Speak UP is excited to announce that Allison Holdorff Polhill has joined the organization as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach and will focus primarily on efforts to help get Nick Melvoin elected in the May 16 run-off election for LAUSD Board District 4.Read More
Last week we presented a detailed case against the status quo incumbent Steve Zimmer. Now we turn our attention to the two qualified, kids-first candidates in the race, Nick Melvoin and Allison Holdorff Polhill. While voters must choose one, Speak UP is endorsing both candidates because we have avid supporters of each among our parent membership base, and both have demonstrated they will put the interests of kids before the interest of adult special interest groups.Read More
Zimmer frequently infuriates our parent members with inconsistent leadership, doublespeak on school choice, broken promises, vote abstentions, as well as decisions made in the dark that have pitted parents against one another and divided communities. Zimmer has vocally opposed reforms that would have made it easier to dismiss ineffective teachers. And his management of district facilities has lacked transparency, honesty and fairness.
All of this has contributed to parents leaving the district for private schools, charters and nearby school districts – a loss of enrollment that has exacerbated the financial crisis LAUSD now faces.
But most importantly, Zimmer often puts the needs of adults – specifically his adult special interest campaign donors – ahead of the interests of kids.Read More
There’s a reason this race is generating so much interest, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Zimmer, the current school board president, is up for reelection at one of the most pivotal moments in the district’s history. Because this is the last time a school board election will be held in March, the candidate who wins will serve an unusually long 5 ½ years-- the longest term a board member ever has served and likely ever will serve again.
Think of it this way: Parents with kids in kindergarten will be represented by the winner of this race until their children are in middle school. The decisions the victor makes will drastically affect the future of our kids’ schools and may determine whether or not LAUSD falls into bankruptcy and gets taken over by the state.Read More