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Friday, October 28, 2005

Bratton Backs School Change

From the Daily News yesterday:

Bratton backs school change

Chief endorses control by mayor
By Dan Laidman, Staff Writer
LA Daily News

LAPD Chief William Bratton voiced support Wednesday for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to gain authority over Los Angeles schools, saying mayoral control of education would benefit public safety.

High drop-out rates and poor student achievement impede the city's growth while encouraging crime, Bratton said in an interview.

"That's why the mayors of Chicago and New York and Boston fought for, and successfully attained, control of the schools," he said.
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During the mayoral campaign earlier this year, both Villaraigosa and his predecessor, James Hahn, called for the mayor to have a more active role in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Once elected, though, Villaraigosa distanced himself from state legislation pushing such reforms. Amid opposition to mayoral control by some in the school district and the teachers union, the mayor said he wanted to build public support first.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Bratton needs to stay out of the politics.

October 28, 2005 7:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

...it's a good move by Bratton on several levels. First, as George Will always says, if you stay in school, don't have kids until you're married, and don't get married until you're out of high school, the chances are you'll stay out of poverty. Unfortunately, kids in LAUSD schools aren't very successful meeting even these minimal goals and crime is more prevelant in impoverished communities. Crime in LA would be much lower if, as a City, we improved the graduation rate and decreased the teenage birthrate.
LAPD has a bunch of high paying entry level positions that only require a HS diploma -- yet many LAUSD graduate still have a problem either passing the fairly simple written exam or completing the background check. The Chief's job -- and especially the jobs of the officers in the street -- would be much easier if the dropout rate was reduced and the success rate increased.

October 28, 2005 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Duh. Announce you're interested in another term as Chief then kiss ass to the Mayor.

October 28, 2005 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Antonio V+11 campaigned on "Taking over the school district", so what is the plan after he has done that? If a child is not catching-on to reading is he going to sit down with her and go over the lesson until she makes the connection between sounds and the words on the page? If a child cannot grasp long division is he going to sit down with him until he makes the connection between the parts of the problem?
With 730,000 students in the LAUSD we have to give "No Child Left Behind" a chance to work. Steve Lee

October 28, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:48 -- You mean you dare to ask if there would be any SUBSTANTIVE difference in the education of our kids because we change the way the Board selected?

Apparently you haven't heard. It doesn't matter whether it makes any sense. It's just important to be bold in the minds of the few voters left who give a damn enough to turn out and vote.

October 28, 2005 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Bring Back Willie Williams said:

Bratton, Mayor V's Ho rolling over for his sugar daddy again....

October 28, 2005 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huh, AV needs to "build public support first" -- He won a landslide election RUNNING on a platform of "I'll do THIS."

Now he doesn't know if his has a mandate to "DO THIS" - was he sleepwalking through the election, or is he starting to believe that's it all just about his "charisma" and issues don't matter.

Or was he just making it all up, all along - like his council accomplishments.

(Note, there's no question mark on that last sentence).

October 28, 2005 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

well... well... lil boy bratton couldnt take over the airport so now he wants to have a slice of the school! give it up bratton and manage the dept your assigned to!

tomcat:)

October 28, 2005 6:07 PM  

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