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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa on school-reform fallout: 'No one buys that turncoat stuff'

A mayor with deep roots in the labor movement now finds himself denounced in some quarters as a turncoat — a description he calls absurd. "No one buys that turncoat stuff," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a recent union-sponsored event in Watts. "But I am challenging orthodoxies in a way that we have to."

The mayor's recent branding of United Teachers Los Angeles, the L.A. teachers union, as "one unwavering roadblock" to his effort to reform public schools has raised ire in organized labor circles, even though he began his political career as a union organizer.

But the criticism from unions that don't represent teachers has been relatively muted: Labor leaders from outside the very specific universe of schools seem to have little difficulty separating the mayor's comments on the incendiary education debate from his overwhelmingly pro-labor pedigree.

Read more: "Villaraigosa's school reform efforts cost him little labor backing."


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Can you answer a simple question. Can you please provide data from the schools that are currently under the mayors control? Can we really believe that he has time to run a city, balance a budget, fight unions, and date journalist? No, thank you and good night. lol!!!!!

We who have spent a lot of time studying the issue of poor teacher performance and the almost impossible attempts at firing lousy teachers know that the Mayor's statements about teachers unions are absolutely true.

the mayor is "one unwavering roadblock" to public education and democracy.

create jobs for the community and watch how fast attendance, grades, and graduation improve.

I remember when the wanna be mayor attended a UTLA summer conference and swore his undying love and support for the teachers of Los Angeles. So I buy the 'turncoat stuff'. He is a disappointment to both the children and educators of Los Angeles regardless of the lies he tells himself.

The mayor would be helping all of L.A. if he'd take the same stance against Brian D'Arcy and the DWP union which are a roadblock to any reforms in that corrupt agency.

Sooooooooooooooo Whatttttttttttttttt, This mayor has been the worse mayor Los Angeles has ever had. Can't wait until he is out of office....

"No one buys that turncoat stuff," We don't have to buy it. Tony's providing us with everything we need to see the truth of it for free.

Why is it that the foreign Gulen Movement that manages over 150 Charter schools in the USA continues to falsely obtain h1-b work visas for un qualified teachers from Turkey / Turkic speaking countries? In the Los Angeles County the Gulen Schools are called Magnolia Science Academy. Read the h1-b Visa report below, they are claiming they cannot find math, science, computer and English teachers in the USA. These schools have recently been busted in Ohio for hiring foreigners via the Concept Schools. http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/nov/23/public-charter-school-funds-under-scrutiny-ar-301282/
H1-b Visa info here: http://www.h1bwage.com/index.php?q=science%20teacher
In fact, did you know that the Cosmos Foundation part of the Gulen Movement has immigrated more foreign teachers in than the largest school district in the USA. Of course that would be LAUSD, who is allowing this? That number for Cosmos Foundation alone is over 1,100 h1-b visas since 2001 and Cosmos Foundation is only ONE of the Gulen Movement’s NGOs that are doing this. Who is dismantling the American Education System so followers of Islamic Imam Fethullah Gulen can teach our children? http://perimeterprimate.blogspot.com/2010/07/gulen-schools-and-their-booming-h1b.html
Not only visas for teachers but now they are getting h1-b visas for finance managers, business managers and legal counsel (as if America doesn’t have thousands of qualified people for these jobs) http://gulencharterschools.weebly.com/importing-english-teachers-from-turkey.html


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