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March 24, 2006
Re "Mayor's Take on Schools," March 18 The mayor wants to control the Los Angeles Unified School District, but he has yet to spell out in detail what he plans to actually do with such power. The issues facing the classroom -- the place where education actually happens -- are enormous, but this only skims the surface of key concerns. It doesn't touch on the bigger issues that affect education outside the classroom, such as poverty, crime, lack of parental support and so forth. It's these issues that the mayor needs to focus on; that's where he could make a difference.
March 20, 2006
WHEN MAYORS TAKE OVER complex urban school districts, suddenly there is one clear line of authority -- and accountability. That's one of the best reasons to advocate mayoral control for the schools in Los Angeles, where parents complain that no one listens to their concerns, voters are unsure who is responsible for the schools' shortcomings and decision-making gets stalled in endless board discussion and micromanagement.
March 17, 2006
Re "Union report card on the mayor," Current, March 12 I object to your characterization of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, as feeling "betrayed and terrified" by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We still have faith that Villaraigosa can be a great mayor for L.A., but we believe that our students would be better served if the city and the district worked together rather than engaging in a senseless and costly battle.
February 27, 2006 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg won control of this city's schools nearly four years ago and swiftly unleashed a dizzying string of reforms. Bloomberg and his schools chancellor, former federal prosecutor Joel I. Klein, slashed administrative jobs, ordered uniform reading and math programs and hired parent coordinators for New York's 1,400 schools. The pair converted warehouse-like high schools into smaller campuses and ended the practice of promoting failing students to the next grade.
January 27, 2006 | Steve Hymon and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accelerated his drive Thursday to take over the troubled Los Angeles Unified School District, announcing for the first time that he wants full control in two years and will unveil a detailed reform plan in three months. In recent weeks, Villaraigosa has assembled a team of advisors who are beginning to draft a plan to take on the elected school board and the city's powerful teachers union to win voter approval for a takeover.
December 13, 2005
RAND CORP. LAST WEEK offered the first outside look at how mayoral control might affect Los Angeles schools. The conclusion, summed up in a terse chart: There are a lot of possible advantages, and only a couple of potential disadvantages. The chart was presented to a city-school commission examining school governance as part of a look at many ways the L.A. Unified School District might restructure itself.
December 5, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
A party slate headed by popular Moscow Mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov dominated the widely watched City Council election here Sunday, while a struggling coalition of Western-style democratic parties won enough votes to survive as a force in Russian politics. The election had been seen as offering an indicator of parties' relative strengths as Russia heads toward the parliamentary election in 2007.
October 10, 2005
GIVEN MAYOR ANTONIO Villaraigosa's wobbly tone on schools since taking office, no one was expecting his group of education experts to come up with a bold blueprint for improving L.A.'s schools. But the plan he announced on Thursday is a primer on how the mayor can improve schools from the outside, almost as a helpful volunteer. That's disappointing coming from a mayor who promised to improve schools from the inside by taking control of them and being held accountable for their performance.
July 19, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that he will postpone his efforts to take over the city's ailing public school system until more modest reforms he hopes to put in place have a chance to work. Villaraigosa unveiled the thrust of those reforms Monday at an education symposium in downtown Los Angeles, saying they would focus on ways that city government can improve the learning environment on campuses, including initiatives to make students healthier and safer, among others.
July 16, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
In the first serious move to overhaul control of the Los Angeles public schools, state Sen. Gloria Romero introduced a bill Friday that would empower the city's mayor to appoint members to an expanded Board of Education. The legislation, modeled after districts in several large cities, would dramatically reshape governance of the nation's second-largest public school system.
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