A Look at LAUSD’s Upcoming Board Elections

Eleven candidates have qualified for the Los Angeles County Unified School Board elections in March. This is an important race for charter backers and teachers unions. Four of the seven board seats are in play, with three incumbents on the ballot.

Charles Kerchner, professor emeritus at Claremont Graduate University, called the March election “crucial for charter backers.”

“New state laws give local districts greater discretion in denying petitions for charter schools, and they limit the appeals from local school boards to the state.”

District 1 incumbent George McKenna is running unopposed with backing from United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

In District 3, incumbent Scott Schmerelson is facing a challenge from Granada Hills Charter High School outreach director Marilyn Koziatek and Elizabeth Bartels-Badger, a Democratic Party activist and business owner.

District 5 Trustee Jackie Goldberg, who won a special election in May, is facing a challenge from Christina Martinez Duran. Goldberg has the support of UTLA.

Richard Vladovic is termed out in District 7. Vying to replace him is his predecessor Mike Lansing, chief executive of the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor, who has charter support; Patricia Castellanos, workforce development deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who is backed by the teachers unions; senior education director Silke M. Bradford; Tanya Ortiz Franklin of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; and second grade teacher Lydia A. Gutierrez.

Read more about the race and its broader implications at the Los Angeles Times.