Antonio Sanchez

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Antonio Sanchez
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Candidate for
Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District, District 6
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Antonio Sanchez was a 2013 candidate seeking election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board representing District 6. Incumbent Nury Martinez was not seeking re-election.

Sanchez is an organizer who previously worked for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.[1]


See also: Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)

May 21, 2013 general

Sanchez was defeated in the May 21, 2013 runoff election for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, representing District 6. Monica Ratliff won the race for District 6 by roughly 4 points. Sanchez placed first in the March 5 primary election, ahead of Ratliff, Maria Cano, and Iris Zuñiga (who had already withdrawn from the race[2]), but did not win a majority.

Heading into the election both Sanchez and Ratliff were supported by the United Teachers Los Angeles union. In the March primary, 44% of voters voted for Sanchez, while 34% selected Ratliff.

Election results

Los Angeles Unified School District 6, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Antonio Sanchez 48.2% 22,896
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Ratliff 51.8% 24,567
Total Votes 47,463
Source: Office of the City Clerk of Los Angeles. These are the final results.


Through May 15, 2013, a total of $244,298.17 had been contributed to all direct candidate campaign committees. An additional $2 million had been spent via independent expenditure; all independent expenditures were spent on behalf of just one District 6 candidate, Antonio Sanchez.

Candidate Direct contributions Expenses Cash on hand Independent expenditures
Antonio Sanchez $151,947.57 $110,827.87 $50,110.70 $2,012,075.32
Monica Ratliff $52,310.27 $55,292.11 $8,758.91 0
See additional District 6 campaign finance details here

March 5, 2013 primary

Los Angeles Unified School District 6, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAntonio Sanchez 43.6% 17,093
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Ratliff 33.8% 13,244
     Nonpartisan Maria Cano 13.5% 5,276
     Nonpartisan Iris Zuniga 9.1% 3,579
Total Votes 39,192
Source: Office of the City Clerk of Los Angeles These results are final.



Candidate Campaign contributions Personal funds Indpt. expenditures in support Indpt. expenditures opposed
Maria Cano $16,610.33 $500 $0 $0
Monica Ratliff $14,797.69 $1,996.23 $0 $0
Antonio Sanchez $54,688.53 $0 $1,098,188.51 $0
Iris Zuniga $19,625 $1,000 $0 $0
Campaign contributions and personal funds as reported through February 27, 2013 in the required filings with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Independent expenditures are continually updated by the Commission. They were last updated here March 5, 2013. Source: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission[10]

Campaign literature

During the campaign leading up to the March 5 primary election, Sanchez registered 6 pieces of campaign literature with the City of Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. The campaign literature included 4 emails and 2 mailers.[11]

Among independent expenditure groups engaged in the primary election, the Coalition for School Reform, Richard Riordan, and political action committees affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99 and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) had registered mailers, flyers, TV ad scripts, telephone scripts, and a radio script supporting Sanchez. No group registered any literature opposing Sanchez.[12]



The following questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:[13]

1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?[13]

"There is no panacea or simple solution to fix the system. We need to develop a comprehensive, multi-step plan that can help us address various issues plaguing our schools. We need to ensure that teachers are vital and helpful partners. They must have access to the necessary resources and support to offer their students the best education possible. On-site administrators must be equipped to manage their teachers and staff--they need to equitably support, discipline and inspire a school site to succeed."

2. How would you prioritize your local constituency in overseeing LAUSD management, setting District policy, and day-to-day decision-making?[13]

"We need to prioritize students and ensure they are in the best learning environments possible. We can start by increasing expectations for all students. We should hold students to the highest standards of achievement possible. More importantly we need to take strategic steps. For instance, WE KNOW which schools are failing and succeeding. For each failing school, we need to bring additional resources to the campus to help analyze and evaluate the problems, and make the necessary changes in order to have our students learn and be successful. We need to create a team of education experts and best teachers and send the team to each failing school. LAUSD is upside down- the best teachers and administrators work at the best schools where students typically start with the higher test scores. To be true problem solvers- the best need to help improve the troubled schools and students. I would propose a teacher/ administrative team to spend a week or more at the challenge school: Analyze, Evaluate and Make Recommendations for action steps to improve the school. We should then monitor their progress towards those recommendations. We must also encourage local control and ownership of schools, empower principals, and promote models that bring parents, teachers, and principals together to develop strategies to improve student performance."

