LAUSD votes to give outside groups a chance to run campuses

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves the stage after speaking at a rally outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in Los Angeles. Full Story
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Diana Sintich

Corona, CA

#1 Aug 25, 2009
Are you kidding me? Enough teachers haven't lost their jobs already? How is this addressing the budget issues?
Skoobusnla

Encinitas, CA

#2 Aug 25, 2009
They are giving away the District, so that Non union workers are hired at a lower wage, as in illegal aliens. Mr Villar you can't even run the city, how are you going to run 200 plus Schools, I am sure you will hire one of your kids in a top position.
Karl

Unionville, CT

#3 Aug 25, 2009
you guys are so right. This is a takeover of special interest. Some of these charters can teach in spanish and chinese. Look at the crowd, it looked like the old villar mecha ralley with the blacks hoping they'll get a crumb for their poor outnumbered kids. Why do Latinos want this so bad? I don't have kids. so I'll just watch.
I have read that some schools have a mecha doctrine, teaching advancement of Azatlan, who is stopping them? its not mainstream, but convince me it dosen't exist. I know hispanics that want that, hell they have t-shirts, give me a break.
Teacher

San Fernando, CA

#4 Aug 25, 2009
Yes, the loss of the middle class has caused this. Pathetic. But there is still hope in legal action as all the taxpayer money should not go to private operators. That was already ruled by the courts.

There is no way this would have happened if LA schools had not been victimized by illegal immigration and there was still a middle class.
Mary

Sylmar, CA

#5 Aug 25, 2009
All about depressing professional salaries. What person with a BS in Math will work for $12/hr with no benefits? End of an era for teachers and of course, the future generations of students will face hardship surviving in third world America.
alan

Santa Ana, CA

#6 Aug 25, 2009
Mary wrote:
All about depressing professional salaries. What person with a BS in Math will work for $12/hr with no benefits? End of an era for teachers and of course, the future generations of students will face hardship surviving in third world America.
I would. In fact I wouldn't mind volunteering teaching one or two classes in the name of student achievement, but of course, that is something the current system wouldn't allow. Doing something for the best interest of the students, what a novel idea!
alan

Santa Ana, CA

#7 Aug 25, 2009
Karl wrote:
you guys are so right. This is a takeover of special interest. Some of these charters can teach in spanish and chinese. Look at the crowd, it looked like the old villar mecha ralley with the blacks hoping they'll get a crumb for their poor outnumbered kids. Why do Latinos want this so bad? I don't have kids. so I'll just watch.
I have read that some schools have a mecha doctrine, teaching advancement of Azatlan, who is stopping them? its not mainstream, but convince me it dosen't exist. I know hispanics that want that, hell they have t-shirts, give me a break.
takeover of special interest? The current system is ALREADY taken over by special interest, its called LABOR UNIONS.
halkshaw

United States

#8 Aug 25, 2009
The teachers the school dist can notdo the job. This is the first thing I hve ssen them do which makes sense. If what you doing does not work then you need to try something differen. They are doing that. Do not listen to the teachers union thet have a conflict of interest.
concerned

South Pasadena, CA

#9 Aug 25, 2009
My tax money for private profit? I didn't sign up for this. The mayor is an idiot. Look at how well the school's that he already took over performed. Giants rule!
Karl

Unionville, CT

#10 Aug 26, 2009
alan wrote:
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takeover of special interest? The current system is ALREADY taken over by special interest, its called LABOR UNIONS.
I'm not a union guy, but the wages would have been trash if they did not have one. watch the wages and quality go down even further. They can't run a city school system, and i see everyone getting taught differently, and we'll be back trying to patch the holes as usual with tax dollars. I would advise English only, or the kids will really be screwed. But, this will take years to get out of court and Villar will be gone.
Budweiser High School

Encino, CA

#11 Aug 26, 2009
I bid a dollar.

Wait, you mean I won?

Sweet!

If the state gives me $7,000 per kid per year, I'll spend $1,000 on the brats and pocket the other 6k.

For Profit Baby, For Profit!

