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May 18, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Bennett Kayser, the candidate favored by the teachers union, appeared to be in the lead for a Los Angeles Board of Education seat Tuesday night, ahead of Luis Sanchez, the pick of the mayor, according to returns. The race to represent the 5th District, which stretches from Los Feliz to Maywood, was the only school board race to go to a runoff. Three other seats were decided in March, but neither Sanchez, chief of staff to the current board president, nor Kayser, a retired teacher, was able to garner a majority of voters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A proposal to appoint a caretaker to a vacant Los Angeles Board of Education seat failed Tuesday when a majority of the remaining trustees refused to support it. The decision means that the office formerly held by Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December, will remain unfilled until the results of a special election . Balloting is scheduled for a primary in June; a runoff election, if necessary, would be held in August. LaMotte had represented District 1, which stretches across much of South and Southwest Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Bennett Kayser, the candidate favored by the teachers union, won the last remaining open seat for the Los Angeles Board of Education on Thursday, beating Luis Sanchez, who was supported by the mayor. "Teachers and teachers unions have been scapegoated, and I think we're on the road to vindication right now," Kayser said. Kayser, a retired teacher, received about 10,700 votes, nearly 600 more than Sanchez, who is chief of staff for the current school board president, Monica Garcia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Rosa Estrada wanted some serious changes at her child's Cudahy elementary school. She joined efforts last fall demanding new leadership amid complaints that the principal had failed to address campus bullying, boost academic performance or work collaboratively. Estrada said none of her numerous calls to L.A. Unified's south area administrators were returned. And in November, after parents submitted a petition to the L.A. Unified Board of Education signed by more than 600 people demanding the principal's removal, they were told the document had been misplaced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The race for the last available Los Angeles school board seat has turned both expensive, with almost $3 million spent in all, and nasty, with one candidate calling for an ethics investigation of his opponent, who in turn said the other's policies are bigoted. But even as he stuck to his earlier charge that some of his opponent's ideas "could be seen as racist," Bennett Kayser said he regretted the overall tone of the campaign. "I wish that things would have been more intellectual and about educational policy, not negative campaigning," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy has cautioned school board members to avoid taking sides over who should control 15 new and 22 low-performing campuses next year. Deasy was responding to complaints that school board member Bennett Kayser is openly backing plans being developed by three groups of district teachers for academies at South Region High School No. 8, a campus set to open next year in Maywood. The school board is expected to choose the winning bidders early next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1989
The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $24,191 in attorneys' fees for Bennett Kayser, an Echo Park homeowner who had to go to court last spring to get his name on the April municipal primary ballot. Kayser, who was soundly defeated in the election by 13th District Councilman Michael Woo, had failed to qualify for the ballot because the city clerk's office said he did not collect enough valid signatures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The private warning from Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was clear: If Richard Vladovic became president of the Board of Education, Deasy was poised to resign and cause a maelstrom in the nation's second-largest school system. Vladovic became board president regardless last week - elected by colleagues on the seven-member body. It was a testament to political skills honed during decades in the Los Angeles Unified School District. And Deasy, who had made his threat known to civic leaders and district officials, backed down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Two popular Los Angeles charter schools have allowed some families to bypass a lottery for admission in exchange for providing special services or a substantial volunteer commitment. The practices of Larchmont Charter School and Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts have raised concerns that such preference policies, if allowed, could open the door to well-connected friends or wealthier families who promise to contribute. In effect, critics say, charters could end up functioning more like private schools than campuses almost entirely supported with tax dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1989
In an ongoing battle with City Council candidate Bennett Kayser, the city of Los Angeles has gone to court in an effort to remove his name from the April 11 municipal primary ballot. Assistant City Atty. Anthony Saul Alperin on Thursday asked the state Court of Appeal to throw out a Superior Court ruling last week requiring the city to add Kayser's name to the ballot. Alperin asked the appellate court to rule on the matter as quickly as possible, but he said no date has been set.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Howard Blume
After listening to hours of public testimony Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to call a special election to fill the seat of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died last month. The vote followed a spirited debate both within the board and among community members. At one point, board member Steve Zimmer proposed defying legal advice and appointing a replacement until a special election could be held. But in the end, a board majority sided with legal counsel in determining that they had but two choices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Advocates on Tuesday pushed different approaches for replacing Los Angeles Board of Education member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died earlier this month. A group led by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) asserted that the board  should wait until after LaMotte's burial before deciding whether to appoint a replacement or call a special election. Doing so would honor African American customs as well as respect the grieving process of the family and community, Waters and others said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education is scheduled Tuesday to decide whether to elect or appoint a successor to school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died this month. With pressure mounting from advocates for each alternative, three of six board members -- Richard Vladovic, Monica Garcia and Tamar Galatzan -- have talked of favoring a special election. Bennett Kayser and Monica Ratliff said they're leaning toward an appointment. Steve Zimmer said he's undecided. Opting for an election on a fast timetable -- in March, for example -- could make it difficult for candidates to assemble campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy received a positive job evaluation last month from the Board of Education by a vote of 5-1 with one member abstaining, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday.  The district had previously refused to disclose the vote, but yielded this week, in an apparent response to a demand from The Times. Board members endorsing Deasy were board President Richard Vladovic, Steve Zimmer, Monica Garcia, Tamar Galatzan and Bennett Kayser. The opposing vote was cast by Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Howard Blume
More than two dozen local schools face reduced funding next year as the Los Angeles school district concentrates dollars at campuses with a higher percentage of low-income students. The tighter budgets affect 28 schools next year, including the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Chatsworth and Westchester high schools and Walgrove Elementary. Some of these schools are relatively high-performing academically. Contingents from these schools argued for a reprieve at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.
OPINION
October 31, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Good for the Los Angeles Unified school board and Supt. John Deasy for agreeing - after several days of gamesmanship and high drama - that he should continue on as the schools' chief executive. Now, both sides need to work out a plan going forward that will calm the upheaval and allow the board and the superintendent to function harmoniously in the best interests of students. For the board, that means dropping the posturing, and learning how - and when - to question some of Deasy's more problematic ideas without obstructing the workable ones.
OPINION
May 21, 2013
Re "A city agenda for schools," Opinion, May 15 Los Angeles Board of Education member Bennett Kayser is right about city officials having no direct influence on public schools. Unfortunately, the public is apparently unaware of this. However, in comparing the Los Angeles Unified School District with the relationship between San Francisco's school system and city government, Kayser forgets a major difference: L.A. Unified serves students from other cities as well as Los Angeles, whereas the San Francisco Unified School District supplies school service only to the city and county of San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology in L.A. Unified, including major elements of the $1-billion iPad project. The next phase of the iPad project "will cost a quarter of a billion dollars or more," Ratliff told The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology in L.A. Unified. She told colleagues at Tuesday's school board meeting that a special session was needed to sort out issues and problems that have arisen in the $1-billion project.
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