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California Tax Dollars, Hard at Not Working in Inglewood Schools

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In September 2012 the California Superintendent of Public Instruction took control of Inglewood Unified School District (under legislation sponsored by Sen. Rod Wright, D-Sort-of-Inglewood, who was later convicted of eight felonies related to his not living in the district he represents). The legislature authorized $55 million in emergency loans to keep the district afloat.

$29 million was gone after four months of state control. The rest will be gone by the end of this year. To accomplish such impressive feats of wastefulness required tough choices.

Not to be deterred by enrollment that fell from 18,000 in 2003 to 13,000 now, Kent Taylor, the first state-appointed administrator, added 103 teacher positions.

He didn't stop there. He also went above and beyond his authorization to reverse an existing plan for reducing employee compensation by 15 percent. Then, again beyond his authorization, he reached an agreement with the union on compensation through 2014-15.

The good news is that Taylor didn't last long at the helm. He was replaced after a few months by LaTanya Kirk-Carter. The bad news is that Kirk-Carter's budget for 2013-14 included a $10.1 million shortfall, and estimated the previous year's deficit at $18.4 million.

She didn't last long, either. Don Brann took over in the summer of 2013. No matter who is in control, though, spending millions of dollars of other people's money is hard work—IUSD school officials needed a rest. Early this year the district spent $38,000 of tax payer money on a retreat to a resort in La Jolla. When students, those pesky people who want an education, planned a walkout to protest the costly retreat school officials called in the police.

Let's recap. Since September 14, 2012 IUSD has been under state control. The local school board was stripped of its powers and the local superintendent was dismissed. The state extended $55 million in loans. All of that money will be gone by the end of the year. The district is projected to run a massive deficit next year. Student enrollment has fallen.

Bureaucrats and central planners are nothing if not consistent. When a bad situation seems like it couldn't get any worse they step in to prove that, given enough money, the mess can get bigger.

For more details of the fun and games in the Inglewood Unified School District, see Ethan Roberts' longer piece on this at Reason.org.

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  1. When students, those pesky people who want an education, planned a walkout to protest the costly retreat school officials called in the police.

    Help me craft a narrative to make this George Bush’s fault.

    1. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

      Did that help? No?

      Works ebby time for Shriek and Choney.

      1. Chboney? The invisible children guy?

        1. Naw – there used to be a “Chad” here who was Tony’s (without spaces) more-retarded brother or something.

          So some of us just used “Choney” for both of them, cause Chad/Tony were bacically twins.

          1. I thought you were just writing with a funny accent.

    2. “Help me craft a narrative to make this George Bush’s fault.”

      Naah. In CA it’s Reagan’s fault.

      1. I thought everything in CA was the fault of Prop 13?

        1. Everything in California is the fault of Saint Andreas. Get it right.

  2. But are they racist?

  3. Clearly they need MOAR MONEYZ!

  4. “under legislation sponsored by Sen. Rod Wright, D-Sort-of-Inglewood, who was later convicted of eight felonies related to his not living in the district he represents”

    He was just recently forced to take a paid vacation rather than continue to ‘serve’ the people he doesn’t represent in the CA legislature.
    So Inglewood is really getting “governmented” left and right! Uh, actually left.

    1. “Uh, actually left.”

      SNAP!

  5. When students, those pesky people who want an education, planned a walkout to protest the costly retreat school officials called in the police.

    Seems legit.

    Bureaucrats and central planners are nothing if not consistent. When a bad situation seems like it couldn’t get any worse they step in to prove that, given enough money, the mess can get bigger.

    Because, when you are approaching a wall, the correct response is not to stop or alter course. The correct response is to FLOOR IT.

    1. “We’re in a hole! Dig harder!!

  6. I have a former classmate who is an “Honors” English teacher at Inglewood High (one of the 2 high schools in the district). He’s sub literate.

    Burn it all to the ground.

    Oh, and Inglewood Unified School District has their own school police department.

    1. So all he reads is The Hunt for Red October?

      1. Sadly, the first book he assigns is Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

        1. My other snarky comment was going to be: “So, everything he reads is in Cyrillic?” In which case, Zinn’s book and Soviet era Pravda columns would make that statement pretty much accurate.

        2. Also, WTF? He’s a goddamned English teacher. Even if you were to concede accuracy of Zinn’s work, it is clearly proffered as history.

          Although, next time he mentions an assignment to his students of that book you should reply by telling him that you are glad that he is getting the youth of Inglewood involved in the great works of fiction.

          1. There was a link floating around Facebook on Columbus day by Zinn that talked about all of the bad things Columbus did. One of the things listed was that Columbus’ men “slaughtered the Lucayans (native peoples of the Bahamas) until they fled into the mountains.”

            Problem: There are no mountains in the Bahamas. Whoops! Zinn is a bigger liar than L. Ron Hubbard.

            1. Howard Zinn was just plagerizing Iron Maiden.

            2. L. Ron Hubbard was a fairly parsimonious liar compared to the Western Intellectual Left. Hubbard spun tales of aliens and Atlantis that are somewhat believable if you’re drunk enough. The Lefties keepmcoming up with thundering bushwa, like their assertion that Communism is a respectable political philosophy, or their treatment of Al Sharpton as something othes than a scoundrel and a thief.

            3. I remember seeing one of those before I deleted my Facebook account.

              Zinn claimed Columbus wrote in his logs that the Indians would make good slaves. Zinn had what he claimed was a direct quote from Columbus’s log.

              I have a copy of the Penguin Classics edition of The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus, which is a collection of Columbus’s logs.

              I could not find the passage that Zinn claimed he quoted.

              Sometime later, I found an article stating there is a translation of Columbus’s logs that includes what Zinn claims is a quote. Even if this article is true, Zinn never included a proper citation, so how can another historian go and verify Zinn’s work?

    2. I have a former classmate who is an “Honors” English teacher at Inglewood High (one of the 2 high schools in the district). He’s sub literate.

      You know, some of us don’t really appreciate being called out like this.

      1. And yet I’m reading what you wrote.

  7. Sounds like they just need to hold a couple of bake sales, maybe a car wash or two and things will be back on track.

    1. You’ll need a permit to sell those brownies students…

  8. Nuke the school from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

  9. Well that makes a whole lot of sense dude.

    http://www.GoGoAnon.tk

  10. They’ll try again with $300 million of other people’s money. Watch.

  11. Sounds like some serious business to me dude.

    http://www.GoGoAnon.tk

  12. Inglewood, Inglewood always up to no good.

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