The Los Angeles Unified School District teetered on the edge of a major political shift Tuesday night, as polls closed and the curtain dropped on what has been the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history.
From the moment the candidates filed to seek seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, the election has been a proxy war between wealthy charter school advocates and public employee unions. Charter backers saw the opportunity to win their first-ever majority on the seven-member Los Angeles Board of Education.
By 9 p.m., only mail-in ballots had been counted, but the candidates backed by charter supporters appeared to have taken an early lead. Just before 9:40 p.m., incumbent Steve Zimmer, the school board president, conceded the race in District 4 to charter-backed candidate Nick Melvoin.