Hendy-Newbill endorses McKenna in the District 1 runoff
Sherlett Hendy-Newbill, the Dorsey High teacher who finished third in the District 1 school board race, is throwing her support behind George McKenna in the August runoff. McKenna, a former administrator, was the top vote getter in the June 3 primary, with 43.7 percent of the vote. He will face the runner-up, Alex Johnson, an...
By LA School Report | June 11, 2014
After all the noise, turnout for school board race is uncertain
After the sudden death of LA Unified school board member Marguerite LaMotte nearly six months ago, her District 1 constituents have rallied inside and outside district headquarters, demanding representation on the board. Some wanted an immediate appointment to fill her seat. Others called for a special election. The latter group won out and tomorrow, residents...
By Vanessa Romo | June 2, 2014
Hendy-Newbill gets a boost with endorsement from Ravitch
*UPDATED While UTLA, the Los Angeles teachers union, has endorsed three candidates in next week’s District 1 school board race, one has emerged as first among equals. Sherlett Hendy-Newbill has won the endorsement of the Network for Public Education, a public education advocacy group led by Diane Ravitch, one of the strongest voices in the...
By LA School Report | May 29, 2014
To campaign or not? Tactics vary in LAUSD school board race
Not all of the seven candidates vying for the vacant seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board are turning up the heat as the special election on June 3 heads to the finish line. To reach voters in South LA’s District 1, which as been without a board member since Marguerite LaMotte died in December, four...
By LA School Report | May 19, 2014
Close on issues, District 1 candidates flashing personalities
The Ward A.M.E. Church in South LA was packed for a Wednesday night. But the people filing through doors weren’t there to talk about Jesus (though his name did come up). They were there to talk about the race for LA Unified School Board District 1. Sherlett Hendy-Newbill, Alex Johnson, Genethia Hudley-Hayes and George McKenna — the...
By Vanessa Romo | May 8, 2014
Hendy-Newbill bringing a coach’s perspective to board race
Second in a series of profiles of candidates for the LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat. As a teacher, basketball coach and wife of a former NBA player, Sherlett Hendy-Newbill knows the value of teamwork, discipline and dedication. It’s those attributes she is promising to bring to the LA Unified school board if she...
By Yana Gracile | April 28, 2014
LA County Fed decides not to endorse in the school board race
Delegates of the LA County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, which represents 600,000 workers in the Los Angeles area, decided last night not to endorse any of the seven candidates for LA Unified school board after a motion to endorse candidate Alex Johnson failed to carry a required two-thirds majority vote. The decision mirrors that of...
By LA School Report | April 22, 2014
UTLA unsure of financial support for teachers in board race
Winning endorsement is one thing. Winning financial support is quite another. UTLA, the teachers union, has endorsed three candidates in the June 3 special election to fill LA Unified’s District 1 board seat, all three with ties to the union: Rachel Johnson and Sherlett Hendy-Newbill are teachers, and Hattie McFrazier is a former teacher. The...
By Vanessa Romo | April 14, 2014
3 teachers get UTLA endorsements despite low money support
By voting to endorse three candidates last night for the LA Unified’s District 1 board seat, the UTLA House of Representatives chose to back two teachers and a former teacher who have raised a combined $8,440 for their election efforts. While that honors Sherlett Hendy-Newbill, Rachel Johnson and the former instructor, Hattie McFrazier, their meager financial support...
By Vanessa Romo | March 27, 2014
Breaking News: UTLA endorses 3 for vacant District 1 race
The UTLA House of Representatives tonight voted to endorse a former teacher and two current teachers in the LA Unified District 1 board race. The vote mirrored the recommendation of the union’s Board of Directors, which voted last week for endorsing former district teacher Hattie McFrazier and the two current teachers, Sherlett Hendy-Newbill and Rachel Johnson. The...
By Vanessa Romo | March 26, 2014