Endorsements: Tamar Galatzan, Ref Rodriguez, Richard Vladovic for L.A. School Board

By The Los Angeles News Group Board, La Daily News | Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), February 12, 2015 | Go to article overview

Endorsements: Tamar Galatzan, Ref Rodriguez, Richard Vladovic for L.A. School Board


The Los Angeles News Group Board, La Daily News, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


The Los Angeles Unified School District's leadership is having a rough decade. So it's no surprise that all of the school board's veteran members up for re-election on March 3 face multiple challengers.

The next board will have a long to-do list: Finding a permanent replacement for John Deasy, the controversial LAUSD superintendent who resigned in October. Fighting budget deficits. Negotiating a new contract with the teachers union. Assuring parents that their children are safe from teacher misconduct. Determining the future of technology in the schools, of the charter-schools movement, and reforms in the ways the district evaluates teachers and teaching methods.

Here are the editorial board's recommendations to voters in the three contested races:

TAMAR GALATZAN IN DISTRICT 3

Tamar Galatzan admitted she thought twice before committing to run for a third term in what she calls a "frustrating place." She said she couldn't have forgiven herself if she'd left with so many issues before the board. She has five election opponents in her San Fernando Valley district.

Galatzan was one of Deasy's strongest allies, drawing ire from many of his foes. Perhaps she shared Deasy's impatience for change because she has been the only board member with children currently in an LAUSD school. This editorial board agreed with Deasy - and Galatzan - on many of the superintendent's initiatives.

The school board can use more of Galatzan's pragmatism as it wrestles with a budget deficit. She decries the board's tendency to identify a program in need of support and assume "the superintendent will find the money."

Opponents complain that Galatzan, who is also a neighborhood prosecutor with the L. …

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