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It's down to the wire for Mayor Villaraigosa's effort to play a role in the public schools. Friday, he has a date in court with the elected school board. Is any chance of a compromise to shorten the time when nobody knows who's in charge? What's the role of the growing charter school movement?
David Tokosfsky says he won't run again for the LA School Board. Billionaire Eli Broad has given Green Dot Charter Schools a pile of money. And Green Dot will be part of Mayor Villaraigosa's new education team--if he needs one. On Friday, a court will hear arguments on whether Villaraigosa has any official right to a role in running LA's public schools. The state legislature has given him some authority, but the elected school board says that's unconstitutional. Meantime, the US Secretary of Education's in town to check up on the No Child Left Behind Act, her first stop on a tour of 13 cities. It's a big week for big players in education. What will it mean in the classroom?
- Howard Blume: Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @howardblume
- Steve Barr: Founder and CEO of Green Dot Public Schools, @SteveBarrLA
- David Tokofsky: Outgoing Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Raphael Sonenshein: Professor of Political Science, California State University Fullerton, @PBI
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