A wide selection in today’s LAUSD board primary races
Craig Clough | March 3, 2015
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The polls open remain open until 8 pm tonight to cast ballots in four Los Angeles Unified School District Board elections, as well as in some LA City Council seats, Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District seats and two proposed charter amendments that would give this year’s winners 5 1/2 year terms.
Here’s a quick cheat sheet on the school board elections:
A veteran educator, Vladovic is a former social studies teacher, principal and Superintendent of West Covina Unified School District with two terms under his belt on the LAUSD school board.
Click here for a profile Vladovic.
A teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District since 1995, Gutierrez is perhaps better known for her recent run at replacing Tom Torlakson as state Superintendent of Public Instruction last year, where she finished with 25 percent of the vote.
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A former teacher and current pre-school principal, Anderson has spent most of her 20-year career as an educator focused on early childhood, including as a principal at two LAUSD early childhood centers.
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A former middle school science and health teacher, Kayser was first elected to represent District 5 in 2011 in a narrowly won race with help of $1.4 million spent by the teachers union super PAC. He is considered one of the teacher’s union staunchest allies on the board.
Click here for a review of Kayser’s positions as a board member.
Rodriguez is the founder of 15 Los Angeles-based charter schools called Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC), which have grown to serve about 5,000 students in northeast LA and in northeast San Fernando Valley.
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Thomas is a professor of education at the online Walden University and operator of a research company that consults with school districts, including LA Unified.
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Tamar Galatzan (incumbent)
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Badger is a parent of two LAUSD students, owns an automotive business in the San Fernando Valley and is CEO/Founder of Minority Outreach Committee, Inc. a nonpartisan non-profit.
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Gonzalez is a parent of two LAUSD students and founder of SoCal Impact Consulting, a Woodland Hills-based consulting firm that specializes in non-profit fundraising and community outreach.
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Patel is a graduate of LAUSD’s North Hollywood High School and ran for city controller in 2013.
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Petersen is a LAUSD parent who has four children enrolled in the district. He has spent most of his career in the private sector.
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Schmerelson has served as a longtime LAUSD educator, counselor and administrator.
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Board member George McKenna is running unopposed. He won his seat in 2014 in a special election to serve out the term of the late Marguerite LaMotte.