Sep 5, 2011 9:03 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Elections for state school board seats are usually low-profile events but this year they shape up as balance-of-power battles.
Three of the 11 seats on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are appointed by the governor but eight are elected from districts. A political action committee led by Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby hopes to raise as much as $2 million to support candidates favorable to charter schools, voucher programs and other alternatives to traditional public education.
But a coalition of teacher unions, school board members, administrators and other education interests that make up the Coalition for Louisiana Public Education plans to back candidates who, in the words of founding member Jack Loup, "support public education instead of privatization."