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Political Savvy vs. Education Skills in L.A. School Board Runoff
Antonio Sanchez, 31, has the former, which has helped him attract big support from labor, while Monica Ratliff, 43, has the latter, making her the favorite of educators. LA Times

LAUSD Board Race to be Decided by East Valley Voters
Spending has topped $1.8 million in the race to fill the remaining open seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board, with East San Fernando Valley voters deciding how the transformation of the nation’s second-largest school district will play out. Daily News

Eric Garcetti Up 7 Points in New Mayoral Poll
On political ideology, it appears that Garcetti appeals to both ends of the political spectrum, but does not do as well in the middle. Garcetti has a 10-point lead with liberals and a 41-point lead with conservatives. But Greuel has a 6-point edge with moderate Democrats and a 1-point lead among moderate conservatives. LA Weekly 

Teacher Layoffs Lowest Since Economic Downturn, CTA Reports
Teacher layoffs shrank to the lowest number since the recession began in 2008, with about 1,300 teachers, librarians, counselors and other public school employees receiving final layoff notifications by the May 15 deadline, according to the California Teachers Association. Ed Source

Brown Ignores LAO Warning, Stands Pat With Distributing $1B In Prop. 39 Funds
Last week, the governor released his revised May budget and the only change Brown made to his vision for how the state should distribute Proposition 39 proceeds was to propose giving small districts a minimum grant award rather than allocating money based on each district’s average daily attendance. SI&A Cabinet Report

Just as K-12 Online Learning Hits Tipping Point, Evaluation Program Threatened
In a move rife with paradox, Gov. Jerry Brown last week reaffirmed his plan to eliminate funding for a key statewide program dedicated to the intersection of both common core and online learning. SI&A Cabinet Report

Endorsements Recap: The Times Recommends
The Times’ choices for mayor, city attorney, controller, City Council and school district seats and on ballot measures. LA Times

Editorial: All of Our L.A. City Election Endorsements
The Los Angeles News Group’s endorsements are based on interviews with candidates about their records and proposals, and debate among editorial board members with a variety of viewpoints. Daily News 

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