Maybe LAUSD review, for now

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Los Angeles Unified School District has until today to officially respond to the request and Chick said she doesn’t anticipate any problems. Cantor said she would appreciate Chick’s review of the audits. “She is going to be getting a lot of documents from us and we welcome whatever she has to say about what she finds,” Cantor said. “This is a very complicated area when you are talking about education, and we want people to help us.” Cantor said she asked Chick to review the audits when the two talked five weeks ago. “I just felt, before she went off and did an independent audit, she should have a chance to see what’s been done,” Cantor said. Insisting she is not giving up efforts to audit Los Angeles’ public schools, City Controller Laura Chick said Thursday she is meeting with LAUSD officials to discuss other ways to review the district. Chick said she met for more than an hour Wednesday with school board President Marlene Cantor and is scheduled to meet Monday with Superintendent Roy Romer. “I am passionate about this and dedicated to working with the school district in whatever way I can,” Chick said. “I am hoping that they will relent and invite me in, as I have asked.” While school officials – particularly Romer – have objected to paying for an audit by Chick, she said she hopes to work with the district on her request to review previous audits and steps that were taken to implement recommendations. Chick said her Wednesday meeting with Cantor coincided with a meeting between Romer and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I always think building relationships between leaders is important,” Chick said. “I think these meetings are worthwhile.” Villaraigosa and Chick have been at odds with the district over his call for mayoral control and her proposal for an audit. Romer has questioned the need for a separate audit and questioned whether Chick was politically motivated. “Frankly, I’m puzzled by that,” Chick said. “I looked up the meaning of the word ‘politics’ and it means being strategic.” Chick said she wants to conduct the audit to bring transparency to district operations. “One of the problems with the district is it has all these audits, but no one knows anything about them or what’s been done to implement the recommendations,” Chick said. “It’s one thing to be audited; it’s another to implement the recommendations.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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