John Deasy

L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins

L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins

Los Angeles’ teachers union, for decades a dominant political force in school district politics, suffered a crushing defeat this week that speaks to a larger power shift away from labor and toward the growth of the well-heeled charter school movement.

Two candidates opposed by United Teachers Los Angeles — Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez — won seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, creating the board’s first-ever, pro-charter school majority.

Particularly stinging to the union was the loss of school board President Steve Zimmer to Melvoin, who supports weakening teacher job protections.

In a third race, the union did not even attempt to unseat incumbent Monica Garcia,...

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