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Teacher evaluations, pay raises, charter schools and a controversial superintendent will all be affected by next Tuesday’s special election to a vacancy on the LA Unified School Board.  A young, self-styled reformer is challenging a veteran of 50 years of teaching and administration.  The stakes are high, but critics say the reformer has taken a low road in the run-off campaign.  We’ll hear from both candidates.        

Also, it’s not so hot, but it’s still humid.  How long will Southern Californians be stuck with somebody else’s weather?

Banner Image: Classroom Desks; Credit: Christopher Sessums

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Sarah Sweeney

All this crazy, humid, stormy weather- why’s it happening? 5 MIN, 50 SEC

Lightning on the beaches, floods in the mountains, high temperatures and wilting humidity.  That’s not normal for this season in Southern California, but it describes the weather we have been having for more than a week.  How long will Southern Californians be stuck with somebody else’s weather?

Guests:
Bill Patzert, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL)

Meet the candidates of the LAUSD Board District 1 Race 19 MIN, 20 SEC

When Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte died unexpectedly, the LA Unified School Board was left pretty much divided between three members backed by self-styled reformers and three supported by employee unions, including the United Teachers of LA.  Their candidate, 50-year veteran George McKenna was first in the June primary.  Alex Johnson, an aide to County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, came in second. We’ll hear from both candidates. The runoff is Tuesday of next week.

Guests:
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times (@newton_jim)
Alex Johnson, Assistant Senior Deputy for Education and Public Safety for Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas (@AMJ_AlexJohnson)
George McKenna, Former principal and district administrator Candidate for LAUSD District 1 (@ElectMcKenna )

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