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Scott Folsom, longtime watchdog of LA Unified, dies at 69

LA School Report | August 8, 2016

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ScottFolsom 2015-09-15 at 5.13.45 PMBy Howard Blume

Scott Folsom, a freelance Hollywood producer who never made a big splash in show business, found his true calling in another role, that of official and unofficial watchdog over the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Folsom, 69, died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer that almost never kept him from school board meetings or disabled his mildly acerbic, perceptive and long-running blog: 4LAKids.

For many in L.A., Folsom was the face of the Parent Teacher Student Assn., better known as the PTSA or PTA. His involvement began more than two decades ago, not long after his daughter Alana enrolled in Mt. Washington Elementary. He served in just about every capacity possible in the state and local PTSA.

As a parent representative, he also held many district positions. Starting in 2001, the Board of Education appointed him to the Bond Oversight Committee, which oversaw the nation’s largest school-construction program. He served on that committee longer than any other individual, asking probing questions that made projects better or more efficient.

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