McKenna or Johnson: It’s now in voter hands, but how many?
Tomorrow is election day. After eight months without a representative on the LA Unified school board, residents of District 1 will once more have equal representation with the other six members, maybe by the end of the week. The new member replaces the late Marguerite LaMotte and will join the board after the vote count...
By Michael Janofsky | August 11, 2014
Where is McKenna on LAUSD issues? He wouldn’t say
With LA Unified’s District 1 election approaching, LA School Report asked each of the candidates, Alex Johnson and George McKenna, a series of questions about some of the bigger challenges facing the district. The effort was based on the fact — an unfortunate one for voters — that the two have not appeared together for a policy debate since...
By LA School Report | August 8, 2014
Johnson: LAUSD needs more graduates, fewer dropouts
Since the June 3 primary that produced Alex Johnson and George McKenna as the finalists for LA Unified’s District 1 board seat election on Aug. 12, the candidates have engaged in no public debates that would give voters a better opportunity to learn their views on contemporary issues. As a result, LA School Report has...
By LA School Report | August 7, 2014
Low voter turnout predicted in LAUSD board race
Even as the runoff election appears to be tightening to fill the vacant LA Unified school board seat in south LA, the question is not only who will win, but just how low can voter turnout go? Set for August 12, the stand-alone election not only falls in the dog days of summer, but also...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | August 4, 2014
Attack mailers for Johnson draw ire of two important backers
Recent campaign material supporting Alex Johnson that questions the record of his opponent in the LA Unified District 1 school board race, George McKenna, are rattling two of Johnson’s high profile supporters, U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn and former Congresswoman Diane Watson. “I do not support the negativity that has come out,” Watson told LA School Report. “I never have...
By Yana Gracile | July 30, 2014
Letter to the editor: McKenna responds to our coverage
Editors Note: This letter from George McKenna, candidate for school board in District 1, is in response to an article published on May 16, entitled, “McKenna, leading in school board race, won’t commit on Deasy.” LA School Report stands by our reporting, as well as the accuracy of the excerpted transcript of a taped interview...
By LA School Report | May 29, 2014