Parents Force Charter Takeover of L.A. High School Locke High School is, by all accounts, among the worst high schools in Los Angeles. It's crowded and on the brink of an academic meltdown. Earlier this year, parents and half of the school's faculty revolted, forcing the school district to turn over Locke High to a private group.
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Parents Force Charter Takeover of L.A. High School

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Parents Force Charter Takeover of L.A. High School

Parents Force Charter Takeover of L.A. High School

Parents Force Charter Takeover of L.A. High School

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Locke High School is, by all accounts, among the worst high schools in Los Angeles. It's in Watts, one of the city's most treacherous, gang-infested neighborhoods. The school is overcrowded and on the brink of an academic melt-down.

Earlier this year, parents and half of the school's faculty revolted, forcing the school district to do something it has never done before: turn over Locke High to a private group of reformers. When that takeover happens next summer some teachers know they won't be rehired. Others don't plan to stay.