Ravitch says: 'Eli Broad's power grab is an offense to our democracy. It is wrong.It is illegitimate. Letting this deal go through would be the beginning of the end for public education, not only in Los Angeles but in many other cities as well.The elected board must not let it happen. They were elected to safeguard and improve the city's public schools, not to privatize them. He knows nothing about education; he has said so himself. The really important question is why a billionaire should be allowed to buy half of a public institution. If Eli Broad didn't like policing in Los Angeles, could he buy half the police force? If he thought the public parks were not well run, could he buy half of them? Many of the superintendents trained in Broad's unaccredited superintendents academy have been fired because of their autocratic, top-down style'