Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dang! Pass the popcorn!

from the comments section at street-hassle.
Thank you, Joseph: No one else is on this yet -- and it's clearly the result of top-level dealmaking.

Cortines dropped a bomb along with his 100 Day Plan, sending out a letter to the parent(s) of every one of LAUSD's 688,000 asking parents -- get this -- to organize to pressure their legislators to pass a budget!

In LAUSD, a huge majority of those parents are represented by Democratic legislators, who have no card to play to break the Republican impasse.

So let me sum up:

* Cortines fires teachers -- and praises Schwartzeneggar for his "flexibility" and "leadership" in resolving the budget crisis.

* Cortines writes every parent in LAUSD and exhorts them to organize and swamp their Democratic legislators, blaming them for the mess.

Cortines is servicing a political deal, helping to starve and drown the beast. Gov. Villaraigosa and Sen. Schwartzeneggar want it this way -- because Broad, Riordan and the GOP action plan call for privatizing public school.

Cortines is a hatchet man and a hack. He's on the board of Scholastic Inc, despite the conflict of interest with his current job.

He's positioning himself for quite a payoff for dismantling LAUSD.

January 14, 2009 5:28 PM

Wow. Just... wow. Things are really starting to get weird. And when the going gets weird...

Brace yourselves, people ... it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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