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What You Need To Know About Today’s LAUSD Runoff Election And The Upcoming Parcel Tax Vote




Heather Repenning (left) and Jackie Goldberg (right) are running against each other in a special election for an open seat on the L.A. Unified School Board covering northeast and southeast L.A. Election Day is May 14.
Heather Repenning (left) and Jackie Goldberg (right) are running against each other in a special election for an open seat on the L.A. Unified School Board covering northeast and southeast L.A. Election Day is May 14.
courtesy of the Repenning and Goldberg campaigns

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Voters in Los Angeles Unified School Board District 5 will cast ballots today to fill a school board seat that has been vacant since last summer.

Former LAUSD board member and former state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg is the candidate backed by the local teachers’ union, which is hoping Goldberg can ride her experience as an elected official and former LAUSD board member to end a streak of losses by UTLA-endorsed candidates in school board elections. Meanwhile, SEIU Local 99, which represents mostly non-teaching LAUSD employees, is backing Heather Repenning, an LAUSD parent and former aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti who also has the support of wealthy charter school backers like philanthropist Eli Broad.

Residents of certain neighborhoods of northeast L.A. and the small cities southeast of downtown are eligible to vote in the election that will fill the seat that was previously held by Ref Rodriguez. He resigned his seat in July of last year after pleading guilty to a felony conspiracy charge for laundering campaign contributions.

Today on AirTalk, KPCC education reporter Kyle Stokes dives deeper into what’s at stake the Board District 5 race and the potential widespread impact of the parcel tax vote next month.

You can read Kyle’s field guide to the elections here and click here for a handy tool to help you determine whether you are eligible to vote in the election.

Guest:

Kyle Stokes, KPCC reporter covering K-12 education and the Los Angeles Unified School District; he tweets @kystokes