Suit Filed Over Los Angeles School District Bill
Opponents of a new law that would give L.A.’s Mayor more power in managing one of the nation’s largest school districts have filed a lawsuit. They say the measure violates the state constitution.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Those who are taking the new law to court include the L-A Unified School District, a group of parents and the California School Boards Association. Association President Scott Plotkin says the state constitution prohibits the transfer of any aspect of the public school system. He notes the eventual court decision will have effects statewide.
“This isn’t about L.A anymore. This is about representative government. It’s about the structure of the public schools system within the state constitution.”
When he signed the bill last month Governor Schwarzenegger praised it as a way to increase accountability. The law will shift some decision-making authority away from the school board and would also give the Mayor direct control over some of the lowest-performing schools.