Those arguing in favor of transferring LAUSD control to the mayor, or splitting the district up, may instead want to consider the empirical evidence from an approach used in Kansas City schools. The high school graduation rate was 48% before they adopted the approach, and 81% afterwards. They call it "learning communities," and the LAUSD is already implementing it here under the name "small learning centers." As explained in an L.A. Times article today, the program divides the students in a given school into several "small groups" (e.g., 325); focuses the study within each group on a given theme (e.g., business, health careers), and gets parents involved. Doesn't it seem more credible that changes like that will work better than putting the mayor in control?