Bloomberg getting spanked in L.A. school board race

Mar 6, 2013 by

BLOOMBERGMoney from this Yankee isn’t the answer!

In a school board election that attracted national money and attention as a referendum on the reform policies of Supt. John Deasy, candidates who favored his agenda were leading in two of three races, according to early returns Tuesday evening.

If those results hold up, Deasy would maintain a fragile majority in support of his policies, which emphasize holding teachers more accountable for student achievement in the nation’s second-largest school district.

The Board of Education race is “the sleeper of this election,” said Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. “It matters a great deal. And there are forces mobilized on both sides that are significant and opposed.”

Two-term incumbent and Deasy ally Monica Garcia was leading in early results in District 2, which encompasses downtown Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods. And Deasy backer Antonio Sanchez was collecting the most votes in those returns in District 6, in the east San Fernando Valley but could be headed toward a runoff.

In these races, other candidates could not compete for resources against the Coalition for School Reform, a political action committee spearheaded by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It amassed a war chest that surpassed $3.8 million. The group supported Garcia, Sanchez and parent and attorney Kate Anderson.

Total spending by organizations independent of the candidates surpassed $5 million.

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