The Mayor bottlecaps some LAUSD success
Today, the Daily News tells you about something that's actually working in the LAUSD: an after-school program that's contributing towards decreasing the dropout rate. And the paper sends out no less than its City Hall ace, Rick Orlov, to button down the story.
This is a program that's been around sixteen years. The Mayor, who hasn't been around for sixteen months, gets to bottlecap it with a timely study to be released today:
Students in the 16-year-old program - called Los Angeles' Better Educated Students for Tomorrow, or LA's BEST - were one-fifth more likely to remain in school through 12th grade, as well as to show improved social skills and interaction with parents, according to an analysis for the National Center for Research on Evaluations, Standards and Student Testing.
"It was notable that the students who attended the after-school program for three years were far less likely to drop out of school than those who did not participate in the program," researcher Denise Huang said.
Huang's findings are scheduled to be publicly released today by Villaraigosa and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, who has donated $2 million this year to LA's BEST.
The attempt to conflate the success of this program with the the Mayor's office is an intriguing turn in the race.