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Unions, charter supporters pour millions into L.A. Unified races

Races for two seats on the Los Angeles Unified school board have drawn millions in donations from unions and those who support charter schools, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In the race to replace longtime District 2 school board member Monica Garcia, Rocio Rivas is facing Maria Brenes, director of a nonprofit called InnerCity Struggle. Rivas, an aide to another school board member, won the backing of the teachers’ union, while much of Brenes’ support comes from pro-charter donors. About 20% of the district’s students attend charter schools.

The District 6 race features longtime teacher Marvin Rodriguez vying to unseat incumbent Kelly Gonez, the school board president. Gonez is the overwhelming favorite, with major endorsements from unions and other elected officials. She’s raised more than $500,000, while Rodriguez has raised just over $10,000.