A toast to the survivors of LA Unified’s wild and crazy year
The end of another school year this week brings to a close one of LA Unified’s most crazy, controversial and dysfunctional academic years. It’s a real testament to students, teachers and other school personnel that they persevered through so much disruption and tumult. So, a tip of the hat to the nation’s second-largest school district...
By Vanessa Romo | June 2, 2015
Reform Coalition Focuses Massive War Chest on Mailers
As of May 4, the independent expenditure (IE) committee known as the Coalition for School Reform had a staggering $850,000 left in the bank, according to papers filed with the City Ethics Commission. That dwarfs the $55,000 left in the coffers of the Antonio Sanchez campaign, whom the Coalition is supporting, as well as the $21,000 held by the Monica...
By Hillel Aron | May 16, 2013
Reform Coalition Announces Voter Education Meeting
Last week, the Coalition for School Reform announced a new spokesperson would be taking over for the May 21 runoff between District 6 candidates Monica Ratliff and Antonio Sanchez. The reform-oriented independent expenditure committee has also fired up its Twitter feed (@ReformLAUSD), begun training a new set of campaign organizers (pictured), and announced its first voter...
By Alexander Russo | April 8, 2013
Reform Coalition Hires New Spokesperson
The new spokesman for the Coalition for School Reform is a familiar face — Addisu Demissie of 50+1 Strategies, the Oakland-based strategist who ran the Coalition’s field operation in the primary. Demissie replaces Janelle Erickson, who recently took a job as campaign manager for Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel. The Coalition was 1-1-1 in the primary. It helped get...
By Hillel Aron | April 4, 2013
Reformers Try to Match Union “Ground Game”
The Coalition for School Reform has been running TV ads and hitting voters with a blizzard of glossy flyers. But — having closely lost 2011’s big-money campaign between Bennett Kayser and Luis Sanchez — the reform-oriented campaign committee is also taking its field organization very seriously. Field organizing — also sometimes called a campaign “ground game”...
By Hillel Aron | February 22, 2013