VICA backs LAUSD breakup

first_imgThe influential Valley Industry and Commerce Association plunged Friday into the political maelstrom surrounding school reform by endorsing legislation calling for breakup of Los Angeles Unified into at least 15 smaller districts. The group that represents about 300 corporate members across the San Fernando Valley area supports the identical bills proposed by Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, and Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, to split the 727,000-student district by 2010 into districts with no more than 50,000 students each. VICA’s support, coming at a time when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is getting ready to unveil his own reform plan, is a sign of growing support for structural change in the way local schools are run. “There’s no question about it. It’s a school reform symphony and the more people there are on the same page singing the same song, we’re more apt to get something done,” said VICA Chairman Bob Scott, who said they’re looking for a meaningful reorganization of the district. Under his proposal, the reorganization would be overseen by a nine-member commission of mayors from the 27 cities the district serves, the state superintendent of public instruction and university professors. L.A. Unified officials expressed concern that the issue of education reform has become fraught with political agendas, distracting from a focus on actions that would truly affect student achievement. Proposals by Villaraigosa, Richman and Runner muffle the real reforms under way at the LAUSD, they said, pointing to improvement in state academic performance test results and efforts to reduce the dropout rates. Vivien Castro, director of legislative and governmental affairs at the LAUSD, said the district welcomes substantive discussions on all the reform proposals on the table. “The local community should take a stand and be aware of all these issues and be able to weigh these so-called reforms to determine whether they actually are going to improve student experience and achievement,” Castro said. “We want to bring the focus back to what matters for pupils and to improve their academic achievement.” Villaraigosa has questioned whether breakup is practical and VICA has left the possibility of supporting mayoral takeover. More than two-thirds of VICA’s board voted Tuesday to support the Richman/Runner reorganization bills, and Scott said it will be one of their “landmark issues” they will champion in the next year or two by aggressively informing the public to rally support. “The thought is if we bring it closer to the people and we get the size of the school districts down to below 50,000, that that will give us and the various communities of Los Angeles the ability to have a better handle on the operation of the districts,” he said. The endorsement will likely trigger other civic and business groups to get involved in reform efforts aimed at the nation’s second-largest school district, said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It is a huge endorsement because VICA is a very well regarded organization representing a huge chunk of the city of Los Angeles and this just adds fuel to the fire that Mayor Villaraigosa has already lit. VICA is drawing a line in the sand,” Kyser said. “The ball is rolling downhill more and more rapidly, and now that VICA has come out with this stance, I think you may see other groups fall in behind them, and this is going to get people’s attention.” The United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley has also endorsed the legislation. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, seen as a key endorsement, has not yet taken a position on the legislation or on mayoral takeover, but has called for all parties – the Mayor’s Office, business community, education providers and the school district – to work together to create a plan and goals, as a way to build consensus, said spokeswoman Marie Condron. VICA’s commitment to taking an aggressive stance on the issue could be the sign of a revived sense of Valley activism – dormant since the secession movement a few years ago. “I think it’s a constructive sign that the stakeholders in the San Fernando Valley are going to re-engage in a metropolitan-wide effort to provide transparency and accountability of LAUSD, so they’re joining forces,” said David Abel, chairman of New Schools Better Neighborhoods, a civic advocacy organization that promotes a 21st-century vision for California’s urban school districts. School board member Jon Lauritzen, who represents parts of the Valley, said he was disappointed in the position taken by VICA. “I think it has some merit to look at the possibility of dividing things up … but I still think the L.A. community in general is better served by a large school district that is comprehensive,” he said. “When you break up a school district like Los Angeles, it’s like breaking up a marriage, and you don’t go through that without suffering some traumatic effects.” While a number of LAUSD breakup and reform efforts stalled in the past decade, Hertzberg said this time change will happen. “Reform of the education system is going to stick, because everybody deeply understands how so dramatically poor education affects our economy and public safety. In this new economy, the only ability to succeed is through education and everybody understands that,” he said. “It’s a different situation now and there’s a real sentiment in the public that this has to get fixed, so I don’t think this is going away.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “We have the charter-school movement going on. We have the possibility of mayoral control and breaking up/reorganizing the school district. There are a lot of ideas out there with varying degrees of merit, but we all agree that something has to be done.” Others who have called for major reform took the same tone. “The frustration about the failing schools is alive and well and the civic leaders in the San Fernando Valley and throughout the L.A. area are still mad as hell about the failing school system and want something to be done,” said former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, who mounted his campaign for Los Angeles mayor around a call for breaking up the LAUSD. “The status quo is just not good enough.” Richman said the public is fed up with the district’s failures. “The community has tried over decades to break up L.A. Unified into more manageable and accountable districts, but has been repeatedly stymied in their efforts. There’s no question that there is a much broader recognition of the failure of LAUSD and the need for reform, whether that reform is mayoral takeover, or what I think is a better option, the breakup of the district into smaller districts.” last_img read more

