By Maya Mirsky
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation Saturday that would have returned the Oakland school district to local control, citing concerns that the law moves too fast, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
“The pace at which it seeks to restore the authority of the school board may surpass the pace at which the state administrator can imbed sustainable reforms,” he wrote in the veto message.
AB 45 was publicly opposed by state superintendent of public instruction Jack O’Connell, who said he believes the school district is not ready for the timeline set by the bill.
The Oakland school district went into state receivership in 2003 because of massive debt. Under current law, O’Connell has the authority to decide when to return the district to school board control