants/