Education Revolt in Watts

Sometimes it’s all working against you.

In the case of Locke High in Watts, the problems started with the gangs. The problems included teachers, the unions, the school district, and I easily imagine, some of the parents, too. What you get in this situation is a school with 1% of the students proficient in Algebra. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, Locke High rated a 1.

Dr. Frank Wells came in as principal, determined to reform the school. As a reward, the teacher’s union filed a grievance, and the school district put him in a cubical, stripped of his duties.

Politics? Of course. There’s a non-profit organization involved, a charter school, called Green-Dot, run by a maverick named Steve Barr. The district did not want this public school to go in that direction. But, does the Green-Dot charter school work? Or is it a threat to the public school system? And if it is a threat, is this a bad thing?

Drew Carey reports, and you may (or may not) have enough information to decide.

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