LAUSD DROPS VALLEY SCHOOLS FIVE OF SIX DON'T MAKE REFORM LIST.
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Just a single 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. school is in the running to participate in two key reform efforts widely touted by the mayor and schools chief as a key to boosting performance at 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.
Superintendent David Brewer This article is about the businessman and Lord Mayor of London; for the American jurist, see David Josiah Brewer
Sir David Brewer CMG (born 1940) was Lord Mayor of London between 2005 and 2006. III said Thursday that he has cut five of the six Valley schools named in his original reform effort targeting 44 low-performing sites.
And Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. has 34 confirmed meetings with LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) schools through November to determine which two high schools and their related elementary and middle schools he'll manage -- but none of them are in the Valley.
While some say Valley schools are being unfairly left out of the reform efforts, others note the schools have specifically asked to be excluded.
Whatever the reason, however, exclusion of Valley schools in reform efforts could be politically risky for both the mayor and the superintendent.
"Historically, the Valley has felt left out and it's one of the reasons it has this impression that downtown L.A. is more than simply a 20- or 30-mile trip -- it's in another universe in terms of representing their interests or meeting their needs," said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs
"If, in fact, it does come to pass that the Valley is largely ignored with proportional cluster representation, then I think there'll be
fuel added to the fire of being ignored and stoke stoke
A unit of kinematic viscosity equal to that of a fluid with a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per milliliter.
stoke secession feelings."
District officials, school leaders and parents in the Valley say local schools have requested they not be included in either the mayor's cluster of schools or Brewer's reform package.
Schools like Arleta High and Polytechnic asked Brewer to remove them from his list because they want to continue their own reform efforts.
But Brewer emphasized his decision to remove Valley schools from his high-priority list is driven purely by performance data. And he said that also could change in the future, based on performance.
"We looked at the data," Brewer said. "If anything, (the five Valley schools were removed from the list) because they're doing somewhat better than other schools.
"But we will continue to monitor them and if they require more focus or to move into the high-priority district, we will do that."
Janelle Erickson, spokeswoman for the mayor, said the mayor's school partnership is designed to create a structure for fast-paced reform at all LAUSD campuses.
And outreach efforts are focused on the lowest-performing schools where no reform initiatives are under way, she said.
"Whether a school lies within the family of schools or not, the partnership stands ready to support any and all reform efforts," Erickson said.
"The mayor made it clear that we plan to go where we are most needed and where we are most wanted Most Wanted may refer to:
LAUSD board member Tamar Galatzan, who represents part of the Valley, said it appears Valley schools asked to be left out of the reform efforts.
"I've heard that some of the Valley schools felt they were making good progress and are really on the road to turning their schools around and they wanted to be given the opportunity to see those changes through," Galatzan said.
"There are going to be opportunities for Valley schools to be a part of this, whether officially or unofficially.
"I don't think anyone is telling any school in this district, especially any school in the Valley, that you can't try anything innovative or creative until we get around to you."
Sigifredo Lopez -- president of the Parent Community Coalition, which represents 1,800 parents in the Valley and the rest of the district -- said parents don't trust the mayor or Brewer.
"Reforms are coming out, but parents are saying nothing makes education better for children and brings more parent participation -- that these reforms are political," he said.
The latest development comes two months after Villaraigosa and Brewer announced a partnership giving the mayor two families of schools to manage.
Two weeks ago, Brewer announced an additional plan to carve out to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out.
See also: Carve a separate district for 44 of the neediest schools.
But after resistance from some of the targeted schools, Brewer cut 10 from his list including five in the Valley: Reseda, Monroe, Polytechnic, Arleta and Panorama high schools Panorama High School is a secondary school located in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Panorama, which opened with grades 9, 10, and 11th, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. .
Only Sylmar remains on the list.
Meanwhile, as Villaraigosa hopes to announce his school groups by December, his planned meetings with schools include six at Roosevelt High and five at Crenshaw cren·shaw also cran·shaw
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[Origin unknown.] : the two schools long believed to be the mayor's top choices.
Both Brewer's and Villaraigosa's efforts are slated to roll out at LAUSD schools in the 2008-09 school year.
Regalado said that while the mayor is aware of the importance of the Valley to his political future, Brewer may not realize the political land mines.
"Maybe Brewer doesn't know the political reality of how important the Valley is, or he may feel that the Valley can be drawn in at a later point," Regalado said.
"But it'll be politically risky for him."
"Unfortunately, because we have such a centralized system In telecommunications, a centralized system is one in which most communications are routed through one or more major central hubs. Such a system allows certain functions to be concentrated in the system's hubs, freeing up resources in the peripheral units. , everything gets drawn to the middle and everything begins and ends downtown -- and in many cases the Valley remains an afterthought af·ter·thought
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"But until we know how this works, we don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
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"It may be that we'd be escaping an ill-conceived plan, but on the other hand, if it's something that actually works, we would hope they would roll it out so others can benefit from it as well."
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(color) Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will pick two high schools and their related elementary and middle schools to manage, but none of them are in the San Fernando Valley.