Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Los Angeles School Superintendent Accepts Buyout

The Los Angeles Times reports that the contentious battle between the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and Supt. David Brewer has ended with the board agreeing to buyout Brewers contract for a reported $500,000. Brewer did his best to downplay the racial divisiveness that had developed with the following statement:

"As an African American, I've experienced my share of discrimination," he told reporters, school board members and district employees Monday. "I know what it looks like, smells like, and the consequences.""Although this debate is disconcerting and troubling, it must not become an ethnic issue. When adults fight, it can manifest itself in our children," said Brewer, the district's second African American superintendent. "This must not become an ethnic or racial battle that infests our schools, our campuses, our playgrounds. This is not about settling an old score; this must be about what is best for every LAUSD student."

Brewer, who wasn't any more than a figurehead in recent months did the right thing in accepting the buyout, and now the board can name his successor who can continue to do what's really important, continuing the business of educating the children of Los Angeles.

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