CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 |
The school board Tuesday approved the hiring of Ramon C. Cortines as senior deputy superintendent -- the No. 2 position -- of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The veteran educator will leave his post as a Los Angeles deputy mayor to head day-to-day operations at the nation's second-largest school system. Cortines, 75, formerly headed the school districts in New York City, San Francisco and San Jose. For six months in 2000, he served as interim chief of L.A. Unified. Cortines agreed to an at-will contract, meaning he will serve at the pleasure of Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2008 |
The Board of Education on Tuesday narrowly approved a key component of a plan to turn around the lowest-performing middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. At issue were contracts for consultants to help as many as 34 schools create a required reform plan. The initial vote ended in a 3-3 tally -- a loss for Supt. David L. Brewer. The vote came after he had pressed strongly for approval. Late-arriving board member Tamar Galatzan cast the tie-breaker. Consultants will initially get about $2,000 per diem for 10 days' work.
December 4, 2008
Re "Bid to oust Brewer falls apart," Dec. 3 It was disheartening to read about the bureaucratic machinations surrounding the failed effort to remove Los Angeles Unified Supt. David L. Brewer. My disappointment was threefold: First, one bureaucrat, motivated it seems by racial considerations, refused to leave a conference to cast her vote; second, as further evidence of the balkanization and racialization of Los Angeles, the board appears to be paralyzed by the fact that Brewer is black; and third, your article made little reference to students, whose education apparently is less significant than politically correct racial politics.
November 11, 2006
Re "Are they worth it?" Opinion, Nov. 6 The incoming Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent will earn 20% more than his predecessor and will receive a $3,000 monthly housing allowance and $45,000-a-year expense account. That makes his annual salary $381,000, one of the highest in the nation for a superintendent. This is a man who has no background in education administration. Teachers in the district are asking for a 9% pay raise without expense accounts or housing allowances.
July 5, 2008
Re "Power to change schools sought," June 28 Again, thanks to LAUSD Supt. David L. Brewer's own words, we are made aware of what folly it was to hire a former admiral to head a large urban school district. Brewer's metaphor equating principals with ship captains who have the power of God would only lead to further failures. As a substitute teacher in the district, I have encountered many truly incompetent principals who were elevated beyond their abilities and were toxic to their school environment.
December 11, 2008
Re "L.A. schools chief will leave job to head off fight," Dec. 9 David L. Brewer was the wrong man for the job in the first place. The experiment of hiring a non-educator to fill an education post should end with him. A schools chief should be someone who has experienced what teachers do every day in the classroom. It should be someone who has "been there, done that" and who understands the dynamics of day-to-day concerns. Senior Deputy Supt. Ramon C. Cortines should only be considered as an interim superintendent, and a search should begin immediately for a respected, capable educator.