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Cloning Great Schools Is Latest In Long Line Of L.A. Reform Plans

The latest reformers intent on improving Los Angeles schools are confident that they have it right. 

The trick, they say, is not to get shoehorned by theories or politics. Instead, simply find a good school and make another one just like it.

Then repeat. And repeat. And repeat.

Until 160,000 Los Angeles students in bad schools get into excellent ones. … 

Replication is one of the latest in a long line of strategies to improve lagging academic achievement in urban schools, including those in Los Angeles. And, as with the others, there’s no escape from the crucible of politics and controversy.