This is an astonishing development.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, a multibillionaire, is giving $1 million to support three candidates in the Los Angeles school board election.

The candidates he is backing are in favor of privately managed charter schools and are generally anti-union.

The people of Los Angeles will decide in next month’s election whether the super-rich elite can buy control of the public school system and impose their pet project of privatization.

This bold effort to buy the school board is an affront to democracy.

Are the public schools of Los Angeles for sale to the highest bidder?