The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
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Mayor Villaraigosa will get to run some of LA’s most troubled public
schools. The new school board is going along, but the roles of parents
and teachers’ are not yet clear. How will the “partnership schools” be
different from charter schools? Will state law allow them to get extra
resources? Who will decide if the Mayor’s office is doing a better job
than LA Unified’s existing bureaucracy?
The courts vetoed Mayor Villaraigosa’s bid for direct power over all of LA’s public schools. But a newly elected school board majority has agreed to what’s called The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. The Mayor will get to run two low-performing high schools along with the elementary and middle schools that feed them. Partnership schools will plan curriculum, recruit staff and control their own budgets. Governing councils will include principals, teachers, staff members, students and parents.
- Ray Cortines: Los Angeles’ Deputy Mayor for Schools
- Connie Rice: Chair of the School Construction Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee, @ConnieRicePCN
- Raphael Sonenshein: Professor of Political Science, California State University Fullerton, @SonensheinPBI
- A.J. Duffy: President of the United Teachers Los Angeles
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