The Los Angeles School Board Picks a New Leader

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Antonio Villaraigosa says his top priority as Mayor of LA will be fixing a school district that-s graduating fewer than half its high school students. He wants to appoint all seven of the board members now elected by voters in geographical districts. Today, the Board took care of its own business and elected two-term member Marlene Canter as its new President. What does Canter think about Mayor Villaraigosa's call for "accountability?" We find out in a conversation with reporter Joel Rubin, who covers the LAUSD for the LA Times, and newly elected school board President Marlene Canter.
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Daily News article on failing parole system

LA Unified School District (LAUSD)

LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer

Brown Act

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)

Rubin's article on contest to lead LAUSD

Rubin's article on Villaraigosa's call to pick LA Board of Education

Congressman Randy Cunningham



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton