FROM David L. Brewer, III
LAUSD Superintendent Brewer Responds to His Critics Monica Garcia, president of the elected LA Unified School Board, has been frustrated in her efforts to remove Superintendent David Brewer from his current job. Last night on our program, Teachers' union president AJ Duffy repeated a familiar criticism: that the former admiral is well meaning and has a big heart, but that he's not up to the job. Tonight, Superintendent Brewer responds to his critics.
L.A. School Board Readies for Budget Battle California faces a deficit upwards of 15 billion dollars. Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget would increase education spending by 193 million—but that won’t pay cost of living increases and some special funding is being reduced. For the LA Unified School District , that means a 353 million dollar shortfall.
Superintendent Brewer’s Troubled Plan for Troubled Schools After heavy criticism, Superintendent David Brewer has modified his plan for reforming LA's lowest performing schools. He's reduced the number of campuses he will focus on and scrapped the idea of giving them separate governance. But he's retained proposals for the reassignment of teachers, merit pay and scripted teaching. The United Teachers of Los Angeles is so opposed to those ideas that union head A.J. Duffy told the Daily News, Brewer's " declaring war. "
Is the Superintendent Trying to Break Up the LAUSD? Mayor Villaraigosa will be taking responsibility for two groups of the lowest-performing schools in the LA Unified School District. Now, LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer wants to put 44 of LA's lowest-performing schools into a separate district with its own superintendent, its own curriculum and its own rules. Is it the beginning of a breakup for the Los Angeles Unified School District ? Would it lead to a power struggle between Brewer and Villaraigosa? We talk with the Superintendent, administrators and educators. Also, after nine months of sending the wrong checks to teachers, what about fixing the new payroll system? Also, for nine months, the LAUSD has been sending the wrong amounts of money to teachers and other employees. Sometimes too much, sometimes not enough. What about fixing the new payroll system?
City Officials Respond to LA Gang Study A prestigious group called the Advancement Project has produced a massive report on Los Angeles , now called the world capital of gang violence. Despite the efforts and expenditures of multiple public agencies and dozens of independent projects, the problem is worse than it was 20 years ago and is comparable to a public-health epidemic. Officials have decided that rather than dealing with symptoms, it's time to treat basic causes and involve the LA Unified School District as well as law enforcement. Yesterday at Los Angeles City Hall, the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs heard a "power panel" of high-level officials respond to the report. The Chiefs of the Fire and Police and County Sheriff all said law enforcement isn't enough to deal with gang violence. We hear from the report's author and get response city officials, the committee and the LAUSD.
David Brewer Named New Superintendent of LA Schools LA Unified is America's second largest public school district. With almost 800,000 students, it's more populous than the City of San Francisco. Despite pockets of excellence, LAUSD has a reputation for failure, much emphasized by Mayor Villaraigosa. The Legislature gave Villagraigosa a role in choosing the next superintendent, but with the new law not yet having taken effect, the elected school board seized the moment while the Mayor was in Asia. Unanimously, it chose retired Vice Admiral David Brewer, III . A military man who headed the Military Sealift Command until early this year has no direct experience in education, but he says family history proves it's in his DNA. Brewer says he's not a "reformer," he's a "transformer." What does he mean? Does he have a philosophy of education? Can he cope with America's most diverse student body and LA's local politics?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?