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Editorial boards agree on special election for LAUSD seat

LA School Report | January 7, 2014

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newspaperseditorialIf the editorial boards of Los Angeles area newspapers were charged with filling the vacant LA Unified school board seat left by the sudden death of Marguerite LaMotte, it would be easy: they are unanimous in that finding a successor should come through a special election, rather than an appointment.

But politics is never easy, and, instead, the vacancy has sparked disagreement and paralysis at the school board, where the six remaining members have been buffeted by community groups and special interests that passionately disagree on which option to take.  Last month, the board pushed off making a decision until tonight’s special board meeting, called for 6:15 pm.

Meanwhile, we’ve complied a roundup of editorials on the decision the board faces. This week La Opinion printed an editorial supporting an election: Election for the LAUSD. That followed in the footsteps of both the LA Times which printed not one, but two pieces last month, (Elect, don’t appoint, to replace Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte and L.A. school board priority: Put students first and the LA Daily News which weighed in with this editorial: L.A. school board should let LaMotte’s district vote.  

Previous Posts: Pressure building: How, when to fill LaMotte LAUSD board seat, LA Unified board delays action on LaMotte vacancy to January, Filling LaMotte Seat by Election or Appointment? Board is Decider

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