Bratton Backs School Change
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.
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.