School Reform Bill on Fast-Track in Sacramento

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Mayor Villaraigosa says that dropout rates and low achievement show that the LA Unified School District is failing. He claims that the Mayors of New York, Chicago and Boston have demonstrated that accountability in just one elected official can put public schools on the road to reform and improvement. His bill to shake up the system is on a fast track in Sacramento, with one Democratic Senator saying her leaders told her to vote for the bill even though she has reservations. The Legislature's own legal counsel says it may be unconstitutional and some elected school board members promise to sue if it's enacted and signed by the Governor. Is it a power grab by the Mayor and the teachers' union?

Credits

Guests:
David Tokofsky - education strategist and former LAUSD school board member and teacher - @davidtokofsky, Richard Riordan - former Mayor of Los Angeles - @RichardJRiordan, Ed Levine - High school teacher, LAUSD

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Frances Anderton