Once upon a time, California's public schools were highly regarded, but now they're ranking at the bottom of the list of public schools in the United States.
On today's "California Dreamin'" radio segment, NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates profiles a public school in Los Angeles trying to tackle these difficult issues. West Adams Preparatory High School is one of Los Angeles' newest schools, the first class will graduate in 2009. The 2,600 students are divided into smaller schools that reflect their career interests. The "school within a school" structure is intended to keep students from getting lost in the shuffle.
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