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Alex Caputo-Pearl Wins Runoff To Lead L.A. Teachers Union

Alex Caputo-Pearl was a young, activist teacher when he helped lead the Bus Riders Union, co-founded a group to organize against the growing influence of standardized testing and helped start a bloc within the union to push for liberal-leaning issues.

Strikingly little has changed about the veteran social studies instructor, what he’s fighting for, and how he intends to go about it. Except now he is taking that mission to the top job of the teachers union for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school system.

Caputo-Pearl, 45, won a resounding victory Tuesday, winning 80% of the United Teachers Los Angeles vote in a runoff against one-term incumbent President Warren Fletcher.