2 more candidates enter LAUSD school board races
Two more people this week entered the March 7 race for LA Unified school board. Gregory Martayan will join Nick Melvoin in challenging board President Steve Zimmer for his District 4 seat. And Joanne Baltierrez-Fernandez joins one other challenger in seeking an open seat in District 6. Martayan and Baltierrez-Fernandez filed with the city Ethics Commission on...
By Sarah Favot | August 12, 2016
L.A. Unified school board member Monica Garcia dominates fundraising in re-election bid
Seven months out from the primary, L.A. Unified school board member Monica Garcia has already raised nearly 150 times more money than her opponent, including donations from former L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy and both charter school and L.A. district employees. Garcia, seeking her third term on the seven-member board, collected $119,858 in donations between...
By Sarah Favot | August 3, 2016
Challenger Nick Melvoin raises more than incumbent Steve Zimmer early on in school board bid
*UPDATED The candidate challenging LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer for school board has raised more money early on in the March 7 election campaign than the incumbent did in his entire re-election bid three years ago, according to city campaign finance records. Nick Melvoin announced this week that as of the June 30 filing deadline,...
By Sarah Favot | July 26, 2016
Ratliff Retires Campaign Debt With Broad Base of Support
Before her election to the LA school board in May, Monica Ratliff was virtually unknown. Now, the race to influence her is on — and all sides have entered. Ratliff, a former teacher and upset winner over Antonio Sanchez in District 6, has raised just over $30,000 since her election to help retire her campaign...
By Hillel Aron | July 30, 2013
“Motley Crew” Attend Ratliff Campaign Debt Fundraiser
Less than a week before she’s due to be sworn in as a new School Board member, Monica Ratliff held a fundraiser at Farfalla in Los Feliz to raise money in order to pay off her campaign debt. According to sources who attended the lunch, the roughly 20 to 25 people who were there comprised...
By Hillel Aron | June 26, 2013
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
Mayoral Debate: Teachers Give to Garcetti Super PAC
The American Federation of Teachers and its California chapter, CFT, have just given a combined $60,000 to a super PAC named Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti for Mayor. Although UTLA, the local teachers union, endorsed Garcetti back in February, this is the first time a teachers union has spent any money on the 2013...
By Hillel Aron | May 7, 2013
Morning Read: Study Praises Teacher Evaluation Tool
First Academic Study of Controversial LA Unified Teacher Evaluation Program An academic study of a teacher evaluation method that looks at how much teachers are able to improve students’ test scores gave the pilot program a good grade. But the study comes too late — the teacher’s union and Los Angeles Unified School District agreed...
By LA School Report | April 29, 2013
Morning Read: Did UTLA Leaders Make a Deal With Candidate?
Rumor of Deal Roils Teachers Union The leadership of the Los Angeles teachers union is roiled over whether its officials made a private deal with a Board of Education candidate whom critics view as an ally of anti-labor forces. LA Times New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Donates $350,000 to LAUSD Reformer’s Campaign With the runoff...
By LA School Report | April 25, 2013
Coalition for School Reform Gets Big Donations
The Coalition for School Reform’s District 6 (East San Fernando Valley) runoff election coffers have been replenished thanks to big donations received from Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad and StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee’s education advocacy group, among others. According to reports just filed with the LA City Ethics Commission, Broad gave the Coalition $250,000. StudentsFirst contributed another...
By Samantha Oltman | April 18, 2013