John Perez, outgoing president of United Teachers Los Angeles, got it right on.
Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed that he should appoint the school
board overseeing the nation's second-largest school system.
"I think the mayor should be able to appoint all the members of the school board," Villaraigosa told a state legislative committee during a public hearing Friday.
Currently, the seven board members who oversee the 740,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District are elected from their districts. Mayors in other big cities, including New York City and Boston, also have sought to gain greater authority over their school boards.
"I am not looking for more power. I just got elected to a great job and have plenty of that," said Villaraigosa, who takes office July 1. "I'm looking for accountability." (sfgate.com)
"We believe it's best for society for people to elect their representatives atThis is kind of freeky! Next thing you know, you will start seeing more "La Raza" style indoctrination going on in LA schools.
all levels," said John Perez, outgoing president of United Teachers Los Angeles,
drawing cheers from about 100 supporters.