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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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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LAUSD Mom to Steve Zimmer: Stop Putting Bureaucrats Before Kids

LAUSD Mom to Steve Zimmer: Stop Putting Bureaucrats Before Kids

Despite the fact that my son attends a traditional LAUSD neighborhood school in Westchester, I am outraged by LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer’s vote Tuesday supporting an extreme state “charter killer” bill that could lead to the closure of every charter school in Los Angeles -- harming hundreds of thousands of kids in the process.

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Allison Holdorff Polhill Joins Speak UP As Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach

Allison Holdorff Polhill Joins Speak UP As Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach

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.

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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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