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November 10, 2010
Villaraigosa Slams Teachers Union as ‘Roadblock to Reform.’ Is He Right?
Source: The Los Angeles Times
By: LA Times Metro Section

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week came out swinging against the L.A. teachers union, call it a "roadblock to reform."

"At every step of the way, when Los Angeles was coming together to effect real change in our public schools, UTLA was there to fight against the change and slow the pace of reform," he said. According to The Times' Patrick McDonnell and David Zahniser:

In a Sacramento address to state leaders, Villaraigosa — himself a longtime teachers union employee before launching a career in public office — declared that education in Los Angeles stands at "a critical crossroads," and he assailed United Teachers Los Angeles for resisting change. During the last five years, the mayor said, union leaders have stood as "one unwavering roadblock to reform." He called for change in contentious areas such as tenure, teacher evaluations and seniority — all volatile arenas in which teachers unions have balked at proposals for reform as eroding their rights.

What do you think of the mayor's harsh words? Is he right? Tell us what you think.



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