Proposal adds confusion and does not increase accountability
(SACRAMENTO) — Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) and Assemblyman Keith Richman (R-Northridge), who both represent portions of San Fernando Valley, oppose the newest proposal by the Mayor of Los Angeles to take control of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The proposal will do little to increase the accountability and just adds more confusion for parents. "Adding more layers of government with no new accountability is not a solution. This proposal leaves parents in my district with even less input and just adds more confusion as to who is ultimately accountable to them and their children," said Runner. Runner and Richman offered a compromise that would allow mayoral control of the school district for five years and then allow the voters to decide whether they want to keep mayoral control or opt to split up LAUSD into smaller, community-oriented districts.
"The Mayor’s new plan is even worse than his old plan," said Assemblyman Richman. "It further blurs the lines of accountability, creates more bureaucracy, and leaves open the question of who is in charge. Our proposal to break-up LAUSD will bring accountability to the community, parents and students." Runner and Richman will continue to work with the Mayor and all interested parties to find a compromise that will provide parents with more control of their children’s schools. They authored legislation this year that would break up LAUSD into smaller, more accountable school districts.