Report: “Mayoral Control” Helps School Districts
A new report out from a Washington DC think tank closely associated with the Democratic Party takes a look at the history of “mayoral control” of big-city school systems in which City Hall runs a district rather than an independently elected Board of Education. According to the report, written by a pair of academics from...
By Alexander Russo | March 22, 2013
Mayor: Low Turnout Undercuts Elected Board
In a new KPCC radio interview that aired earlier today, Mayor Villaraigosa surprised nobody touting his record on education — claiming to have doubled the number of schools at 800 and above in the API (academic performance index), for example — and taking aim at the notion that LAUSD should have an independent elected School...
By Alexander Russo | March 21, 2013
Differing Views of Villaraigosa Education Record
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is likely to be remembered for his efforts on behalf of public education in Los Angeles. But will he be considered effective and successful or not? The initial verdicts are starting to come in, and they are predictably mixed. On Tuesday, KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez produced a generally negative view of the Mayor’s accomplishments,...
By Samantha Oltman | March 20, 2013
Morning Read: Villaraigosa Fell Short on Education, Says KPCC
Why Antonio Villaraigosa Fell Short as LA’s Education Mayor As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to step down in June, among the achievements he takes credit for during his eight years in office is improving one institution that the law gives him no authority over: the public schools. KPCC CTC to Survey New Teacher Prep Grads...
By Samantha Oltman | March 19, 2013
Mayor Overreached Against Zimmer, Says Reformer
Last week’s School Board primary outcome wasn’t a win or even a mixed result for Mayor Villaraigosa and his merry band of reformers, according to former state senator Gloria Romero. It was a big loss. Romero has had public disagreements with Villaraigosa in the past, and she first made her negative assessment of the outcome...
By Alexander Russo | March 12, 2013
Defiant Mayor Promises Continued Involvement
Before and during a Wednesday evening education event held at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a tired-looking Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa expressed frustration about the previous day’s election results — and pledged to keep working on school reform issues even after his term expires. “Obviously I was disappointed with the results in the fourth district,” Villaraigosa told LA School...
By Hillel Aron | March 7, 2013
Morning Read: Spending Up 977 Percent Over 2009
L.A. School Board Race Tops Spending Records The city’s ethics commission, which tracks campaign finances, reported this week that independent expenditures in the three board races represent a 977 percent increase over the primary four years ago, the last time these three seats were up for grabs. EdWeek See also: LA School Report Mayoral Rivals Talk...
By Samantha Oltman | February 28, 2013
Education Summit Could Reveal Mayoral Candidates’ Differences
In a Mayoral election dominated by the economy and the budget, education has been barely a blip on the leading candidates’ radar screens. For a moment, at least, all that will change on Wednesday, February 27, when the five Mayoral candidates take part in a debate at the United Way’s education summit. The question is...
By Hillel Aron | February 25, 2013
Morning Read: Rhee, Longoria Join Fray Over LAUSD
Michelle Rhee Group Donates $250,000 to Candidates in LAUSD Races A group led by former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee donated $250,000 Wednesday to contests for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, adding further political fuel to a battle over the direction of reform efforts in the nation’s second-largest school system....
By Samantha Oltman | February 21, 2013
Villaraigosa’s Big Education Day
He may never have won direct control over LAUSD and he may or may not ever get a Cabinet appointment. He may have only a few more weeks before his replacement is picked. But outgoing LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa still enjoys some big days on the education reform front. Today included news that Villaraigosa had...
By LA School Report | February 12, 2013