Profound challenges face LAUSD candidates, but big donors still fight over charter schools

Two candidates vying for a Los Angeles school board seat that has been held for 16 years by termed-out Monica Garcia offer distinct views on how high-poverty schools should be funded and how the board should find the right balance of regulation for charters.

The runoff between Rocio Rivas, a senior aide to school board member Jackie Goldberg, and Maria Brenes, the longtime director of the local group InnerCity Struggle, has drawn in two unions and a pair of businessmen who have hurled about $7.8 million into the race to represent a district that includes downtown and Boyle Heights.

In another race, in the east San Fernando Valley, school board President Kelly Gonez is thrust into a runoff against high school Spanish teacher Marvin Rodriguez. Gonez has a huge advantage in campaign resources. Click here to read more: