For four years, OUSD board members have endured –and yes, often contributed to — marathon meetings every other Wednesday evening without much political influence to show for it.
Today, the powerless trustees came closer to emerging from a state takeover that began in mid-2003, during a fiscal crisis. A local control bill authored by Assemblymember Sandre Swanson cleared the Assembly this afternoon. It now heads to the Senate. If it passes, it will spell out what progress the school district needs to make to regain control over various areas, from instruction policy to facilities management.
Many compare the state-run school system to a dictatorship and argue the city’s educational system has only deteriorated during the last four years. Others, mostly through letters to the Tribune, have said the suspension of local authority was — and is — essential to stabilize the district, financially and otherwise.
What do you think?