EDITORIAL : SWELTERING CLASSROOMS; PUBLIC IS LOSING PATIENCE WITH L.A. SCHOOL DISTRICT.AUTUMN is here but the temperatures are still climbing into the 90s in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , and that makes learning hard in a classroom without air conditioning air conditioning, mechanical process for controlling the humidity, temperature, cleanliness, and circulation of air in buildings and rooms. Indoor air is conditioned and regulated to maintain the temperature-humidity ratio that is most comfortable and healthful. .
To get voters to approve Proposition BB, the $2.4 billion bond issue for schools in the April election, the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. promised to install air conditioning without delay.
The voters bought the con job for Proposition BB and burdened themselves with more long-term taxation. They had the reasonable expectation that educators understand the meaning of words, especially their own words, and would keep their end of the bargain by quickly delivering the promised improvements.
But it's nearly six months later, and the public is seeing business as usual at the LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) . Officials are plodding along like molasses molasses, sugar byproduct, the brownish liquid residue left after heat crystallization of sucrose (commercial sugar) in the process of refining. Molasses contains chiefly the uncrystallizable sugars as well as some remnant sucrose. in a hard freeze. It's the same, old bureaucratic bu·reau·crat
1. An official of a bureaucracy.
2. An official who is rigidly devoted to the details of administrative procedure.
bu inertia and self-service.
Several companies have stepped forward, eager to undertake fast-track installation of air conditioning and complete the job by the start of the next school year 12 months from now. However, they were rebuffed by the district bureaucracy which wants to retain control and keep BB-funded projects from being given to private industry for oversight and management.
Career bureaucrats even had the nerve to urge members of the Board of Education - who are elected officials - not to listen to members of the public who may try to contact them about fast-tracking air conditioning. The bureaucrats advised the board members to rely on the guidance of district staff in such matters.
It's amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. , but not unexpected. It's the sort of foolishness that has fueled public interest in breaking up the huge LAUSD and splitting it into smaller, better managed school districts.
If the district's leaders don't have the job done by next September, then the voters and taxpayers will know who is responsible - a vast and bloated bureaucracy that runs the LAUSD for its own advantage, outmaneuvers the elected school board at every juncture, and doesn't care a whit what anybody thinks. A day of reckoning is coming unless the reign of the bureaucrats comes to an end soon.