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Morning Briefing: L.A.’s Most Expensive Election? The LAUSD Board

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Good morning, L.A.

If you don’t have school-age children – and even if you do – you might not be paying much attention to the race for two seats on the L.A. Unified School District board. But as my colleague Kyle Stokes reports, they’ve been the most expensive local campaigns this year, with outside political groups throwing in a total of $13 million to influence voters’ opinions.

The heart of the battle lies in the ongoing clash between charter schools and public schools, which compete for public funding. Depending on who wins these two spots, the board could lean more heavily in one direction or the other.

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Why should you care? Well, as Kyle puts it: “[LAUSD] board members are ultimately responsible for whether nearly 580,000 students in L.A. are learning.” In other words, the stakes for the city’s future are high.

Voters will cast their ballots for the next LAUSD board members on Nov. 3.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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