The politics of education - L.A. style

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Outgoing LAUSD Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines says his successor can implement new reforms in four or five years. But state legislators are getting impatient. If the district can't measure up in just three years, a State Senate Committee has unanimously approved guidelines for breaking LA Unified into smaller pieces. A highly paid state monitor would be appointed to measure progress in improving student achievement.
Local officials are furious. They're demanding more time and claiming the prospect of state meddling is driving away prospective new superintendents. Guests include Ramon Cortines, Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, State Senator Richard Alarcon, LAUSD Board member Vicki Castro.
On Reporter's Notebook, conservative assemblyman Tom McClintock, a republican who's not standing by embattled Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush.



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton