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Wealthy donors oppose union candidates for LAUSD board

It’s not quite the governor’s race, but the war chests are growing as opponents to candidates aligned with the teachers union are trying to get their own candidates elected to the Los Angeles Board of Education.

According an article in the Los Angeles Times, opponents have raised $1.5 million, mostly from a small group of wealthy donors, including education and arts philanthropist Eli Broad, who gave $250,000 to the Coalition for School Reform. The coalition, which includes Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, strongly supports the policies of John Deasy, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, according to the Times.

The coalition is conducting an independent campaign backing its preferred candidates for three open seats.

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