Poll finds equitable funding as biggest issue in Torlakson victory
Last week’s election for California Schools Superintendent, was widely framed as a battle between the teacher unions that backed incumbent and victor, Tom Torlakson, and refomers who supported Marshall Tuck. But a new survey suggests voters were more interested in how public schools are funded. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of the American...
By Vanessa Romo | November 11, 2014
17 in the running for four LAUSD school board seats next year
It’s shaping up to be a furious campaign next year. With a few late additions at Saturday’s filing deadline, four incumbents plus 14 other people are now competing for the four LA Unified school board seats coming up in 2015. The latest to enter the race are two more challengers in District 5 — James...
By LA School Report | November 10, 2014
Tuck, in defeat: In California, ‘a growing call for change’
Marshall Tuck, who lost a close race to incumbent Tom Torlakson for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, had this to say after the votes were counted: “Sixteen months ago we set out on this journey to do one thing: put children first and ensure that every child has equal access to a quality education. And...
By LA School Report | November 5, 2014
County-by-county breakdown of Torlakson’s reelection
The California Secretary of State website has complete election results for yesterday’s elections across California. By clicking here, you can access the breakdown of the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, in which Tom Torlakson won a second term. The statewide result is at the top, and below it are the county-by-county results. Click on...
By LA School Report | November 5, 2014
Deadline approaches for candidates to file for LAUSD school board
Would-be candidates for next year’s LA Unified school board elections have until noon on Saturday, Nov. 8 to file a Declaration of Intention to run with the Los Angeles City Clerk. Only those candidates who meet the deadline and submit a qualifying nominating petition will appear on the March 3, 2015 primary ballot. The deadline for...
By LA School Report | November 4, 2014
Undecided on today’s Tuck vs. Torlakson race? You are not alone
According to a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, 28 percent of likely voters were still undecided on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction race going into today’s election. This is despite roughly $30 million in combined campaign spending for Marshall Tuck and Tom Torlakson, both Democrats, and with education as the top priority for many California...
By Craig Clough | November 4, 2014
Commentary: Why should prison begin at age 2?
By Chris Ciampa Not every California student has access to the same opportunities. I know because I teach, and have taught, in some of our state’s most underserved schools. I support Proposition 47 because in addition to reclassifying a set of non-violent felonies as misdemeanors, the ballot measure would also reallocate some of the $1.79 billion California...
By Guest contributor | October 30, 2014
City measure would extend LAUSD school board term to 5 1/2 years
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a measure that would extend the terms of the next school board election winners to 5 1/2 years, from the usual 4. The longer terms would only apply to the next two school board voting cycles, bringing the board elections into even-numbered years that correspond with other city...
By LA School Report | October 20, 2014
After runnerup finish in state race, Gutierrez taking on Vladovic
The LA Unified school board president, Richard Vladovic, is no longer running uncontested for his seat next year. Lydia Gutierrez, who nearly advanced to the general election in the California Superintendent of Public Instruction race this year, has filed to oppose Vladovic in 2015, when elections are being held for four school board seats — Districts...
By Michael Janofsky | September 3, 2014
Garcia, UTLA candidate for president, fired as LAUSD sub
The field of candidates for UTLA president may be reduced by one. David Garcia, one of nine men challenging the incumbent, Warren Fletcher, has been dismissed as an LA Unified teacher, putting his candidacy in limbo. Garcia confirmed his firing in an email circulated on Friday and blamed it on his challenging the district on...
By LA School Report | March 17, 2014