A Brief Look at LA Unified’s School Board Races
We’re one week away from the midterm elections and the races for LA Unified School Board are flush with cash.
Two seats are on the ballot.
In District 2, Rocio Rivas and Maria Brenes are competing to replace termed-out Trustee Monica Garcia. Rivas, an aide to school board member Jackie Goldberg, has the teachers’ union support. Brenes, the director of nonprofit InnerCity Struggle, is backed by charter school advocates.
“Through October, independent spending on behalf of Brenes reached about $4.9 million,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Through October, the teachers union had spent more than $2.5 million on behalf of Rivas.”
In addition to charter school policies, the candidates are sparring over district funds. Brenes wants to shift the money more toward schools with the highest needs.
In District 6, Marvin Rodriguez is challenging incumbent Kelly Gonez, the school board president. The teachers’ union is backing Gonez. She has raised more than $500,000, compared to $10,000 for her challenger.