Placer County Young Republicans

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

LA Unified School District Applaud at Governors Attempts to Help Failing Schools

LA Unified School District is providing a clear example of who bureaucrats care about – THEMSELVES.

In a proposed change to school regulations the Governor plans to make it easier for parents and teachers to unite and take habitually failing schools away from the district and create charter schools. Under the new provisions all funds would go directly to the charter school and not be siphoned off at the district level.

Ultimately, what seems to worry the LAUSD the most is not that these schools are habitually failing but that they will loose the opportunity to control the money that rightfully needs to fund these schools.
From LA Daily News:

“This proposal would allow parents at those struggling schools to more easily convert their campuses to charters, perhaps by a simple-majority vote, LAUSD
officials said.

"It's a very drastic, big move," school board Vice President Marlene Canter said.

The LAUSD would not have authority over the new charter schools, which would divert millions of dollars from the school district, officials said.”

This sounds like a great program where involved teachers and parents can unite and reform habitually failing schools. The only thing that LAUSD seems to care about is that it will loose the authority to spend the dollars from those schools and require those teachers to be in the teachers union.
Now, the money quotes from the fear mongering teachers union and LAUDS thugs:

"This can produce chaos in this district," Superintendent Roy Romer said. "I'm
trying to warn people about it."

"These schools could be taken from the district," said Peggy Barber, coordinator of the LAUSD's Office of Legislation Implementation.

"This is a crisis for public education, said school board
member Julie Korenstein."

All I can say is, “go for it Arnold!”


  • Great post, Mark...

    This is a blatant example of how the unions in this state are out of control.

    But to think that there is actually a debate in a County like LA is encouraging... even though you and I know how it will play out...

    By Blogger Roseville Conservative, at 5/11/2005 9:33 PM  

  • Go for it Arnold!@?

    are you kidding me, he has bailed out on so many of his "reforms" ot makes me sick.

    why didn't your liberal governor take better care with his pitiful ballot sutff.

    By Blogger Marc Williams, at 5/11/2005 10:29 PM  

  • What I want to know is:

    What happened to merit pay?

    Right now less than half of the alloted slots statewide have been filled. School districts can still rather easily create charter schools by voting for their creation.

    What we need is the Governor to stand up to the unions and insist on merit pay. Maybe he can even threaten to dump a couple million dollars into Paycheck Protection to turn the fire up on them.

    By Blogger Chris Mays, at 5/12/2005 8:51 AM  

  • I would also like to know what happened to merit based pay. The one thing that really worries me about Arnold is that he won't stand up and fight for what he says in his speeches and in interviews. Those always sound great. Seems like there is a lot of silence on some of Arnold's initiatives.

    To Marc W.
    why didn't your liberal governor take better care with his pitiful ballot sutff.
    Right now it appears that he is governor to all of us. We need to push him to follow through with what he says he is going to do.
    Nice face time on FNC, by the way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/13/2005 12:11 AM  

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