Pierce notes that reporter Howard Blume completely bungled a story about the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although Blume wrote that the district was planning to change the student passing grade from a “C” to “D,” the truth is that D is the current benchmark. What the LAUSD in fact wants to do is bump that up – by 2017 – to the C level. Per Pierce:
Not only did the Blume article allow Matt Drudge of the powerful Drudge Report to write an eyebrow-raising headline and tweet (“LA Schools May Lower Graduation Standards To Curb Dropouts”), but it inspired the LA Times’ beloved columnist Steve Lopez to blast an angry blog mini-column on LA Now.