No debates scheduled for any of the LA Unified board races
Candidate forum update: Well, there aren’t any. Aside from two debates in the Valley with District 3 candidates Tamar Galatzan, the incumbent, and challenger Scott Schmerelson, voters have no additional opportunities to hear from those seeking the next term on the LA Unified school board. Five charter school groups offered to sponsor debates in District...
By LA School Report | May 6, 2015
2,700 LA Unified students register to vote in student-led drive
One of the most depressing outcomes of the Los Angeles primary elections in March was that only roughly 10 percent of registered voters participated. But a group of LA Unified students connected with the United Way Student Leadership Program took the news to heart and decided to do something about it. Over the course of two...
By Craig Clough | May 6, 2015
Money still flowing for LAUSD board races, but does it matter?
* UPDATED Two weeks from the May 19 runoff elections, outside money continues to pour in for two incumbents on the LA Unified board — Tamar Galatzan in District 3 and President Richard Vladovic in District 7. A third incumbent — Bennett Kayser in District 5 — still trails far behind his challenger, Ref Rodriguez....
By LA School Report | May 5, 2015
Charter group makes initial spend for Rodriguez LAUSD board seat
They’re off… and spending. Over the last 10 days the California Charter School Association political action committee has resumed pumping in money to help Ref Rodriguez win the District 5 seat on the LA Unified school board in the May 19 runoff. The group has spent $18,347 on two flier mailings and one phone banking session....
By Vanessa Romo | March 30, 2015
Teachers union joins state charter group in endorsing Vladovic
The LA teachers union, UTLA, has decided to endorse LA Unified school board President Richard Vladovic in his reelection bid for the District 7 board seat. While it’s his third run for the seat, it’s the first time the teachers are throwing support his way, making him that rare candidate who has won the endorsements...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2015
Schmerelson ‘feeling pretty good’ after making District 3 runoff
*UPDATED Scott Schmerelson says he is “feeling pretty good” these days, and the longtime LA Unified educator, counselor and principal certainly has lots of reasons for it. Schmerelson emerged from a logjam of five challengers to finish second in the March 3 school board primary election, good enough to make the May 19 runoff against District...
By Craig Clough | March 20, 2015
UTLA one step closer to endorsing a Republican in Schmerelson
The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, has moved one step closer to endorsing Scott Schmerelson, a former LA Unified principal, administrator and a Republican, in the runoff race for Board District 3. Members of the teachers union political action committee, PACE, are recommending to the full committee an endorsement for Schmerelson in his bid to...
By Vanessa Romo | March 11, 2015
Analysis: Primaries over, LAUSD races now seeking voters and money
Now that the primaries are over, it’s time to ponder a few issues they raise. And perhaps nothing is more ponderous than turnout. Los Angeles is growing notorious for the pathetic number of voters who show up at polling places. But if you thought Tuesday’s less-than-10 percent turnout was bad, just wait until the May...
By Michael Janofsky | March 5, 2015
Did money buy electoral love in LAUSD board races? Sorta
Voters overwhelmingly voiced support yesterday to moving the LA Unified school board elections to November, which some say will increase voter turnout while others argue that it will give greater advantage to special interest groups and well-financed candidates. With a low voter turnout and some candidates raising large sums of money, yesterday’s primary elections for LA...
By Craig Clough | March 4, 2015
Charters set to spend more for LAUSD board, teachers undeterred
Charter school supporters battling for a stronger influence over the LA Unified school board have the checkbook ready again. After providing heavy financial support for newcomer Ref Rodriguez, winner over District 5 incumbent Bennett Kayser last night, the charter group is weighing how much to spend for Rodriguez in the weeks leading to the May 19...
By Vanessa Romo | March 4, 2015