“Public safety is one element among many that argue for mayoral control of our schools,” said Joe Ramallo, a spokesman for Villaraigosa. The Mayor’s Office is currently working with the LAPD to improve safety around schools and other youth activities, Ramallo said. In addition, the city and school district have set up a Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance, which is expected to release a report in January recommending ways to improve the system. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAPD Chief William Bratton voiced support Wednesday for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to gain authority over Los Angeles schools, saying mayoral control of education would benefit public safety. High drop-out rates and poor student achievement impede the city’s growth while encouraging crime, Bratton said in an interview. “That’s why the mayors of Chicago and New York and Boston fought for, and successfully attained, control of the schools,” he said. As a former top police official in both Boston and New York, Bratton said he saw mayoral control improve public education, and by extension public safety. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If you cannot provide public safety, you cannot ensure education. If you cannot ensure education you cannot provide public safety,” he said. “If those two planks on the platform are missing, you’re essentially setting up the gallows that the rest of the city is going to hang itself on.” In addition to fostering crime, inadequate schools make it difficult for the Los Angeles Police Department to meet its recruiting goals, Bratton said. As an example, he said efforts to add more African-American officers have been complicated by high drop-out rates in that community. During the mayoral campaign earlier this year, both Villaraigosa and his predecessor, James Hahn, called for the mayor to have a more active role in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Once elected, though, Villaraigosa distanced himself from state legislation pushing such reforms. Amid opposition to mayoral control by some in the school district and the teachers union, the mayor said he wanted to build public support first. Villaraigosa set a goal earlier this month of having full responsibility for education in Los Angeles by the end of his first term.