3. What experience in general management, fiscal management, and budgetary oversight would you bring to the job of Board Member?[13]

"The voters helped stabilize the budget with the passage of Prop. 30, but we're still in a budget crunch. I will prioritize the classroom and student learning. I'll do everything I can to build the quality of education our students receive."

4. How should LAUSD deal with its rapidly increasing costs for retiree and employee health care?[13]

"Facing significant pension and healthcare liabilities, part of the solution lies in attacking the underlying causes of escalating healthcare costs -- health risk factors such as obesity, diet, stress, and lack of exercise; variability in the availability and consistency of care; and a lack of "transparency" in the purchase of healthcare. Structural changes are needed at the state and national level for better health care costs."

5. What part should standardized testing play in LAUSD's educational programs?[13]

"Standardized testing is just a component of student achievement that does not reflect multiple intelligences. Moreover, many students are not good test takers. It is convenient for public officials to use, rather than address other factors - like parent involvement, attendance, & discipline. There are many factors that affect student growth and we don't have a reliable model that isolates teacher effectiveness. Developing a fair system that pertains to all teachers and does not punish teachers who work with the neediest students is still a major gap."

Arts for LA survey

Sanchez did not fill out the candidate survey from Arts for LA, a group advocating greater investment in the arts.[14]

Candidate forums

Families First

On February 27, 2013, Sanchez participated with Maria Cano and Monica Ratliff in a candidate forum at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center sponsored by Families First. According to the LA School Report, "There wasn’t any particular issue where the candidates disagreed in any obvious or sharp manner."[15] A video of the entire event may be found on YouTube.[16]

Boys and Girls Club

On January 31, 2013, Sanchez participated with Maria Cano and Monica Ratliff in a candidate forum at the Boys and Girls Club in Pacoima.[17] A video of the entire event may be found on YouTube.[18] A text summary of the forum may also be found on the LA School Report website.[19]

Opinion of Superintendent Deasy

At the forum, the candidates were asked, "Do you support current LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy?" Sanchez was the sole candidate to express support for Deasy.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 LA School Report, "Commentary: Do You or Don’t You Support Deasy?" February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013
  2. Barbara Jones, Daily News Los Angeles, "LAUSD board candidate Iris Zuniga drops out of race for Nury Martinez seat," January 23, 2013
  3. Coalition for School Reform, "Why we support Antonio Sanchez," accessed February 13, 2013
  4. Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, "March 2013 primary election Endorsements," accessed February 13, 2013
  5. United Teachers Los Angeles, "Political Endorsements – School Board Primary Election on March 5," accessed February 13, 2013
  6. Teamsters 572, "2013 candidate recommendations," accessed February 13, 2013
  7. Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD workers union endorses both school board incumbents," December 10, 2012
  8. SEIU 99, "More on our endorsed candidates for LAUSD and LACCD Boards," January 17, 2013
  9. Emailed filed by Richard Riordan with the LA City Ethics Commission, March 1, 2013
  10. Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, 2013 Municipal and LAUSD Election Disclosures
  11. LAUSD District 6 campaign literature, LA City Ethics Commission
  12. LAUSD District 6 independent expenditures related to Antonio Sanchez, LA City Ethics Commission
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Candidates' answers to questions from the League of Women Voters
  14. Arts for LA Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: LA Unified School Distrct
  15. Karen Jordan, LA School Report, "District 6 Candidates Struggle to Differentiate Themselves," accessed February 27, 2013
  16. Samantha Oltman, LA School Report, "Watch: D6 Candidates Talk Charters,Evaluations, Trigger," February 28, 2013
  17. Los Angeles Daily News, "LAUSD board candidates to appear at forums," January 19, 2013
  18. California Participation Project, "Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Candidate Forums," accessed February 14, 2013
  19. LA School Report, "East Valley Forum: Differences Over Deasy, Evaluation, & Dismissal," February 1, 2013