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Mayor’s 4 LAUSD allies unite

first_imgThe board is also widely expected to give Villaraigosa oversight of a cluster of low-performing schools – something he’d hoped for under a state law he authored that was later invalidated by the courts. With control of the board hanging in the balance, Villaraigosa poured resources into the campaigns, especially the race for the District 3 seat in the Valley. Still, there was low interest among voters, with just 6 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Galatzan raised more than $1.5 million since the March primary – most of that donated by Villaraigosa’s Partnership for Better Schools – which equates to about $71 spent for each of the 21,563 votes she garnered Tuesday. Her opponent, incumbent Jon Lauritzen, received $550,000 since March, most of it from United Teachers Los Angeles. That equates to nearly $36 spent for each of his 15,301 votes. In the District 7 race, Vladovic got 54 percent of the vote to challenger Neal Kleiner’s 46 percent. Charter backing The mayor’s four-member board majority supports his vision for promoting charter schools as a way to spur student achievement and raise the graduation rate. That puts them at odds with the current board and with the teachers union, which have been slow to embrace the independent campuses. Frustrated with the board, officials with the charter movement have said they will file suit against the district, claiming it has violated Proposition 39, which requires charter and public schools to be treated equally. Garcia said the board should negotiate with charter leaders about sharing facilities in a district that’s experiencing declining enrollment in some areas and overcrowding in others. “I think there’s a deep desire to better organize ourselves with the charter community so that we’re supporting the work of getting better educational opportunities for our children. “We’ve shown we can work together,” she said. Flores said she wants to focus on streamlining the district’s bureaucracy – an issue currently being studied by Superintendent David Brewer III. She said if her concerns aren’t addressed by his review, she would support asking City Controller Laura Chick to conduct an audit – a proposal pushed by Villaraigosa and by Chick herself, but rejected outright by the district. Contract distraction And in what could foreshadow friction with the UTLA, the new board members said they want to negotiate longer-term contracts with teachers. “Every year that contracts come before the board, it’s a huge distraction. They’re important conversations that need to be had, but they’re distractions from the policy issues, the instruction issues that we have to debate on a regular basis,” Aguilar said. Villaraigosa was out of town Wednesday and could not be reached. However, his education adviser, Marshall Tuck, said the mayor is prepared to work openly and collaboratively with the district. “What the mayor can do is help bring talent, resources, innovative ideas and efforts to engage families and communities in schools. “We’re going to try to be as actively involved as they want us to be … but I think if you look at the values and the principles, we’re all very, very closely aligned,” Tuck said. “The question now is let’s start getting to work on how we can all best leverage the assets of this city.” [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Displaying their unity and flexing their political muscle, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s four allies on the LAUSD board appeared together Wednesday as they promised a bold new era of leadership, innovation and collaboration for the school district. Their visit to the troubled 9th Street Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles served as a victory lap for Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic, who were elected Tuesday to represent the San Fernando Valley and South Gate, respectively. It also symbolized their budding partnership with board members Yolie Flores Aguilar, who was elected to the board in March, and Monica Garcia, both of whom share the mayor’s vision of reforming and improving the 707,000-student district. “What the four of us have in common is a vision for reform and a sense of urgency,” said Galatzan, a career city prosecutor and the mother of two young children. “The goal and the measure of our success has to do with educating kids and everything we do comes down to whether it helps our students and our schools. “The problems can’t be solved by the district alone. The only way we’re going to be able to move forward and tackle some pretty difficult challenges is to seek out partners, and that includes the mayor.” Priorities set When the new members take office in July, they said, their priorities will include increasing accountability, reducing bureaucracy and granting local schools more authority over budget and curriculum. They also want to provide more support to charter schools. “The leadership of the board is about meeting all the needs and being bold and aggressive in a coordinated effort,” Garcia said. “We want to have behaviors, attitudes and actions that are about serving children and families so that we get to better graduation rates.” last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal County Council has sent out an SOS after it was swamped with calls about the new water charges.Council has been swamped with calls about water packs.A statement from the council said it is receiving an increasing number of calls from members of the public in relation to Irish Water Application Packs.But the council has stressed that the issues is absolutely nothing to do with them. “We would like to advise members of the public who have a query or need more information in relation to the Irish Water Applications Packs, to contact Irish Water at 1890 278 278 or visit www.water.ie,” said the statement.  COUNCIL SAYS IT HAS BEEN SWAMPED WITH WATER QUERY CALLS! was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councilwater chargeslast_img read more

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