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Record-setting PAC spending funds person-to-person ground campaign
Independent groups have spent a record $18 million dollars on Los Angeles city and school board races — nearly three times the previous high set in 2011. Most of the money paid for campaign mailers, and TV and radio ads. A big portion of the rest went to voter outreach. KPCC

Lawmakers Remain Skeptical Over Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula
One day after Gov. Jerry Brown attempted to rally educators statewide behind his plan to restructure school finances, members of a key legislative panel Wednesday remained skeptical about some elements including adequacy of the per-pupil base grants for core programs and how districts will be held accountable for student outcomes. SI&A Cabinet Report

Forecast for L.A.’s Mayor Race: Paltry Turnout
That low turnout could mean that the winner will garner fewer votes than any newly elected mayor since the pre-freeway era of the 1930’s, according to a Times analysis of L.A. election records. LA Times

New Name for South LA school ‘Diego Rivera Learning Complex’ Flies Under the Radar
The crowds at Tuesday’s Los Angeles Unified board meeting came out in force to discuss a classroom breakfast program and the thorny issue of how to deal with unruly students. Less noticed was the board’s decision to name a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera. KPCC

Los Angeles School To Be Named After Korean American Legend
The board of directors of the Los Angeles Unified School District met today and approved the new elementary school’s name to be the “Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet Elementary School,” named after the 92-year-old former Olympic diver. New America Media

Portola Middle School Teacher Sentenced for Abuse of 3 Students
A former history and communications instructor at Portola Middle School in Tarzana was ordered Wednesday to forfeit his teaching credential and undergo treatment for alcohol abuse after pleading guilty to abusing three female students, officials said. Daily News

Broad Foundation Gives Scholarships to 8 Corona-Norco Seniors
Eight seniors from the Corona-Norco Unified School District were surprised Wednesday with $160,000 worth of college scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. LA Times

L.A. Mayoral Campaigns Largely Financed By Westside Donors
Almost half of the $10 million raised by this year’s Los Angeles mayoral candidates comes from the Westside, an area that accounts for just 15 percent of the city’s population. Neon Tommy

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