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New school board members face immediate challenges

New school board members face immediate challenges

Two new members will join the Los Angeles Board of Education on Wednesday amid shifting political alliances and a pressing need to choose a superintendent of schools. The newcomers are retired Principal Scott Schmerelson, 63, and charter school co-founder Ref Rodriguez, 43. Rodriguez will become the first board member who rose to prominence as a champion of charters, which are independently operated and exempt from some rules that govern traditional schools. Most are non-union. Schmerelson joins the board after winning the support of the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles. The liberal-leaning union backed his campaign even though he is a registered Republican. The new...

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