LAUSD Prepares for War with Villaraigosa
This follows recent moves by Mayor Villaraigosa to notch up the anti-LAUSD rhetoric and begin in earnest his plans to take over the school board. You may remember this was an issue in the mayoral campaign, not only for Villaraigosa, but for fellow candidate Bob Hertzberg.
"One of the things we hired Roy Romer for was his political and communication acumen, and he needs to come up with that."Underneath it all lies the private seething and anger of the school board that Superintendent Roy Romer and his staff have failed to counter Villaraigosa's attack. Board member David Tokofsky told the Daily News, "One of the things we hired Roy Romer for was his political and communication acumen, and he needs to come up with that." board member David Tokofsky said.
Board Member David Tokofsky
The board and District are attributing their dreadful to a less than adequate public relations staff, and are quick to point out statistics showing other districts and government agencies with larger staffs. Its interesting that they have that information, but can't find where missing money is.
The best quote came from Hertzberg who told the Daily News that the District should worry less about improving its image and more about improving schools. "The best thing in public policy is just do the work," he said. "Their image problem is not an image problem, it's a competency problem."
Get ready for some fun!
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