Analysis: For the LAUSD board, changes in faces but not balance
* UPDATED Voters wanted change, but the changes came from opposite directions. For the first time since 2009, two seats on the LA Unified school board turned over at the same time in elections yesterday that proved once again how little Angelinos care about the people setting policy for the 643,000 kids attending city public...
By Michael Janofsky | May 20, 2015
Schmerelson stuns Galatzan to deny her third term on school board
In a stunning upset, Scott Schmerelson handily defeated two-term incumbent Tamar Galatzan in the race for LA Unified’s District 3 seat. Schmerelson beat Galatzan with more than 3,000 votes, 55 percent to 45 percent. “I am very happy, very excited, and I’m ready for my five-year term,” he told LA School Report late last night,...
By Vanessa Romo | May 20, 2015
UTLA pulls back campaign spending on Kayser in shift to Schmerelson
Despite only modest spending on behalf of Bennett Kayser in the race to represent LA Unified’s board District 5, the teachers union said today it’s not abandoning him in the May 19 run off against reform darling, Ref Rodriguez. According to the latest data from the LA City Ethics Commission, the political action committee connected...
By Vanessa Romo | April 24, 2015
Candidates stick to the script, play nice at District 3 forum
As she arrived to the stage Monday night, Tamar Galatzan grabbed two bottles of water for the debate participants and handed one to her challenger, Scott Schmerelson, who smiled and thanked her. The gesture set the stage for the evening, as both candidates for the LA Unified District 3 seat avoided any criticism of each...
By Craig Clough | April 14, 2015
In LAUSD board races, a chance to wave the Republican flag–or not
*UPDATED Having two Republicans in the runoffs for LA Unified school board seats — Scott Schmerelson in District 3 and Lydia Gutierrez in District 7 — would seem to be a flag-waving event for the California GOP in a Democrat-stronghold city like Los Angeles. Not necessarily. Bowing to the nonpartisan nature of local school board elections, party officials are...
By Bethania Palma Markus | April 7, 2015
Schmerelson ‘feeling pretty good’ after making District 3 runoff
*UPDATED Scott Schmerelson says he is “feeling pretty good” these days, and the longtime LA Unified educator, counselor and principal certainly has lots of reasons for it. Schmerelson emerged from a logjam of five challengers to finish second in the March 3 school board primary election, good enough to make the May 19 runoff against District...
By Craig Clough | March 20, 2015
UTLA one step closer to endorsing a Republican in Schmerelson
The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, has moved one step closer to endorsing Scott Schmerelson, a former LA Unified principal, administrator and a Republican, in the runoff race for Board District 3. Members of the teachers union political action committee, PACE, are recommending to the full committee an endorsement for Schmerelson in his bid to...
By Vanessa Romo | March 11, 2015
Principals’ union endorses Schmerelson, and 3 incumbents
* UPDATED The LA Unified principals’ union, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, AALA, decided last night to endorse three of the four incumbents in the March 3 school board elections. The exception is Scott Schmerelson, a former teacher and administrator who is one of five people challenging Tamar Galatzan in District 3. Judith Perez, the AALA...
By LA School Report | February 6, 2015
After decades in schools, Schmerelson eyes LAUSD board seat
This is the next in a series of profiles on candidates running in the March 3 primary for the LA Unified school board. Today’s focus is Scott Schmerelson, a candidate for the District 3 seat. Scott Schmerelson is bad at being retired. After more than 35 years as an educator — he’s been a teacher,...
By Vanessa Romo | February 3, 2015