Don’t count us out yet, skipper Daquis says as PSL squad battles Hisamitsu

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Time to set things straight in LAUSD

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe other unified school districts in California averaged $7,151 in spending per student in 2003; the LAUSD spent $8,302. That’s 16 percent more money per student for the worst education in the state. I don’t know how to run a school district. That’s not my area of expertise, but I know this isn’t the way. The children of Los Angeles deserve better. Our communities deserve better. There are plenty of examples of good schools, and it is both simplistic and insulting to say it all comes down to dollars. It does not. It begins with a commitment at the top to place educational excellence first, to set an example for the thousands of dedicated teachers struggling daily against an incompetent, inefficient and broken system. I applaud Mayor Villaraigosa’s call for an independent audit and reforms to clean this broken system. But there is a bigger problem here. The LAUSD’s inadequacies have been apparent for a long time. Parents in Los Angeles shouldn’t have to wait for a legislative solution that can be time-consuming to achieve. We need action now. The state controller should launch an immediate audit of the LAUSD. It’s not the only example of waste in the state, but it may well be the most visible. The controller is the state’s chief financial officer. He has a duty to provide oversight, particularly on one of the largest public agencies in California, the second-largest school district in the country. The LAUSD has a budget of over $13 billion dollars, two-thirds of which comes from the state. Every parent in Los Angeles has a right to ask, “What’s going on with our schools?” The Los Angeles Unified School District has a 22 percent dropout rate – some studies show it is as high as 50 percent. Students who do stay in school score in the bottom third on national standardized tests, and too many of those will never pass the High School Exit Exam. What do you expect? ask its defenders. It’s a big district with big problems. In fact, its very size may be part of the problem. The LAUSD is big. Huge. Mammoth. If Superintendent Roy Romer wanted to meet with all of the LAUSD’s employees, Dodger Stadium would be too small. There are more than 77,000 employees, making it the second-largest employer in Los Angeles County. The district phone book is 39 pages long, and that doesn’t include any schools! The senior staff organization chart includes 46 bureaucrats, all multiple levels removed from the classroom, including somebody for “Youth Relations” and another for “Student Integrated Services.” A thorough audit would account for the billions of dollars that have been spent over the past few years, identify programs that suffer from the most egregious waste, and create a blueprint for effective governance in the future. An audit would be instrumental in building a system that is responsive and successful. I have a newborn baby girl. In five years, she’ll be ready for public school. It’s easier to focus on a problem that affects us personally, but the inescapable fact is that we will all bear the social cost of failed schools. Taxpayers will support schools that work, but it is naive to expect support for a system that refuses to hold itself accountable. It’s time to audit LAUSD. Tony Strickland is a former member of the California Assembly. He is currently a Republican candidate for state controller.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