LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The mayor of Los Angeles was in the nation’s capitol on Friday in the hopes of securing federal funding for the LAUSD without having to compete with the state of California.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is back in Washington in an effort to lobby the federal government to provide education funding directly to the individual school districts instead of going through the state.

Villaraigosa joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan along with the mayors of the nation’s biggest cities to push for the federal government to allow school districts that can show gains in student achievement and graduation rates to compete with states for “Race to the Top” grants.

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Obama administration chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sat side-by-side with Villaraigosa to drive home their message.

“The three school districts that are represented here are bigger than most states,” Villaraigosa said. “In fact, if you took our collective students, I think they’re bigger than the [number of] students of some 44 states.”

California has fared poorly in the “Race to the Top” application process after billions of dollars in cuts to public education spending after steep declines in tax revenue.

Duncan deflected criticism aimed at administration over education funding and said the goal should be for all students to get some sort of higher education.

“Education fundamentally is an investment, it’s not an expense,” he said. “We can’t just invest in the status quo, we have to invest in reform, but anyone who thinks education is expensive, I would say try ignorance.”

Villaraigosa also used the symposium to push for the ability of individual school districts to be freed from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, a federal program conceived by President George W. Bush’s administration that ties school funding to performance on standardized tests.

States can apply for waivers from No Child Left Behind, but California education officials deliberately missed a deadline this week to apply over conditions that they deemed too restrictive for obtaining a waiver.

Villaraigosa is scheduled to return to L.A. on Friday after the trip, which is being paid for by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Comments (10)
  1. Ray says:

    This is a bad idea hasn’t the Mayor been listening to the news about these perverts that they have teaching our children. We need to break up the the LASUD it is too big there isn’t enough money that we can throw at this to slove the problem.

    1. GROWAPAIR says:


      Yeah..but did the mayor come with an order of meatballs?

    2. mike says:

      I can’t even get a job.That’s because that aS$hole lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. Now I’m a bitter aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours], [Mike in San Diego], [Mike in Upland], [1stman] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection. I’m such a puS$y dumbf**k with nothing to say I post to myself copying sentences from everyone, especially GROWAPAIR, who knows I’m a ball sniffing loser.

      I’ll use your screen name next, puS$y d!cklips.

      Pay attention to me when I hijack screen names to show I’m a whiny puS$y dumbf**k loser. It makes my ass pucker with joy when people think I’m GROWAPAIR and my daddy’s balls like when my ass puckers.

  2. Barney Rubble says:

    Okay so let me understand this.
    Mayor Tony Viagra wants to

    REWARD LAUSD for completly
    corrupt management and performance



    Where does one sign up for a job
    where the WORSE you performe
    the MORE YOUR REWARDED !!!!!!!

  3. dave ceake says:

    give more money to a school system that has like the highest drop out rate etc etc in ca …. plus you see these ie teachers allways on strike wanting more money ,, huh 4 what

  4. Awesome Pete says:

    Hey, they’re going to need the money to settle all of the lawsuits steming from the deviant teachers. California doesn’t have it, and LAUSD is already inthe red.
    Tony V. is worried he’ll have to come up with some of the money. Jerry B. doesn’t care unless the unions tell him to care.

  5. ginny says:

    More money to spend on educating illegals, sounds about right for our Mayor.

  6. Thomas Payne says:

    Yeah, let’s give Mayor VivaLaRaza more money. Maybe he’ll spend it on yet another $578 million dollar school in downtown, which will serve only a few thousands of kids, many of them being children of illegals, or illegals themselves. It’s no surprise that someone who supports sanctuary cities and the refusal to allow federal laws to be enforced is moving to go around the state in order to get his hands on more money.


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