On March 7, voters in the Los Angeles Unified School District will head to the polls to begin sorting out who will hold three seats on the city's seven-member school board for five-and-a-half-year terms.
Scroll down to see the candidates' responses to KPCC's survey on major issues, but first, here's some answers to basic questions about the primary election.
- How does this election work? This is a primary election. Voters select candidates from their own board district. If a candidate emerges with a majority of the vote on March 7, that candidate wins the seat. If no candidate wins a majority on March 7, the two candidates who received the most votes move on to a runoff election which will be held on May 16.
- Can I vote in this election? It depends on where you live; each L.A. Unified School Board seat represents a specific geographic area, or "board district." This year, the seats in District Two, Four and Six are up for election. Plug in your address here to find out if you can vote.
- How can I register to vote? Here's a website where you can begin the registration process, and here's another website where you can check whether you're already registered.
KPCC submitted a survey to each of the L.A. Unified School Board candidates. We asked them a range of questions, from the superintendent's performance to their feelings on the district's budget, charter schools and school choice. Click on the candidate's name below to see the responses we received.
Board District Two
(Koreatown, Downtown, Chinatown, El Sereno, Boyle Heights, East L.A.) (map)
Board District Four
(Venice, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Hollywood, portions of Encino, Tarzana and other neighborhoods in the southwest San Fernando Valley.) (map)
Board District Six
(East San Fernando Valley neighborhoods east of the 405 Freeway, including Sunland-Tujunga and Lakeview Terrace; and some areas west of the 405, such as Lake Balboa.) (map)
Some candidates have not sent survey responses. KPCC will post their answers if and when we receive them.