Will More School Autonomy Help Schools and Satisfy Parents?
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LA Superintendent John Deasy is making a major move toward decentralization, giving local schools the power to hire teachers, choose materials and set schedules. It's a big win for the teachers' union, but, in exchange, it agreed to allow schools to void parts of its contract. Do parents feel they will have more to say? Are charter schools getting a downgrade? Also, the LAPD puts an end to Occupy LA. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, health care, politics and the US Supreme Court.
Health Care Reform Will Go to the Supreme Court ()
President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act has received mixed reviews from appellate courts, and the US Supreme Court has agreed to pass judgment by June of next year. That's before either Republicans or Democrats will have nominated their presidential candidates, and two individual Supreme Court justices are now the subjects of political scrutiny. What are the possible consequences for the White House, Congress and insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans? We look at the range of potential options.
- Robert Barnes: Washington Post, @scotusreporter
- Dan Schnur: USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, @danschnur
- Uwe Reinhardt: Princeton University, @uwejreinhardt
- Thomas Miller: American Enterprise Institute
The End of Occupy LA? ()
With 1400 officers, the LAPD surrounded Occupy LA early this morning, moved in, and arrested 200 people. Today, Mayor Villaraigosa said he kept his promise. Saul Gonzalez was on the scene for KCRW and Which Way, LA?
LAUSD and Teachers' Union Form Tentative Agreement ()
School Superintendent John Deasy told the elected school board last night that he's decentralizing the LAUSD. He's made a deal with Warren Fletcher, newly elected president of the teachers' union, to let local schools hire teachers, choose teaching materials and set schedules. These are powers the Union has wanted for years, and Fletcher had to make some concessions. The deal isn't final until UTLA members approve.
Also, in a follow up to last night's WWLA?, the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board last night changed private fundraising rules. By a vote of 6 to nothing, with one abstention, it ruled that PTA's of individual schools will no longer be allowed to pay the salaries of extra teaching staff. The goal is to avoid inequities between rich and poor schools. The district-wide Education Foundation will get that responsibility sometime in the next three years. The City of Malibu has voted to consider forming its own, separate district.
- Howard Blume: Los Angeles Times, @howardblume
- Bill Ring: Director, TransParent
- Jed Wallace: California Charter Schools Association
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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