Westside group outraged over proposed immersion school
A group of Mar Vista community members and parents is mounting a protest againt LA Unified school board member Steve Zimmer over his support for a Mandarin immersion elementary school slated to be built in their Westside neighborhood. The $30 million school, currently dubbed the Mandarin and English Dual-Language Immersion Elementary School project, was approved by the...
By Craig Clough | March 31, 2015
Zimmer to Celebrate Re-Election at Hollywood High*
After an against-all-odds re-election against challenger Kate Anderson in the District 4 primary earlier this year, School Board member Steve Zimmer is celebrating at Hollywood High School on Wednesday afternoon. “This was a very significant re-election because of the national involvement,” said a spokesperson from Zimmer’s office. “We want to celebrate the teachers, students, parents...
By Brianna Sacks | June 26, 2013
Anderson: Turnout Projections Crippled Field Budget
Former District 4 (Westside/Hollywood) School Board candidate Kate Anderson sounded relaxed and content during a phone interview yesterday afternoon. The Mar Vista parent laughed easily and often, and said she was getting to see her children a lot more in the month since the March 5 primary. But she wasn’t without ideas and regrets in terms...
By Alexander Russo | April 4, 2013
Coalition Campaign was “Half-Hearted and Incompetent,” says Rival Consultant
Referencing the recent District 4 primary between Kate Anderson and Steve Zimmer, StudentsFirst head Michelle Rhee last week boasted that the Coalition for School Reform effort she helped fund “came within three percentage points of unseating an incumbent, union-backed Board member – something that would have been unthinkable just a couple of election cycles ago.” But...
By Alexander Russo | March 18, 2013
Mayor Overreached Against Zimmer, Says Reformer
Last week’s School Board primary outcome wasn’t a win or even a mixed result for Mayor Villaraigosa and his merry band of reformers, according to former state senator Gloria Romero. It was a big loss. Romero has had public disagreements with Villaraigosa in the past, and she first made her negative assessment of the outcome...
By Alexander Russo | March 12, 2013
Listen: District 4 Candidates Answer Parent Questions
Still undecided about how to vote in District 4? One helpful blogger put together some parent-focused questions for District 4 candidates Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson. The questions – on parent fundraising, curriculum narrowing, teacher evaluation, and charter school co-location and expansion — are categorized by topic, with answers from each candidate conveniently lined up one next to the...
By LA School Report | March 5, 2013