A Hattie in the ring for open LA Unified school board seat
Another candidate has thrown her hat into the ring. Hattie McFrazier is the latest contender in the special election race for LA Unified’s District 1 seat. She is another district lifer. McFrazier spent 31 years with the district, retiring in 2012, and held a variety of positions including teacher, counselor, School Attendance Review Board Chair...
By Vanessa Romo | January 24, 2014
Alex Johnson becomes latest to challenge for open District 1 seat
Alex Johnson has made his decision. Johnson, who is the Assistant Senior Deputy for Education and Public Safety to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, confirmed to LA School Report that he is running for LA Unified’s District 1 seat in the special election this June. In a statement he said: “I’m running because the children...
By Vanessa Romo | January 16, 2014
Public memorial service for LaMotte set for Saturday
A public memorial service for LA Unified Board Member Marguerite LaMotte, who died last month, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Washington Prep High School. The address is 10860 S. Denker Ave. LaMotte served 10 years representing District 1 on the board. She died attending a conference in San Diego. Previous Post: Marguerite LaMotte, Long-Serving Member...
By LA School Report | January 14, 2014
Big LA Unified decisions: Open seat and (of course) iPads
Two lingering issues are expected to hold center stage at the LA Unified School Board meeting tomorrow – the vacant District 1 seat and the Phase 2 iPad release. Now that the City Council has approved a June 3 election date to fill the seat left open by the death of Marguerite LaMotte, the board...
By Michael Janofsky | January 13, 2014
City Council to take up election for LaMotte’s LAUSD seat tomorrow
With unusual dispatch, the Los Angeles City Council will address the issue of a special election tomorrow to fill the vacant seat at the Los Angeles Unified school board left by the death of Marguerite LaMotte. The City Council must approve the action taken by the LA Unified school board earlier this week, after spirited...
By Vanessa Romo | January 9, 2014
Editorial boards agree on special election for LAUSD seat
If the editorial boards of Los Angeles area newspapers were charged with filling the vacant LA Unified school board seat left by the sudden death of Marguerite LaMotte, it would be easy: they are unanimous in that finding a successor should come through a special election, rather than an appointment. But politics is never easy,...
By LA School Report | January 7, 2014
Ex-board president emerges as candidate for LaMotte seat
A new candidate has emerged for the LA Unified’s vacant District 1 seat, and it’s someone quite familiar with the job. Genethia Hayes, a former board member and president, told LA School Report yesterday that she would run if there’s an election and would serve if she were appointed. Hayes lost her seat in 2003...
By LA School Report | January 7, 2014
Pressure building: How, when to fill LaMotte LAUSD board seat*
The sides are digging in. With the holidays offering no break for the forces pushing to fill the vacant LA Unified school board’s District 1 seat, factions have firmly aligned behind US Representative Maxine Waters, for an appointment, and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, for an election. Whatever the six board members decide at a...
By Michael Janofsky | January 6, 2014
LA Unified board delays action on LaMotte vacancy to January
The LA Unified school board today postponed until next month any consideration of how to fill the board seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite LaMotte, bowing to a wave of pleas from speakers asking the board to wait until after her funeral. A 3-3 vote on a motion to allow discussion to begin...
By Michael Janofsky | December 17, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Board postpones vote on LaMotte seat
The LA Unified school board voted today to delay a decision on how to fill the board seat held by the late Marguerite LaMotte until Jan.7 to allow her family to hold a funeral service and interment. A 3-3 vote to consider the options effectively killed the motion to take up the matter four votes...
By LA School Report | December 17, 2013