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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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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Thanks To Speak UP’s Movement of Moms, We Can Change Kids’ Lives On May 16

Thanks To Speak UP’s Movement of Moms, We Can Change Kids’ Lives On May 16

It’s been a long and contentious election season, but there’s been one inspiring, unsung aspect that sets this election apart from any other school board race we have seen in Los Angeles: Speak UP members have created a powerful grassroots movement of parents rising up to demand change on May 16.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we want to celebrate our Speak UP moms from all kinds of LAUSD schools – traditional neighborhood schools, charters, pilots, magnets and dual language immersion schools – who have joined together to knock on doors and call voters to get out the word about Nick Melvoin and his kids-first agenda.

Mothers make all kinds of sacrifices for their kids, and Speak UP moms have given up countless weekend and evening hours with their own kids in order to help create positive change in the lives of all kids in Los Angeles. We are in awe.

And now we need to finish the job by getting out the vote for Nick and by going to the polls ourselves to cast our votes on Tuesday.

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LAUSD Mom Picking Nick: I'm Tired Of Us Versus Them

LAUSD Mom Picking Nick: I'm Tired Of Us Versus Them

A whole lot of children on this planet don’t even get to go to school, let alone know the difference between “charter” and “traditional.” A school is a school. I’m tired of the us-versus-them policies of LAUSD. That’s a distinction that gets far too much attention, taking away time and effort from other issues that matter more to children.

Attrition out of traditional LAUSD schools is not being stopped by LAUSD’s practice of pinching charters into difficult and uncertain conditions. It’s a failed policy. You can’t use negative tactics to achieve a positive outcome. The key to maintaining enrollment in LAUSD schools is to provide good schools and good experiences. If you build it, they will come. 

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Parents Should Be Partners: That’s Why I’m Picking Nick

Parents Should Be Partners: That’s Why I’m Picking Nick

I have hope that change is possible. I can see a future where parents are partners -- a future in which the school board, district administrators, teachers, parents and pupils are all working together as a team with one common goal: doing what’s best for the kids.  

That vision is why I’m voting for Nick Melvoin for school board on May 16. I do not believe that one man with one seat on the board is going to change the world, and all our challenges will simply vanish. But I strongly believe that electing Nick is where we start. We need a leader that embraces parents as partners and promises to put children first. I pledge to vote for Nick Melvoin to LAUSD BD4 and do my part in making our schools the best they can be.

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Teacher to Steve Zimmer: Stop The Attacks on My School!

Teacher to Steve Zimmer: Stop The Attacks on My School!

The past few weeks have seen a number of campaign mailers sent to residents within LAUSD Board District 4 that have stated blatant lies about my school. The City School is a 6th to 8th grade public middle school located in West Los Angeles, where I teach history, debate and mock Trial.

As a teacher, I am outraged that LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer supports the propagation of these lies. To add insult to injury, Zimmer is the LAUSD school board member for our school -- of anyone, the one person who is supposed to be supporting us.

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Zimmer, Visit My Kid's South LA Campus Before You Call Us Billionaires

Zimmer, Visit My Kid's South LA Campus Before You Call Us Billionaires

I wonder if he’d accuse City Charter Schools of fulfilling “Trump’s agenda” if he had watched dozens of our children march down Martin Luther King Blvd. in the Crenshaw District on Jan. 16 holding signs and banners and donning costumes honoring their favorite cultural s/heroes, including the greatest civil rights leader our country has known. Zimmer spews divisive and inflammatory comments about the state of education from inside a soundproof bubble of power and exclusivity. He’s not listening to us, so is it a surprise that so many parents across the city have begun to take the education of our children into our own hands?

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