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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Mayor’s Supporters Plan Victory Rally

By Jennifer Solis

With passage of AB1381, and signing by the Governator all but certain, the supporters of the mayor’s plan to take over the LAUSD will rally Wednesday morning at Animo High School.

The 9 am gathering will take place at the Green Dot facility, at 11100 South Western Avenue. At least a thousand parents and students are expected to attend, according to Rose Group staffer Tracy Mallozzi, who, with Laura Benetti, has been handling the public relations for Steve Barr, organizer of the Los Angeles Parents Union, and head of Green Dot charter schools.

The Parents Union announcement calls the legislation “a historic opportunity to improve Los Angeles schools by strengthening accountability and empowering parents and educators.”

Unfortunately for the supporters of mayoral takeover of our public schools, no one seems to be addressing the certain to be filed litigation, which will inevitably result in the entire legislation being thrown out by the courts. The lawyers will make a bundle, and the status quo will remain, except for moving the battle to the next round of school board elections, and a possible referendum on the proposal.

The fallout is also expected to affect politics within the Los Angeles teachers union. The current UTLA leadership endorsed the mayor’s plan after a closed door meeting with Villaraigosa a few weeks ago. The support was narrowly formalized at a mid-summer session of the UTLA House of Delegates at which almost half the members were absent.

Union president A.J. Duffy has gambled that he can persuade his troops to go along with the deal, but a petition signed by 500 teachers has forced a referendum on AB 1381 for early October. Ballot arguments will be submitted by next Tuesday, the 5th, with voting packets sent to LAUSD schools on September 20th. The count will take place October 5th.

Former president of both the Los Angeles and state teachers organizations, Wayne Johnson, says that AB 1381 recognizes that the “level of public dissatisfaction with the district has reached the boiling point.” He says that “It is important that UTLA members keep their eye on the big picture,” which includes giving teachers a greater voice in reforming the LAUSD.

The California Legislative Counsel, Diane Boyer-Vine, has already made two separate analyses which conclude that AB 1381 is contrary to the state constitution, which requires that education governing be separate from municipal government. In her most recent announcement, she wrote that the courts “would likely conclude that the authority or control over educational functions currently performed by a school district may not be transferred by statute to the mayor of a charter city.”

The LAUSD hired the Sacramento law firm, Olsen, Hagel & Fishburn to handle “governance issues.” The board is proceeding to recruit Superintendent Roy Romer’s replacement this fall without input from the mayor – which could spark a separate round of lawsuits. The executive search firm working for the board has insisted that all negotiations be kept out of the press, until the successor is announced.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer, are you still shilling for these guys?

August 29, 2006 11:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer Solis is to LA local blogging what Faux News is to cable news. Just parrot every fucking press release you get, with a slant to the right.

Higby in a dress, I tell you. Fucking pedophile, Lolita fetish.

August 30, 2006 12:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1241 AM = Mailander

August 30, 2006 8:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Big Deal Jenni! Wow. Green Dot sponsors celebration. Wow. Old News. Green Dot wants $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and AB1381 is the ticket. Green Dot is a business not education.

August 30, 2006 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wake up Jenni.

August 30, 2006 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CHARTER SCHOOL MERGER

Green Dot Schools and ACADEMIA DEL SEMILLIAS PUEBLO under "HEADMASTER POLLORAIGOSA"

August 30, 2006 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Doug? Marcos scared Doug

August 30, 2006 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:46 AM

Doug had on State Senator Jackie Speier who stood up to "BOSS POLLORAIGOSA" on AB 1381. He ask her to state an opinion on Academia Del Semillias Pueblo. She was concern on how Charter Schools can evade oversite on curriculum and financial matters. Doug is not backing down. Tell that to Marcos. By the way, tell Marcos to release his financial records.

August 30, 2006 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"HEADMASTER POLLORAIGOSA" held his "IT TAKES A PUEBLO" celebration today. He was in fine form stating that AB 1381 wasn't about Mayor control, but about a voice for the people (paraphrasing).

