State Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys) said he plans to revise his far-reaching bill to dismantle the Los Angeles Unified School District in an attempt to minimize fears voiced by opponents, including minority groups.
The bill would establish a commission to break up the district into at least seven units. Roberti spokesman Steve Glazer said the Senate leader would introduce amendments directing the commission to comply with two major court cases on desegregation and equal school funding, as well as with federal laws that guarantee basic education rights to disabled students.
The amendments, Glazer said, show that Roberti is committed to fully integrating and funding the proposed new districts. Minority lawmakers for months have accused Roberti of pushing a plan that would give inner-city children an inferior education.
The measure is scheduled to face its first legislative test on April 14, when it will be heard by the Senate Education Committee.