Victory for reform

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa should be enjoying a deserved celebration this weekend of his “historic” victory in securing the mandate to reform some Los Angeles schools. It wasn’t quite the whole-district takeover he envisioned in the 2005 mayoral campaign. But it was, at long last, a significant though tiny step toward reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District. On Tuesday, a majority of parents and teachers at seven of the LAUSD’s worst-performing schools endorsed his plan to have the mayor’s nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools start managing them beginning next academic year. What’s surprising is that not all the parents and teachers voted for the proposal. Granted, the plans are somewhat vague at this point. But these seven schools in Watts and Boyle Heights are among the most troubled in the district. It’s unlikely the partnership could make things any worse. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIndeed, there’s vast potential for them to improve. With attention and millions of dollars, the mayor’s foundation offers the possibility of more resources and support to help these schools educate some of the poorest and most at-risk kids in Los Angeles. While this action offers hope to these schools, it’s disheartening to realize that they represent just a tiny fraction of the massive district – less than 1percent of the schools. Now the onus is on the mayor to make sure the parents and teachers who put their faith in this experiment are justified. For the sake of the other 99.5percent of LAUSD schools, this reform effort must be successful. If it is, parents and teachers at other campuses will start clamoring to be part of this education revolution, and the vast bureaucracy will have no other option but to acquiesce. So enjoy the champagne this weekend, Mr. Mayor, because starting tomorrow, the real work begins.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Joe McHugh has called for more research on fish stocks and better cooperation across the industry after some Irish fish quotas were slashed.It follows the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD that he has secured €260 million of fish quotas for fisherman in Ireland next year – a reduction.“The fishing industry has faced considerable challenges over the last few years and I think that a concerted effort between fishermen and the marine institute is the best partnership in successfully evaluating fish stocks and fishing regulations,” said Deputy McHugh. “While funding for the science and research behind fishing is paramount, the experience and knowledge of fishermen who are facing these challenges on a daily basis is also key and the combined work of these two groups will enhance Ireland’s fishing industry and help drive us towards a successful and sustainable fishing industry.“I want to acknowledge the hard work that Minister Coveney has done for the fishing industry, engaging in difficult and complex negotiations, with positive results in the pelagic sector, and in some white fish stocks. However there are still challenges within the Celtic sea and we need to ensure that there is a targeted effort to protect the white fish sector.”Breakdown of Quotas:· A 49% increase in the Hake quota · A 30% increase in the Celtic Sea Herring fishery off the south coast· 13% increase in the mackerel quota· A 55% quota increase in the large Boarfish fishery off the south west· A 36% increase in the Blue Whiting quota for the north west· A 20% increase in the Megrim quota for the north west · A 22% increase in the Haddock quota in Rockall· A15% increase in the Monkfish quota for the south and west· A 14% increase in the Albacore Tuna quota for the summer fishery off the south west McHUGH: WE NEED MORE RESEARCH ON FISH STOCKS was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fish stocksJoe McHughMcHUGH: WE NEED MORE RESEARCH ON FISH STOCKSquotaslast_img read more