Murdoch says L.A. Times to be sold

Eli Broad is one of a bunch of self-made billionaires (Jacobs, Gates, Walton, Bloomberg, others) who support charter schools. Charter schools are publicly-funded public schools loosely accountable to the district or state that charters them and to their own federation. Charter schools usually (though not always) have no teachers' union -- or encumbering union rules that uniformly determine teachers' economic status but have no relation to the academic status of students in classrooms. In general, charter schools have a record of mixed academic success -- no different from the traditional public school system's track record anywhere. Some local charters are academically demanding and serve first-time college candidates such as UCSD's Preuss School. Some are organized along lines of business-style project-based learning like High Tech High and its middle schools. Some are foreign language-immersion schools like Einstein Academy. Others, such as Gompers and O'Farrell, draw students from poor communities of color, enjoy charismatic devoted leadership and deep support from parents who are grateful to have their kids in an attentive, orderly, caring, academic environment. Some charters have failed because of financial mismanagement, or for other fiscal reasons -- such as one sponsored by our own SDEA teachers union and one formed but never launched by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce after seed-money was spent. The problem with Eli Broad as a publisher is not his support for charter schools, but his known autocratic personal style, lack of newspaper experience and possibly cavalier attitude toward the notion of respect for independent journalism. I heard a joke this afternoon that newspaper obituaries are now called "subscriber countdowns." I hope to see SoCal civic honcho Eli Broad publishing the LA Times and the Union-Tribune rather than the rapacious Tribune Company out of Chicago. The waiting is excruciating and I hope the sale happens soon. The charter school thing is a a red herring.
— November 28, 2015 4:55 p.m.

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