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Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within?

Nick Melvoin (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Nick Melvoin (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

On election day, when Nick Melvoin, 31, and Kelly Gonez, 28, won seats on the seven-member L.A. Unified school board, they formed its first-ever pro-charter majority. They did so with the backing of groups funded by wealthy charter school supporters, who spent more than $9 million on the campaigns.

A day after the election, the outcome was still sending tremors through the region’s education community. Many skeptics wondered if, after years of suing the school district and rallying parents to protest at board meetings, charter school advocates and the candidates they backed are prepared to lead the nation’s second-largest school district.

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