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L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows
L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows

A push by backers of charter schools to have a bigger voice on the Los Angeles Board of Education appears to have paid off, according to early election returns in three contested races. The campaign was marked by the emergence of a charter group as the major funder. In one pivotal race — which it was winning — the group went head to head with the teachers' union, a traditional powerhouse in board elections. If charter supporters capture that seat, they would have significantly more influence in board policy. In the most expensive race, the charter-backed candidate, Ref Rodriguez, was narrowly leading incumbent Bennett Kayser, setting the stage for a May 19 runoff. ...

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