Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) and Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) today introduced much needed legislation to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District.
“With the Courts recent ruling against the Mayoral take over of the district, it is imperative that we act swiftly to work on alternative solutions that resolve the district’s inherent dysfunction while withstanding constitutional scrutiny,” Smyth said. “I am excited today to offer that alternative by introducing AB 146, which is similar to AB 2071 introduced last year by Assemblyman Dr. Keith Richman. This bill will break the district up into smaller more manageable districts in order to improve local control, ensure a more efficient use of funds, and make it easier for board members to be more responsive to the community.”
AB 146 and SB 69 (Runner’s bill) will require the establishment of a school district reorganization committee consisting of the following: the mayor of each city having more than 10,000 pupils in LAUSD’s existing boundaries, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, a Professor of Education from a California University selected by the mayors and the Superintendent, and various other members selected by the committee.
“As a parent of two young children, I fully understand how important it is that we improve our current educational system. To do otherwise would serve as an injustice not only to our children, but to society at large.”
This legislation requires that the reorganization be completed by 2011.