Speak UP One Year Later: The Parents Have Spoken

Speak UP One Year Later: The Parents Have Spoken

But our job is not finished -- far from it. In many ways, it’s just beginning. Now that we have succeeded in electing a kids-first majority to the board, we need to follow through and make sure the agenda we worked for is implemented amid pressure from special-interest groups intent on perpetuating the status quo.

We must remain alert and ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice on behalf of our kids. We need to be tireless in our efforts to hold our new board members accountable to their promises to give parents a seat at the table and to make all decisions with the best interests of our kids in mind and at heart.

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Kelly Gonez Urges Parents to ‘Hold Us Accountable’

 Kelly Gonez Urges Parents to ‘Hold Us Accountable’

Parents who worked hard to elect a new kids-first majority to the LAUSD Board congratulated the new and returning members sworn in earlier this month -- Nick Melvoin, Kelly Gonez and Monica Garcia -- in this Speak UP video tribute. We also spoke in depth to Kelly Gonez, the newly elected representative for Board District 6, about her priorities for the district and the ways Speak UP members can help. Her message to parents: “The most important thing is to hold us accountable.”

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Speak UP Parents and Students Celebrate New LAUSD Board Members

Speak UP Parents and Students Celebrate New LAUSD Board Members

They cheered. They celebrated. After months of knocking on doors, calling voters and mobilizing their fellow parents and friends, Speak UP parents welcomed new Los Angeles Unified School Board member, Nick Melvoin - the candidate they helped to elect. Like Melvoin, newly-elected Kelly Gonez and incumbent Monica Garcia, were sworn in as LAUSD board members during a ceremony last week in downtown Los Angeles.

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Speak UP Congratulates Allison Holdorff Polhill On Joining Nick Melvoin Staff

Speak UP Congratulates Allison Holdorff Polhill On Joining Nick Melvoin Staff

Speak UP extends its congratulations to Allison Holdorff Polhill, who has joined the staff of newly elected District 4 Board Member Nick Melvoin as Senior Adviser and Director of Community Engagement.

I heard a lot from parents and voters, especially in the primary, that they wished they could have both Allison and me on the board,” Melvoin told Speak UP. “This seems to me like the perfect way to do that. She will be the first line of response when it comes to parent concerns.” 

Polhill, who ran as a primary candidate for the BD4 board seat, most recently served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach for Speak UP, where she was highly successful in convincing her primary supporters and parents at schools in Pacific Palisades to vote for Melvoin in the run-off.

“I am honored and thrilled to be working with Nick,” Polhill told Speak UP. “I am looking forward to seeing all the amazing things that he is going to do with LAUSD.”

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Incoming LAUSD Board Members To Be Sworn-in July 6

Incoming LAUSD Board Members To Be Sworn-in July 6

Newly elected board members, Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez, will be sworn in at the Annual Board of Education meeting on July 6 at 10 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at 11 a.m.

We spoke to Nick Melvoin, the new Board District 4 representative, who will be sworn in next Thursday. The civil rights activist and former teacher with a ‘Kids First’ agenda said he is ready to roll up his sleeves to fight for good quality education, regardless of a student’s zip code.

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LAUSD Board Watch: Outgoing Board Makes Its Final Mark Tuesday

LAUSD Board Watch: Outgoing Board Makes Its Final Mark Tuesday

The newly elected board, to be seated in July, will have to live with this new budget for its first year but is expected to tackle some of the tough decisions needed to address LAUSD’s fiscal crisis.

“People have to get ready,” Melvoin said. “Righting a ship that has been wrong for so long is not going to happen overnight.”

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