Several Speak UP members and Speak UP Board Member Shirley Ford were among the parents and community members who asked the LAUSD Board Tuesday to give parents a seat at the table with real power to advocate for kids’ needs during employee contract talks.
“There is much talk that kids are being put first but unfortunately the reality is not so,” said Ramona Gamzeltova, a parent at Taft High School and a board member of the parent organization at Portola Middle School. “There are many schools within the LAUSD that lack basic needs for our kids…My kids’ English teachers have to teach literature without any novels but rather a book full of short stories. Why? Because there is not enough money to buy books…There is a lack of clean, running water in a science class where labs are being conducted.”
Parents, she testified at public comment, have no interest except the success of their kids and need the power to represent them. “We parents donate time and money to our local schools to make up for the lack of resources, but we are given no power or voice in return to make sure the money LAUSD allocates actually goes to our kids needs. That needs to be changed.”Read More