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March 19, 2008
Re "Brewer apologizes in sex case," March 14 Both Los Angeles schools Supt. David L. Brewer and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony have failed the children. Mahony repeatedly transferred priests accused of improper behavior with Catholic schoolchildren from one school to another. Now Brewer is doing it. The next step is for Brewer to meet with the archdiocesan lawyers to get some tips on what to do next. Andrew Ko Pasadena
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December 12, 2008 | Jason Song, Song is a Times staff writer.
The Los Angeles Board of Education met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss potential replacements for Supt. David L. Brewer, with all signs continuing to point to the elevation of veteran educator Ramon C. Cortines, who currently holds the school system's No. 2 position. Board members voted 5 to 2 earlier this week to exercise the buyout provision of Brewer's contract midway through a four-year pact at a cost of at least $517,500.
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OPINION
May 17, 2007
Re "It's not the people, it's the processes," Opinion, May 15 Yet another bunch of silly talk on how to fix the schools. Every teacher knows the solution: Reduce all class sizes to 20 students, hire terrific teachers and then stand back. You will see real education in place of crowd control. But Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. David L. Brewer is not a teacher -- he wouldn't know. By the way, I'm a teacher. I have never been in the military, but shouldn't this qualify me to become an admiral in the Navy?
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Howard Blume
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 | Howard Blume
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2008 | Jason Song, Song is a Times staff writer.
The Los Angeles Board of Education met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss potential replacements for Supt. David L. Brewer, with all signs continuing to point to the elevation of veteran educator Ramon C. Cortines, who currently holds the school system's No. 2 position. Board members voted 5 to 2 earlier this week to exercise the buyout provision of Brewer's contract midway through a four-year pact at a cost of at least $517,500.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Howard Blume
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.
OPINION
April 7, 2008
Maybe he's the mayor's man. Maybe his popularity and his connections make him seem a threat to the superintendent. Forget all that. Ramon C. Cortines is what the Los Angeles Unified School District needs for the No. 2 management spot. We and others initially resisted leaning on Supt. David L. Brewer (Cortines had said he wouldn't take the job if anyone was pressured), but it was obvious that Brewer needed to hire the well-regarded former L.A. Unified superintendent, who has the deep knowledge of the district, of curriculum and of the California education scene that Brewer lacks.
OPINION
March 19, 2008
Re "Brewer apologizes in sex case," March 14 Both Los Angeles schools Supt. David L. Brewer and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony have failed the children. Mahony repeatedly transferred priests accused of improper behavior with Catholic schoolchildren from one school to another. Now Brewer is doing it. The next step is for Brewer to meet with the archdiocesan lawyers to get some tips on what to do next. Andrew Ko Pasadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2008 | Howard Blume
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.
OPINION
April 7, 2008
Maybe he's the mayor's man. Maybe his popularity and his connections make him seem a threat to the superintendent. Forget all that. Ramon C. Cortines is what the Los Angeles Unified School District needs for the No. 2 management spot. We and others initially resisted leaning on Supt. David L. Brewer (Cortines had said he wouldn't take the job if anyone was pressured), but it was obvious that Brewer needed to hire the well-regarded former L.A. Unified superintendent, who has the deep knowledge of the district, of curriculum and of the California education scene that Brewer lacks.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2007 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
Nearly a year after being hired to run the Los Angeles public school system, Supt. David L. Brewer filled some key cabinet-level posts this week and added to the stable of outside consultants trying to fix a faulty payroll system that has underpaid and overpaid thousands of employees. To find the district's chief financial officer, Brewer, a retired Navy admiral, tapped the financial manager of the Navy's postgraduate college.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2007 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
Arguing for longer school days, single-sex academies and more parent involvement, Los Angeles Schools Supt. David L. Brewer on Thursday portrayed the school system as one dotted with pockets of excellence but plagued by a deeply ingrained culture resistant to change.
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