August 30, 2006 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:54 We need our own schools
Our own way of instruction
Leave us alone
Marcos is a leader to us

August 30, 2006 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:51

"I FEEL YOUR PAIN"

(AS YOU CUT MY HEART OUT !!!)

August 30, 2006 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We don't eat people
We dont' cut hearts
We love people

August 30, 2006 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cut me tender
My heart is sweet
Minnie and Marcos
Let me be

August 30, 2006 2:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:51 is Juan Manuel Alvarez, typing from prison in between Nahuatl lessons.

August 30, 2006 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:51

You want your own way of instruction?

You want us to leave you alone?

Then get the hell out of MY country and do whatever you want in MEXICO!

This is NOT YOUR COUNTRY! We WILL HAVE YOU ALL DEPORTED!

August 30, 2006 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Jennifer Sollis a Mexican?

August 30, 2006 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Jennifer Sollis a Mexican?

August 30, 2006 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leave Jennifer alone she was a good looking Spirit Bunny at Belmonte High School.

Seriously, AMERICANS of Mexican decent don't believe this B.S. I know because growing up in Boyle Heights only the elites or MEcha brainwash prescribe to this crap.

August 30, 2006 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's LAUSD's public relations firm? They need to be fired AND give the district a full refund now!

August 30, 2006 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I respond to August 30, 2006 2:25 PM

I am from China and own Chinese Language Culture School Alhambra.

Our culture is different
Important thing to keep culture
We also teach spanish

August 30, 2006 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:14, for your students' sake, I hope you're not the one teaching English at that school.

August 30, 2006 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fuck the little wetback Solis.

BURN IN HELL!!!! YOU WILL BE DEPORTED LIKE THE STUPID WETBACK WHORE FROM COLORADO!!!

August 30, 2006 5:13 PM  

Anonymous fatboy said:

"...and the next LAUSD Superintendent will be..."

Let's see a show of hands. Vote for your favorite. Write-ins are accepted!

Perhaps ex-Superintendent Jackie Goldberg? Maybe Marcos Aguilar? I understand Bill Clinton is between jobs, perhaps he wants the job? Fabian Nunez... he's terming out soon...

August 30, 2006 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank God Fabian is terming out soon. The faster we can kick his ass to the curb the better. What a waste of human matter that guy is.

August 30, 2006 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:24,

I'm sure Nunez's aim is to become mayor of L.A., just like AV did after he was speaker of the Assembly.

Can you imagine that? We had Riordan, who was decent, then Hahn, who was your run-of-the-mill lamo, now we have AV, who's utterly lame and ineffectual. And then we follow that legacy up with a phony, backstabbing, foot-stomping ethnopolitician? How pathetic would that be?

August 30, 2006 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Oh bugger. I've met Miss Solis, and she's a perfectly acceptable AMERICAN citizen who happens to write for the funny papers on occasion. Oh dear, that wasn't what I meant, but you understand what I'm saying...savvy? That sot who posted at 5:13pm must be a City Hall staffer who has a bosom fetish. That same sot needs to be left on a deserted island with Sens. Runner, Ashburn, Dick Mountjoy and NO RUM.

Did I hear the name of Villarbarbosa's first mate? (Who's going to be the next mayor? S'mee, isn't it? After all, I greased enough palms for you with this school district juggernaut that nobody had better break wind or a lot of hands will be burned!) Ah, yes. S'mee Nunez and his apprentice Kevin DeLeon.

But I'm getting way off topic here. Back to Miss Solis, who is a charming young lady with a nice chest of tools. Oh dear, that wasn't what I meant to say either.

Miss Solis, would you care to sail with a pirate crew? I promise that any City Hall Sots who stow away will be taken to another deserted island with NO RUM.

August 30, 2006 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank God, we have a Mayor who takes an interest in the eduation of all of our children.

August 31, 2006 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, thank Jesus. Where would we be without Villaraigosa.

August 31, 2006 12:31 AM  

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