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L.A. Unified Settlement Of Lawsuit Mushroomed Into Assault On Long-Held District Practices

Publication Date: 
October 14, 2010
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Howard Blume and Jason Song

Professor William Koski is quoted in this LA Times story on a lawsuit regarding Los Angeles Unified School District layoffs:

A lawsuit filed this year against the Los Angeles Unified School District began with a narrow demand: Stop layoffs from decimating the staff — and harming students — at three of the city's worst-performing middle schools.

But when the Board of Education announced a proposed settlement last week, what emerged was an ambitious assault on some of the district's longest-held practices.

In the week since the announcement, interviews with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, school board members, district officials, attorneys and civic leaders have provided a detailed look at how the lawsuit became a vehicle to propel fundamental changes in the nation's second-largest school district. The interviews show that parties on both sides of the case came to see it as a way to sidestep obstruction bythe teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, which they viewed as resistant to change.

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"If UTLA is a party in the case, the case is not done yet," said William Koski, an education professor at Stanford University.