The board approved 13 more proposals for school-based management programs, bringing to 40 the number of schools that are participating in the program. Board members praised the new proposals--which range from dividing campuses into mini-schools to setting up peer tutoring programs--as being more innovative than the 27 proposals approved last year.
The board also:
* Voted to implement a state law that will reduce the size of 11th-grade English classes to a ratio of one teacher to 20 students beginning this spring. The $3.8-million cost of the change will be paid by the state.
* Voted to increase capacity at 105 schools by 23% to alleviate overcrowding. The board will require those campuses to switch to multitrack, year-round schools, add portable classrooms or come up with individual plans.
* Campus Safety: The board will review a report, released last week, that urges the district to provide more money for counseling and classes that teach students how to avoid violence and stay away from gangs, drugs and alcohol.
According to the school district's latest ethnic survey, Latino students make up 63.3% of enrollment in kindergarten through grade 12, up 1.8% over the last school year. Blacks represent 15.1% of the students, Anglos account for 13.7% and Asian, Filipino and Pacific Island students combined make up 7.6%.