Republicans must not remain on the sidelines in the struggle for control of LAUSD.
Even though they may be tempted to sit back and observe—with, I might add, a slight sense of glee—Republicans have a duty to their community to take an active role in the power struggle taking place for the fate of the 770,000 children in LAUSD. After all, those children are not Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Peace & Freedom, Libertarians or affiliated with any party: they are kids.
The prominent groups and political figures engaged in this battle have been opposed to many positions held by Republicans in the past, and most likely will be in the future. But as an American, this cannot be an excuse to avoid the responsibility of standing up for the community in which I reside.
As a community advocate, I have appeared in front of the LAUSD Board and the Superintendent Roy Romer in opposition to actions they were about to take. I am the first and sometimes the loudest voice to oppose a board decision.
The shortcomings of the current system are not in question in the effort to oppose AB1381. The effort to pressure California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto AB1381 is focused on the attempt by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take control of the district—a move which has only addressed the shift of power, not a solution to the current challenges.
The mayor, who left the California State Assembly as Speaker, has called on his friends in the Assembly to draft a bill which would circumvent the vote of the people who elected the Board Members of LAUSD. The bill, which has been rushed out of the State Senate Education Committee, will begin working its way to the desk of the governor in a matter of weeks.
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