Thank you all for that bond money!
E Pluribus Unum

Waipahu, HI

#12 Aug 26, 2009
Mary wrote:
All about depressing professional salaries. What person with a BS in Math will work for $12/hr with no benefits? End of an era for teachers and of course, the future generations of students will face hardship surviving in third world America.
America is not a third world nation,but I understand
your frustration about what the LAUSD Board decided.
Wages may be depressed for a short period of time,but
eventually California will experience a sharp teacher
shortage which will drive wages back up. I know some
citizens in the San Fernando Valley wanted to have the choice to break away from the LAUSD,but the attempt was not successful. Evidently,the issue of
choice did not extend to residents seeking to establish a new district in the San Fernando Valley,but extends to a private entity in running public schools. Some private entities have done a credible job in meeting the needs of students and parents,but others have been lacking in quality and
results.
The Cynic

Burbank, CA

#13 Aug 26, 2009
If outside private groups are going to be allowed to take over 50 schools, are we still going to have to foot the bill for them?
Mike

Glendale, CA

#14 Aug 26, 2009
Now there will be no good paying jobs left in LA..This plan will fail!!! Everybody can you see whats going on?? Just read..Monica Garcia, Nury Martinez,Yolie Flores, Ramon Cortines, Antonio Villaraigosa?? All these last names sound familiar?? Yes lets give these parents some who can not even speak english have a say in how kids should be taught.
OutSource

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Aug 26, 2009
And LAUSD doesn't even write its own checks, the county writes the checks and records the deposits.

It is time to streamline, seriously. Get the rid of duplicate mainframe at LAUSD and only use the county system.
get a life

United States

#16 Aug 26, 2009
Karl wrote:
you guys are so right. This is a takeover of special interest. Some of these charters can teach in spanish and chinese. Look at the crowd, it looked like the old villar mecha ralley with the blacks hoping they'll get a crumb for their poor outnumbered kids. Why do Latinos want this so bad? I don't have kids. so I'll just watch.
I have read that some schools have a mecha doctrine, teaching advancement of Azatlan, who is stopping them? its not mainstream, but convince me it dosen't exist. I know hispanics that want that, hell they have t-shirts, give me a break.
Karl did you notice that no only do all the kids have baby blue t-shirts but our slime bucket, midget sleaze ball mayor has a baby blue tie? Was this a set up photo opt, or what? This pig needs to be tared and feathered and run out of town. he knows his record will never get him reelected so instead he pulls crap like this to assure himself LOVE from every Latino person in Los Angeles. What a piece of (s)hit!
Herb

Panorama City, CA

#17 Aug 26, 2009
This will be a disaster and is a slap in the face to career teachers. I have taught for 24 years in LAUSD and I can see this as an exercise in missing the point. The point is that not all children are equally intelligent, and only someone who really does not "get" that bashes the teachers to the point of charterizing them out of good professional careers. Mostly, lack of learning happens because students bring dysfunctional work habits to the table, and parents are uninvolved.
Gran Torino

Granada Hills, CA

#18 Aug 26, 2009
Total sellout of the first order! And the sellout is FOR PROFIT! Sleazy Tony and all the other third world board members know how it's done. They'll show us, you watch. They'll get rid of all the decent middle class jobs, the money then goes to the charter operators- and you're paying for it. They'll lower the qualifications for teachers next and that's who'll be "teaching" your kids. If they can do it to teachers, no jobs are safe. Recall the board members and recall this lame, pint-sized, wannabe demagogue, low-life mayor!

Since: Oct 08

West Hills, CA

#19 Aug 26, 2009
Few things scare AJ Duffy more than the idea of teachers working in Los Angeles without money being taken out of their paychecks and handed over to him.

The corrupt American labor union is thankfully a dying breed, the unions have less and less power as more people realize that they are, at best, unnecessary and frequently harmful.

If a private company can manage a school efficiently, and deliver a better education for the same or less money they should be given the opportunity, even if it does hurt the lifestyle of the union bosses.
Amazed

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Aug 26, 2009
Geez, and I was thinking about changing careers and becoming a teacher. Guess I'll think twice now. Thanks, Mayor.

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