Whittier Union High School District, profiled as part of this research project in 2011, was not on the financial jeopardy list.
ERUSD's union negotiations were different from the approach taken by Whittier Union High School District in 2011.
"Now that the SATs, ACTs and high-stakes state-mandated tests are including or expanding their essay components," says Whittier Union High School District
(CA) Director of Staff Development and Accountability Nancy Bosserman, "we have to provide the students with accessible, helpful and interactive writing tools.
In a time of declining public funds, the long-serving managers and elected board of trustees of Whittier Union High School District (WUHSD) have managed to promote fiscal sustainability by changing the culture of the organization to emphasize inclusive partnerships with district staff, building and rebuilding public trust, and increasing fiscal literacy throughout the organization.
Students in the Executive Master in Leadership program at the University of Southern California compiled a study called, "An Exemplar of Leadership: Sandy Thorstenson, Superintendent of Whittier Union High School District." A book of promising practices in education, Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes, authored by Richard DuFour and colleagues, featured a chapter on WUHSD.