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LAUSD School Choice Chooses….Not So Much Change

February 24th, 2010 by Celeste Fremon

Brian-Vander-Brug-photo

22 LAUSD SCHOOLS GIVEN TO LA TEACHERS TO RUN—HIGH PROFILE CHARTERS COME UP EMPTY

At LAUSD school board meeting Tuesday In a large win for UTLA, the teachers’ union, 22 schools were handed off to the districts’ teachers to reorganize. That was 22 out of the 30 that were that were up for grabs as part of the controversial school choice plan. Three of the 30 were given to the mayor’s group to reorganize and another three were given to charters, with one last school given to some kind of partnership between teachers and charters and—I don’t remember who else..

And a most perplexing decision, three charter school operators were yanked completely out of the mix: the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools and ICEF Public School—and Green Dot (which only bid for one school). In other words, the charter companies that are best known for their success in running schools in Los Angeles County.

“We missed an opportunity to make bold change today,” the Daily News reported that school board member Yolie Flores said grimly. Flores, who was the one who authored the district’s School Choice plan, was not a happy camper. “Clearly, there is a line of board members that are still beholden to unions. I am beholden to children.”

Howard Blume at the LA Times has the best account of what was evidently a very wild, very woolly day.

Hey, we all hope for the best.


Photo by Brian Vander Brug for the LA Times

Posted in Education, Green Dot, LAUSD, unions | 12 Comments »

12 Responses

  1. Nocturnal Says:

    Hi Celeste

    I appologize that this is off topic and I know you don’t like links but I thought this one might interest you a little bit.

    http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-johnny-depp-justice.html

  2. WTF Says:

    I really do believe privatizing schools might be the only solution to defuse the state of uneducated masses we’re heading toward. I know all the cons to privatizing schools, and it won’t be pretty. But the overwhelming positive of it, is that each community would be able to fire their school teachers and administrators if they became too powerful, and replace them with a new agency. Considering the growing legion of termites that school teachers and administrators have become to the pillars of our public school industrial complex, I feel that that one positive outweighs all of the negatives of private schools. The public school industrial complex (LAUSD) as we know it today has become an experiment gone horribly bad.

  3. RobThomas Says:

    Got ya, WTF. But let’s look at the solutions. With private policing, each community would vote on their police agency which patrols their community. At least that would be my suggestion.

    With private schools, how will we make certain everyone is served? People will have to pay for their own school, individually, right?

    I don’t see how private schools will defuse a future of uneducated masses, I only see it leaving even more people uneducated because many people will not be able to afford a private school. Of course there could be vouchers, but who decides which schools accept which vouchers? Who oversees the process to make sure there is no discrimination, even racial discrimination, when the vouchers are being considered by private schools? I agree with you that there needs to be reform in the educational system, but privatizing the public school system is not the answer. The result would be no education whatsoever for probably the majority of American citizens. So for you to fear a future of uneducated masses and to suggest private schools is quite puzzling.

  4. Nocturnal golfers enjoy swinging nightclubs Says:

    More links Nocturnol.
    We need more links please.

  5. Nocturnal golfers enjoy swinging nightclubs Says:

    Nodding the head does not row the boat Nocturnal.
    Capisce?

  6. Swami Squad Says:

    The 2 girls in that picture look like Thanksgiving Day-Macy’s Parade balloon floats.

    Yikes!

  7. RobThomas Says:

    You want to see some “parade floats”, google photos of pretty much any right wing rally. The southern states are the fattest states in the country.

  8. Sammy cubano Says:

    Those two girls in the picture look like They’ve never turned down a meal, Celeste?
    They’re so fat, they have there own area code.

  9. RobThomas Says:

    The industry that convinced those girls that there is nothing wrong with eating fattening food, and that it even makes them great Americans for doing so, is not an industry I’ve seen Celeste shill for in any way. I haven’t heard Celeste’s views on America’s obesity epidemic, but I’m going to guess that considering the rest of her politics that she believes in government regulating what kind of food is served to children in schools, taking some role in informing citizens of the nutritional value of fattening food that commercials are bombarding them with images of, and encouraging people to eat healthy and exercise through ad campaigns of their own. I think government should give tax breaks to food manufacturers and restaurants based upon how much healthy food they sale. In California, it’s not that bad of a problem yet because people are more health cautious here. But in the southern states it’s a real epidemic, and it’s one of the things driving up health care costs for the entire country.

  10. Gava Joe Says:

    RT might be spot on about the South, but it’s just more of a culture that needs modified. Had an aunt, skinny as a rail, grew up in OK. Ate fried catfish and hush puppies at least once a wk. black eyed peas w/ the hog maw. Went out to CA to see friends and got hit by a bus!

  11. RobThomas Says:

    That’s funny, when I used to go to the store with my mom as a kid and try to throw junk food into the basket, she’d put it back on the shelf and tell me how it’s bad for me. I would tell her exactly what you just said, GJ, that I could just get hit by a bus and go out that way, so it doesn’t matter. That’s the logic I had when I was 10. Of course, as an adult, I’ve realized that becoming diabetic, which would raise my health care costs and, to some extent, yours too, is much more likely than that bus collision. That’s the type of information that our good ol friends down south, and, yes, those two girls in the picture, need to get, to contrast the message they’re getting from commercials now, which is, “eat, it’s ok, it’s your life, you can do whatever you want!”.

  12. Gava Joe Says:

    “eat, it’s ok, it’s your life, you can do whatever you want!”.

    Therein lies the triglyceride. The big corps pay the bills for these politicians who are trying to justify “smart eating” vs. their place in the food chain (pun). Yes Universal Health Care is viable and more possible now than its ever been BUT the law dogs are gittin in the field of fire. Maybe it’s time to call Dick Cheney out for one last gasp. He’s been known to fire right through folks.

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