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November 23, 2003
I see that Richard Riordan, not content with being the new secretary of education, also wants to be president of the State Board of Education (Nov. 20). As a teacher, I'm just curious: Why would we want someone with absolutely no experience in a classroom occupying not just one, but two, significant positions? Lots of people have opinions about education; plenty of academics study it, in varying degrees of depth. But it seems to me that part of the problem we face at the state and local levels is that a lot of policy is made up by bureaucrats and politicians who haven't had any experience where it counts: in a classroom.
November 20, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Richard Riordan, California's newly appointed secretary for education, is exploring the possibility of also becoming president of the State Board of Education as a way to further his and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's influence over school policy and to press their reform ideas.
November 6, 2003 | George Skelton
Sacramento For good political theater, you've got to like Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointment of Richard Riordan as his education secretary. It produces fun and excitement, by Sacramento standards, and there hasn't been much of that around the governor's office in recent years. It's also a bold move, in many respects. Riordan, 73, can be a loose cannon, a trait he himself seems to be on guard against.
November 4, 2003 | Peter Nicholas, Dan Morain and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger made two appointments Monday that will help define his administration, naming former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as education secretary while hiring away Florida's budget chief to serve as state finance director. Having promised a fresh approach to governing, Schwarzenegger turned to two people steeped in the duties of public office, but removed from the political culture in Sacramento.
October 19, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is an arts writer for The Times' Calendar section.
On the eve of Disneyland's opening in 1955, Walt and Lillian Disney threw a bash at America's first theme park to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Guests sipped mint juleps on the Mark Twain riverboat, followed by a lavish dinner at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, complete with cancan dancers. Diane, their shy 21-year-old daughter, wore a "sort of bare" red linen dress that her mother had bought for the occasion. "I never saw my Dad happier, ever, ever, ever," Diane Disney Miller now says.
August 7, 2003 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Among the many Californians amazed when Arnold Schwarzenegger entered the governor's race late Wednesday afternoon was the actor's Brentwood neighbor and friend, Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles. Riordan was "stunned" when he learned from a television newscast that Schwarzenegger would challenge Gov. Gray Davis for the state's top post, according to one of Riordan's closest confidants.
August 1, 2003 | Michael Finnegan and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is close to taking over Arnold Schwarzenegger's political team to run a possible campaign for governor in the Oct. 7 recall election, Riordan's advisors said Thursday. For Riordan, a Republican who began serious campaign preparations less than two weeks ago, taking over Schwarzenegger's operation could ease a sudden entrance into a race that poses enormous strategic challenges for all the GOP candidates.
March 10, 2003
I had to shake my head in disbelief after reading "Teachers Union Wins Back the Power in L.A. Schools" (March 6). It is a real stretch to call the previous school board "reform-minded," unless you consider that privatizing, creating more high-paid downtown administrators by creating mini-districts and telling the teachers the district has no money for raises is "reform." The district then bought a white elephant as its new headquarters and had to repair the upper floors because of faulty construction.
February 22, 2003
Re "Forces Behind the Vote," Feb. 16: You quote Richard Riordan as saying he wants "independent-minded" school board candidates. Not true. Riordan wants board members who are independent as long as their votes agree with what he believes is right, and, arrogantly, he is sure he is always right. Riordan called me his hero, a revolutionary reformer, until I said no to his direct and specific order to vote against a decent rise in teachers' salaries. I believe the best way to improve public education is to have well-qualified and trained teachers in the classroom.
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