Villaraigosa's School Bill Passes in Legislature

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After weeks of relentless campaigning, Antonio Villaraigosa pushed a much-compromised school reorganization plan through the Assembly and Senate. The Mayor had hoped to take over LA's public schools--like the mayors of New York and Chicago, but he's put his career on the line to get something much less than the total control he'd wanted. Even if Governor Schwarzenegger signs the reform measure, it won't go into effect until the first of next year, and delay isn't the only obstacle to his goals of improving student performance and reducing the drop-out rate. If it doesn't work out, will he still get all the blame? Can bitter enemies forget their differences and help each other achieve common goals? We look at the potential risks and possible benefits of a political gamble.




Warren Olney


Frances Anderton