Monday, January 31, 2011

Teachers Union Withdraws Endorsements Of Two Candidates

By Howard Blume and Jason Song|Los Angeles Times|Teacher Endorsement|January 31, 2011|9:41 a.m.
"United Teachers Los Angeles has abandoned its support of two candidates in the March school board election, throwing the union's political strategy into disarray," said Blume and Song.
"Jesus Escandon has withdrawn from the race and John Fernandez has lost the endorsement of UTLA because of 'serious concerns about Mr. Fernandez's truthfulness in the interview process and his qualifications and integrity to be a member of the school board,' union President A.J. Duffy wrote in a Monday statement that was apparently faxed to union chapter chairs at schools in the L.A. Unified School District."
"Escandon had filed to run in District 7, which covers the harbor area and portions of South Los Angeles, against one-term incumbent Richard Vladovic. Fernandez is running for an open seat in District 5, which covers a diverse area including Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and the southeast L.A. County cities of Huntington Park, South Gate and Bell."

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