For Immediate Release - August 24, 2009
Antonio Gonzalez, 323-222-2217
WCVI Supports Alternative Management of Failing LAUSD Schools
Statement by WCVI President Antonio Gonzalez
Los Angeles – The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) calls upon the board members of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to vote in favor of board Vice President Yolie Flores Aguilar’s proposal which would allow outside organizations to bid on running failing LAUSD Schools.
This proposal, strongly endorsed by Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is a welcome shot in the arm to a school system in sore need of reform. More importantly, the proposal is responsible reform. It does not merely hand over control of a failing school to just anyone; it mandates that potential new operators have a proven track record of responsibility and that they must give preference to students within its attendance zone to prevent cherry picking of “teachable” kids.
Anyone fed up with the status quo of failing schools and the frustrating bureaucracy preventing change should be welcoming this diffusion of school control to preferably local community members as a ray of hope for actually improving these campuses which the current system seems incapable of accomplishing.
WCVI is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit policy and research organization. Founded in 1985, WCVI is focused on issues relevant to America's racial and ethnic minority groups. WCVI has offices in San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, CA.