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Supervisors question closing of alternative schools

July 13, 2010 |  5:08 pm

Los Angeles County officials want to know why nearly two dozen alternative schools were closed on short notice last month, uprooting hundreds of students who are on probation and others who cannot attend traditional schools.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education on June 30 shut down 22 community day schools and independent study programs that had been attended by more than 700 students, citing low enrollment and budget constraints.

Education officials said they are working to help students find other options, including returning them to high schools closer to their homes and reopening some programs in county probation offices.

But at its meeting Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors asked Office of Education Supt. Darline P. Robles to report back in 30 days to explain the rationale for closing the schools and to consider ways to reopen them in the fall.

Robles said education officials are working with several local school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, to share the costs of operating the alternative programs.

-- Carla Rivera