Education A National Roundup

Mayor of L.A. Wins Fight for Say Over Schools

By Lesli A. Maxwell — September 06, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s bid to assume some control over Los Angeles’ school system won final approval from the California legislature last week, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced again his intention to sign the measure into law.

The complex agreement calls for the elected school board, the superintendent, and other elected mayors whose cities lie within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District to share power. Its passage brings to an end a yearlong campaign by the mayor to gain a say over the 727,000-student school district.

Though he originally sought a more complete takeover, Mr. Villaraigosa, a Democrat, struck several compromises to turn opponents into supporters, including two powerful teachers’ unions. The measure passed the Senate on Aug. 28 and the Assembly the following day.

Mayor Villaraigosa and a “council of mayors” will have veto power over the hiring and firing of the superintendent, while the school board’s authority will largely be confined to negotiating union contracts. The Los Angeles mayor also will directly control three of the city’s worst high schools and the middle and elementary schools that feed into them—a provision of the plan that district officials believe may violate the state constitution and that they may challenge in court.

The measure, once signed by the Republican governor, is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

A version of this article appeared in the September 06, 2006 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
Strategies for Incorporating SEL into Curriculum
Empower students to thrive. Learn how to integrate powerful social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies into the classroom.
Content provided by Be GLAD
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 12, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 29, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 8, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read