Statement from Superintendent David L. Brewer, III, made in the LAUSD Boardroom at 2PM on December 8th:
Statement from Scott Folsom, made to the LAUSD Board of Education at 10AM on December 9th:
Bill Ring, a second Los Angeles school board hopeful was told this week that he had not gathered enough voter signatures to qualify for the March ballot.
Austin, former Deputy Mayor and Green Dot Employee, was favorite of Villaraigosa, Broad & Co.
· The impending departure of Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David L. Brewer leaves only 13 Black superintendents in school districts across California, down from 23 in 2007.
· As L.A. school board moves to oust superintendent, African-Americans wonder how big a factor race will play in charting the district's future.
· Rush to Remove: Another Take on the Brewer Exit
· What happened to LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer wasn’t so much racist as it was a naked power play on the part of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who never liked Brewer from jump street.
Ramon C. Cortines, 76, the district's No. 2 official, who is Latino, is expected to take the post. At a news conference Thursday, a coalition of black leaders sought a role in picking the next chief.
Back when he was running for mayor of Los Angeles and calling education the No. 1 issue in the city, Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign put out a news release chiding his opponent for not being more involved with the schools.
The headline was:
"Jimmy Hahn, Please Report to the Principal's Office."
No one can dispute that Villaraigosa has been more involved in the schools, but somebody needs to call Tony V. into the principal's office too.
The school board at this hour is meeting in closed session, with the main order of business being how to terminate the employment of Supt. David L. Brewer, who is midway through a four-year contract.
The outgoing LAUSD superintendent showed signs of succumbing to pressures within a year of his taking the job.
For a week since school board members signaled they wanted him out of the job, David Brewer's defended his achievements as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Yesterday at an L.A. Unified headquarters press conference, Brewer came closest to saying he wants out of the appointed position.
A statement released by LAUSD board President Monica Garcia indicated the panel will buy out the contract of Superintendent David L. Brewer III.
‘Although this debate is disconcerting and troubling, it must not become an ethnic issue,' says David Brewer.
After a week of controversy over his future, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer III said today he wants the LAUSD board to buy out his contract.
Brewer will ask the board Tuesday to buy out the last two years of his deal, he said during a press conference this afternoon.
"To the people of Los Angeles, demand that political and adult agendas take a back seat to student agendas," he said, calling himself "an experienced warrior that had come to battle on behalf of the students of Los Angeles."
► FROM A STATE WITHOUT A BUDGET, A GOVERNMENT WITHOUT A CLUE: 4LAKids tardy/absent excuse notes on the state budget
On Friday, December 12, 2008 3:17 AM Jim Siegel writes in THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH : “Ohio's budget misery certainly is getting plenty of company.
“State officials across the nation are facing daunting budget shortfalls and painful cuts, particularly if the federal government does not provide help.
“States face shortfalls this year of at least $32 billion, and are staring at $65 billion in funding gaps for next year's budgets, according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.”
●●What’s 2¢ worth of $65 billion?: Of that $65 billion, almost $44 billion is California's. – smf
from the NCSL report:
As early as fiscal year (FY) 2008, nearly half the states faced budget gaps. That number rose to two-thirds by the time states were crafting their FY 2009 budgets. But despite closing a cumulative gap of nearly $40 billion during budget development, the states were not done addressing FY 2009 budget problems.
Another sizable gap has opened and an even bigger one looms for FY 2010. The state budget situation is grim and getting worse with each new revenue revision.
DUE TO BUDGET CUTS, THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL IS BEING TURNED OFF
- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services late on Wednesday expressed its concern about California's financial condition by lowering its rating on the state's recently issued $5 billion revenue anticipation notes.
- S&P also placed $46.6 billion of the state's general obligation debt on negative credit watch for a possible downgrade, reflecting concern over the weakening finances of the biggest issuer of U.S. public debt.
Extended bickering over the California budget led Standard & Poor's on Thursday to downgrade the state's recently sold $5 billion revenue bonds and put more than $50 billion of debt on watch for a downgrade.
KPCC's Shirley Jahad talked with the Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters about the governor's dark words.