Campaign 2013: All Eyes On LAUSD
Reform advocates in LA and from around the country have already contributed $1.5M to an independent expenditure committee in support of three LAUSD School Board candidates (two challengers, one incumbent).
The so-called Coalition for School Reform has also launched the first TV ad campaign that's been aired for school board candidates in LA since 2007.
But UTLA, the teachers union, is far from giving up. UTLA-PACE has already raised roughly $667,000, and begun sending out flyers and communicating with members about the imporatance of the election. The union has also put out requests for additional resources from state and national teachers unions, which are forthcoming (amounts TBD).
On Friday, AFT President Randi Weingarten appeared at a school in LA with one of the union-backed canddiates, Steve Zimmer. Weingarten announced a $150,000 grant to UTLA to help teachers develop better school improvement plans -- an alternative to radical means like the "parent trigger." The grant comes from AFT's Innovation Fund, which is -- yes! -- backed by the Gates Foundation.