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#LAYouthVote puts tough questions to board candidates

Craig Clough | May 15, 2015

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LAYouthVote_ButtonThere were precious few debates that featured a head-to-head matchup of the candidates facing off in Tuesday’s runoff election for LA Unified school board.

But anyone still looking to make up their mind might want to check out the candidate questionnaire organized by #LAYouthVote, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles sponsored group that recently registered several thousand LA Unified seniors to vote.

The questionnaire features all of the six candidates that are running for the three school board seats answering the same 10 questions from LA Unified students.

Among the questions is one about an issue that got little if any play before the March primary, and that is the fate of the district’s A through G college prep curriculum and the looming threat of three-fourths of the class of 2017 in danger of not graduating as a result. The school board recently started debating the issue, which is why it got little attention in the primary.

The forum also includes questions on how to help English learners, how to improve student access to counselors and how to motivate kids to graduate. Click on any of the candidates’ names below to read their #LAYouthVote questionnaire.

District 3

Tamar Galatzan

Scott Schmerelson

District 5

Bennett Kayser

Ref Rodriguez

District 7

Richard Vladovic

Lydia Gutierrez

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