Teachers, parents to decide whether to join Villaraigosa in school reform

first_imgTeachers and parents at seven low-performing middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will decide today whether to join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he tries to reshape instruction in their schools. The vote is the latest step in the mayor’s bid to have a hand in the management of the district — a bid that was initially shot down by the courts but led to an effort to assume control of several campuses plagued by low test scores and violent outbreaks. The mayor is now hoping teachers and parents will join a “partnership” that he said will give each campus more control over curriculum and budget decisions instead of leaving such decisions to centralized district administrators. Voting is expected to last from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Roosevelt, Santee and Jordan high schools, and at Hollenbeck, Stevenson, Markham and Gompers middle schools. Partially at stake is control of thousands of dollars — up to $1,000 per year per student over the next seven years — being earmarked for low- performing campuses through the state Quality Education and Investment Act. The mayor has also touted his ability to raise funds from the private sector, most notably a $50 million donation to help manage his schools project. Villaraigosa told a group of teachers and parents recently that he had donations already lined up from two major health-care providers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe votes will be tallied at each individual campus by a voting committee that includes a district representative, a United Teachers Los Angeles chapter chair and a parent coordinator. The results will then be turned over to the LAUSD so voting lists can be verified before the results are announced. A majority of teachers on each campus must approve the proposal, along with a majority of voting parents. According to the mayor’s office, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools would work with campus officials, the LAUSD’s Innovation Division and community leaders to “develop and implement new education reforms that will lead to dramatic increases in student achievement throughout LAUSD.” But while teachers and parents are deciding whether to join the mayor’s partnership, the LAUSD Board of Education could vote on a plan proposed by Superintendent David L. Brewer for improving the low-performing campuses. last_img

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