Change of fortune
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A $2 million grant to help at-risk LAUSD students stay in school and get to college signifies more than just hope for students. It represents a possible change of fortune for the troubled school district’s reputation. The money comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates and The James Irvine foundations, and more grants could follow – if the LAUSD makes good on its promises to reform. The Gates Foundation, with its billions to invest in education, has been reluctant to give grants to the country’s second-largest school district despite its obvious neediness because officials lacked commitment to reform. Clearly the grant-givers have changed their minds, and say if the district uses the new grant wisely, it might make more investments. The district owes it to the students who will benefit from this generosity – as well as the future students who might benefit from future grants – not to squander this money as it does with so many of its other resources.