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When layoffs come to L.A. schools, performance doesn't count
When layoffs come to L.A. schools, performance doesn't count

John H. Liechty Middle School opened in 2007 in Los Angeles' impoverished Westlake neighborhood with a seasoned principal, dozens of energetic young teachers and a mission to "reinvent education" in the nation's second-largest school district. The students had come from some of the lowest-performing schools in the city. But by the end of the first year, their scores on standardized tests showed the most improvement in English among district middle schools and exceptional growth in math, according to a Times analysis. "It was a dream job," said Monique Gascon, who taught English and history at Liechty during its first two years. "We had a lot of autonomy...

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