Librera the BellweatherDecember 14, 2010
Viral TestingDecember 16, 2010
Somewhere along the way, the schools in which we invested so much time, thought, and capital, slowly began to crumble—figuratively and literally. . . . Why, for so long, have we allowed denial and indifference to defeat action? I do not raise this question lightly, and I do not come to my conclusion from a lack of experience. I was a legislative advocate for the California Teachers Association, and I was a union organizer for United Teachers of Los Angeles. . . .
Over the past five years, while partnering with students, parents and non-profits, business groups, higher education, charter organizations, school district leadership, elected board members and teachers, there has been one, unwavering roadblock to reform: UTLA union leadership.
While not the biggest problem facing our schools, they have consistently been the most powerful defenders of the status quo. I do not say this because of any animus towards unions. I deeply believe that teachers’ unions can and must be part of our efforts to transform our schools. Regrettably, they have yet to join us as we have forged ahead with a reform agenda.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a speech, Dec. 7 (Wall Street Journal).