Can the next mayor of LA help the city’s failing school district?

In Politics by Michael Rae

As we near the primary election and the field of mayoral candidates shrinks, issues like crime and homelessness are dominating the race. Unfortunately, the mayoral candidates’ discussion of K-12 education in Los Angeles has largely been limited to public safety issues. While the mayor has limited power over the Los Angeles Unified School District and other districts within city limits, voters make it clear they closely associate the mayor with the successes and failures of public schools.

A February poll by Great Public Schools Now, for example, found that 85% of registered voters say the mayor is responsible for the quality