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With 725,000 students and a budget that tops that of most countries, the Los Angeles Unified School District is governed by seven elected board members. District 4 runs from the Westside to the northwest San Fernando Valley. Incumbent Valerie Fields, who considers herself the "first reformer" elected to the board, has the support of the teachers' union. Challenger Marlene Canter, an educator who built her own company to train teachers, has the endorsement of Mayor Richard Riordan. With the election little more than a week away, they share their views on teachers, teaching and the future.
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LA Unified School District

Marlene Canter

Valerie Fields

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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