Two elections affecting L.A. schools make for strange bedfellows

Two pivotal, looming elections are a study in contradictions for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In one contest, two powerful unions have become heated rivals; in the other, they’ve remained best of friends.

In one election, philanthropist Eli Broad remains the quintessential enemy of the teachers union; in the other, he’s become an ally.

The two elections are a Tuesday runoff for a school-board seat, followed hard by a June 4 vote for a property tax to benefit local public schools.

The atypical alignments have been accompanied by the spending of millions of dollars.

For the most part, there’s an underlying logic to the shifting alliances, said UCLA education professor John Rogers. Click here to read more: