TAKEOVER OF LAUSD ENCOURAGED MAYOR APPEALS TO PARENTS.Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer
EL SERENO - Shifting his campaign for LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) reform, 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. on Friday appealed to parents for their support and said he will resume his previous proposal to take over governance Governance makes decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. It consists either of a separate process or of a specific part of management or leadership processes. Sometimes people set up a government to administer these processes and systems. of 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. .
After several weeks of vacillating on the issue, Villaraigosa said he now has decided that mayoral control is the only way to affect reform and his advisers are looking at legal options and requirements.
With more than 100 parents and students at Farmdale Elementary School elementary school: see school. - where he opened the 147th L.A.'s BEST after-school program - Villaraigosa said parents should not accept the current education system.
``I know your kids can get more. I am looking to you to form a partnership to reform the schools. I think we need to make a fundamental change. I think the best way we can do that is to have one person in charge,'' he said.
At the very least, a vote by all those in the LAUSD - which includes 26 other cities - would be needed to change how the nation's second-largest school district is operated.
``It is very difficult,'' Villaraigosa said. ``And it's not something that will happen overnight. But we need to make a governance change. I will not be deterred in this.''
School board members have been opposed to the mayor's plan, urging him instead to concentrate on student safety and pre- and after-school programs such as L.A.'s BEST.
Villaraigosa has lent his support to both of those and, in an inaugural gala, raised $2.4 million for L.A.'s BEST that helped fund its expansion this year.
The mayor picked up some support from the city's newest councilman, Jose Huizar, who still serves on the Board of Education and was elected Nov. 8 to complete Villaraigosa's term on the City Council.
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A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers 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. , said he continues to oppose a mayoral takeover, but added that he does not want to be drawn into a debate with the mayor.
``We all have the same goal of improving the schools and I think it is happening, although more needs to be done,'' Duffy said. ``I don't think (a mayoral takeover) works. But, what I would like to do it talk directly with the mayor to discuss some ideas we have and see where we can come together.''
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