Jewish Journal Returns to Steve Zimmer

In the summer of 2011, the Jewish Journal wrote a long cover profile of District 4 School Board member Steve Zimmer.

One of the most interesting focal points of the 2011 feature was Zimmer’s vote to support a revised version of Public School Choice, the process through which LAUSD attempts to rescue failing schools (in some cases by taking them outside the governance of the district and the collective bargaining agreement with UTLA. It’s a vote Zimmer says he deeply regrets.

Well, the Journal has a new article out about Zimmer and his challenger, Kate Anderson. The article covers the now-familiar story about how Zimmer was originally supported by the reform coalition and is now being supported by the union, and all about the eye-popping money coming into the race.  But there are also some interesting policy tidbits.  For example, Zimmer says he never really proposed a complete moratorium on charter school expansion, but rather a temporary reprieve.

  • michael betti

    Steven Zimmer is not an advocate for children he is an advocate for the UTLA. He is currently making irresponsible and bias decisions, without full buy-in from local Venice parents both lower income and middle income regarding our schools. He plans to spend over $2.5 million dollars to relocate a local Venice school, which will leave the Broadway campus under-enrolled, and leave Mark Twain Middle school without a strong feeder school. He is being dishonest with the families he claims to serve. He is taking away a great school that finally offers families in Venice and surrounding areas an alternative to Charters and private school for those who cannot afford it. Shame on you Mr. Zimmer!

  • Erika Kirsten Beck

    Kudos to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg! Zimmer, a high school teacher, has been a negative force on the board when it comes to innovation. He has actively attacked the district’s slow trudge toward reform, in little ways and in big ones.

    Steve Zimmer wants to move the largest LAUSD dual immersion program out of the Venice family of schools! Broadway Mandarin Immersion has been a success by any measure and shows how LAUSD can stop the outflow of local residents to private schools, Charters, and neighboring districts. Steve Zimmer is ready to spend $2.5 million LAUSD doesn’t have by uprooting several hundred
    Venice students and families so100 kids don’t have to walk 8 blocks for NO GOOD REASON.

    I am grateful for the contribution from Mayor Bloomberg to support district administrators who will focus their efforts on replicating the success of this program in the proposed location rather than uprooting these students and families.