Charter Lite

first_imgWhen two of the organizations that have most doggedly resisted the charter school movement in public education – the LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles – propose to set up a pseudo-charter of their own, the move ought to arouse suspicion. Fed up with the state of affairs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers and parents at Parkman Middle School in Woodland Hills wanted to break away and form their own charter. But the district has fought the petition, and now, joining forces with UTLA, it hopes to do an end-run around the entire process. Instead of making Parkman a charter, LAUSD and UTLA brass propose making it a “waiver” school. Although short on specifics, the idea is to keep Parkman under the control of the LAUSD – and with a UTLA-represented staff – but extend it some of the autonomy enjoyed by charter schools. Union and district officials make no secret that what they do at Parkman might provide the model for how to extinguish the charter movement and block Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plans for taking over the LAUSD. And that ought to make anyone concerned about the future of public education in Los Angeles nervous. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 If what the union and district are proposing is to undermine public enthusiasm for charters by coming up with something even better, well then, by all means, let’s see what they have to offer. That’s the sort of innovation charters are supposed to foster. But given that both organizations have spent decades fighting reform, it seems they may have something more nefarious up their sleeves, namely, thwarting charters through a combination of bureaucratic obstruction and smoke-and-mirrors PR. That’s what seems to be happening at Parkman. First the bureaucracy thwarts the school’s charter application, and then the LAUSD-UTLA tandem try to defuse the issue with some vague promises of Charter Lite. Here, try this, they say – all the benefits of charter education, with none of the burdensome bureaucratic hassles. If either organization had any track record of supporting real education reform, the idea would have a lot more credibility. Likewise, if district officials truly believe more autonomy is good for schools, they could extend it to schools throughout the district – not just Parkman – and it could do it now. All genuine reforms that offer hope that kids will get a better education are welcome. And who knows, maybe “waiver schools” will be the next great innovation in public education. So let’s see what the LAUSD and UTLA have to offer – more of the same, or a bold initiative everyone can support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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CALL FOR GARDA TOP BRASS TO MEET WITH INISHOWEN MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS

first_imgA county councillor has urged the Municipal District of Inishowen Council area manager to arrange immediately a meeting with the Garda Superintendent to brief council members on Garda personnel, numbers and resources.Cllr Albert Doherty said there needs to be a meeting to further discuss policing in Inishowen, recent local crime responses, weekend policing and the Garda role in the local parish.Councillor Doherty remarked,”During the recent election campaign and over the recent summer months many community groups as well as local residents have expressed their concerns at the increase in petty and more serious crime in the Inishowen area. “Serious assaults,threats and robberies have occurred at petrol station outlets and a number of private homes have been burgled both while family occupants were in the house and while the family home was empty.“A recent week end incident where family members were at a memorial mass for a dearly loved and returned to find their home entered and possessions taken was particularly distasteful and merits particular condemnation.“In my own area,Carndonagh,the summer months has witnessed among others burglaries,attempted burglaries theft of work equipment and tools,cars interfered with,damage at and to sporting clubs,continued damage to facilities at the Barrack Hill costing up to five thousand euro and a recent robbery of money at and damage to a local cafe.”He said councillors are messengers from the community to the council and to many other bodies including An Garda Siochana and are expected to raise pressing concerns. “The community in turn await the responses received by Councillors to allay the grievances worries and anxieties highlighted.The questions shared with me locally include ‘Who are the Garda personnel living in our communities? How familiar are the Gardai with the needs and safety assurances required in our rural parish area?When are the Gardai to be found on the beat? What are the resources available for week ends and particulary at week end nights.”The Sinn Fein politician said in Inishowen there is an apparent “knowledge deficit” about Garda resources and supports for the local communities.What will happen to or with the recently renovated garda station in Clonmany?A begging question from parishoners, he said.“I believe that the newly established Municipal District of Inishowen and the newly elected members have the potential to deliver improved sevices for Inishowen and Co Donegal.“I welcome the unanimous support received at the first meeting of the council from my fellow elected councillors.I trust that the meeting with the Garda Superintendent will occur later in the month and that safety benefits to all the people’s will result,” Cllr Doherty concluded.CALL FOR GARDA TOP BRASS TO MEET WITH INISHOWEN MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS was last modified: September 10th, 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:GardaInishowentop brasslast_img read more

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