Polling: Voters Dislike LAUSD, Like Local Schools
There isn’t any public polling about next week’s District 6 School Board race but there are some interesting citywide poll results that tell us a little bit about how differently LA voters see LAUSD in general and their own schools in particular. According to Raphael Sonenshein in the Jewish Journal, voters generally hold LAUSD in...
By Alexander Russo | May 15, 2013
Board Candidate Ratliff Attends UTLA Rally*
District 6 (East Valley) candidate Monica Ratliff was spotted outside at the UTLA rally to hire more teachers/reduce class size. Via KPCC. [*Contrary to the original version of this post, the rally took place after school and so Ratliff didn’t have to take any time off.] Previous posts: Board Candidates Differ on Teacher Retention, School Turnaround;...
By Alexander Russo | May 15, 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
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
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
Analysis: Board Candidate Changes Position on Deasy (Again)
The LA Times‘ most recent education story tells you several things you already know about the District 6 (East Valley) School Board runoff, including recent contributions to the Coalition for School Reform account and the stalemate over the dual UTLA endorsements of Monica Ratliff (pictured) and Antonio Sanchez that “helps Sanchez by keeping UTLA on the...
By Alexander Russo | April 22, 2013
Union Funding One of Two Endorsed Candidates
UTLA’s political action committee, or PACE, has given $1,000 to the Monica Ratliff campaign, according to paperwork filed with the City Ethics Commission — but hasn’t funded her opponent, Antonio Sanchez. Both candidates have been endorsed by the teachers union. The move is all the more notable because on Wednesday, UTLA’s House of Representatives again...
By Hillel Aron | April 19, 2013
Runoff 2013: Slow Fundraising Start for District 6
Voters head to the polls in less than six weeks to decide the East San Fernando Valley District 6 School Board runoff between Antonio Sanchez and Monica Ratliff, but things are off to a pretty slow start when it comes to fundraising and spending. In terms of direct campaign fundraising, Ratliff hasn’t raised any money at all...
By Samantha Oltman | April 15, 2013
Runoff: Union & LA Times Might Shift Endorsements
District 6 School Board candidate Antonio Sanchez got nearly 44% of the vote in the March Primary — just 6 points shy of the 50 percent that would have given him an outright victory. So don’t expect any big changes in his May 21 runoff election with teacher Monica Ratliff. “We only need to capture...
By Hillel Aron | April 12, 2013