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L.A. Unified suspends new homework policy

July 20, 2011 | 11:55 am


A new homework policy adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District just two months ago has been suspended.

The new policy limits performance on homework to no more than 10% of a student’s grade.

The goal of the policy was to base students' grades on what they know rather than on their success in work assigned to be completed outside of class.

"While well-intentioned, I am not confident that the initial policy received sufficient comments and general input from parents, teachers and board members," LAUSD Supt. John Deasy said in a release.

"We cannot and will not implement a policy of this magnitude without actively soliciting and incorporating recommendations from our constituencies."

The 10% cap was developed by chief academic officer Judy Elliott under then-Supt. Ramon C. Cortines, who retired in April.

It went into effect May 20, when it was posted as a policy bulletin. In developing the policy, Elliott relied on staff input, past research and an advisory committee that did not hold public meetings.

Deasy said the homework policy would be revised under the leadership of a new arrival, Jaime Aquino, deputy superintendent of instruction "in close consultation with parents, teachers, administrators, and board members."

The goal is to develop a draft policy by January, with a later vote by the Board of Education that would put the policy in effect for the 2012-13 school year.


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Photo: A student does his homework at Marshall High School in Los Angeles. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times