Morning Read: Will Board Race Motivate Voters?
Races for LA Unified’s School Board Attract Millions; Will They Also Attract Voters? Based on the media coverage and celebrity endorsements this LAUSD school board election has received, you’d think sitting on the seven-member panel was one of the most glamorous jobs in LA. KPCC How Outside Spending Is Changing the Race to Represent Northeast...
By Samantha Oltman | March 1, 2013
Outside Spending Skyrockets
A massive spending spree of $3.4 million by outside groups has broken records in the Los Angeles School Board races with still seven days left before the election. That’s an increase of $1 million in just a week, according to the latest figures available at the LA City Ethics Commission. Low voter turnout and a...
By LA School Report | February 26, 2013
Zimmer Volunteers Focus on Reaching District 4 Voters
An energetic crowd gathered early on a Saturday morning to listen to a pep talk from District 4 incumbent Steve Zimmer before hitting the pavement to walk the precinct. Standing on a chair to address the crowd, Zimmer spoke of his appreciation for their efforts and pride in the commitment of those who showed up,...
By Karen Jordan | February 25, 2013
Update: Daily News Matches LA Times Endorsements
Here’s what the LA Daily News has to say in its new LAUSD School Board endorsements — the same three candidates who were endorsed earlier this month by the LA Times editorial page, albeit not entirely for the same reasons: District 2: Monica Garcia: “She has been a consistent, if sometimes lukewarm, supporter of reform.” District 4:...
By LA School Report | February 25, 2013
Morning Read: District 4 Race Will Affect Entire District
Could a Single School Board Race Determine the Future of LAUSD? If Zimmer loses to challenger Kate Anderson, both sides agree, that will permanently tip the scales 4 to 3 in favor of a board that pushes for more charter expansion and data based teacher evaluations.KPCC Donations From Independent Groups Shaping City, LAUSD Elections Independent...
By Samantha Oltman | February 22, 2013
Video: TV Actress Stumps for Candidate Anderson
Here’s some footage of Eva Longoria and District 4 School Board challenger Kate Anderson: According to the clip, the “Desperate Housewives” star was encouraged to get involved in the LAUSD race by none other than Education Secretary Arne Duncan. No word back yet from Duncan on this yet.
By Alexander Russo | February 21, 2013
Morning Read: Rhee, Longoria Join Fray Over LAUSD
Michelle Rhee Group Donates $250,000 to Candidates in LAUSD Races A group led by former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee donated $250,000 Wednesday to contests for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, adding further political fuel to a battle over the direction of reform efforts in the nation’s second-largest school system....
By Samantha Oltman | February 21, 2013
D4 Challenger Anderson Rebuts Union Attack
As we reported here last week, the union independent expenditure committee called UTLA-PACE has sent out a campaign mailer to attack LAUSD Board candidate Kate Anderson, who is challenging incumbent Steve Zimmer in the Westside/Hollywood’s District 4. But according to Anderson, the claims being made are “completely misleading:” The mailer scrutinizes Anderson’s attendance record while she served on...
By Samantha Oltman | February 20, 2013
UTLA-PACE Attacks District 4 Challenger Anderson
An election mailer sent out this week by UTLA-PACE is just the latest negative entry in the high-stakes LAUSD election. UTLA-PACE’s new mailer targets candidate Kate Anderson, who is running against LAUSD Board incumbent Steve Zimmer for a seat representing the Westside and Hollywood’s District 4. Among other things, the mailer accuses Anderson of wanting...
By Samantha Oltman | February 15, 2013
Attack on Zimmer Wasn’t from Anderson Campaign
LA School Report has learned a little of the backstory behind a recent election-focused post that was published on former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch’s blog. As you may know, Ravitch urged her readers to support District 4 (Hollywood and Westside) incumbent Steve Zimmer and oppose his challenger Kate Anderson, based in large part on an email from a Zimmer supporter...
By Samantha Oltman | February 13, 2013