ERIC Number: EJ1008043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-6
Los Angeles School Board Race Shatters Spending Records
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v32 n23 p1, 18-19 Mar 2013
The price tag to win a seat in this week's primary election for the Los Angeles school board climbed to unprecedented levels, as a massive influx of outside cash has turned a local campaign into a national showdown pitting the long-standing influence of teachers' unions against the expanding imprint of deep-pocketed education activists. The high level of spending in the 670,000-student Los Angeles Unified system--the nation's second-largest school district--is atypical for school board races nationwide even though big money has been a feature of the city's board of education races since 1999. According to a 2010 National School Boards Association survey of elected school board members, 87 percent reported spending $5,000 or less on their most recent election, while just 10 percent of those serving in districts with at least 15,000 students reported spending $25,000 or more.
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Governing Boards, Board Candidates, Political Campaigns, Elections, Fund Raising, Costs, School Districts, Expenditures, Educational Administration, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California