District 3: LAUSD school board race snapshot
*UPDATED School board District 3 covers most of the western San Fernando valley from the Ventura county line to the 405 on its eastern boarder, with a cutout to include some of the tonier neighborhoods in the east valley. The district includes Chatsworth, parts of Woodland Hills, Northridge, Granda Hills, parts of Van Nuys and...
By LA School Report | February 23, 2015
Challenging Kayser, Rodriguez led all candidates in recent fundraising
Ref Rodriguez, the charter school administrator who is challenging incumbent Bennett Kayser for LA Unified’s District 5 board seat, raised the most money of any board candidate since the last reporting period, $51,772, according to the latest figures posted by the City Ethics Commission. Carl Petersen, one of five candidates challenging incumbent Tamar Galatzan in...
By LA School Report | February 20, 2015
Foshay student wins national award; LAUSD kids drinking lead?
NBC Los Angeles last night came out with a story that should disturb any LA Unified student, parent or staff member: it found that thousands of school children could be drinking from fountains tainted with dangerous levels of lead. The report is a followup to a story first examined by NBC seven years ago, when...
By Craig Clough | February 19, 2015
Challengers take center stage at Galatzan-less forum
* UPDATED With incumbent Tamar Galatzan opting out of the second and final LA Unified District 3 board forum last night, her five challengers took full advantage, criticizing her as they made their cases for why they should be elected on March 3 instead of her. Galatzan, who said she had a scheduling conflict, mingled...
By Craig Clough | February 18, 2015
Galatzan a fearless vote on the LA Unified board despite her critics
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 Tamar Galatzan, who is seeking reelection for the District 3 seat. Incumbent Tamar Galatzan is at the center of the most crowded race for an LA Unified school board...
By Vanessa Romo | February 18, 2015
Packed stage, empty house at District 3 ‘game show’ debate
With six candidates crowding the stage, the LA Unified District 3 school board debate last night more often resembled a game show, as candidates were forced to limit answers to either a minute or 30 seconds. Incumbent Tamar Galatzan, who is seeking a third term in the March 3 elections, seemed to be thinking the same...
By Craig Clough | February 13, 2015
Scheduling conflict cutting into Galatzan’s time at candidate forum
* UPDATED A scheduling conflict is depriving another candidate forum of an incumbent LA Unified board member. A Feb. 17 event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles may include only a short appearance by Tamar Galatzan, who is seeking a third term as the Valley-based District 3 representative. Her office said...
By LA School Report | February 10, 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
In forum tonight, Kayser facing board rivals for first time
Bennett Kayser, who represents District 5 on the LA Unified school board, is front and center tonight, facing his two rivals for the first time in a much anticipated candidate forum at Eagle Rock High School. After suddenly pulling out of two forums last week, Kayser is appearing in the wake of a recent attack mailer...
By LA School Report | February 5, 2015
Ankur Patel, a product of LAUSD, is youngest of board challengers
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 Ankur Patel, a candidate for the District 3 seat. At 29-years old, Ankur Patel is the youngest candidate running for the LA Unified School Board, and he’s using that...
By Vanessa Romo | February 4, 2015