2022 LAUSD ELECTIONS

Erica Vilardi-Espinosa: Financially Speaking, Campaign Donations Are All The Same

This candidate for LAUSD School Board says that there is no difference between charter industry spending and funds provided by unions.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
7 min readApr 8, 2022

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“Financially speaking, campaign donations are all the same, it is simply a matter of opinion of which one prefers.”

- Board District 2 Candidate Erica Vilardi-Espinosa

This is the second in a series on ethical issues facing the LAUSD. Please read the first part for an introduction to the issue.

In the 2020 LAUSD School Board Elections over $14.9 million was spent by independent expenditure groups, breaking the record set during the 2017 election cycle. This, in turn, had surpassed the amount spent during the previous cycle. There is no reason to believe that this year’s spending will not break the record again.

Chart by Mai Nguyen Do

By design, the LAUSD had no say in the operation of charter schools, as these organizations have their own, often unelected, governing boards. This has not stopped the charter school industry from being the…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com