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7 SCHOOLS RECEIVE $10,000 SCHOOL RESTRUCTURING INITIATIVE GRANT PACKAGES LINKING COMMUNITY SKILLS, RESOURCES WITH SCHOOL SITE REFORM EFFORTS

7 SCHOOLS RECEIVE $10,000 SCHOOL RESTRUCTURING INITIATIVE GRANT PACKAGES

LINKING COMMUNITY SKILLS, RESOURCES WITH SCHOOL SITE REFORM EFFORTS
 'Empowering Schools for Change'
 /ADVANCE/ LOS ANGELES, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven school-based management sites in the Los Angeles Unified School District today received School Restructuring Initiative awards of management training, technical assistance and funding of up to $10,000 per site at the "Principals Club" Kick-off of Educational Partnership Week in Los Angeles. An additional 26 schools will have access to management consultants/facilitators and technical assistance as part of the initiative's effort to speed the pace of school reform in Los Angeles.
 The grants were provided through the L.A. School Restructuring Initiative, a joint effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Educational Partnership to link community expertise and resources with school-based management teams to improve student learning and academic achievement.
 The School Restructuring Initiative Grants were awarded at the kickoff event of Educational Partnership Week, where business and community leaders received final instructions and were sworn in as "Principals for a Day" in preparation for their day in school on Tuesday, March 24. Volunteers from companies participating in the "Principal for a Day" activity, both past and present, have provided resources for the project and will work with the school-based management teams participating in the School Restructuring Initiative.
 "Our objective is to ensure that school-based management teams succeed in restructuring their schools to improve student performance," said William Rusnack, chairman of the Los Angeles Educational Partnership. "No business would try to change its management system to improve its product without making an investment in training and resources. Unfortunately, because of severe budget cutbacks, that is what the Los Angeles Unified School District has had to do as it has tried to move to a school-based management system. This project will fill that gap by linking the skills, expertise and resources of the Los Angeles business community in support of the schools."
 Schools selected to receive the $10,000 comprehensive grant packages include Colfax Elementary, Fourth Street Elementary, Franklin High School, Hamilton High School, Jefferson High School, Marlton School and Vaughn Street Elementary.
 Schools receiving the School Restructuring Initiative Grants were selected on a competitive basis with grants going to those schools judged to have the greatest potential for achieving broad-based reform to improve student achievement. Management consultants/facilitators and technical assistance are available to all schools applying for the School Restructuring Grants.
 Schools participating in the School Restructuring Initiative will also learn about effective strategies for reform and participate in innovative professional development opportunities through the LAUSD/LAEP Teacher Network projects. The initiative will also disseminate and share information about successful school restructuring efforts in Los Angeles and around the nation with schools throughout the LAUSD.
 Initial funding for the School Restructuring Initiative has been provided by the ARCO Foundation, California Community Foundation, FHP Inc., GTE California, Hughes Aircraft Co., the McDonnell Douglas Employees' Community Fund, the Pew Charitable Trusts and The Spectrum Group Inc.
 To assist schools participating in the restructuring initiative, volunteer management consultants/facilitators will be assigned to schools to assist in the implementation of reform goals. The volunteers will be available to provide training in decentralized quality management techniques and may assist schools in team building, conflict resolution, strategic planning and evaluation. The volunteers will also help schools to identify management and technical assistance needs and will work with LAEP to link their assigned schools with the assistance and resources necessary to implement reform goals. Facilitator/management consultant volunteers are provided by Apple Computer, CSU Dominguez Hills, The Disney Channel, GTE California, IBM, McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell, Russel Enterprises and Security Pacific Bank.
 Schools selected to receive the restructuring grants will also have access to a "skills bank," which will make available free expert technical assistance in areas such as management training, facilities operation, technology, computer systems, communications and other essential operations.
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 /CONTACT: John McDonald or Kevin Ota of Los Angeles Educational Partnership, 213-622-5237/ CO: Los Angeles Educational Partnership ST: California IN: SU:


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