Second candidate follows Kayser out of forum for LAUSD board seat
Hours after criticizing LA Unified School Board Member Bennett Kayser for dropping out of today’s District 5 campaign forum, one of his challengers, Andrew Thomas, announced that he, too, is pulling out. That leaves the stage to the only other candidate in the race, Ref Rodriguez, who is promising to attend. The forum is the...
By Vanessa Romo | January 28, 2015
Viramontes criticized, Common Core confusion, 5K Challenge
Earlier this month, Arnold Viramontes, an outside expert hired by former superintendent John Deasy, issued a report to LA Unified that was a scathing indictment of the new MiSiS system, finding that “red conditions” arose early and should have signified “No Go.” This week, in it’s weekly newsletter, the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) expressed disappointment with...
By LA School Report | November 20, 2014
Zimmer, Kayser back McKenna; Villaraigosa in for Johnson
Endorsements in the District 1 school board race continued to pile up today as two LA Unified board members jumped on the George McKenna bandwagon, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa weighed in for Alex Johnson. Steve Zimmer and Bennett Kayser appeared at a news conference outside City Hall this morning to offer their strong support for...
By Vanessa Romo | July 29, 2014
Galatzan doubles down in effort to block nominee to bond panel
LA Unified school board member Tamar Galatzan is not going down quietly when it comes to Stuart Magruder, a staunch opponent of the district’s $1 billion iPad program whom the board removed from the Bond Oversight Committee last month. Magruder was the representative of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Galatzan had opposed his renomination to...
By Vanessa Romo | June 5, 2014
Kayser changes vote, board approves non-voting board member
Minutes after voting against a motion to place an interim board member in the vacant seat on the LA Unified board, Bennett Kayser changed his mind, allowing the process to go forward. As a result, he broke the 3-3 deadlock and changed it to a 4-2 vote. A committee will form under Steve Zimmer to develop the parameters of...
By Leigh Anne Abiouness | January 14, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Board postpones vote on LaMotte seat
The LA Unified school board voted today to delay a decision on how to fill the board seat held by the late Marguerite LaMotte until Jan.7 to allow her family to hold a funeral service and interment. A 3-3 vote to consider the options effectively killed the motion to take up the matter four votes...
By LA School Report | December 17, 2013