Negative ad spending reaches all-time high in school board race, and candidates don’t like it
*UPDATED Negative campaigning has reached an all-time high as the nation’s most-watched school board race enters its final month. And all four LA Unified board candidates don’t like what’s being said in their name. The independent organizations including unions and charter groups that are campaigning for — and against — them have no involvement with the...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2017 4:31 pm
For his next term, Zimmer wants to focus on school equity, charter cooperation, and attracting quality teachers
School board President Steve Zimmer said he has a lot of work left to do and plans to try to do it all in his next five-and-a-half-year term if reelected. It will be his last hurrah because Zimmer will be termed out and won’t be able to run for the board again. Zimmer said he...
By Mike Szymanski | April 12, 2017 4:58 pm
Mónica Ratliff endorses Kelly Gonez as an ‘independent voice’ to take over her seat
Outgoing school board member Mónica Ratliff announced Wednesday she is endorsing Kelly Gonez to take over her Board District 6 seat in the northeast San Fernando Valley. “I greatly appreciate that Ms. Gonez seeks to be an ‘independent voice on the school board,’” Ratliff said in an email to LA School Report. She made her choice after reviewing...
By Mike Szymanski | April 12, 2017 1:44 pm
Zimmer’s campaign contributions fall flat, as board president says he’s too busy with LAUSD work to campaign
Steve Zimmer, the LA Unified school board president who is in a heated re-election battle, has barely raised any money ahead of next month’s runoff and says he is too busy to campaign for the seat he’s held for eight years. Zimmer’s opponent, Nick Melvoin, has raised nearly 10 times as much as Zimmer since...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | April 9, 2017 1:39 pm
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
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Don’t do it: Zimmer warns fellow board members not to campaign against him
One of the toughest jobs for LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer is keeping the seven disparate voices of the board on track and headed toward their stated goal of 100 percent graduation. But to maintain that unity, he hopes fellow board members won’t weigh in against him in his campaign to win reelection in...
By Mike Szymanski | April 7, 2017 4:33 pm
Imelda Padilla scores endorsements from two former competitors in LAUSD school board bid
Imelda Padilla has secured endorsements from two former competitors in her bid for the LA Unified seat representing the east San Fernando Valley. Araz Parseghian, who came in fourth out of six contenders in the March 7 primary, announced on social media Saturday he is supporting Padilla. Padilla said Monday that she also has the...
By Sarah Favot | April 3, 2017 5:16 pm
LAUSD Valley seat gets the heat: Early campaign spending in runoff shifts from west side to Valley
Early campaign spending in the LA Unified school board runoff election has shifted to the open seat in the San Fernando Valley from the west side race, which dominated the primary election. Three weeks into the May 16 runoff contest, outside groups have spent nearly five times as much on the District 6 race compared...
By Sarah Favot | March 29, 2017 2:51 pm
JUST IN: Arne Duncan endorses Melvoin and Gonez in LAUSD races
*UPDATED Barack Obama’s former Education Secretary Arne Duncan threw his support Wednesday to two pro-reform candidates in the LA Unified school board race. Duncan, who was appointed secretary of education by Obama in 2009, endorsed Nick Melvoin who is running against school board President Steve Zimmer, and is backing Kelly Gonez against Imelda Padilla in...
By Mike Szymanski | March 29, 2017 10:52 am
Exclusive: Can Mónica García bring her success of unifying a ‘struggling district’ to all of LAUSD?
Mónica García started this month’s school board meeting day with an 8 a.m. visit to one of her schools. At 9 she joined the board’s closed session meeting, eating her lunch while it extended right up to the public afternoon meeting. Between votes, she could be found talking to concerned parents in the hallway outside...
By Mike Szymanski | March 27, 2017 1:59 pm
Final election results show voter turnout in LA races was 21 percent
The final votes in the March 7 primary election have been tallied and the results show about 21 percent of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots, LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said Tuesday. Turnout countywide was 17 percent. Only one of the three seats up for election on the LA Unified school board was...
By Sarah Favot | March 21, 2017 2:18 pm