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LAUSD board to vote on proposal

August 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The debate is getting very heated, over a proposal that could turn dozens of LAUSD schools over to private operators. A vote on the plan is scheduled for Tuesday.The mayor wants more school reform. He is appealing to all members of the community to get it.

"Whoever has the best plan for educating our kids gets to run the school," said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

School Choice is a LAUSD resolution that would give education providers such as charter schools a chance to take over hundreds of LAUSD schools.

They range from the newest facilities still under construction, to low performing schools such as Audobon Elementary, which serves a large community of group homes and foster children.

Backing the mayor, are at least three school board members. But others are on the fence.

"The people we bring in must be educators. They must have a track record in reforming schools and school districts," said LAUSD board member Marguerite LaMotte.

LaMotte proposes an amendment to the resolution that calls for more community input. She's worried that new blood may simply repeat old mistakes.

The resolution calls for educators from inside LAUSD or outside LAUSD to submit instructional plans for turning around a school.

Parents and community members would have a chance to evaluate the plans. The school superintendent would gather input and make recommendations. The community would then review the recommendations before they are implemented.

Mayor Villaraigosa says whatever the concerns are the plan will offer options.

"No more entitlement. No more monopoly. No more being held captive to just one choice and only one choice," said Villaraigosa.

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