District 4 dominates while first outside money enters school board race, campaign finance reports show
The latest campaign finance reports in the LA Unified school board races are in and the records show that the most money by far has been raised in the District 4 race where board President Steve Zimmer is running for re-election. A total of $781,646 has been raised by the candidates in the three board...
By Sarah Favot | January 13, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Education advocate Steve Barr says ‘all encompassing’ presidential race stymied his mayoral bid
Steve Barr showed up at the city Election Division office downtown just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, the deadline to turn in signatures to qualify for the 2017 municipal ballot, with 878 signatures and a $300 check in his hands. “I had been thinking about it all day,” he said in his only interview...
By Sarah Favot | December 20, 2016
Ignoring the Trump in the room, LAUSD declares its schools ‘safe zones’
Never uttering the word “Trump,” the LA Unified school board held a day’s worth of board meetings Tuesday that delicately reflected the anxieties of their constituents and a general upheaval of emotions in the education system over the past week since the election results. Then, they doubled-down by unanimously passing a resolution declaring that they would...
By Mike Szymanski | November 17, 2016
East LA students march in protest as LAUSD calls for calm
*UPDATED Students in East Los Angeles on Monday morning walked out of classes from at least five high schools to protest in the wake of Donald Trump‘s election as president. Walkouts at school campuses began last week following Trump’s victory on Tuesday. Students at Garfield, Mendez, Roosevelt, Wilson and Lincoln high school walked out of...
By Sarah Favot | November 14, 2016
Education reform candidates score gains in California’s Democratic caucus
Groups that support charter schools and education reform spent millions in the 2016 election cycle, and it seems it paid off as several candidates they backed appear poised to be heading to Sacramento in December. Education reform independent expenditure committees, like EdVoice and the California Charter Schools Association, spent 10 times more in the general...
By Sarah Favot | November 11, 2016
‘You have scared children’: LAUSD board president sends message to Trump at news conference and tells students schools are safe
*UPDATED Following two nights of protests as well as student walkouts in Los Angeles and around California in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer joined other leaders in calling for unity Thursday and told students their schools were safe. “We, like the LAPD, are...
By Sarah Favot | November 10, 2016