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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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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My Long, Strange Trip From Neighborhood School Activist To Charter Founder

My Long, Strange Trip From Neighborhood School Activist To Charter Founder

Many families on the West Side of Los Angeles have been victims of the capriciousness and hostility of our incumbent school board member, Steve Zimmer. It’s a not-too-well-kept secret that we are all beholden to him, and we better step carefully or we might experience his wrath. Not just charters, but district-run pilots, language programs, and even traditional neighborhood schools and magnets have felt the whiplash of his whims. 

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