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first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 0CRYSTAL PALACE 0Crystal Palace ended Bournemouth’s three-match winning streak with a battling goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium. Alan Pardew’s side started brightly, and Simon Francis cleared Damien Delaney’s goal-bound volley off the line. But Bournemouth recovered well and Matt Ritchie headed wide before Eunan O’Kane’s shot was tipped over.GOALS:- NONE.ASTON VILLA 1WEST HAM UNITED 1A Jordan Ayew penalty helped bottom team Aston Villa come from behind to earn a draw against West Ham. In an evenly contested game, Villa twice went close in the first half through Rudy Gestede before Aaron Cresswell scored with a low strike. The spirited hosts levelled through Ayew after Gestede was clumsily felled by Angelo Ogbonna.GOALS:- VILLA: AYEW PEN 62. WEST HAM: CRESSWELL 45.CHELSEA 2 WATFORD 2Guus Hiddink’s first game back as interim coach ended in stalemate with Chelsea coming from behind, thanks to Diego Costa’s second of the game. The Blues would have won had Oscar not missed a late penalty. Costa claimed the opener before Nemanja Matic’s handball allowed Troy Deeney to level from the penalty spot. Odion Ighalo’s deflected shot gave the visitors the lead, only for Costa to fire in and earn Chelsea a point.GOALS:- CHELSEA: COSTA 32, 64. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 42; IGHALO 56.LIVERPOOL 1LEICESTER CITY 0Leicester saw their nine-match unbeaten Premier League run ended by Liverpool substitute Christian Benteke. The Reds were rewarded when Roberto Firmino’s pull-back from the left was steered in by a stretching Benteke. Leicester offered little threat, Nathan Dyer going closest as they failed to score for the first time this season.GOALS:- LIVERPOOL:BENTEKE 63.MANCHESTER CITY 4SUNDERLAND 1Manchester City put pressure on the leaders when enjoying a convincing win over Sunderland. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring and the lead was doubled through Yaya Toure’s 20-yard drive before Wilfried Bony headed in. The Belgian calmly scored before Fabio Borini’s consolation, as Bony skied a penalty later on.GOALS:- CITY: STERLING 12; Y TOURE 17; BONY 22; DE BRUYNE 54. SUNDERLAND: BORINI 59.NEWCASTLE UNITED 0EVERTON 1Tom Cleverley scored at the death as Everton secured a first Barclays Premier League win in five games at Newcastle The midfielder headed home after Rob Elliot – who had made several saves throughout – raced off his line to punch away a corner. Georginio Wijnaldum went closest for Newcastle, but his powerful header was saved by Tim Howard. The win moves Everton up to ninth while Newcastle drop back into the relegation zone.GOAL:- EVERTON:CLEVERLEY 90.SOUTHAMPTON 4ARSENAL 0Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as they were thrashed by Southampton at St Mary’s. Saints full-back Cuco Martina marked his first league start with a stunning goal, curling in from 30 yards out. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott missed free headers, before Shane Long slotted from close range and Jose Fonte headed in the third. Long struck the post with three minutes remaining, but managed to add a fourth through the legs of Petr Cech.It could have been even worse for the visitors. Virgil van Dijk had a header ruled out for offside, while Dusan Tadic’s dipping strike was pushed away by Cech.GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: MARTINA 19; LONG 55,; 90’FONTE 69′.STOKE CITY 2MANCHESTER UNITED 0Manchester United suffered a fourth straight defeat – for the first time since 1961 – to increase the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal. Bojan Krkic broke opened the scoring following a poor header back to David de Gea from Memphis Depay allowed Glen Johnson to play it back to the Spanish forward. Stoke went 2-0 ahead through Marko Arnautovic.GOALS:- STOKE: BOJAN 19; ARNAUTOVIC 26.SWANSEA CITY 1WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0Swansea overcame West Brom to secure their first win in more than two months and climb out of the relegation zone. Ki Sung-yeung stabbed in the only goal of the game after goalkeeper Boaz Myhill failed to hold a loose ball from Angel Rangel’s shot. West Brom rarely threatened in the first half, but pressed forward more after the interval.GOAL:- SWANSEA: KI 9.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 NORWICH CITY 0Tottenham recorded a convincing win over Norwich, thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and one from Tom Carroll. Norwich had the better chances early on, but faded away after conceding a penalty that Kane scored. The England striker doubled Spurs’ lead before the break after being set up by the impressive Dele Alli.GOALS:- TOTTENHAM: KANE PEN 26, 42; CARROLL 80.last_img read more

Mayor and union can’t fix schools; communities can

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Why anyone would expect the city to do a good job running the massive school district is beyond me. Los Angeles city government already has too much on its plate and has not shown itself to be adept at managing even the most basic local services. Its failure to address community needs, as evidenced by the 2002 efforts in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Harbor areas to separate from the city, would make even the casual observer skeptical that the city would be effective in managing and reforming the school district. LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer always has a reason why it’s too soon to break up what is, by far, the largest district in the state. In December of 2001, he convinced the state Board of Education to reject a proposal by a San Fernando Valley group to break out two new school districts in the Valley. In his statements to the board, Romer pointed to newly implemented policies and improvements in test scores and asked for more time. Now Romer says that it is premature to break up the district because the current $19 billion effort to build new schools will not be completed until 2012. The size of the LAUSD offers parents little school choice (outside of charter schools) in the region. The district effectively has a monopoly over providing education in Los Angeles. With no similar districts to compare it to, supporters of the status quo can claim that outcomes reflect student transience and socioeconomic status rather than poor management. The evidence suggests otherwise. An examination of California’s Academic Performance Index for schools in the state reveals that larger districts have lower test scores. This finding is to be expected. Larger districts make it hard for parents to make their children’s needs known or to influence policy. Standardization stifles efforts on the part of schools to adopt policies that work for a particular community. Given the diversity in Los Angeles, this is clearly a city where one size can’t fit all. Parents and other concerned individuals should support Richman’s proposed legislation, which would break the LAUSD into smaller districts of 50,000 students or less. This makes the most sense. But does it have a chance? We saw the power of the public-employee unions in the recent California special election. Their contributions dwarfed those of other interest groups. Unless community leaders or neighborhood councils organize to speak out against Villaraigosa’s effort and in favor of Richman’s break-up plan, union interests will dominate once again. There is no more important issue in our city than improving inner-city schools. Not only would we change children’s lives for the better, but economic development would be given a huge jump-start if neighborhood schools were attractive to workers firms want to hire. Yet, if no one objects, Villaraigosa will lead us through another eight years of moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic. Shirley Svorny is a professor of economics at California State University, Northridge.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing a plan that would transfer control of the Los Angeles Unified School District to city officials by 2008. In contrast, state Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, has proposed legislation that would break the district up into at least 15 smaller districts. Transferring oversight would accomplish nothing. Villaraigosa’s actions will merely divert attention from any breakup initiative and buy time for the status quo. He may be a friend of United Teachers Los Angeles, but his actions suggest he is no friend to schoolchildren. If Villaraigosa is successful, 2012 will come and go with no improvement in our schools. With nearly 750,000 students, the district is too large and too constrained by demands of the politically powerful UTLA to foster an environment conducive to improving education. The only way to improve management and student outcomes is to break up the massive district. If Villaraigosa is successful in his attempt to take over the school district, don’t expect city officials to give local communities greater input and control. The teachers union would not stand for it. Several initiatives to devolve power in the school district without actually breaking it up have already failed. last_img read more