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L.A. Unified's bureaucracy

February 26, 2007

Re "City Hall, L.A. Unified clash again," Feb. 22

I just read a quote by L.A. Deputy Mayor Ramon Cortines, in which he claimed that a Los Angeles Unified School District report tabulating dropouts was ready but had been withheld "because of the damn bureaucracy." There are "four layers of bureaucracy so you still don't have it." I still remember how Cortines, who was L.A. Unified's interim superintendent, added one of those layers of bureaucracy by constructing 11 mini-districts that added more offices and officials and contributed nothing to the students' success. If the constructor of these minidistricts objects to them now, maybe it is time to remove this additional, wasteful layer.

RONIT WEISS

Valley Village

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