John Deasy

What will the future of L.A. Unified look like? Two very different visions are battling it out

What will the future of L.A. Unified look like? Two very different visions are battling it out

Beneath the mudslinging and big money that dominated this week’s school board elections, a serious battle is being waged over competing visions of local education: one sees progress and the need for stability; another sees failure and prescribes radical change.

Candidates supported by teachers unions’ financial muscle have positioned themselves as defenders of traditional schooling. Backers of charter schools, which are mostly nonunion, spent even more...

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