Getting Advice From Texas?
LAUSD School Board President Kelly Gonez brings in a controversial former Texas Education Agency official to coach the board on governance.
- SLCSD Board Member Katherine Kennedy
The charter school industry-backed members of the LAUSD have made it clear that they will ram through their privatization agenda without taking input from the minority that supports public education. During the first meeting of the new term, they passed over Jackie Goldberg and the experience that she offers to install ethically-challenged Nick Melvoin as chair of the Committee of the Whole. Newly elected Board President Kelly Gonez then turned down Scott Schmerelson’s request to reinstate the Parent Engagement and Special Education Committees telling him that unless he had four votes to overrule her, the decision would stand.
These actions followed the path set by past boards with majorities that had been elected with the financial support of the charter school industry. Accused felon Ref Rodriguez and his compatriots, knowing that he would soon be forced from the board, pushed through the hiring of Austin Beutner, ignoring the past precedent of achieving consensus on this type of decision. After Rodriguez was convicted and removed from his seat, this same block prevented Jackie Goldberg from being appointed to replace him, leaving the stakeholders of District 5 unrepresented for almost an entire year.
Recognizing the harm that this behavior has caused to the functioning of the board but ignoring her own role in the dysfunction, Gonez scheduled a special board meeting to focus on the subject of “Board Development.” The program included a talk by education “reform” advocate AJ Crabill entitled “Reflection of Governance Practices”.
Crabill is a self-appointed expert on governance. According to one critic, “he has not graduated from college nor does he have any certifications for teaching communications or leadership skills.” He previously served as the Texas Education Agency’s Deputy…