May 20 2015

Time Magazine: What Educators Can Learn About a Southeast L.A. Turnaround


Bell Gardens reduced

…Bell Gardens High School in east Los Angeles County was a sorry mess when science teacher Liz Lowe arrived in 1989. It was overflowing with trailer classrooms and graffiti. More than 3,000 students crowded into school buildings surrounding a concrete quadrangle with patches of grass and some trees. Expectations were low. Not much learning was done. “It hurt my soul that here were these wonderful students who were very, very capable, but they were expected to be the working poor,” Lowe recalled. They needed an opportunity to go to college, but that goal was elusive in a place that encapsulated what a certain president famously called “the soft bigotry of low expectations…

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