- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles high school students who lost learning time because of scheduling problems will have an extended school day and more class options under a plan approved Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to approve a $1.1 million plan to resolve scheduling issues at Jefferson High School, where students have been unable to attend courses needed for graduation and have in some cases been sent home or assigned courses they’d already taken.

After consulting with state officials, the district developed the plan to extend the school day for 30 minutes for 124 days starting Monday, to add more classes and to provide more student support, including transportation and tutoring for teens who had to start classes late.

The plan came on the orders of Alameda County Superior Court Judge George Hernandez Jr. acting on a request from lawyers for three students at the school.

Hernandez issued the emergency order last week directing the state’s schools superintendent, appointed school board and Department of Education to work with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy in developing a plan to immediately remedy the problems.

Hernandez said he found the chaos, disruption and deficiencies shocking at a school with a student population that is 91 percent Latino.

“Put bluntly, the harms already suffered are severe and pervasive,” the judge said.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited Jefferson High School on Tuesday morning and urged passage of the plan, telling City News Service the school is “filled with dedicated teachers, staff and administrators who want the very best for students.”

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