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NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766 January 18, 2013 #12/13-112

EXPLANATION OF CHANGES TO CRENSHAW HIGH SCHOOL SENT TO STUDENTS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
LOS ANGELES – Today, a letter explaining the upcoming reform of chronically lowperforming Crenshaw High School is being distributed to all students, parents, guardians and other stakeholders. In the 2013-14 school year, Crenshaw will become a comprehensive, full-school magnet with three thematic-based programs. The transformation is the result of a recent Board of Education decision. No decision has been made on the themes of the three magnets. Among the subjects under consideration are: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine (STEMM); Business; and Arts and Entertainment, a current strength of the school. Before any plan is finalized, students will have more opportunities to provide input. Parents, guardians, and community members will have similar opportunities at biweekly “Coffee with the Principal” sessions, starting Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Here are some answers for commonly asked questions: the school’s name will remain the same; those students who apply will be accepted; those students with special needs will not be excluded and the school’s athletic programs will continue. Because of the academic changes, Crenshaw will receive additional resources to educate its students. For example, the school will also receive three more teachers and a full-time magnet coordinator, plus more funding. The goal of the transformation is to provide a rigorous, high-quality education for all students. A letter and a schedule for “Coffee with the Principal” have been attached. ###

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