Our mission is to engage, educate, and activate public school parents to advocate for excellent, equitable public education at their schools, in their communities, with elected representatives, and at the ballot box.
Education policy has for years been set by an army of lobbyists, unions, special interest groups and politicians. But parents are the only people without any conflicts of interest, the only group with nothing financial to gain and whose sole goal is the success of our children.
This is why the LAUSD Board must act now to hand more systemic power over to parents.
While some things are admittedly beyond our control, this unfortunate situation obligates us to double down on our work to build parent power at LAUSD. Parents have no meaningful role in the decision-making process. Yet parents are the only ones who can speak 100 percent — without a trace of transactional prejudice — on behalf of kids. Now, more than ever, we believe it is essential to take action to fight to give parents a seat at the table.
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.
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.”