Rand report proposes fixes for school district

first_imgAs debate heightens over reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District, a Rand researcher released a report Thursday outlining various proposals to change how the public school system is run. Catherine Augustine told members of the Commission on LAUSD Governance that each proposal has pros and cons and that she was not recommending any single proposal for adoption. The company is scheduled to provide a more detailed study next month. In a joint statement, Council President Alex Padilla and Councilman Jose Huizar, who created the commission, said the Rand presentation helped open the dialogue over the school district’s operation. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has been campaigning for mayoral control of the district, said he will review the Rand report, but was unsure whether it would change his position. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I am open to any proposal, but I think in the end we will need a system with one person in charge,” Villaraigosa said. “I will continue to collaborate with all the folks involved and, ultimately, I am going to have to convince a majority of people to go along with whatever we finally come up with.” Rand said mayoral control could lead to better use of citywide resources and greater flexibility in contract negotiations, but that it risks alienating the areas of the district that are not part of the city of Los Angeles. The report also found only negatives in giving a mayor partial control, saying it has failed in other jurisdictions. The report said the commission should look at what makes districts succeed, such as teacher quality, parental involvement and safety. In addition, it said successful districts tend to have clear policies with high expectations for teachers and students while not micromanaging individual schools. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] last_img