Enter the creation of the Innovation Division, referred to as the “iDivision.” A small list of struggling school was invited to join. The stakeholders of the school (jargon for teachers, staff, parents, and students) were to vote on induction to the iDivision.
Yesterday and today, Westchester and Crenshaw held their votes. Both are in Local District 3. My birdies have informed me that Westchester has voted to enter the iDivision, but I did not hear an official final count. Crenshaw also voted to enter the iDivision, and this final count stands at 91 yeas and 23 nays, with 9 eligible voters who did not cast a ballot.
So what the hell is the iDivision?
LAUSD is a large bureaucratic monster, no doubt. Within the larger district, there are eight smaller, local districts. The bureaucracy is mind-numbing. The iDivision plans to alleviate the headaches of bureaucracy by making the school more autonomous: with charter-like freedoms over everything from budgeting to personnel. The iDivision is the brain-child of our superintendent, the Admiral and is a “part of [his] efforts to transform the LAUSD into a high-performing, world-class district.” Sure.
They would have “network partners”. These would be non-profit organizations who would help the faculty, staff and administration develop and implement their reform plan.
Right now, it appears both Westchester and Crenshaw have ratified entry into the iDivision. It is yet to be determined whether any of this will, in the end transform these sites into world-class schools.
More updates to come.