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
Board Candidates Differ on Teacher Retention, School Turnaround
According to a press release distributed by the teacher advocacy group Educators 4 Excellence, District 6 School Board candidates Monica Ratliff and Antonio Sanchez agreed on several things during recent interviews (such as Superintendent Deasy’s leadership of the district and charter schools) but disagreed on others (including teacher retention and school improvement strategies). Hear the...
By Alexander Russo | May 13, 2013
Sanchez Supports Classroom Breakfast & Teacher Dismissal Initiatives
With less than two weeks to go until election day, the District 6 School Board runoff is remarkably sedate. Very little mail has been sent out for either campaigns, and Independent Expenditure (or IE) committee spending is down compared to the primary. Monica Ratliff still teaches every day at San Pedro Elementary, so her public exposure...
By Hillel Aron | May 8, 2013
Commentary: Clear Choice for School Board Race
This is a guest commentary from LAUSD District 6 teachers Pearl Arredondo and Hector (@educatorla) Perez-Roman, following up on a recent TeachPlus meeting with candidate Monica Ratliff: With so much at stake for the LAUSD Board District 6 runoff election, it was surprising that only one candidate, Monica Ratliff, attended the only scheduled public candidates’ forum...
By LA School Report | May 6, 2013
Teacher Advocacy Group to Interview Board Candidates
It’s not a live public forum or debate where we can see the candidates answer questions or exchange views in real time, but it’s better than nothing: Educators 4 Excellence, an organization that advocates for teachers to take a more active role in shaping education policies, plans to host a podcast interview with District 6...
By Samantha Oltman | May 6, 2013
School Board Candidate Praises Deasy’s Efforts to Limit Tenure
School Board candidate Monica Ratliff met with 15 or so teachers and LAUSD employees Thursday night at an event sponsored by Teach Plus. During the hour-long discussion, the candidate for District 6 (East San Fernando Valley) did as much listening as she did talking, asking teachers about their concerns on issues such as local autonomy...
By Hillel Aron | May 3, 2013
Reminder: Monday Voting Registration Deadline
The runoff election that will decide Los Angeles’ new mayor, the LAUSD Board member for District 6 (East San Fernando Valley), and several other city offices is now less than a month away. Monday, May 6 is the last day you can register to vote for the May 21 runoff. If you still haven’t registered,...
By Samantha Oltman | May 3, 2013
Update: Sanchez Unavailable for Candidate Forum
This afternoon’s Teach Plus candidates’ event may turn out to be the only live forum for District 6 contenders Monica Ratliff and Antonio Sanchez between now and the May 21 election day. However, we’re told that Sanchez can’t make it, despite efforts to contact him and to reschedule the event to suit his schedule. The...
By Alexander Russo | May 2, 2013
Why the Coalition’s Going All Out to Elect Sanchez
The Coalition for School Reform has already spent nearly $200,000 since the March 5th primary to support Antonio Sanchez‘s bid to replace Nury Martinez as District 6 Board Member. With around $1 million left in the bank thanks to recent donations by former Mayor Richard Riordan ($50,000), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ($350,000), and philanthropist /...
By Hillel Aron | May 1, 2013
Rumors Swirl Around Sanchez Staff Possibilities
The teachers union is none too pleased about a recent LA Times story by Howard Blume about rumors that District 6 School Board candidate Antonio Sanchez had worked out a secret deal with UTLA Vice President Gregg Solkovits. “It is sad that the Times has chosen to print rumors and innuendo, instead of doing the necessary research...
By Hillel Aron | April 29, 2013