LAUSD TAKEOVER STILL FACES BATTLE IN CAPITOL HALLS.Byline: HARRISON SHEPPARD Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- 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 leaders roamed the halls of the Capitol on Monday to rally opposition to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school-takeover plan.
The mayor's plan, which was formally introduced Monday as Assembly Bill 1381, has its first hearing Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee.
LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) Superintendent Roy Romer Roy R. Romer (born October 31, 1928 in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th governor of Colorado and served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006. , school board President Marlene Canter and board member Jon Lauritzen traveled to Sacramento to try to turn key lawmakers -- many of whom remain undecided -- against the bill, which gives Villaraigosa a greater degree of influence in running the schools.
Infuriating school officials who were left out of the talks, the mayor struck a compromise deal last week with the powerful teachers unions.
``This is a very political bill,'' Romer said. ``One of our concerns is the very quick backdoor See trapdoor. way this was done. I mean, bang, the mayor and one of our unions that we're in negotiations with go to Sacramento and have a pajama party and come up with a bill that affects the lives of 730,000 children.''
The mayor's bill is authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, Sen. Gloria Romero Gloria J. Romero is currently the Democratic majority leader of the California State Senate and the first woman to ever hold this leadership position.
Romero grew up in Barstow, and earned her associate's degree from Barstow Community College. She went on to a B.A. , D-Los Angeles and Assemblyman Dario Frommer Dario Frommer (born October 22, 1963 in Long Beach, California) was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000 until 2006. He served as Majority Leader from 2004 until 2006. Frommer also served as Chair of the Health Committee. , D-Glendale.
``The LAUSD bureaucracy is failing our children, and it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a for fundamental change,'' Romero said. ``It is possible to improve student achievement and cut the dropout (1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human rate, but only if we shake up the bureaucracy and move resources straight to the classroom.''
The district officials met with a wide range of key lawmakers as well as with aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said he would sign the bill even prior to seeing the specific language.
They met with Assemblyman Mark Wyland, R-Vista, the vice chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, who was one of the few Republicans to initially support the mayor's compromise plan. But Wyland has quietly asked that his name be withdrawn as a co-author of the legislation.
Wyland's staff said Monday that he supports the general concept of mayoral control, but is now having second thoughts about this specific proposal. That change comes after Wyland heard from Republican opponents of the bill who explained their alternatives and more of the Los Angeles politics behind the bill.
Those other Republicans include such opponents of the mayor's plan as Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, and Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who would rather break up the LAUSD into smaller districts.