Unions, Charter Allies See Wins in School Board Contests

The hotly contested school board races in Los Angeles yielded a mixed bag for teachers unions and advocates of school reform. Incumbent Scott Schmerelson, a union ally, appears to have defeated charter-backed Marilyn Koziatek in District 3. But in District 7, union-backed Patricia Castellanos appears to have lost to Tanya Ortiz Franklin, an ally of charter schools. 

L.A. voters have also approved Measure RR, a $7-billion bond measure for campus improvements and technological upgrades for students. It will impose an estimated property tax of $21.74 per $100,000 in assessed value.

Unions saw wide triumph in the races for San Diego Unified. Voters there have also approved a switch to sub-district elections for the school board. Read more about that here

Speaking of important measures, San Francisco voters have approved Measure J. It imposes an annual parcel tax of $288 per parcel. It is expected to generate around $48.1 million per year for 17 years for teacher salaries and school upgrades. 

Finally, Sacramento City Unified School Board President Jessie Ryan has lost re-election to Lavinia Grace Phillips, who was backed by the Sacramento City Teachers Association. Christina Pritchett was re-elected to Area 3. Jamee Villa beat Naila Pope-Harden in Area 4. Chinua Rhodes appears to be winning in Area 5.

The Sacramento City Teachers Association’s political action committee had backed Chinua Rhodes but opposed Jamee and Pritchett. Read more analysis at the Sacramento Bee


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