Education Summit Could Reveal Mayoral Candidates’ Differences
Hillel Aron | February 25, 2013
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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 whether any of the candidates will use the event as a time to get more specific about their positions — and distinguish themselves from each other. Some reform insiders are suggesting that more differences between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will emerge at the event.
In LA, the Mayor doesn’t have direct control over LAUSD. That hasn’t stopped the last two Mayors — Riordan and Villaraigosa — from playing an increasingly strong role in public education, notably with raising money for School Board candidates.
Concerns about the teachers union may have played a part. “The candidates this year may be worries about saying or doing anything to offend UTLA,” Schnur told LA School Report. “Villaraigosa had a professional biography that may have protected him to some degree.”
One pro-Greuel politico we talked to said he expects Greuel to use the summit as an opportunity to “come out” (as in come out of the closet) as an ed reformer.
LA Times columnist Newton, meanwhile, hopes Garcetti will use the summit as an “opportunity to lay to rest fears that his positions have been molded by his UTLA support.”
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