LAUSD District 6: Board chief Gonez faces school sergeant Arana, teacher Rodriguez

Tussle over who represents East San Fernando Valley on issues like whether to put police on school campuses

Both charter school advocates and the local teachers union are backing current Los Angeles Unified school board President Kelly Gonez in her bid for reelection – a much different story than five years ago when the race in District 6 pitted the two groups against each other in  one of the most expensive school board elections in LAUSD history.

Back then, Gonez had the support of education reformers but not that of United Teachers Los Angeles. This time around, she’s got both groups backing her, as well as Service Employees International Union Local 99 and the California School Employees Association Local 500, which represent the district’s classified workers.