New OU Head Coach Lincoln Riley’s Ties with Big 12, Air Raid

first_imgFollowing the University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops’ announcement to retire, the school has named offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley as the Sooners’ new head coach:SOURCE: Bob Stoops & #OC AD Joe Castiglione have been grooming Lincoln Riley for this situation for over a year. https://t.co/yGy5Dv3i9R— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017With the hire, Riley becomes the FBS’ youngest head coach at 33 years old, replacing Memphis’ 35-year-old Mike Norvell.“I’m sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma,” said Riley in a statement. “I want to thank Coach Stoops for bringing me here two years ago and making me part of the Sooner family. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. I’m absolutely thankful for our friendship and for the mentorship he has provided.”No one knows if Riley will be a successful head coach, but he was as successful of a coordinator as anyone in the country. Riley, an air raid disciple, used his own variation of the air raid to build one of college football’s best offenses at Oklahoma, and interestingly enough, his history has plenty of Big 12 ties.Riley walked on to Texas Tech in 2002 and played quarterback behind current TTU head coach Kliff Kingsbury. His head coach was Mike Leach, who coincidentally brought his air raid offense to Oklahoma in 1999, which was Bob Stoops’ first year as head coach. Now, Riley takes place of Stoops using an offense of his former head coach — the same offense that won Stoops a national championship in his second year.Got all that?Leach hired Riley as a graduate assistant in 2003, and he moved his way up to assistant coach by 2006. Riley served as the receivers coach, and his fellow (inside) receivers coach, Dana Holgorsen, would eventually bring the air raid offense to Oklahoma State in 2010.But wait, I’m not finished.Riley would then accept the offensive coordinator position under Eastern Carolina’s then-head coach Ruffin McNeil, who was Mike Leach’s assistant head coach from 2003-2009. It’s funny how coaching trees can be so cyclical.Riley has worked with the best air raid coaches in football. His success at OU will be judged much later on, but there’s certainly precedent for young Big 12 assistant coaches, specifically air raid ones, finding a head coaching job. Apart from Leach, Holgorsen and Kingsbury, Art Briles, Sonny Dykes, Dino Babers, Kevin Sumlin and Kevin Wilson all found head coaching jobs by way of both the Big 12 and the air raid. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Reload: Tight End Pledge Praises Gundy, Top CB Target on Commitment Watch

first_imgAs it stands, however, TCU is considered the favorite here. And that could especially be the case after OSU added 2018 cornerback Gabe Lemons to the fold this week.Three-star tight end pledge rock solid despite interest elsewhereLong-time OSU tight end pledge Nic McTear has seen his recruitment skyrocket after committing to the Cowboys, but he’s rock solid with his commitment.In an interview with Scout.com this week, McTear says it’s the Gundy factor that has kept him committed and solid.“It’s coach (Mike) Gundy,” McTear said. “He keeps it real. He is consistent too. He has been there for like the last 10 years. Every single year they go to a bowl game and they just keep it simple. He is just everything you want in a coach.I feel like I am firm where I am at. I feel like I will go there for sure unless something major happens. Other than that I don’t think I am going to be going anywhere else.”McTear has garnered offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami and others, but with all that interest he has remained firm in his commitment. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Junior college defensive tackle standout visitingFour-star junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey will be making an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this weekend, he announced this week. Humphrey’s ranked as one of the best junior college prospects in the Class of 2018 — regardless of position.AdChoices广告The Hutchison C.C. standout is a 6-6, 350-pound mauler with 25 scholarship offers in hand from Texas A&M, Arkansas, OU, Florida State, Alabama and others. He is originally from Klein Oak, Texas.OSU’s top cornerback target on commitment watchSlidell, Louisiana cornerback Eddie Smith announced Thursday evening that he will be making his college commitment on Friday night. Smith recently visited OSU where he came away singing praises of the school he undoubtedly included in his top 3.“I loved it honestly,” Smith said. “I had no idea the school was that beautiful. I fell in love with the campus.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Punter Zach Sinor Launches His Heisman Campaign

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I don’t want PFB to take too much credit here, but we’ve been tweeting and talking about this for nearly a year now, and it finally happened. Zach Sinor officially launched his Heisman Trophy campaign this week with Oklahoma State’s blessing. What a world.Mason Rudolph can have his 4,000-yard seasons, James Washington can have his 20-TD outings, I just want to see Sinor next to Nick Chubb and Jalen Hurts in New York come December. Sinor4Heisman4Ever.After being left off the Ray Guy Award list in 2016, @ZachSinor29 is thinking big this year. Real big. #Sinor4Heisman #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/htS0eZPtVs— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) June 28, 2017AdChoices广告last_img read more

The stadiums that have shut out Ronaldo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo San Siro, the Etihad and the stadiums Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored in Goal 02:06 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getafe La Liga Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid PSG v Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League The legendary striker scored his first goal at Parc des Princes on Tuesday – now just 15 grounds have denied him as a Real Madrid playerlast_img read more