New hope for kids

first_imgFOR decades, the Los Angeles Unified School District has sat like a giant boulder on the L.A. landscape – unmovable, unresponsive, indifferent. Now, something wild is about to happen. This rock’s about to roll. The force of all the different players pushing for reform has coalesced. First Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made school reform his signature issue. Then reformers ousted the old guard in this year’s school board election. And now LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III has announced his plans to rock the district bureaucracy. Because this district is about to roll.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At his State of the Schools address last week, Brewer detailed an ambitious five-point plan for overhauling the district. The plan involves making decisions based on data (not trends or politics), providing employees with professional development, encouraging innovation, engaging parents and community, and ensuring student safety. But more important than the plan itself is its overarching philosophy: Brewer has expressed a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring the district back to respectability, an intolerance for failure and intransigence, and a genuine will to fight the long hard fight ahead. It won’t be easy. As soon as Brewer finished his address, old-guard members of the school board were already making the case for more mediocrity and inaction. But Brewer’s got all the momentum on his side. He has the mayor. He has the majority of the school board. And most important of all, he has a public that is tired with the old excuses and clamoring for change. “The time for commitment, action and unity is now,” Brewer said. “Work with us, lean on us, bicker with us, keep us in check” – they’ll need all the help they can get. last_img read more