Buying School Boards in Style

I have com­plained be­fore about the in­flu­ence of big spend­ing on our own District’s Board races, but LA cer­tainly takes the cake for this as de­scribed in this ar­ti­cle:

Mayor spent mil­lions on school board races

The sit­u­a­tion is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. LA is a big­ger po­lit­i­cal “mar­ket.” Also, the con­trib­u­tors are buy­ing con­sid­er­a­tion from the city gov­ern­ment as a whole and not from the school dis­trict nec­es­sar­ily. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the part of the ar­ti­cle at the end:

City con­trac­tors are ob­vi­ously giv­ing be­cause the mayor is ask­ing,” Stern said. “It’s a busi­ness de­ci­sion. It’s not be­cause they’re in­ter­ested in the school board.” Kaufman sharply dis­agreed, say­ing donors to the com­mit­tee gave money be­cause they’re con­cerned about ed­u­ca­tion. “They share the mayor’s be­lief that we have to fun­da­men­tally re­form our schools,” he said. »