Anderson Outraises Incumbent in LAUSD School Board Race

The elections will be held March 5.

Kate Anderson has raised more than three times as much as the incumbent in the race for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, according to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission's reporting through Feb. 16.

Incumbent Steve Zimmer raised just under $70,000 compared to the $202,515 that Anderson raised in the same time period. 

In February, New York Mayor Bloomberg donated $1 million to the Coalition for School Reform, a committee that is supporting Anderson, along with LAUSD board president Monica Garcia and newcomer Antonio Sanchez.

Anderson is a lawyer who is also on the Mar Vista Community Council, and she interned for Congressman Henry Waxman before attending law school at the University of Chicago.

Zimmer has been a teacher for 17 years and recently wrote a letter to New York Mayor Bloomberg over the $1 million contribution.

Click here to view all city election financial details from the Ethics Commission.

carolyn rios February 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
In other words, the National Reform Coalition intends to BUT at least one to three seats on the LAUSD school board, thus negating the idea of local control of public education
carolyn rios February 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM
BUY, they are trying to BUY a seat.
Lucy March 01, 2013 at 01:47 PM
LAUSD is an embarrassment to education and needs intense reform.
Sonja Luchini March 04, 2013 at 12:22 AM
I'm condensing a comment I made on another site about this election: "Steve Zimmer is an honest man who has worked with his constituents – many who have (or provide supports for) students with special needs, English Language Learners, Foster and homeless youth. When he realized, by looking at data, that charters were not doing a proper job of serving these students, he suggested wisely that more oversight was needed. In order to provide more data, we need information. Oversight is not a bad word. Compliance is not a bad word. It’s his job to ensure that ALL children, not the select few that are “hand-picked” for “reform” efforts are provided an education with the supports they need. Charter schools tend to use exclusive and discriminatory enrollment practices. What little data we can access backs this up. Why the mayor would be angry with a school board member who is trying to create transparency and accountability to better serve his constituents is beyond me. We will soon have the best school board that outside, special-interest money can buy. Whether it will be in the best interests of students and families, or those special interests remains to be seen. I'm not betting on it being too positive for our children, tho. Anyone who is being backed by the Coalition for School Reform is NOT for ALL children as those backers do NOT support ALL children in charters. It's a business, baby...and to succeed - they must weed.


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