In this post on the New York City parent blog, activist Leonie Haimson explains the hard-fought battle for control of the Los Angeles public schools, and what is at stake.

The reform crowd doesn’t care about class size; the anti-status quo board members do.

The reformers do nothing to slow the pace of privatization.

We will see if the new board majority is able to create true accountability standards for the city with more charters than any other in the nation.

Up until now, the privatizers controlled the board and escaped any oversight, supervision, or accountability.

But they lost control in the last election, and a new majority means fresh thinking and a rejection of the status quo.