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Mayoral Control and School Districts

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Sweeping changes may be coming to the Los Angeles school district as city Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attempts to wrest control of the nation's second largest school district from its elected school board. This Dec. 1, 2005 audio report from National Public Radio looks at the two largest mayoral takeovers to date—in 1995 by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and in 2002 by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg—to see what might lie ahead for both the L.A. Mayor and the city's school district.

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Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention. We linked this post on Dec. 7, over at The Education Wonks.

I would be interested in hearing your opinion on how mayoral control compares to that of local school board control, when in both cases major decisions regarding school district management and instructional policies are being made by individuals who are typically not professional educators? Perhaps whomever is in control should be required to attain school administration certication and serve an internship?

Who really now is engaged in the control of health? To mine it neglected the large pharmaceutical companies and the medical centers. There should be a centralized management WBR LeoP

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