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LAUSD board candidate repudiates statements of ex-aide

LA School Report | September 5, 2014

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Lydia Gutierrez school board

Lydia Gutierrez, candidate for the LA Unified school board seat next year

Lydia Gutierrez, a candidate for the LA Unified school board seat next year, says a former campaign manager misrepresented her positions in speaking to LA School Report earlier this week.

Gutierrez disputed statements from Jose Gonzalez, who identified himself as one of her campaign managers, saying she would not vote to fire Superintendent John Deasy but would have insisted on a closer examination of the iPad program, which Deasy has championed.

She said Gonzalez is no longer working for her and should not have represented any of her positions.

Gutierrez said she is focusing her campaign on three issues: the “waste” of $1 billion for iPads; the cancellation of music, art and vocational trade skill classes; and the influx of consultants hired by the district.

Gutierrez, who ran unsuccessfully for State Superintendent of Instruction earlier this year, is opposing Board President Richard Vladovic for the the LA Unified District 7 seat.

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