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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It’s Not Just Special Needs Kids Who Benefit From Inclusive Schools Like WISH

It’s Not Just Special Needs Kids Who Benefit From Inclusive Schools Like WISH

When you hear about “inclusive” schools, you hear about the massive benefits they have for kids with special needs. While the importance of that cannot be overstated, there is an equally profound impact on typical students without special needs – like mine – that is often overlooked.

Their entire attitude toward people who are different from them was shaped by the values instilled by WISH, and it has carried over to the rest of their lives. 

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