CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1998
Regarding Mayor Richard Riordan's assessment of the schools ("Riordan Task Force Plans Its Own School Board Slate," Sept. 12): Finally, someone who has the fortitude to tell the truth. The emperor is naked and the schools are a disaster caused by letting politics dictate policy instead of common sense. I will either have to move or send my sons to a private school while my taxes support a deficient public school system. I certainly don't share [governor candidate] Gray Davis' confidence in the school system and I don't understand why he praises it in his TV ads. JOHN GONZALEZ North Hills
November 15, 1993 |
Gov. Jim Edgar signed a financial rescue plan for Chicago public schools late Sunday night, letting the nation's third-largest school system continue operating. The governor's signature ended almost three months of legislative wrangling over how to help the school system balance its budget. Edgar said the plan "will assure the 411,000 children are in classrooms, where they belong, without a state bailout."
June 27, 2001 |
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named an aide to former public school chief executive Paul Vallas to replace him as head of the nation's third-largest school system. Arne Duncan, 36, will preside over a school system with 435,000 students, 45,900 employees and a $3.5-billion annual budget. Vallas resigned June 7 after six years as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan became the deputy chief of staff in 1999 after working since 1998 as director of magnet schools for the city's board of
November 25, 2012
By now, it should be apparent that charter schools have been the spark to the education reform flame in the Los Angeles Unified School District. At first, applicants hoping to open publicly funded but independently operated charter schools had to fight for every new campus, opposed by school board members who were strong union allies. But as charters showed remarkable progress with disadvantaged and minority students who had been failing in regular public schools, appreciation for them increased.
June 13, 2002 |
NEW YORK * Gov. George Pataki signed legislation that gives New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg control of the city's school system. The 1.1-million-student system will become Bloomberg's direct responsibility beginning July 1. The law also expands the Board of Education to 13 members. Currently, the system is run by a seven-member board and a chancellor. The mayor appoints two of the board members; the rest are appointed by each of the city's five borough presidents.
October 22, 1989
I would like to suggest to Poole that his next focus be the privatization of our public school system. If all primary and secondary schools were privately owned and operated, they could compete with one another for excellence in curriculum and instruction. This system would force schools to develop specific standards of performance and accountability ("production" in the business world) and may motivate parents to become more involved. By operating as a business, a privatized school system would reward our excellent teachers, weed out poor teachers and provide incentives for new teachers to become excellent teachers.
May 5, 2007
Re "A drill can't fix LAUSD," Opinion, April 28 The rest of the world scores quick and easy political points by bashing our public school system. Virtually alone in the world of punditry, Sandra Tsing Loh identifies the successes of public schools. As a parent with children in public school, I love her work on this front, because school staff are properly more concerned with teaching than with rehabilitating their battered image. For readers who merely skim headlines, "A drill can't fix LAUSD" cynically echoes the conventional wisdom that our school system is broken beyond repair.