LAUSD Board of Education Election: The Results Are In

On Wednesday, for EdSource, Mikhail Zinshteyn reported on the successful efforts by Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez to win seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Melvoin defeated incumbent school board President Steve Zimmer in District 4, while Gonez defeated Imelda Padilla in District 6. This year, three of the seven seats on the Board of Education were up for election — in March, incumbent Monica Garcia won her race in District 2.

The Los Angeles school board election has been the most expensive school board race in the nation’s history. According to EdSource, the race for these board seats resulted in nearly $17 million in spending. This massive amount highlights the importance of this race’s outcome, which will determine the direction of the second-largest school board in the nation. Former Los Angeles mayor and current gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa described the election’s significance, “The fight to improve our schools and the fight for education equity is the civil rights issue of our time, and L.A. has been the epicenter for that fight.”

The new school board members will take office in July.