After a rocky start to 2019, when schools closed briefly for a contentious teachers’ strike, the Los Angeles Unified school board has been in a fairly calm state. Supt. Austin Beutner, still relatively new in his job, has held on to enough support on the board that his position appears secure for the moment.
The board itself remains divided. Three members, all of them incumbents up for reelection, tend to support teachers union priorities, and three others sympathize with the charter school and school accountability movements. A seventh member, board Chairman Richard Vladovic, has often been the deciding vote. The balance hasn’t worked out badly; the difficulty of getting motions passed makes it hard for any really ditzy ideas — remember the district’s iPad scandal? — to be adopted.
In the March 3 election, four school board seats are in contention. In two cases, incumbents are being challenged; in one case the incumbent has no opponent. Only one seat — the one being vacated by Vladovic, who is termed out — is completely up for grabs. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-02-05/the-times-endorsement-lausd-school-board?utm_source=Today%27s+Headlines&utm_campaign=8e04d666a3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_06_12_39&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b04355194f-8e04d666a3-81288005