New school planned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to teach blend of skills

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When I look at the academy proposed by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two things stand out – the location and the approach. They plan to open the school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the nation. The district serves a population that is 74% Latino and 10% Black. More specifically in terms of location, Dre and Iovine plan to launch the academy in Leimert Park, the Black cultural hub in Los Angeles. Leimert Park is a predominately Black community with 72% of the population identifying as African American and about 16% identifying as Latino. The decision to open the school in Leimert Park demonstrates a need to provide innovative educational opportunities and experiences for all students, but specifically Black and Latino youth. Further,…
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Shaun Dougherty, associate professor of public policy & education, Vanderbilt University

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I envision the school providing opportunities for students to imagine themselves as entrepreneurs who have the skills and knowledge to innovate and create solutions to advance their local and global communities. In a global economy where innovation and critical thinking are essential, I think Dre and Iovine’s proposed school could potentially become an exemplary school for other high schools throughout the U.S. When students learn and do things in high school that they can apply in real life, it keeps them more interested in school and makes them more likely to graduate. It also helps students develop job skills that can improve their chances of finding rewarding employment and earning a good salary. One of the best things about the proposed school is that it has a focus on a…
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