GOP STATE LEGISLATORS SEEK LAUSD BREAKUP.Byline: HARRISON SHEPPARD Sacramento Bureau
SACRAMENTO -- While Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid to reform Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Unified remains stalled in court, a new effort to break up the district is expected to be launched today in the state Legislature A state legislature may refer to a legislative branch or body of a political subdivision in a federal system.
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Sen. George Runner George C. Runner, Jr. (born March 25 1952 in Scotia, New York) is a Republican California State Senator, who represents the 17th Senate District, which includes portions of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County and Ventura County. , R-Lancaster, and Assemblyman Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth is a Republican who has represented Califoria's 38th Assembly district since December of 2006. He succeeded Keith Richman who was term limited.
Prior to being elected to the state legislature, Assemblyman Smyth served on the Santa Clarita City Council, where he , R-Santa Clarita, plan to introduce a bill that would reorganize the LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) into about 15 districts of no more than 50,000 students each.
``We believe once you start getting over 50,000, you begin to go down that same track of not being size-efficient, and you start losing accountability to the parents and community,'' Runner said.
The bill is identical to one that Runner and former Assemblyman Keith Richman Dr. Keith S. Richman is a California, United States, Republican politician. From 2001 to 2007, he served in the California State Assembly representing the 38th Assembly District based in Northwest Los Angeles County. , R-Northridge, introduced last year that was blocked in committee and then set aside as the mayor's plan gained momentum.
Villaraigosa's plan, passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor last year, calls for a Council of Mayors to ratify the hiring and firing of the LAUSD superintendent. It also creates a mayor-controlled partnership to run the district's lowest-performing schools.
But a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, ruling in a lawsuit filed by the LAUSD board, declared the measure unconstitutional last month, and the mayor is now appealing.
But Runner said he believes the appeal ultimately will fail, and breaking up the district should be the next reform to be considered.
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``In this case, smaller isn't beautiful,'' said Steve Maviglio, a NuIllegal 'X-value' for character STYLs voided here ez spokesman. ``It would be an administrative nightmare, invite dozens of lawsuits, possibly affect desegregation desegregation: see integration. plans worked out long ago, and create dozens of new fiefdoms.''
A spokeswoman for Villaraigosa said he believes he will prevail in court and is focused on reforming the district, not breaking it up. The mayor plans to release a detailed policy framework tonight outlining his reform plans, spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said.
``We remain confident that the law is on our (side) and are moving aggressively forward with our planning and preparations for the mayor's partnership schools,'' she said.
School board President Marlene Canter said she doesn't think it's the appropriate time to consider breaking up LAUSD, which is in the middle of a massive building program.
``Timing is everything, and this is not the right time as far as I'm concerned,'' Canter said.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has previously declared his support for breaking up the district, as well as for Villaraigosa's bid to gain partial control.
Runner said if his bill fails, he might consider legislation revising the process for citizen group petitions for breakup so the state Board of Education would have less ability to keep them off the ballot.
Runner said his bill is aimed specifically at L.A. and would not deal with other districts. Currently there are 10 districts in California There are several different types of districts in California. The U.S. state of California is geographically divided into various districts for political and administrative purposes. that have more than 50,000 students, according to California Department of Education The California Department of Education is a California agency that oversees public education. The Department oversees funding, testing, and holds local educational agencies accountable for student achievement. data.