The argument for breaking up large school districts is that doing so would allow for greater accountability and transparency (“State Bans on Critical Race Theory Won’t Work,” The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 20). The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, is a case in point.
During the 28 years that I taught there, it was virtually impossible to affect change because of its size and diversity. School board meetings open to the public were cathartic, but they did little to alter the status quo. The claim that consolidating districts results in efficiency gains was found to be negligible. But special interests make it highly unlikely that district behemoths will be broken up into more manageable pieces.
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