The New Normal

Beth Hawkins, a Guest Contributor for the LA School Report, writes about how School Board races have become so expensive. Some say its cheaper to run for Congress than to win a board seat. But why? Hawkins takes a look at both Los Angeles and Denver, two large urban districts with high percentages of students of color. Both have "experienced multiple election cycles in which unprecedented political spending has played a role" she writes.

"In Denver, the infrastructure that accompanied the money — groups to recruit and support candidates — have used their newfound organizing capacity to create an education “ecosystem” that has driven community engagement. Groups seeking to influence outcomes in vast Los Angeles, by contrast, have been slower to begin building networks."

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