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Monday, August 3, 2009

Not so fast: Union might challenge mayoral takeover of new Boyle Heights school


The Los Angeles school district spent more than $100 million to build the new Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center on First Street in Boyle Heights. But when the campus opens for the fall semester, the LAUSD will not be charge. Instead, the shiny new school and its approximately 1,000 students will fall under the domain of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in a move that surprised and angered the powerful teachers union, reports the LA Times. The transfer was apparently approved by Supt. C. Ramon Cortines and school board president Monica Garcia. But the full school board did not take up the issue, and the shift in control also took place without the endorsement of parents and the teachers' union as called for under an agreement between the union and the mayor.

The United Teachers of Los Angeles may challenge the takeover in the most recent example of the deteriorating relationship between the union and the mayor, notes the Times:

"The dispute over the new school coincides with a deterioration of the relationship between the mayor's office and United Teachers Los Angeles, for which Villaraigosa once worked as an organizer.

The mayor recently called the union "dysfunctional" in a television interview. He also was displeased that the union and the school district couldn't agree on union concessions that would have avoided teacher layoffs. Villaraigosa's schools were especially hard hit because they employ more new teachers who lack seniority protections."

1 comment:

  1. I just hope that whoever ends up running the school remembers that the most important thing is providing the best possible education to the kids.

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