Quantcast

Jewish Journal

A Chance to Fix LA Schools

by  David A. Lehrer

October 12, 2009 | 6:56 pm

Community Advocates’ chairman, former mayor of Los Angeles Richard J. Riordan, has a clear and illuminating op/ed in today’s Los Angeles Times.

Riordan points out the significance of the LA School Board’s recently adopted Public School Choice Resolution. The motion allows charter school operators, unions, teacher groups, universities and others to apply to the District to take over low-performing schools and some of the District’s newly built schools.

Riordan describes the new act as a “big step in the right direction.” But he wisely warns that he (and I suspect others who have observed the District in action over the past few decades agree) is “skeptical as to whether the LAUSD will take full advantage of this window for change.” Undoubtedly, he recalls, as do we, the thousands of hours of staff and volunteer time invested in LEARN and other reform efforts that evaporated into an ossified, unresponsive and overly centralized bureaucracy.

Riordan offers concrete steps that ought to be taken to make sure “that this isn’t another wasted opportunity” to effect meaningful change. Among his proposals are holding Board members accountable for low performing schools, granting all new school operators the same powers (i.e. autonomy) as charter schools, and urging that new school operating proposals be judged on merit not politics.

His wish list for change is daunting but it may be our last hope for making the LAUSD work.

Tracker Pixel for Entry

COMMENTS

We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

Publication
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.

ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE
  • Trending Blog Posts

    Hitler T-shirts ‘sell well’ at Montreal boutique

    SHARES

    Another Jerusalem-Washington eruption: on gossip, juvenility, and substance

    SHARES

    The Heschel Exchange, part 2: On the rabbi’s provocative rhetoric

    SHARES

    The Heschel Exchange, part 3: On Kaplan and the God of the Bible

    SHARES

    Sunday Reads: How popular is ISIS in the Middle East?, On the world’s first woman rabbi

    SHARES

    ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ and civility

    SHARES

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

{blog_image:alt}

We are pleased to begin blogging via the website of the Jewish Journal. We hope to illuminate, explore and discuss issues that we at Community Advocates, Inc.find interesting,...

Read more